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Program

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Day 1

8:00

Registration

9:15

Paper and Pulp in the MENA region: key market trends and opportunities

  • Examining the biggest markets in the Middle East- with a focus on containerboard and tissue
  • Supply and demand trends in the region
  • Ease of access when importing raw materials
  • Opportunities for investment
9:45

Dr. Fady Gemayel

President

Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries (AFPPPI)

Emerging opportunities: capacity expansion and cooperation

 

  • What are the emerging opportunities in the MENA paper industry resulting from a changing economic environment?
  • Capitalising on these opportunities and encouraging cooperation between regional and international companies
  • The future appetite for imports of pulp, paper and recycled fiber
10:15

Raw materials outlook: Global wood pulp and recovered paper

 

  • A closer look at how China’s import policy changes have impacted global fiber markets
  • What do these changes mean for the wood pulp market?
  • Recent trends in fiber imports into the MENA region
  • Global outlook for wood pulp and recovered paper
10:45

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

11:20

GCC Anti-Dumping duties: A new era for the MENA paper packaging industry?

11:50

Ken Waghorne

Vice President, Global Packaging and Paper

Fastmarkets RISI

Global containerboard outlook

  • A look at the trends within the global containerboard market with a focus on the Middle East & North Africa
  • How European market trends set the tone for the MENA region
12:15

Moderator

Panelists

Executive Panel: Strategic vision for the containerboard industry

  • Assessing current capacity and plans for capacity additions
  • Sustainability- how producers and converters are innovating in light of environmental concerns
  • How are domestic producers dealing with an excess of international waste paper imports
  • What is driving demand for corrugated packaging?

 

13:00

Networking Lunch

14:30

Global tissue outlook

  • Understanding the future and growing demand for tissue in the MENA region
  • How economic and cultural factors within the region are shaping tissue consumption
  • Availability and ease of access for raw materials
15:00

Moderator

Panelists

Kamal Comair

Senior Director of Gespa and Altatrade

Indevco Group

Tissue Panel: Opportunities presented by an increase in demand for tissue and hygiene products

  • Assessing the supply and demand dynamics for tissue products in the Middle East
  • What are the latest innovations and advances in the industry?
  • Examining opportunities driven by a rising economy
15:45

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

16:15

Panelists

The Urban Mill: The future of tissue production

  • Examining the ‘Best Mill Design’ and how to build the symbiosis between the tissue mill and society
  • Location and design as an important parameter for a mill’s sustainability- with a focus on local environment, transportation and health and safety.
  • Integrating local communities and ensuring efficient sharing of resources
16:45

Mary Lystad

Global Sector Lead- Forest Product Investment

IFC

Investment Opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa

  • Opportunities for investment in the MENA forest products industry
  • Assessing the potential gains and concerns associated with a venture into the Middle East
  • Which countries are interested in investing and which are hoping to develop
17:15

Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Day 2

8:00

Registration

9:00

Welcome remarks

9:15

Europe: how changing dynamics in Europe influence the Middle Eastern market

  • How shifts in the European market determine levels of supply and demand in the MENA region 
9:45

Spotlight on Russia: APPM investments and prospects for the Middle East

10:20

International interest in the Middle East: why MENA makes sense

  • Examining MENA’s potential from an international perspective
  • Puma Project II and why MENA makes sense as a stable destination for the future
11:00

Coffee and Tea Networking Break

11:30

Ercan Yurekli

General Manager

YUREKLI KAGIT SAN. VE TIC. LTD. STI.

RCP- opportunities and availability of waste paper

  • Assessing the increased demand for recovered paper in Turkey
  • Overcoming the lack of natural resources in the region and ensuring a consistent supply of raw materials
  • The environmental and commercial benefits of recycling waste paper
12:00

Transport and logistics: cost, speed and investments

  • The Suez Canal- increasing ease of access to the Middle East & North Africa
  • Investment plans and implications on transport in the region
  • Logistical difficulties faced by a reliance on international imports
12:30

Networking Lunch

Wrap up the conference by enjoying lunch networking with colleagues, or grab your lunch to go!