Previous Global Government Summits

To permit candid discussions the Global Government Summit is held under Chatham House rule. Global Government Forum produces a report after each event so that delegates can share some of the discussions with their colleagues and a wider audience. Quotes are gathered in on-the-record interviews held alongside the sessions, and our reports are cleared by delegates after the event.

Summit reports


2018

Takes place in Singapore on 9-10 February 2018.
The full 2018 Summit report will be published here.

2017

The Summit was hosted in Singapore by Peter Ong, head of civil service, Singapore, in February 2017. The event was attended by heads of public sector from 12 countries, plus representatives of knowledge partner Centre for Public Impact, a BCG Foundation.
The full 2017 Summit report will be published here soon.

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


2015

The Summit was hosted in Singapore by Peter Ong, head of civil service, Singapore, in November 2015. This fourth Global Government Summit focused on public sector productivity, digitisation, and driving innovation in government. The event was attended by heads of public sector, plus representatives of knowledge partners McKinsey & Company and EY.

Over a day of intense, far-ranging discussions, the participants identified a number of challenges facing governments around the world. And most of these are relevant to administrations of every region, size and state of development – the local impacts of issues such as digitisation and migration may vary, but almost every government is wrestling with the implications from these global phenomena.The key challenges mentioned by participants. In no particular order, were:

  • Digitising and modernising government
  • Low economic growth and poor productivity
  • Constrained public sector finances
  • Migration and demographic change
  • Jobs and economic development
  • Security concerns
  • Attracting investment and developing infrastructure
  • Democratic engagement
  • Skills and capabilities

“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.”
Peter Ong, Head of Civil Service, Singapore


2014

The Summit was hosted in Singapore by Peter Ong, head of civil service, Singapore, in November 2014. The event was attended by heads of public sector from eight countries, plus representatives of knowledge partner McKinsey & Company.

No country or leader has a monopoly on wisdom, or all the answers to the governance challenges facing us,” said Peter Ong, Singapore’s Head of Civil Service, at the event’s introductory session. “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.”Setting out the greatest governance challenges arising around the world, Peter Ong named three “deficits” that must be addressed. The first is that of jobs or growth deficit: “There is a sense that globalisation is not working for everyone, and we have what we call a ‘winner-takes-all’ outcome,” he said, pointing to the global youth unemployment rate of 13%. “With incomes stagnating, labour market instability and job deficits, this has given rise to middle class discontent.”

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


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