PFM Innovations: ICGFM Issues Call for Speakers at its Upcoming Conferences

Postedby David Nummy, ICGFM Vice-President for Programs

One outcome of the global financial crisis has been recognition thatPublic Financial Management is critical to management of the fallout as well asto prevent future crises.   With greaterattention, new approaches to the core elements of the PFM cycle have beenemployed and interest has grown in the experience of countries around the worldin meeting the challenges of effectively managing resources in a manner that istransparent.   ICGFM will explore theinnovations in PFM that have emerged as well as practices that are recognizedas effective.

The InternationalConsortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) has issued a callfor speakers, panels, and presentations that address good practices in publicfinancial management. As this topic will cover both of its upcomingconferences, proposals are solicited for both the winter conference inWashington, DC from December 9-11, 2013, and the 28th AnnualInternational Training Conference in Miami in May 2014.  The Winter Conference will be held at theInternational Monetary Fund and is conducted in partnership with the FiscalAffairs Department (FAD).

ICGFM conferences have proven to be a highly regarded forumto share experiences between PFM professionals and learn from leadingexperts.    The organization is unique inthat its membership represents the complete PFM cycle, from planning toaudit.   The most recent InternationalConference had participants from over 40 countries.

Examples of themes that might be the subject of proposalsinclude:

An expert panel will review all proposals and select themost pertinent and thought-provoking of them for inclusion in the conferenceprograms.   The top proposal presenters from the public and non-profit sector will beawarded a stipend that can be used toward the cost of travel and hotel expensesand given an opportunity to publish their case studies in the ICGFM Journal.

PFM professionalswishing to submit proposals can seek more information at and proposal submission should be sent to . The deadline forsubmission for the winter conference is September 14, 2013.

The ICGFM is a non-profit group established in the1960s by the IMF, World Bank, the US General Accounting Office and others toserve as forum for those interested in public financial management around theworld, and to serve as an umbrella for government, academia, practitioners,individuals, and other associations interested in public financial management.The organization has a number of activities including a monthly lunch speakerseries in Washington, DC, an annual conference in Miami and a somewhat smallerwinter conference in Washington, DC. It also publishes the InternationalJournal on Public Financial Management.

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