Ireland’s financial services minister to speak at Global Government Fintech Lab 2023

By on 10/04/2023 | Updated on 10/04/2023

Ireland’s minister of state with responsibility for financial services is to speak at the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023, being hosted in Dublin on Thursday 18 May.

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill will deliver the opening keynote at the Lab – an international event organised by our sister title Global Government Fintech for senior public servants interested in exploring and implementing fintech solutions.

“As technology continues to evolve so too does government’s ability to better engage with our citizens – especially when it comes to choice, ease and speed of access to the state’s various financial services,” said minister Carroll MacNeill in looking forward to the one-day event, which will be held at Dublin Castle’s Printworks venue and is free to attend for all public servants.

“As we look to develop the fintech industry in Ireland it is important to welcome colleagues from across the world to learn how other jurisdictions are developing their own digital finance infrastructures,” she added. “I am looking forward to welcoming delegates to Dublin Castle for this important event.”

Carroll MacNeill took up her role, which also includes responsibility for fintech as part of the ‘Ireland for Finance’ strategy, in December 2022. Prior to her appointment to the Department of Finance, which is partnering Global Government Fintech on the event, she was a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in the Irish Parliament.

Register for the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023 for free here

The Global Government Fintech Lab agenda tackles questions such as how governments and public authorities are structuring around fintech and exploring where the biggest opportunities can be found for fintech solutions in the public sector. It also includes a session delving into the biggest financial data-related possibilities and challenges for public authorities.

More specific breakout sessions are planned on topics including: public authorities’ use of fintech solutions to tackle fraud, error and debt; payments (to/from government); blockchain; central bank digital currencies; and how ‘green fintech’ can help achieve climate targets.

The day’s first panel session, ‘How best should financial authorities explore fintech solutions?’, will feature Doris Dietze, head of digital finance, payment services and cybersecurity in Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance; Karen Cullen, head of Ireland’s Department of Finance’s international affairs unit (and chair of a Department of Finance-created fintech steering group); and Marine Krasovska, head of the fintech supervision department at Latvijas Banka (Latvia’s central bank).

Rachel McLaren, head of open banking payments at the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is confirmed as a speaker during the Lab’s payments session. Nazim Gasimzade, director of the State Treasury Agency of the Ministry of Finance in Azerbaijan, will speak at the same session.

Daniel McLean, distribution lead in the European Central Bank (ECB)’s digital euro project, will speak at a breakout session on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). He will be joined at the session by Valentina Ion, who is director of strategy, public finance and industry at Microsoft, which is partnering the event.

The inaugural Global Government Fintech Lab was held in June 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. This event was organised in partnership with the Estonian government.

If you would like to discuss the event, please contact Anne Simonsen via email [email protected] or phone +44 20 4558 8961.
To discuss commercial opportunities, please contact George O’Grady [email protected].

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About Ian Hall

Ian is editor of Global Government Fintech a sister publication to Global Government Forum. Ian also writes for media including City AM and #DisruptionBanking. He is former UK director for the pan-European media network Euractiv (2011-2018), editor of Public Affairs News (2007-2011) and news editor of PR Week (2000-2007). He was shortlisted for ‘Editor of the Year’ at the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards in 2010. He began his career in Bulgaria at English-language weekly the Sofia Echo. Ian has an MA in Urban and Regional Change in Europe and a BA in Economics, both from Durham University.

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