|A. MAJEED AL-GASSAB
President, PMI-AGC Bahrain Region
President and CEO, DMS Global
MANAMA – On the 2nd and 3rd September this year the Project Management Institute Arabian Gulf Chapter (PMI AGC) in cooperation with the marketing specialists for the energy sector DMS Global will organize the 3rd PMI AGC / DMS Global Energy Forum Debates in the Gulf Hotel in Manama. This event is crucially important for Bahrain and other GCC-states. It aims at tackling the problems and finding the best solutions for the projects within the energy sector, the main driving power of the Gulf’s economy.
The PMI AGC / DMS Global Energy Forum Debates is an open platform where key personalities from engineering and construction, financial and legislative sector meet yearly in different GCC-countries. “We wanted to create an event that would bring together heads of major projects from both NOCs and EPCs to discuss project management challenges the energy industry in the region faces day by day”, said Mohammed Loch, the President & CEO of DMS Global. Who carries the responsibility for environmental pollution? Who should provide insurance for the project: the owner or the constructor? Is the cost plus approach better the lump sum turnkey? These are only a few examples of questions that the energy companies have to solve on a daily basis. “The Project Management Institute is the world’s leading professional authority in the project management field and their technical expertise on general project management issues is impeccable. This is why we have teamed up in support of PMI-AGC”, explained Mr. Loch.
The debates came to Bahrain in the right time as the country is managing a large number of strategically important projects. Among them are, for instance the BAPCO Modernization Program and the BAPCO – A-B Pipeline. The success of these projects is crucial for the economic growth of the country.
“With every challenge there is always more than one solution which is why we chose the debate format for this event: We did not want to have a one-way dialogue typically present at the conferences,” added Abdul Majeed Al Gassab – President PMI AGC Bahrain Region. Mr. Al Gassab was proud to say that the attendance rate at the last event in Kuwait doubled in comparison to the first Debates held in Abu Dhabi.
This year the organizers secured commitment from highly experienced participants representing project owners, engineering and construction companies as well as service providers. This variety of the delegates ensures the well balanced debates, enlightening every aspect of the project management. The registration process is still open and PMI AGC and DMS Global welcome more speakers, delegates and sponsors to join the discussion.