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Tallinn, Estonia

1 June 2022

Agenda

Welcome
09:30 EEST
What is the aim of Global Government Fintech and today’s Fintech Lab?
Through the day we will find out more about:
·   How can governments help the fintech sector?
·   How can fintech solutions help governments?
·   What can we look forward to here in Tallinn?
Speaker:
Ian Hall, Editor, Global Government Fintech
Keynote 1
09:40 EEST
How important is fintech to Estonia?
Speaker:
Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Minister of Finance, Government of Estonia
Keynote 2
09:55 EEST
The growth of the global fintech industry
Speaker:
Valentina Ion, Director, Strategy Public Finance Industry, Microsoft
MORNING SESSIONSHOW CAN GOVERNMENTS HELP FINTECH?
Panel Session 1
HOW CAN GOVERNMENTS ‘GET ORGANISED’ FOR FINTECH?
10:10 EEST
Central governments, local governments, central banks, regulators and other public authorities are all stepping up their interest and exploration of the possibilities of fintech. But fintech’s very nature – combining finance and technology – means that exploring its possibilities and implementing policies straddles organisations, departments and job remits.
In addition, fintech can be tricky to define; is growing (as technology evolves); and brings legal considerations (where laws themselves often lag technology).
So, how should government authorities get organised to ensure they reap the benefits – and are alive to the challenges – of fintech?
Questions include:
How are governments structuring around fintech? Which leaders within the organisation should lead on fintech initiatives? Are departments creating the role of ‘head of fintech’? Does fintech fall to innovation teams? Digital teams? Technology teams?
Speakers:
Karen Cullen, Head of International Financial Services Unit, Department of Finance, Ireland
Doris Dietze, Head of Digital Finance, Payment Services and Cyber Security Division, Ministry of Finance, Germany
Mari-Liis Kukk, Head of Innovation Department, Financial Supervision and Resolution Authority, Estonia
Moderator:
Siobhan Benita, Event Moderator, Global Government Fintech & Global Government Forum
11:10 EESTMorning Refreshments and Event Photocall
Panel Session 2
HOW CAN GOVERNMENTS HELP THE FINTECH SECTOR TO GROW?

11:40 EEST
Governments are increasingly keen to champion their quickly-growing fintech industries and encourage fintech investment and talent/skills. The aim of this session will be to compare and contrast approaches that government authorities have taken to this, for example in creating infrastructure for fintech experimentation and growth such as sandboxes and accelerators.
Examples of well-established sandboxes, for example, include those in the UK and Singapore, while sandboxes have recently been created in nations including Spain, Greece and Brazil.
Our panel session will also hear a perspective from the private sector as to what fintech companies themselves want from government(s).
Speakers:
Andrés Barragán, Chief of Staff, Public Treasury, Spain
Dr Ben-Benedict Hruby, Senior Legal Expert and Policy Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Austria
Marine Krasovska, Director, Department of Financial Innovation, Financial and Capital Market Commission, Latvia
Taavi Tamkivi, Board Member, European Fintech Association
Moderator:
Siobhan Benita, Event Moderator, Global Government Fintech & Global Government Forum
12:40 EESTLunch
AFTERNOON SESSIONS HOW CAN FINTECH HELP GOVERNMENTS?
Keynote 3
13:40 EEST
Guest presentation (by video-link) from Rostyslav Dyuk, chairman of the board, Ukrainian Association of Fintech and Innovation Companies
Panel Session 3
HOW CAN FINTECH HELP GOVERNMENTS TACKLE FRAUD, ERROR & DEBT?

13:55 EEST
Fraud and error during the Covid-19 pandemic will cost governments billions through false claims – and has highlighted the vulnerability of the public sector to fraudsters. But fraud is a deeper ongoing problem across the public and private sectors worldwide, with issues ranging from bribery and corruption through to procurement fraud, false benefits claims and grant applications.
Fintech solutions offer new ways to tackle the problem, from leveraging data analytics as a fraud detection and prevention tool to the automation of due diligence and use of blockchain to bring greater transparency to procurement.
This panel session will seek to ask questions including: What fintech solutions are available? How are governments using them? What barriers exist to further use?
Speakers:
Euan Slack, Head of Spotlight, Cabinet Office, United Kingdom
Aleksejs Čekalovs, Senior Expert, Audit Authority, Ministry of Finance, Latvia
Valentina Ion, Director, Strategy Public Finance Industry, Microsoft
Jerome Bryssinck, Director of Government Solutions, Quantexa
Moderator:
Siobhan Benita, Event Moderator, Global Government Fintech & Global Government Forum
Panel Session 4
HOW CAN FINTECH HELP GOVERNMENT PAYMENTS?

14:55 EEST
Government authorities are increasingly encouraging the use of – and themselves developing and procuring – fintech solutions to improve the delivery and efficiency of payments. The UK’s HM Revenue & Customs, for example, is using a fintech company to embed open banking within its operations for in-bound tax payments. The Lab’s host nation Estonia is a frontrunner when it comes to digital solutions, while the Czech Republic’s government has just instigated a project to ‘unlock the potential’ of fintech applications and the use of data in financial services.
This session will ask what kind of fintech solutions can best help government payments: what are the opportunities and also barriers to their adoption?
Speakers:
Evelyn Liivamägi, Deputy Secretary General for Financial and Tax Policy, Ministry of Finance, Estonia
Dr Michal Tuláček, Head of the General Tax Legislation Unit, Finance Ministry, Czech Republic
Moderator:
Siobhan Benita, Event Moderator, Global Government Fintech & Global Government Forum
15:40 EESTAfternoon Refreshments
Panel Session 5
HOW COULD CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCIES (CBDCs) HELP DELIVER PUBLIC GOOD?

16:00 EEST
The day’s final panel session will explore one of the highest-profile areas within public fintech explorations: central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).
The Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are already ‘live’ with CBDCs, while China is well progressed with its digital yuan. The US, Eurozone and UK, meanwhile, are stepping up their research.
Are CBDCs a ‘solution in search of a problem’ (as some sceptical analyses, for example, a UK House of Lords report in January, have concluded) or do they offer tangible and worthwhile potential benefits?
This session will examine how CBDCs can (or could) assist with public policy delivery, for example helping with financial inclusion and making use of programmable money; and will explore the extent to which CBDC technical design choices need to take public policy aspirations into account.
Speakers:
Rainer Olt, Head of Payment and Settlement Systems Department, Eesti Pank, Estonia
Mehmet Kerse, Senior Consultant, Digital Finance and Financial Inclusion, CGAP / World Bank Group
Moderator:
Ian Hall, Editor, Global Government Fintech
Closing remarks
16:45 EEST
We wrap up the day’s event and welcome participants to the Evening Drinks and rapid-fire presentation of fintech solutions
Speaker:
Siobhan Benita, Event Moderator, Global Government Fintech & Global Government Forum
NETWORKINGFINTECH SHOWCASE
17:00 EESTEvening Drinks including rapid-fire presentations of fintech solutions that can help government
Companies:
Bankish
Salv
19:00 EESTEvent and reception concludes

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