Muscat, The Fifth GCC Laboratory Efficiency Conference kicked off today. The 2-day conference is organized by the GCC Standardization Organization (GCC-SO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It reviews the latest development and exchanges best practices in the field of laboratory efficiency and important challenges faced by the petroleum and petrochemical sectors.
The conference was patronized by Dr. Ali bin Masoud al-Sunaidi, Minister of Commerce and Industry, who considered the conference as a platform for exchanging ideas and agreeing on specific mechanisms to enhance cooperation among member countries to uplift the efficiency of laboratories, especially with regard to control on fuels and petrochemicals and implementation of best international practices in this field.
Dr. Al-Sunaidi said that the conference addresses the oil and petrochemical sector as it is of vital importance to the economies of the GCC countries, which are among the largest producers of oil and related industries, including the petrochemical industry, which is the second largest industrial sector in the region, with products worth a total of approximately US $100 billion per year and a global market whose total value in the next five years is expected to exceed US $1 trillion.
The Minister of Commerce and Industry pointed out that the Ministry contributes to organizing this conference in cooperation with GCC-SO to emphasize the principle of partnership with other GCC countries to ensure the implementation of quality standards and the development of the infrastructure of standardization.
Saud bin Nasser al- Khusaibi, GCC-SO Secretary General, said that since its establishment, the GSO has supported the implementation of the unified economic agreement for the GCC countries, based on the objectives of the GCC Statute aimed at achieving coordination, integration and connection among member states.
For his part, John Walter, President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), stressed the importance of the conference, especially in the quality of industries that adhere to specifications, pointing out that each country has to do many things and there are many priorities.
ISO president noted that the importance of this conference is to set priorities as a discussion of the impact of the quality of manufacturing in the oil and gas sectors.
The conference, which was held at the Sheraton Oman Hotel, started with several sessions focusing on the integration of the quality infrastructure of the GCC countries in the fields of petroleum and petrochemicals, specifications and accreditation as a strong tool in the efficiency testing, in addition to efficiency testing programs and their role in the sustainability of quality and the role of quality infrastructure in Petroleum and petrochemicals industry as a catalyst for growth.
The opening of the conference was attended by a number of ministers, undersecretaries, heads of regional organizations and federations, experts and speakers in this field at the regional and international levels.
Source: Oman News Agency