Liela Aridi Afas and Steve Clyburn from Grant Thonton presented the results of the 2009 ICGFM Survey of Global Financial Management Leaders. This study was recently completed and published. The survey found that the top reason for implementing Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms is to increase transparency.
An informal conference poll was compared to the survey:
Recommendations were provided to help overcome obstacles to PFM reform. The lack of trained professionals was cited as the greatest barrier to PFM reform. The ICGFM Survey found that technical assistance is the most important resource needed for reform to succeed. Mr. Clyburn pointed out that the challenges faced by public finance managers around the world are similar. Many of the challenges are faced in developed and developing countries.