ICGFM Promotes Knowledge Transfer Among Public Financial Management Experts

Working globally with governments, organizations, and individuals, the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management is dedicated to improving financial management by providing opportunities for professional development and information exchange.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, March 1, 2017 - The Fiscal Transparency & Innovation Fund

The Fiscal Transparency & Innovation Fund
DC Forum Luncheon
March 1, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


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Our Speaker: 


Lisa J. Kubiske
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance & Development 
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs


The Department and USAID created the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund (FTIF) in FY 2012. FTIF supports programs and activities that assist governments to improve their public financial management and fiscal transparency standards, and civil society organizations that promote budget transparency. The Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment solicit proposals and award funds in accordance with established guidelines.

Our Speaker:
A United States diplomat with experience in Latin America, China/Hong Kong, and Washington D.C., Kubiske served as the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras (2011-2014), Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazil (2008-2011) and Deputy Chief of Mission in the Dominican Republic (2003-2006).

Earlier assignments include service as the Western Hemisphere Economics Director at the State Department; Officer in the State Department's Operations Center and Secretariat Staff; Investment Director and Negotiator at the United States Trade Representative's Office (USTR); chief of the Economic-Political Section at the United States Consulate General in Hong Kong; and additional work in Shanghai, China and in Mexico, DF, Mexico.

She was awarded the State Department's highest honor, a Valor Award, for her coordination of U.S. search teams following the major Mexican earthquakes of September 1985. She has earned other awards as well, including a Superior Honor Award for her work as DCM in Santo Domingo and, most recently, Superior Honor awards for her participation in the public outreach campaign on behalf of the United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement and her efforts on behalf of the United States-Brazil biofuels cooperation.  Ms. Kubiske holds a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from Georgetown University.


A Three Course, Served Luncheon is included

Price:               Member - $35,  Non-Member - $37.50

Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm


Sponsored By:
 Graduate School USA


ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, November 2, 2016 - Public Financial Management in the Fight Against Corruption

Public Financial Management in the Fight Against Corruption
DC Forum Luncheon
November 2, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


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Our Speaker: 


Reggie Mitchell
Chief Financial Officer, USAID


During this session, Reginald W. Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer for the US Agency for International Development, will present a high-level overview of the development challenge surrounding corruption and provide his perspective on public financial management's role in building effective institutions and fighting corruption. 

Our Speaker:  Reginald W. Mitchell has served as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief Financial Officer since March 2014.  He is responsible for the worldwide oversight and development of USAID’s financial management policies, programs, and systems.  Mr. Mitchell provides executive leadership to Agency senior management and staff in ensuring the financial integrity of the Agency’s business operations.  Mr. Mitchell also served at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for 26 years, where he gained considerable executive experience.  Mr. Mitchell also served as the Agency’s Controller from 2011 to 2013, and as Budget Director from 2008 to 2011.  Prior to these assignments, he served in a number of senior executive and management positions at the headquarters and regional levels leading administrative operations, including financial management, information technology, human resources, budget formulation and execution, performance management, strategic planning, and space management.  Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Mitchell served in the United States Navy on nuclear submarines.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from National-Louis University and a Master of Public Administration from American University.

Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm


Sponsored By:
 Grant Thornton

Monday, September 26, 2016

ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, October 5, 2016 - How a Deficit-Plagued District of Columbia was Transformed

How a Deficit-Plagued District of Columbia was Transformed into a Financially Healthy Municipality
DC Forum Luncheon
October 5, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Our Speaker:


Natwar Gandhi

Former Chief Financial Officer, District of Columbia


A first-hand account of:
·         How the District was transformed from a deficit-plagued, junk bond rated jurisdiction with $550 million negative fund balance into a financially healthy municipality with a string of balanced budgets and a fund balance of $1.5 billion at the end of 2013, and 

·               How the District secured multiple rating upgrades (a total of 13 rating steps since FY2000) from the major rating agencies for its general obligation bonds, which are currently rated A+ by Standard and Poor’s, AA- by Fitch Ratings and Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Service.


Our Speaker:  Natwar M. Gandhi, PhD, retired as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the District of Columbia at the end of 2013 after serving in that position since 2000.  After presenting evidence of the District's renewed fiscal strength to the financial community, Gandhi was able to secure bond rating upgrades for the city from the three major rating agencies, including a return to an 'A -' rating from Standard and Poor's and Fitch Ratings - the first 'A' level rating for the District since 1995.  Gandhi holds a doctorate in accounting from Louisiana State University, a master's degree in business administration from Atlanta University, and an LLB and BCom in accounting from the University of Bombay.


Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm


Sponsored By:
 Devex

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Call for Speakers/Panels/Papers

Call for Speakers/Panels/Papers


ICGFM Winter Training Conference

December 5 - 7, 2016

Washington, DC USA

Looking forward to a renewed role for public financial management (PFM), it is necessary to build strong PFM practices to address macroeconomic environment, to maximize PFM investment and investor’s confidence.  The options available to finance growth are positively correlated to the strength of a country’s PFM policies, supporting framework and processes, and underlying capacity.

ICGFM solicits proposals for speakers/panels/papers that address the relationship between PFM and its role in building the foundation for success to meet the sustainable development goals for its upcoming Winter Training Conference to be held at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, USA. 

Deadline for submitting proposals for the Washington, DC conference:  September 1, 2016

Presenters from the public and non-profit sector will be awarded a stipend that can be used toward the cost of travel and hotel expenses and given an opportunity to publish their case studies in the ICGFM Journal. 

Key subjects of the conference theme include:

Institutional Reforms and Measurement:
·         Selecting PFM investments which align with strategic vision
·         Developing PFM mechanism geared toward service delivery
·         Demonstrating sectorial returns of PFM investment
·         Realizing benefits of Supreme Audit Institution
·         Enhancing judicious and equitable revenue collection
·         Demonstrating importance of whole of government approach
Policy Reforms:
·     Addressing macroeconomic policies and practices to maximize return in government PFM investments
·       Establishing Government Accounting Standards Board
·   Shifting all public sector enterprises, ministries, departments and authorities to accrual accounting to bring transparency and efficiency
Operational Reforms and Processes:
·         Increasing investors’ confidence through strong PFM practices
·         Enhancing transparency through open government/open data initiatives
·         Preventing fraud, waste, and abuse
·         Investing in people to meet governmental strategies
·      Using financial management information system and analytical tools for decision making to establish strong cash flow and budget management mechanisms
·      Developing budgets driven by long term development policies; equal importance for recurrent budget expenditures

  
Format:
Please follow these instructions to ensure your proposal is expeditiously reviewed. Submissions that do not conform to these instructions will not be reviewed.  Proposals may be presented using the format at the end of this announcement and must be translated into English.
If the attached format is not used, proposals should be no more than 1-3 pages in English.  The submission should include the following information:  
  • Title of session
  • Name, Title, Affiliation, languages spoken, address, email, and phone number of the Session Organizer
  • Name, Title, Affiliation, languages spoken and contact information of up to four (4) potential panelists, if applicable
  • Overview that includes: Objectives of the session; background of the topic; significance to scholarship in or practice of PFM. 
How to submit: icgfm.programs@icgfm.org  

Method of selection: All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Steering Committee. 

Criteria on which proposals are evaluated include: Overall quality; interest to the financial management community of scholars; relevance to practice, and the potential to advance knowledge and dialogue in the field.

Selection notifications for the Washington, DC conference will be made by September 30, 2016.  

Final conference presentations from selected presenters are due on October 21, 2016

Conference description:  ICGFM Conferences are a gathering of financial management practitioners to discuss the financial reforms and methods available to better serve their citizens.  Representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America share their practical experiences in meeting common challenges and employing innovative approaches to all aspects of the PFM cycle.  

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ICGFM MISSION
Working globally with governments, organizations and individuals, the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management is dedicated to improving financial management so that governments may better serve their citizens.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, September 7, 2016 - Liberia Concession Information Management System

Managing Agricultural, Mining and Forestry Concession to Improve Revenues and Minimize Conflicts:  the Liberia System

DC Forum Luncheon
September 7, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


Our Speaker: 

Bob Reschke
Vice President for Programs, IBI


  • Hear about the Liberia Concession Information Management System.
  • Learn how opening up a struggling concessions sector for more efficient and transparent natural resource management improves revenues and minimizes conflicts.
  • Discover how the portal has the potential to rebuild trust between public servants and the population.

Our Speaker:  With over 20 years of professional and executive-level experience, Bob Reschke is an accomplished educator, program manager and growth leader.  As Vice President for Programs, he develops and implements strategies to build upon IBI’s previous successes to expand offerings to new clients, additional countries and adjacent technical areas, along with providing executive oversight of IBI project implementation.  Prior to joining IBI, as Vice President at PAE Government Services (PAE) he was instrumental in establishing, building and managing the global operational unit charged with implementing USG-funded governance and institutional development contracts. As a Project Manager at ARD Incorporated, he managed long-term USAID fiscal decentralization task orders in Bangladesh and Rwanda.  Mr. Reschke holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and completed his studies for the Doctoral Program in International and Comparative Politics at the University at Buffalo.


Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm

Sponsored By:
 IBI

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ICGFM 30th Annual International Training Conference

icgfm 30TH Annual International 
Training Conference

Sunday, May 15 – Registration: 1 - 4 PM, 
Board of Directors Meeting: 2:30 PM
Conference: 
Monday, May 16 to Friday May 20, 2016

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay , 1633 North Bayshore Drive,
Miami
, FL 33123 USA, Room Rate 160 USD per night

Visit www.icgfm.org for more info & registration!!

REGISTRATION FEES

Early Rate Must be paid in full by April 15, 2016: $1,360
Late Rate/Cash Payments April 15, 2016 and later:  $1,590

Registration Includes:
5-Day Training Conference & Workshops
2016 Individual ICGFM Membership
Welcome Dinner Cruise on Biscayne Bay
30th Anniversary Reception with Live Band
Meals during Conference Hours

The international community is in the midst of elaborating on a new framework to promote sustainable development, the success of which will at least partly depend on good policies, credible institutions, and the better and more effective use of available resources to catalyze and finance growth.  The options available to finance growth are positively correlated to the strength of a country’s public financial management (PFM) policies, supporting framework and processes, and underlying capacity.

Key themes of this conference include:

Developing policy framework to support resource mobilization and expenditure
Financing a transformative development agenda (domestic, public, or private funds)
Strengthening domestic resource mobilization/tax administration
Curbing Illicit behaviors and financial flows
Promoting high standards in procurement
Making efficient and effective use of government spending
Delivering accountable programs at the subnational level
Strengthening public sector pay, performance and ethics
Developing and monitoring evidenced based programs
Strengthening independent oversight organizations, including supreme audit institutions
Deploying enabling and diagnostic technologies
Country case studies 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

ICGFM April 6, 2016 DC Forum Lucheon - Strengthening Public Financial Management Capacity - A Somalia Case Study

Strengthening Public Financial Management Capacity -
A Somalia Case Study 


International Consortium On Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM)

DC Forum Luncheon - An Interactive Program Streaming with the UK
April 6, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


Our Speakers:

Alan Edwards
Chair,
CIPFA Development

Michael Parry
Programme Director,
Somalia PFM Education and Training Programme

  • Learn how a consortium made up of WYG, CIPFA and Michael Parry Consulting are leading a program in Somalia to support effective financial management through the development of competent PFM professionals.
  • Hear from experts on the approach and how this is achieved through building capacity and setting up processes that will benefit future generations in Somalia.
Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Public Financial Management (PFM) is pivotal in providing timely, transparent and accurate financial information across the public sector. Developing a strong PFM training program can help inform Government decision making in support of service delivery, and ultimately benefit the citizens of the country. This demand is particularly acute in fragile and post conflict states like Somalia.

Our Speakers:
Alan Edwards
Chair, CIPFA Development
CIPFA – The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
Alan Edwards joined CIPFA in 2010. He has spent most of his career as a management consultant supporting the public sector, having been a Partner at PwC, KPMG and IBM. He trained as an accountant and is an experienced public sector board member being formerly Chair of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and an Independent Member of the Board of the UK National Policing Improvement Agency.

Michael Parry
Programme Director - Somalia PFM Education and Training Programme , WYG
Dr. Parry is principal of Michael Parry Consulting LLP, providing PFM consulting services to countries across the world.  Formerly chairman of a major international consulting firm, he has provided advice to governments in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean.  Extensive international finance and management experience in the public and private sectors, including Chief Executive of an international accounting and law training company. Currently Director of the Somalia PFM Education and Training Programme and Chair of the ICGFM Ad Hoc Committee on Accounting Standards, Michael is a Chartered and Management Accountant with a first degree in economics, and a doctorate in developmental accounting.



Location:

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20036

 

Time:  12:00 - 1:30 pm

 

Sponsored By:

 

 WYG

Monday, February 15, 2016

ICGFM March 2, 2016 DC Forum Lucheon - Engaging the Private Sector in Development

Engaging the Private Sector in Development

International Consortium On Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM)

DC Forum Luncheon
March 2, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.




Our Speaker:
Jason Bauer
Director, Finance, Investment & Trade
Millennium Challenge Corporation

  • Hear about the role of the private sector in contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction in emerging markets.
  • Learn how processes are created to identify and engage businesses in programs, develop and implement frameworks to analyze economic sectors.
  • Discover how projects are designed that effectively incorporate private sector led solutions to development challenges.

Our Speaker:  Mr. Jason Bauer is a Director in the Finance, Investment and Trade team which seeks to catalyze private investment through strengthening the environment for private enterprise.  Prior to this role, Mr. Bauer established the Private Sector Initiatives team which was charged with creating innovative mechanisms to leverage MCC investments.  Mr. Bauer was an associate with OTF Group, where he worked with private and public sector leaders on a range of strategy issues.  Mr. Bauer worked at a financial institution performing financial and strategic analysis in the energy, telecommunications and agribusiness sectors.  At the World Bank, Mr. Bauer worked on a micro-credit and SME project.  He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin.  Jason holds a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University; an MBA from Cornell University and; a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina.

Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm

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