International Conference: Disruptive Technologies and the Public Service

bannerKeynote by Pedro Conceição (UNDP Headquarters). Photo: UNDP GCPSE

Singapore, 28-29 September 2017

The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) and its partners - the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre (NTC) and the Centre for Economics and Public Administration (CEPA) convened 120 public and private sector leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, mobile technologies and blockchain.

Expert-practitioners from academia, public and private sector provided thought leadership on how technology can enable Governments achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, underpinning the legitimacy of the public service as a trusted steward of development. The conference was sponsored by BCG, NEC and Horizon State whose technology experts also actively participated in our sessions and panel discussions.

During the same week, GCPSE hosted a group of 25 public officials from around the world under the auspices of the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) for a week-long training programme on the subject. Participants were able to attend both our International Conference and the Innovation Labs World conference, which GCPSE supported as an event partner. The annual showcase for public sector innovation saw over 800 attendees from 44 countries in 2017.


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