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FreeBalance Promotes Government Resource Planning (GRP) at GovTech 2011 in Durban, South Africa


September 12, 2011

Sixth Annual GovTech conference to explore “Connected Government: Working Together to do More”

Ottawa, Canada (12 September 2011) – FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth, is pleased to announce attendance at GovTech 2011. This event will be held at the International Convention Centre Durban in the Kingdom of the Zulu, Durban, South Africa, 11 to 14 September 2011. FreeBalance is a member of the Canadian Council on Africa and supports Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms with GRP implementations in Liberia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, and with MCA Namibia.

GovTech 2011 brings together information technology professionals, practitioners, and leaders from the public and private sectors to explore technology as the enabler for public service innovation and productivity growth. This event is expected to bring together 1,400 representatives from the National, Provincial and Local Governments and over 900 delegates from the private sector. Session topics at GovTech 2011 include: Information Security, A Smart City Model, Software for Connected Government, Information Management & Collaboration, and Next Generation Infrastructure. The keynote address will be delivered by the Honourable Minister Richard Baloyi, Public Service and Administration, South Africa. 

“FreeBalance looks forward to attending this year’s GovTech Conference in South Africa,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO at FreeBalance. “Governments worldwide are modernizing and reforming public financial management solutions to deliver operational efficiencies. FreeBalance is successfully working with Governments in Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, and Uganda to modernize and reform connected and integrated GRP software. FreeBalance works with these governments to improve transparency, governance, and accountability, which leads to increased economic activity and improved services to citizens.”

FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 offers a pure web-based platform that has been optimized for rapid government deployment and operational effectiveness. It is ideal for all levels of Government as the FreeBalance Accountability Suite was designed specifically for public financial management. The FreeBalance Accountability Suite covers the entire budget cycle, including budget preparation, budget execution, and civil service management and includes financial and human resources transparency that improves governance and trust. Recent innovations from FreeBalance include Transparency and Procurement portals to improve government accountability.

FreeBalance customers span the globe and the user community includes public financial management professionals in 19 countries. FreeBalance operates in 15 customer time zones. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and also manages a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide. FreeBalance is active in 19 countries, including Antigua & Barbuda, Afghanistan, Canada, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uganda among others. 

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit


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Matthew Olivier

Matthew Olivier

Vice President, Marketing at FreeBalance
Matthew is responsible for providing strategic marketing, communication, and business development direction for FreeBalance products, solutions and services. Matthew leads marketing and business development activities to support FreeBalance growth and brand awareness in the GRP market.

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