Although the event is held under the Chatham House rule and some of the discussions are too sensitive to put into the public domain, many of the ideas and solutions that emerge may be of value to civil servants around the world. So Global Government Forum has sought delegates’ permission to use specific quotes, producing this report to help public servants understand and address some of the issues and agendas facing the world’s finance ministries.
Took place in Paris on 6 & 7 June 2019, hosted by Michel Houdebine, Chief Economist, Ministry of Economy and Finance, France.
Agenda and report
Preparing for the next economic crisis
The roots of risk: how economic imbalances are poisoning politics
Monitoring and managing public sector performance
Happy shoppers: spending public money well
Finance departments’ crucial roles in digital transformation
Treasuries & transformation: finance departments’ key roles in digital
Building productivity, sharpening competitiveness
The productivity problem: causes, consequences and cures
Don’t respond, avert: funding preventive services
The power of prevention: de-risking the future
“The Global Government Finance Summit exists to help you as leaders of finance ministries to learn from and build links with your peers overseas, identifying the tools and innovations that can help you overcome the challenges you face.”
Kevin Sorkin, CEO, Global Government Forum
Took place in Berlin on 27 & 28 April 2018, hosted by Ludger Schuknecht, Chief Economist, Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin, Germany
“I was struck by how much we have in common, particularly in shared services development and in areas where we could make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to work with government.”
Rosemary Huxtable, Secretary, Department of Finance, Australia
Took place in London on 19 & 20 May 2017, hosted by Tom Scholar, Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury.
“It’s really good to hear a perspective from virtually every continent on the globe on how very different countries deal with common issues and challenges, picking up new ideas that we can all take back to our finance ministries and think about. The challenge is to return to work more enthusiastic about our ability to think differently and constructively in trying to address these things.”
James Bowler, Director General for Public Spending, HM Treasury, UK
Hosted in Singapore by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance in April 2016, this second annual event was attended by high-ranking civil servants from nine countries, along with representatives from knowledge partner EY and event organiser Global Government Forum.
“I believe we learn best from our peers through
such open conversations… delegates would be
tapping into the wisdom everyone has distilled
from years of policymaking.”
Peter Ong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Singapore
Hosted in Singapore by Mr Peter Ong, Permanent Secretary for its finance ministry in April 2015, the event was attended by senior officials from 14 countries across four continents, with representatives of CIPFA International and knowledge partner EY.
“Useful insights of practices that work in other countries. Sharing discussions are candid which is very helpful.”
Lim Soo Hoon, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Singapore