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Dear Members and Colleagues.

It is with regret that I have to announce the planned IACE GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) conference in Abu Dhabi on 2nd May 2016 is being cancelled. Like you, we were very excited about this inaugural event and were very involved in our preparation. However, current circumstances have forced us to cancel this event.

This conference was to be a “local” GCC event, and the low oil price has had a huge effect on the GCC countries, countries which all depend on oil and gas for a major percentage of their GDP. With so much down-sizing taking place (for example Schlumberger reducing staff by 25% and BP cutting 4,000 jobs), it is a difficult time for companies to justify sending delegates to conferences. The down-sizing has also meant that some planned speakers are no longer employed locally and are therefore unable to deliver their presentations.

We will be hosting the 1st IACE International Commissioning Conference in Bali, Indonesia in September 2016 and we have major plans for this and are confident that it will be a great event. The International Conference is open to all streams of Commissioning professionals, regardless of industry. Even at this early stage, we have had a fantastic response from a broad base of companies who are interested in presenting, sponsoring and attending the event.

The IACE International Commissioning conference program will consist of high-profile plenary/keynote lectures, industry invited speakers, minisymposia, workshops, special sessions, oral and poster sessions, and exhibitions. The theme of the Bali Conference is to put a spotlight on and highlight the importance of Commissioning in its many guises across all industries (including Start-up, Validation, Completions, etc.) as an absolutely critical phase of any project in any industry. . It will also be an opportunity to introduce the IACE motto “Let’s put Commissioning in its rightful place among all the other disciplines” to the world . Why not make plans to attend this extremely important inaugural event where you’ll have the opportunity to network and work side-by-side with your colleagues from all over the globe.

I would personally like to take time to thank you all for your support; when we planned the launch of IACE for January 2016, we did not foresee the state of the world’s oil-based economy, but regardless, IACE has had a very promising start with members from all continents, and for those who have demonstrated faith in our potential - we will continue to grow and provide membership services. Looking forward to seeing you in Bali in September 2016. More conference details will be shared very soon.

Yours sincerely, Paul Spice and the IACE team.
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