Global Government Finance Summit

The Global Government Finance Summit, organised by Global Government Forum is a unique event that each year brings together Permanent Secretary-level civil servants from finance ministries around the world: delegates discuss their domestic financial and regulatory challenges facing governments and explore potential solutions, taking advantage of this uniquely informal space to share their experiences, concerns and opportunities.

The inaugural event in 2015 was hosted by Peter Ong, then Head of Civil Service and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance in Singapore, and attracted the heads of finance ministries from four continents. In 2017 the Finance Summit was hosted in London by Sir Tom Scholar, permanent secretary, HM Treasury, United Kingdom. In 2018 the Finance Summit will be hosted in Berlin by the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Each year heads of finance ministries attend from around the world and have included countries such as: Angola, Bahrain, Botswana, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Kuwait, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, USA and the United Kingdom.

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

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, former permanent secretary of the UK Treasury 2005 – 2016

Next summit

2020 (date & location to be confirmed)


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