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Agenda 2024

The Global Government Finance Summit addresses some of the biggest challenges facing public sector finance leaders around the world.

Each session is a free-flowing discussion between participants, including stimulating presentations from a range of Public Service leaders. Please see below the agenda for the 2024 Summit.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

18:30 – 19:30

Welcome Reception

Welcome, context and group introductions.


19:30 – 21:30

Opening session

Participants consider global economic issues in 2024 and discussions take place over dinner.

Presentation and discussion


John McCarthy
Chief Economist, Government of Ireland, Ireland

Discussions take place over dinner and the session ends at 21:30

Thursday 6 June 2024

09:00 – 10:30

How finance ministries can use artificial intelligence

Governments around the world are examining the use of artificial intelligence to both improve the efficiency of government services and provide better public services for users.

Finance ministries are among the departments where there is greatest potential for the use of artificial intelligence. As the government’s hub of financial data and insight, as well as the home of evaluation and monitoring functions in many countries, these departments can use artificial intelligence to unlock insight and intelligence on the effectiveness and efficiency of public spending.

This session will explore how finance ministries can use AI to become more effective custodians of the public purse – from better joining up information on procurement spending across government, to deploying large language models to help users find the information they need about taxation and benefits – and the skills public servants will need to make best use of the technology.

Including presentations and discussion


Fatima Yousif Alnaqbi
Acting Undersecretary for Support Services Sector and Chief Innovation Officer, Ministry of Finance, United Arab Emirates

Ruth Kennedy
Revenue Commissioner, Ireland

11:00 – 12:30

Making tax less taxing

Technology has changed how people interact with a range of services, from food delivery to booking doctor’s appointments.

But many government tax administration systems have not kept up with the ease of use of many digital services. This session will look at how finance ministries can plan, develop and implement better digital taxation systems in a way which boosts compliance and reduces the burden for citizens. It will discuss the barriers governments have faced in making taxation systems digital – ad how they can be overcome.

Including presentations and discussion


Marine Khurtsidze
Head of Tax and Customs Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, Georgia

Session followed by lunch 

13:30 – 15:00

How to improve public service productivity

As the world deals with slow economic growth, many governments have redoubled their focus on improving public sector productivity. A number of countries have launched productivity programmes to drive better value for public spending, and to refocus budgets to government priority errors.

This session will examine how finance ministries can use their central role in government to unlock greater productivity – both in central government and the wider public sector.

The session will look at how departments can be supported by enabling finance ministries to invest in technology and reforms that will unlock savings, or invest in early intervention services that will reduce public service costs over the medium term. It will also look at how governments could better measure productivity to help government make more effective spending allocations, and better monitor the impact of decisions.

Including presentations and discussion.


KWA Chin Lum
Director (Fiscal Policy), Ministry of Finance, Singapore

Simon Wright-Lakin
Vice President, Public Sector Europe, Solutions and Outreach, Mastercard

Tómas Brynjólfsson
Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

Session supported by Knowledge Partner, Mastercard

Session followed by a refreshment break

15:30 – 17:00

Using just in time insight in government finance and service delivery

Data is everywhere in government, as departments collect large amounts of information from many different sources.

Much of this information could be used to improve public services if it was made available to policymakers. But this insight can be lost if it takes too long to analyse the information, and data can go out of date quickly in a fast-changing and uncertain world.

To address this, many governments are looking to embed real time information into their decision making.

This session will look at how finance ministries are looking to make better use of up-to-the-minute intelligence in policymaking, and how government decision-making can be structured to make the most of real-time data in feedback and evaluation.

Including presentations and discussion.


Sarah Glavey
Principal, Public Service Transformation, Ireland


17:00 – 17:20

Summary and thanks

Summit concludes at 17:20

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