Jordanian Prime Minister receives IFA Chairman


Amman, Jordan, 8 June 2015 – H.E Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Ensour received International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) Chairman, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, on Monday 8th June 2015, Amman, Jordan.

The Prime Minister and the Jordanian Government are appreciative of the effective role played by the Fertilizer Industry in the Country’s economic development and also the provision of food to people.

The Prime Minister also expressed his appreciation of the role played by IFA in providing the platform for knowledge sharing and providing the environment for young leaders of the future to gain knowledge and experience in this regard.

Dr. Ensour also confirmed that his Government and Country will provide all necessary support through the fertilizer companies in Jordan namely Arab Potash Company PLC and Jordan Phosphate Mines Co. PLC to play a perpetual role in achieving IFA’s objectives and goals in the years to come.

On his part, Dr. Jawahery, IFA Chairman, thanked the Prime Minister of Jordan for meeting with him and for the guidance given and also confirmed that IFA, through its’ members, have an ambitious programme to insure the achievement of five primary goals for the sustainable development of the Fertilizer Industry.

The goals comprise of firstly in encouraging innovation in all occupational levels in the Fertilizer and Agricultural Industries. Secondly, concentration on safety and health issues and environmental preservation, whilst encouraging organizations and associations supporting the Fertilizer Industry to adhere to the highest international standards of environmental and safety concerns, also, to take part and play a vital role in transferring knowledge and effective techniques that would be circulated to benefit the Fertilizer Industry and all other industries. Thirdly, motivating member companies and encouraging them to facilitate in their benchmarking processes. Fourthly, paying great attention to the continent of Africa and seek to encourage member companies to engage in supporting the initiatives raised in improving on agricultural development. Finally, To actively participate in the United Nations’ programme, especially the Global Compact Programme demonstrating the commitment of the Fertilizer industry’s ability to create change for the United Nation’s global human development strategies.

In a statement, Dr. Jawahery thanked the Jordanian companies for playing an active role in the International Fertilizer Industry Association’s activities and events.



Notes to Editors

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) is a trade association representing the global fertilizer industry, which provides the crop nutrients that allow farmers everywhere to meet the world's growing food, feed, fiber and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training. IFA has some 550 members in about 86 countries. 

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) was established in December 1979 as a joint venture between GCC member states for the manufacture of fertilizers and petrochemicals. The joint venture is equally owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and Petrochemical Industries Company, Kuwait. GPIC uses natural gas which is readily available in Bahrain as a feedstock for the production of ammonia, urea and methanol. In addition to the production plants, the GPIC Complex, which was built in Sitra on a reclaimed area of 60 hectares, comprises utilities plants, maintenance workshops, offices, stores and laboratories. The company employs 490 people of whom 95% are Bahrainis. GPIC considers itself a role model in the protection of the environment and was the first industrial company to use practical demonstration projects to verify the environmental credentials of its operations. A fish farm, bird sanctuary, palm tree plantations and herbal garden have been established at the GPIC site. The challenges of regional and global climate change have always been at the forefront of GPIC’s strategies. It was with this key focus and, to manage green-house gas emissions, the Middle East's first Carbon Dioxide Recovery (CDR) plant was commissioned at GPIC in 2010. The unit captures 450 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per day from the reformer flue gases and has substantially improved the carbon footprint. GPIC has a robust and internationally recognised Safety, Health and Environmental Management System. The company has won many accolades including the Sir George Earle Trophy from RoSPA, UK and the R.W. Campbell Award from the National Safety Council, USA for excellence in HSE management systems.

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