November 24, 2014 / 7:48 AM / 4 years ago

Dow Chemical CEO says not quitting Kuwait, but shifting strategy

Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company, participates in a group discussion on "Business by Design: Business with Integrity" during the second day of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) in New York on September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. petrochemicals giant Dow Chemical Co DOW.N is not pulling out of Kuwait but is shifting strategy, its chief executive said on Monday, after the company announced plans to reduce its equity positions in all of its Kuwaiti ventures.

Asked about Dow’s strategy in Kuwait, Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai, said his company was “moving from doing commodities just for commodities sake, moving more downstream and Kuwait is more about commodities...”

“We are not pulling out of Kuwait,” he said.

Dow Chemical announced earlier this month said that as part of a $7-$8.5 billion divestiture plan, it would reduce its equity positions in all of its Kuwaiti ventures, in order to release capital for other strategic purposes. It did not give details.

Kuwaiti state news agency KUNA earlier this month quoted a senior Kuwaiti executive as saying that the Gulf Arab state was planning to offer to the public the shares in Kuwaiti joint ventures which Dow Chemical planned to sell off.

Reporting by Martin Dokoupil, editing by Sami Aboudi, William Maclean and ... ..........

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