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Dr. Jawahery opens Global IFA Technical Symposium
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President and Chairman of the International Fertiliser Industry Association (IFA) Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery opened the Global IFA Technical Symposium, which took place in the Indian capital, New Delhi, from March 14 to 17.
Around 200 specialists and professionals from the fertiliser industry from 40 countries around the world took part in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jawahery reviewed the IFA’s achievements since it was set up in 1947 and highlighted the services it provides to its members.
Dr. Jawahery said the Symposium aimed to focus on issues of vital importance to producers and to enable members to operate at as low a cost as possible while maintaining efficiency and complying with environmental standards. He said the world today is facing a growing demand for food, fibre and biofuels, which makes increased agricultural production even more important, especially since agricultural land available is limited. He said it is expected the world population will increase to around eight billion people by the year 2030.
Dr. Jawahery spoke about the IFA’s strategies and said he hoped the Symposium would highlight and discuss them. The most important issue, he said, was innovation in the field of fertilizers and the use of the best available technologies and practices, in addition to creating young leaders interested in the field. He said the transfer of expertise and knowledge between generations would contribute significantly to the industry’s growth.
Dr. Jawahery also spoke about the growing importance of the fertiliser industry and said it has made great strides in improving productivity by showing great commitment to the application of safety, health and environmental principles. He said manufacturers have to live up to the high standards, keeping in mind the technological improvements that have taken place over the last few years.
Dr. Jawahery said the world’s financial crunch was a major challenge, which had severe implications on various sectors. He said the fertiliser industry would confront the challenges and work for the benefit of the industry as effects people at all levels.
The IFA Chairman thanked the event organisers and the participants for having attended and shared their experiences.
It is worth mentioning that the global use of nitrogen fertilizer is about 61 per cent, compared with phosphate, which is 23 per cent and potassium, which is 16 per cent.
Global consumption of fertiliser in 2015 remained the same as in 2014 while it is expected to increase by 1.6 per cent this year in 2015 compared with last year, while expected that this consumption increased by 1.6% in the current year 2016, to reach a global increase of 7.5 per cent by 2019.
The IFA is one of the world’s largest such unions and has as its members manufacturers and technology providers for the manufacture of industrial nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers. Manufacturers from the Arab world, including the GCC, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Jordan have a good presence in the IFA.
The Technical Symposium, held every two years, is a prominent place for the meeting of experts in the fertilizer sector, production managers and engineers.
Mme Yvonne Harz-Pitre, Director of Communications and Public Affairs
International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)
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