About the Global Government Finance Summit

First held in Singapore in April 2015, the Global Government Finance Summit, organised by Global Government Forum, brings together Permanent Secretary-level civil servants from finance ministries around the world for candid, informal discussions on the financial and regulatory issues facing governments.

The inaugural event was hosted by Peter Ong, the Head of Civil Service and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance in Singapore, and attracted the heads of finance ministries from four continents: leading civil servants attended from the governments of Angola, Bahrain, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Kuwait, Latvia, New Zealand, Oman, Russia, Singapore, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The knowledge partner was EY, which also played an important role in the discussions.

The discussions covered topics including fiscal management; institutional reforms to promote fiscal sustainability; public sector reforms; and budgetary techniques for improving organisational performance. Commenting on the Summit, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, then Permanent Secretary of the UK’s HM Treasury, said: “There are a lot of international fora, but what’s valuable about this event is that it focuses on public sector fiscal and public service reform and broader issues in an informal setting, where there can be a genuine dialogue as opposed to lots of formal speeches.

Although the discussions are held under Chatham House rule, we produce news articles on the event using on-the-record interviews, as well as a report using approved quotes to set out the main discussions and conclusions.

The 2016 Global Government Finance Summit was held in Singapore on 22-23 April, and was attended by leaders from countries including: Botswana, Cambodia, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Singapore, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

For information about attending our Finance Summit as a delegate or joining the discussions as a knowledge partner, contact Kevin Sorkin at [email protected] or telephone +44 7738 148585.

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, Head of Civil Service and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Singapore

Next summit

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For delegate or knowledge partner enquiries please contact:
Kevin Sorkin
[email protected]
+44 7738 148585

More feedback

This was an unprecedented event. There are a lot of international fora but what’s valuable about this event is that it focuses on public sector fiscal and public service reform and broader issues in an informal setting, where there can be a genuine dialogue as opposed to lots of formal speeches.

This event brought people together from emerging as well as developed economies – people from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe; it was very positive.”
Lord Nicholas Macpherson, permanent secretary of the UK Treasury

[The Global Government Finance Summit] is an entirely different event: It’s a smaller group and a more intimate discussion; people are less intimidated to air their concerns and speak their mind – I have never participated in anything of this kind of format before.”
Guðmundur Árnason, permanent secretary of Iceland’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

We had some really good discussions and I learnt how people in a comparable position deal with the problems that we all face; and that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

New Zealand was very interesting because they’ve been reforming their system over 25 years, which, I think, is quite daunting. One lesson their case has taught me is that you need to have continuous reform.”
Martti Hetemäki, permanent secretary of Finland’s finance ministry

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

Governments face similar challenges. This forum brings together high level professionals to share and compare solutions. It’s a great opportunity to learn from peers.”
Mikhail Pryadilnikov, Deputy Director, Analytic Center for the Russian Government, Russia

The event was excellent because of the excellent organisation and subjects discussed. It was a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from different countries and sharing their experience with us. We learnt a lot. Thank you.”
Nasser Khamis Al Jashmi, Under Secretary of Finance, Ministry of Finance, Oman

It was great to hear presentations and to discuss and learn different experiences and perspectives. And most interesting to meet colleagues with similar jobs from different countries.”
Gabriel Makhlouf, Secretary and Chief Executive, The Treasury, New Zealand

Very well organised seminar with good combination of presentation and discussion about different experiences. Very good place to get new ideas.”
Liga Klavina, Deputy State Secretary on Financial Policy Issues, Ministry of Finance, Latvia

I am very interested to attend this event, we listened to different experience. I am looking to share this event in the future.”
Saleh A. Al-Sarawi, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Budget Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Kuwait

I am really very happy that I attended the event. I learned a lot from Singapore and the countries that participated in the event. Thank you.”
Wael F. Al Mutawa, Director of Planning & Pursuance Department, Ministry of Finance, Kuwait

The presentations are very good and the discussions are very useful that we are able to share our experiences and the solutions also.”
Dr Dini Kusumawati, Strategic Planning Advisor of the Secretariat General, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia

The most impressive for me was the public sector productivity. The event was an excellent experience. Was important for me share different ideas.

In my opinion the success of Singapore is because down to the discipline and the existing commitment from the top to the bottom.”
Walter Aires, National Director of Treasury, Angola

Good exchange of views, the event allowed me to get lots of access to other countries and their experience and useful contacts.”
Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

It was very insightful to be able to share common experiences with finance ministries from around the world, hear common challenges and the latest policy opinions.

These events offer an excellent opportunity to learn from others.”
James Bowler CB, Director-General for Tax and Welfare at HM Treasury, United Kingdom