With continued uncertainty surrounding the conduct of face-to-face industry events in Australia at present, the ACAPMA Board considered the merits of conducting the 2021 Asia Pacific Fuel Industry (APFI) Forum during its board meeting of this week.

Having regard to the fact that Australia’s national vaccine rollout was now underway (and is scheduled to be largely complete by October 2021) the Board committed to the conduct of the 2021 APFI Forum after having cancelled the 2020 Forum due to COVID19 considerations.

The APFI Forum is developed by the Industry for the industry and is intended to provide industry participants and related stakeholders with vital knowledge about the nature of the end-stream fuel industry in Australia and New Zealand (i.e. fuel wholesaling & distribution, petrol & convenience retailing and petroleum services).

Over the last five years, the APFI Forum has become one of the premier events for providing high quality information to fuel industry participants in Australia. Presentations are designed to deliver unique and authoritative business insights in areas such as: the near-term economic outlook, developments in vehicle technology, changes in retail consumer behaviours, and information on important development in the regulatory landscape.

“The agenda of this year’s event has been developed around the theme of Doing business in the post COVID19 economy” and will focus on the business challenges that have been caused by the biggest economic downturn in our lifetimes”, said ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie

“We are currently putting the finishing touches on the agenda for this event, with presentations to be provided by senior politicians, economic professionals, and industry leaders on the likely nature of the near-term business environment and the operation of the wider Australasian economy, added Mark.

The conference agenda will also include strategic insights from industry leaders on the impact of recently announced changes in domestic refining on the business and regulatory environment for fuel wholesale and retail businesses, as well as perspectives on changing government policies on vehicle technologies including electric vehicles and hydrogen”, added Mark.

The format of the 2021 Event will be streamlined to create a two-day conference event only, with the deletion of the Trade Show format adopted in previous conferences. Consideration is, however, being given to the inclusion of series of ‘speed dating’ events that will provide opportunities for the leaders of fuel businesses to connect with product and service suppliers, as well as an optional networking event on the third day.

Day 1 of the conference will commence around 10am to minimise the need to fly in the day before. This first day will include a parallel stream for the petroleum contracting community and will conclude with the annual conference dinner. Day 2 will canvass broad whole-of industry themes with the agenda designed to conclude around 4pm, allowing participants to return home that night should they wish to do so.

“All in all, we are confident of being able to deliver a high-quality knowledge and networking event that will provide all participants with a perspective on key aspects of a post COVID-19 trading environment, while also providing an opportunity for people to connect in an enjoyable social setting”, concluded Mark.

So for now, save the dates in your calendar and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Adelaide Conference Centre on 4 and 5 November 2021.