February 1, 2010Matthew Olivier
2010 FISC Elects Chair at Annual Meeting in Mont Tremblant, Canada
Ottawa, Canada (February 1, 2010) – 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, today announced that Mr. Lulzim Ismajli, Treasury Director, Kosovo Ministry of Finance & Economy, has been re-elected as Chair of the FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC). Mr. Ismajli was elected by a group of senior government officials from Antigua & Barbuda, Kosovo, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone, and Timor-Leste as part of the annual FISC strategic planning sessions.
The FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange public financial management good practices among international customers and Public Financial Management (PFM) thought leaders. FISC enables customer-centric development as it exposes the product roadmap providing traceability to specific customer requirements. FISC delegates set future direction by voting and prioritizing product specifications and enhancements. And, the FISC ensures proper oversight by voting one of their members as FISC Chair who serves for a one-year term. Previous FISC events were held in Prague, Czech Republic (2009), Cascais, Portugal (2008), and London, United Kingdom (2007). The FISC meets annually and through conference calls each quarter to adjust and modify the product road map. The FISC is a critical part of the global FreeBalance community.
“To have been re-elected as Chair of the FreeBalance International Steering Committee is a great honour,” said Lulzim Ismajli, Treasury Director, Ministry of Finance & Economy, Government of Kosovo. “I look forward to working with such a distinguished group of international government officials as we leverage technology investments to accelerate economic development, improve accountability, transparency and modernization.”
The 2010 FISC event was unique from previous years as it also included a program for Ministers and Partners. The Ministers Meetings provided participants with exclusive access to an interactive forum with influential PFM experts and speakers, including: Peter Hall, Vice President and Chief Economist of EDC; Jean-Louis Sarbib, CEO of Development Gateway; Michael Clarke, Director of the Information and Communication Technologies for Development at IDRC; Ken Cochrane, Managing Partner of SSG Southside Solutions Group and former CIO in the Government of Canada; Richard Worzel, Futurist; David Nummy, Executive Director of Grant Thornton; and Tom Helou, President & COO of Authenware. The FreeBalance Partners Program ran in parallel and provided participants with an interactive forum with the GRP community.
“The annual FISC event aligns the FreeBalance vision with our customers’ needs and requirements and demonstrates our commitment that FreeBalance products and services are customer-centric and customer-driven,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “FISC ensures our international customers achieve a sustainable Government Resource Planning solution with long-term capacity capabilities.”
FreeBalance customers span the globe and the user community includes public financial management professionals in 18 countries. FreeBalance operates in 15 customer time zones. FreeBalance has more than 60,000 users around the world. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and also manages a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide.
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