Having been in Kuala Lumpur for the past week, I have missed all the excitment of snow in Europe.
Whatever about mainland Europe that is accustomed to snow, I can tell you that it is a rare occurance in Dublin. Once a decade, if you are lucky - 1947, 1961, 1982, 2010 and now 2018. I was around for the snow of 1982 and 2010. It is a surreal experience to have food queues, no transportation and healty walking! From tropical Kuala Lumpur, I have been able to follow the "Red Alert" via the internet!
Here in South East Asia, both Indonesia and Malaysia will have elections this year. Both elections will have an impact on the fuels market. While change in Indonesia will be more long term, we have seen BP partner with AKR last year as well as Vitol (Viva) develop fuel service stations. In Malaysia, some commentators are saying we will now see a snap election at the end of April or the beginning of May before Ramadan. The type of deregulation and transition period will be determined after the election. Once again our end of June Conference will be ideally timed for an international meeting point of our industry.
I have had a busy week in Kuala Lumpur meeting all oil companies and many suppliers and distributors as well as the local dealer organisations. We will now work on the international and local line up of speakers which will cover subjects of Electrical Vehicles, Biodiesel with 10% Palm Oil Deregulation, Mobile Technology, Payment Transactions, Fuel Dispenser Maintenance Contracts, New Product Development (esp technology), fuel retail network development via dealers and the latest on international developments from around Asia and the Middle East.