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February 18, 2014

ICGFM Issues Call for Speakers for 28th Annual Training Conference, May 19-23, 2014, Miami, Florida, USA

Posted by David Nummy, ICGFM Vice-President for Programs

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One outcome of the global financial crisis has been the recognition that improved Public Financial Management was critical to management of the crisis as well as part of future prevention efforst. New approaches to the core elements of the PFM cycle have been employed and interest has grown in better methods to effectively manage resources. ICGFM will explore the innovations in PFM that have emerged as well as practices that are recognized as effective at its upcoming 28th Annual International Training Conference in Miami from May 19-23, 2014.

The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) has issued a call for speakers, panels, and presentations that address innovations in public financial management. Public officials and PFM professionals wishing to submit proposals can seek more information at www.icgfm.org and proposal submission should be sent to icgfm.proposals@icgfm.org. The deadline for submission for the conference is February 28, 2014.

Examples of themes that might be the subject of proposals include:

• Innovative approaches to managing resources including a focus on performance and results

• Innovations in procurement

• Emerging international standards and guidelines

• Addressing the human resource needs of public financial management

• Methods of accountability including internal and external audit and social media

• Country case studies

• Expanding the use of E-Government to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency

An expert panel will review all proposals and select the most pertinent and thought-provoking of them for inclusion in the conference programs. The top proposal 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.

ICGFM conferences have proven to be a highly regarded forum to share experiences between PFM professionals and learn from leading experts. The organization is unique in that its membership represents the complete PFM cycle, from planning to audit. The 27th International Conference had participants from over 40 countries.

The ICGFM (www.icgfm.org) is a non-profit group established in the 1960s by the IMF, World Bank, the US General Accounting Office and others to serve as forum for those interested in public financial management around the world, 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 speaker series in Washington, DC, an annual conference in Miami and a somewhat smaller winter conference in Washington, DC. It also publishes the International Journal on Public Financial Management.

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