Global Government Summit

The Global Government Summit, organised by Global Government Forum is a unique event that each year brings together the world’s most senior public servants for informal discussions on common and important public sector challenges.  Discussions are held in a round table format, under the Chatham House Rule, fostering frank and open dialogue, enabling sharing of particle ideas and solutions for immediate application.

Next summit: 09-10 February 2018 | Singapore

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The Global Government Summit has been hosted in recent years by the Government of Singapore. The Summit attracts delegates holding roles including the Director of the Prime Minister’s Office, State Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, Head of the Civil Service, Director General of Civil Service Policy, and Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry. Topics vary from year to year, with delegates selecting subjects such as public sector productivity, digital government, responses to demographic change, and leadership development.

In an opening address to welcome guests, host Peter Ong, Head of Civil Service, Singapore said:

No country or leader has a monopoly on wisdom, or all the answers to the governance challenges facing us. That is why this forum is so valuable and timely. It brings us together in one room to interact, to learn from each other, to have intimate conversations, and to exchange our views openly and candidly.

Participants sharing their thoughts over the years have expressed the value of the Summit:

Events such as these, bringing together peers in a safe space for candid discussion of shared challenges, work best where they deliver, through new perspectives, insights that will have immediate practical application. This was a successful event on that score. Thank you.
Serge Dupont, Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council, Canada

Great topics, excellent presentations, insightful discussions. Thank you. A thoroughly worthwhile commitment of my time.
Peter Hughes, Head of State Services, State Services Commission, New Zealand

“Well chosen topics, great sharing of experiences and reminds me of the need to step back occasionally from the pressures of the day to day. Remarkable similarity of issues from diverse countries.”
John Manzoni, Chief Executive, Cabinet Office, UK Civil Service

I had the opportunity to learn what experts in public administration think about contemporary issues, and new trends. I have taken away new ideas.
Özer Kontoğlu, Deputy Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry, Turkey

The diversity of the group provided rich insight into common problems.
Elizabeth Kelly, Deputy Secretary Governance, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

Great diverse group of countries and individuals. Interesting topics that provided lots of food for thought and some solutions.
Lord O’Donnell, Former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the UK Civil Service, House of Lords, UK Parliament

I highly value this opportunity to exchange views with my peers from around the world on very well chosen topics of real concern in an open and intimate environment.
Heiki Loot, State Secretary, Estonia

The Summit gives insightful information and discussion on public service transformation. These ideas and comments are crucial for policy and strategy formulation and implementation.
HE Youk Bunna, Secretary of State of Ministry of Civil Service, Cambodia

All discussions of issues were very interesting and informative. Thank you for this excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and approaches from different global regions on an informal platform.
Tatiana Janečková, Secretary General, Government Office, Slovak Republic

Interesting, and an eye-opener. [There are] similar challenges for all, but we have different political systems and traditions.
Hans Bäck, Director, Prime Minister´s Office, Sweden

All great participants and presentations: thank you for inviting me. Top level professionals sharing their experiences: Malaysia and Estonia particularly stand out.
Mikhail Pryadilnikov, Deputy Director, Analytic Center for the Russian Government

The Global Government Summit is a unique platform which provides an open and frank discussion environment. I really appreciate the chosen discussion topics and I can honestly say that I benefited a lot throughout the presentations. It was a great pleasure and honour to represent my country in such an international platform. Thank you so much.
Akin Ak, Senior Expert at Prime Minister’s Office, Turkey

The Summit gives insightful information and discussion on public service transformation. These ideas and comments are crucial for policy and strategy formulation and implementation.
Matthias Freundlieb, Head of Directorate, Personnel – the Federal Government; Administration, Federal Chancellery, Germany