CPI Asia-Pacific Summit 2016

Chris Holmes shares his highlights from the Asia-Pacific Commercial Cards & Payments Summit

Martina and I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual CPI Asia-Pacific Summit (12th and 13th May 2016), hosted at the Hilton Singapore.

This was another great event from the Commercial Payments International (CPI) and Eurofinance teams that brought together 120 representatives from across the industry and across the Asia-Pacific region to learn about and discuss some of the most pressing topics facing the commercial payments industry.

I was privileged to be a speaker on two panels:

Panel 1 – Supplier enablement: Proven strategies for success

My first panel focused on the merchant enablement challenge. To set the scene for the session, I presented a short review of the CPI European Advisory Board’s Working Group on Supplier Enablement that I presented at the CPI Europe Summit back in March (it can be viewed here).

The themes identified through the Working Group were in no ways limited to Europe and hold as much relevance for the Asia-Pacific region. In fact, the challenge is probably greater in this region due to even wider disparities between countries!

Following my presentation, my fellow panellists and I took questions from the audience and helped provide more detailed insight and advice on this key topic.

Panel 2 – New technologies

For my second panel, I participated in a discussion on new technologies. I shared my views on the technology that I felt will have the biggest impact on the commercial payments space and also responded to audience questions on wider innovation trends that we are seeing across the region and internationally.


Other topics on the conference programme included emerging market challenges and opportunities, the SME opportunity, FinTech, Virtual Cards (with a focus on T&E spend) and the changing corporate traveller.

In summary, a fantastic event and one that was a great opportunity to meet up with many of our friends within the industry and make many new ones from across the Asia-Pacific region.

For further information on the CPI Summits, including the upcoming Global Summit in New York, please click here.


In another article, Martina has shared her views on some of the key trends impacting the Asia-Pacific region following a recent trip to Australia. Martina calls out a number of topics including the imminent RBA interchange regulation and changing provider landscape – both hot topics for many of the attendees at the CPI Asia-Pacific event. To find out more, please click here.