In November, the Council’s Middle East Chapter hosted its first sold-out golf tournament, as well as its annual meeting during the ADIPEC Conference.
The tournament, sponsored by Cummins Arabia, NOV and SPM Oil & Gas, was an opportunity for peers and customers to connect after months of remote events. In 2022, the Chapter plans to further grow the tournament as a cornerstone of the Chapter’s activities, similar to its annual meeting.
During the ADIPEC Technical Conference, the Chapter hosted its annual meeting at the USA Pavilion inside the Expo 2020 Dubai. Erick Kish, U.S. Commercial Service Abu Dhabi, opened the meeting, discussing what his company is hearing from energy companies in the region, the support that U.S. Commercial Services can provide to U.S. firms, and how U.S. businesses are engaging in the Middle East.
Shahin Shamsabadi, FTI Consulting, and Michael Carstensen, DSV Air and Sea, shared keynote remarks to attendees. Carstensen’s insights on the current global trade disruptions focused on the mix of events at ports and the unequal recovery of air trade routes following COVID-19, with the message that old strategies do not work in a post-COVID world. Striking the right balance between cost, flexibility and resilience is not easy but the need to prepare for the unexpected, minimize vulnerability and manage risk is not to be ignored, he said.
Shamsabadi, who also addressed the group in 2018, shared thoughts on how the Gulf reacted to COVID-19 from a political and business perspective and how it is adapting to new markets. Overall, he said, the energy industries are concerned about potential variant resistant strain and how this affects future planning. Other important factors he discussed were ESG and sustainability developments, as well as growing concerns about securing financing.
In 2022, newly elected Chapter Chair Daniel Watson, Energy Alloys, plans to continue to grow the Chapter’s best practice and networking events.
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