Annual FreeBalance Steering Committee Event to Focus on Change Management and Sustainable Reform

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Government of Antigua & Barbuda Hosting Interactive Customer Forum for the Exchange of Government Resource Planning (GRP) Good Practices and Country Experiences

FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, announced that the annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) event will take place from February 2-6, 2014 in St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda. The event is designed to share good Public Financial Management (PFM) practices among countries to improve fiscal effectiveness. FISC is critical to the FreeBalance customer-centric approach and social responsibility mandate of sharing governance improvement lessons. The theme of the eighth annual FISC is “Change Management and Sustainable Reform.” The interactive program will enable country delegates to identify innovative ways to accelerate and sustain PFM reform efforts.

The 2014 FISC event is being hosted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Antigua & Barbuda. “FreeBalance customers are at the forefront of PFM reform and this event provides an opportunity for country delegates to collaborate to achieve the shared goal of improved governance,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “FreeBalance embraces the concept of customer-centricity and FISC helps ensure that our solutions evolve in line with customer priorities.” The FISC chair is Dr. Cleopatra Gittens, the Accountant General of the Government of Antigua & Barbuda.

FISC provides an interactive forum for the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences among FreeBalance customers. Insights from FISC meetings and discussions provide leadership and vision for FreeBalance solutions for the public sector. These activities, combined with other aspects of the ISO-9001:2008 certified “customer-centric” processes, ensures that FreeBalance products meet changing international needs in a financially sustainable fashion. The 2014 FISC event takes place in parallel with the Minsters’ Roundtable, being hosted by the Honorable Harold Lovell, Minister of Finance, Government of Antigua & Barbuda.

FreeBalance will be blogging and live tweeting during FISC 2014 to share good GRP practices with the international community. Internationally renowned speakers and FreeBalance domain experts will be discussing recent trends and good practices. Presentations and workshops cover timely subjects, including:

  •     Change Management and Sustainable Reform
  •     Government Technology Trends
  •     Reputation & Information Technology
  •     Citizen-Centered Governance
  •     Change and Capacity in Project Management
  •     Sustainable Organizational Change

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance is recognized as a leader in fast, adaptable and successful GRP implementations. FreeBalance provides software solutions for public financial and human resource management, and supports reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit

About FISC
The annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conference runs from February 2-6, 2014 in St. John’s Antigua & Barbuda. FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange Public Financial Management (PFM) good practices among international customers and PFM thought leaders. FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability Suite Government Resource Planning (GRP) product direction. Previous FISC events were held in Ottawa, Canada (2013); Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Madeira, Portugal (2011); Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010); Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Cascais, Portugal (2008); and London, United Kingdom (2007).

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