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Saeed Saif bin Jabr-interview- ADIPEC 2002

posted on 11/10/2002: 2017 views

The Abu Dhabi International Exhibition and Conference, ADIPEC 2002, which will be held from October 13 to 16 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is considered one of the major exhibitions hosted by Abu Dhabi. The exhibition to be organised by the General Exhibitions Corporation, GEC, is the most significant exhibition in the region and is celebrating its tenth anniversary, attracting maximum number of exhibitors in recognition of its international and regional stature. On this occasion, the Emirates News Agency, WAM, has interviewed Saeed Saif bin Jabr Al Suweidi, Chairman of the UAE Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FCCI, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ADDCI, and Deputy Board Chairman of the GEC to shed light on the most important aspects of the ADIPEC 2002.

Following is the text of the interview.

Q. Mr Saeed bin Saif, what is the importance of this event within the context of exhibition series that are being organised by the GEC? And what is the size of participation locally, internationally and at Arab level?

A. ADIPEC 2002, is certainly, one of the prominent oil and gas exhibitions in the area, and is the most important one in this sector, reflecting the outstanding position attained by the UAE in the oil and gas industry. In addition the operating companies in the sector, has great confidence in the UAE as an important outlet to the markets of the region. The exhibition has recorded up to now an increase of 40% compared to the last exhibition, denoting increased confidence in the exhibition. The exhibition will witness the participation of nearly 1000 companies, occupying an area of 21000 square meters. It is expected that the exhibition will attract more than 18000 visitors, whereas, the collateral conference is expected to attract 2500 participants.

Q. What is the status of this event compared to the regional and international specialised exhibitions in the oil and gas industry?

A. The exhibition undoubtedly is one of the most important regional and international exhibitions, considering the significance of the Middle East market. Suffice it to say that there are exhibitors from 45 different countries, a fact that makes the event an international gathering, that represent countries from all over the world. In addition to the Arab world, there are various Asian countries, like China India, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Indonesia and Iran participating for the first time.

Participants from Africa include Egypt, Algeria and South Africa. And from Europe Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Ireland, Italy Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom will participate in the exhibition. Also the United States and Canada from North America and Brazil from South America, as well as, Australia and New Zealand will take part in this event.

Q. What are the new developments in the exhibition?

A. At the level of exhibitors, Iran, a country of prominence in the oil production, is a first time participant in ADIPEC. More over, the current cycle coincides with the 10th anniversary of launching ADIPEC exhibition. On this occasion a ceremony will be held which will be attended by various prominent figures and special guests of ADIPEC, including ministers and VIPs. the exhibition will also include an environment and energy exhibition pavilion, to be organised by the GEC, in view of the close relationship between the gas and oil sector and the environment.

Q. What are the new things this event will add to the UAE oil industry?

A. As you are aware, the Arabian Gulf possesses 450 billions barrels of the oil reserves, representing 45% of the world raw oil reserves. The Arab countries invest approximately 113 billion dollars in oil, gas and petrochemical ventures, a fact that will make ADIPEC an ideal forum to bring together the officials and the representatives of international companies to explore the best means of co-operation and exchange of expertise.

Q. A specialised scientific conference in oil and gas industry will be organised, along with this exhibition, What is the importance of this conference and what are the issue and topics that will be discussed?

A. The collateral conference to the ADIPEC 2002 exhibition, will be a forum to bring together renowned researchers and specialists world-wide, under the supervision of ADNOC and its group of companies. The papers of the conference will focus on several aspects, either in exploration or drilling techniques or underground photography, and will also discuss the latest techniques being used in all technical aspects of oil production. –

Q.How do you assess the size and nature of local, Gulf and international participation in this event?

A. As Mr. Ashok has said earlier, the participation is steadily increasing: This is due to the confidence being made by the exhibition and the actual benefit reaped by exhibitors during the previous participation. The Arab participation is not only confined to the companies level, but also includes official delegations, a fact that gave the exhibition special status, by the virtue of the kind patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council, SPC.

Q. You have extended invitations to the oil and energy ministers and the general secretaries of the Arab and international organisations operating in this field. What about the attendance of ministers and senior officials in this field? And what their attendance will add to the event?

A. As I said, the 10th cycle of ADIPEC will witness significant participation by a big number of ministers and deputy ministers from various Arab and international countries. This gathering of oil and energy ministers world-wide makes the exhibition at the forefront of major specialised international exhibitions and testifies to the pioneering position of the UAE in this vital sector.

Q. Holding this exhibition indicates fruitful co-operation between the GEC and other specialised bodies in the country: How do you evaluate this cooperation?

A. ADIPEC 2002 is not different from other exhibitions being organised by the GEC, in terms of the co-operation that has been a landmark. ADIPEC has been given significant support by ADNOC and its group of companies, in addition to the support of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The collaboration between the GEC and the two companies ensures great success, and also avails the best opportunities for the exhibitors. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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