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Ireland’s financial services minister to speak at Global Government Fintech Lab 2023

"As technology continues to evolve so too does government’s ability to better engage with our citizens": Minister Jennifer Carroll MacNeill is looking forward to the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023

Ireland’s minister of state with responsibility for financial services is to speak at the Global Government Fintech Lab 2023, being hosted in Dublin on Thursday 18 May.

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill will deliver the opening keynote at the Lab – our international event for senior public servants interested in exploring and implementing fintech solutions.

“As technology continues to evolve so too does government’s ability to better engage with our citizens – especially when it comes to choice, ease and speed of access to the state’s various financial services,” said minister Carroll MacNeill in looking forward to the one-day event, which will be held at Dublin Castle’s Printworks venue.

“As we look to develop the fintech industry in Ireland it is important to welcome colleagues from across the world to learn how other jurisdictions are developing their own digital finance infrastructures,” she added. “I am looking forward to welcoming delegates to Dublin Castle for this important event.”

Minister Carroll MacNeill took up her role, which also includes responsibility for fintech as part of the ‘Ireland for Finance’ strategy, in December 2022. Prior to her appointment to the Department of Finance, which is partnering Global Government Fintech on the event, she was a Member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in the Irish Parliament.

The Department of Finance operates a fintech steering group, whose chair Karen Cullen will join the opening panel session at the Lab. The steering group’s membership was expanded last year to include the wider public sector and it is also deepening engagement with the private sector.

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Digital finance commitment

Ireland’s government has a long-standing commitment to developing its financial services sector, including fintech. ‘Fintech and Digital Finance’ is one of five main themes of its recently published ‘Update to Ireland for Finance’, a whole-of-government strategy charting the development of international financial services in the European Union (EU) member state to the end of 2026.

The Global Government Fintech Lab, which is free to attend for all public servants, will feature speeches, panels and breakout sessions focused on fintech-related opportunities and challenges for those working in central government, agencies and other public authorities. It will also include plenty of opportunities for networking, reflecting our spirit of sharing knowledge across borders.

The agenda includes overarching themes such as how governments and public authorities are structuring around fintech and exploring where the biggest opportunities can be found for fintech solutions in the public sector. It also includes a session delving into the biggest financial data-related possibilities and challenges for public authorities.

Breakout sessions are scheduled on: public authorities’ use of fintech solutions to tackle fraud, error and debt; payments (to/from government); blockchain; central bank digital currencies; SupTech (supervisory technology); and how ‘green fintech’ can help achieve climate targets.

Global Government Fintech’s inaugural Lab took place in June 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. This event was organised in partnership with the Estonian government.

Further information can be found on the Global Government Fintech Lab webpage.

If you have questions, please contact our co-ordinator, Anne Simonsen, via email: anne.simonsen@globalgovernmentforum.com or phone +44 20 4558 8961.
To discuss commercial opportunities, please contact George O’Grady george.ogrady@pendragonim.com

FURTHER READING

Global Government Fintech Lab to hold 2023 ‘Lab’ in Dublin’ – our article (20 January 2023) announcing Ireland’s capital as location for the event

‘Ireland’s finance department’s fintech lynchpin: an interview with Karen Cullen’ – an interview (16 September 2021) with the head of international financial services in the Department of Finance’s risk and compliance unit (and fintech steering group head)