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To permit candid discussions, Global Government Summit is held under the 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. These focus on the event’s key findings, perspectives and messages, and blend unattributed and paraphrased comments with quotes cleared by participants after the event.


Staged online, hosted by the Government of Singapore, 30 & 31 January 2021.

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Agenda and report

Welcome address
Singapore chief on the biggest challenges facing civil servants: learning pace and earning faith

Tackling the pandemic: learning the lessons, planning the future

The race to protect: how COVID-19 supercharged civil service delivery

Keeping one step ahead: creating more responsive civil services

A new breed of public servants: skills and staffing after the pandemic

Things will never be the same again: adapting to the post-COVID world
Always a fresh crisis: building a resilient civil service

“There will be a world beyond COVID-19; that we know. So what must we do in the midst of this pandemic to come out of this stronger?”

Leo Yip, Head of Civil Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore


Took place in Singapore on 30 & 31 January 2020.

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“Everywhere you look in the world, you see vast challenges – and it’s easy to get dispirited, but I’d argue that at times like this, leaders need to step up – finding new solutions, and inspiring the people we work with and the people we work for.”

Leo Yip, Head of Civil Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore


Took place in Singapore on 7 & 8 February 2019.

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Agenda and report

Welcome Address
The dangers of division: Singapore’s civil service chief opens Global Government Summit
The global economy/developing government capacity
From bitter experience: Lord O’Donnell on the next recession
Unifying strategic planning: collaboration on policies and services
The power of priorities: goal-setting in Finland and New Zealand
Unifying functionality: sharing data and establishing platform services
People power: why digital tech demands very human attributes
Developing the next generation of civil service leaders
Enter the era of enterprise: leadership in the 2020s
Citizen engagement and partnership
Hatching the butterfly: public service transformation

“All of us come from different countries, serving different governments with our own unique contexts and structures – but I’d say that we face broadly the same set of challenges around the world. There is much for us to learn from each other.”

Leo Yip, Head of Civil Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore


Took place in Singapore on 9 & 10 February 2018.

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“The delegates will return to their home countries armed with new ideas, learning and contacts”

Leo Yip, Head of Civil Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore


The Summit was hosted in Singapore, February 2017.

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“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


The Summit was hosted in Singapore, November 2015.

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“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


The Summit was hosted in Singapore, November 2014.

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“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