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Dr. Pingfan Hong to Share Key Insights from the UN Sustainable Development Agenda at 2014 Ministers’ Roundtable


February 3, 2014

Presentation at FreeBalance-sponsored event to discuss the United Nations approach to long-term and sustainable global development beyond 2015

Ottawa, Canada (February 3, 2014) – FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, is pleased to announce Dr. Pingfan Hong as a guest speaker at the bi-annual Ministers’ Roundtable event taking place between February 2-6, 2014 in Antigua & Barbuda. Dr. Hong’s presentation “Challenges for the UN Sustainable Development Agenda beyond 2015″ will discuss key challenges for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which is under deliberation in the inter-governmental process at the United Nations.

Dr. Hong will be presenting at the Ministers’ Roundtable on February 3, 2014. “The UN is playing a critical role in accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and in advancing the global development agenda beyond 2015. The post-2015 development agenda will define a coherent approach that integrates the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and have eradication of poverty as its top priority”, said Dr. Hong. His presentation will draw from the major UN publications the Development Policy and Analysis Division has led, including the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014, the World Economic and Social Survey 2013, and the Millennium Development Goals Gap Task Force Report 2013.

Dr. Pingfan Hong is the Acting Director of Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. Dr. Hong has worked mostly in the areas of policy research, particularly macroeconomic policy analysis, international policy transmission, and large-scale econometric modeling. Before he joined the UN, Dr. Hong worked as an officer in the State Planning Commission of China. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Dual Master in Computer Sciences and Management Sciences from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was the World Bank McNamara Fellow of 1985.

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 the Ministers’ Roundtable
The bi-annual Ministers’ Roundtable event runs from February 2-5, 2014 in St. John’s Antigua & Barbuda. The roundtable sessions focus on how participating countries have leveraged technology to drive sustainable government reform and modernization efforts. The Ministers’ Roundtable provides an opportunity to share lessons learned and good practices from the implementation of technology to support Public Financial Management (PFM) reform. Previous Ministers’ Roundtable events were held in Istanbul, Turkey (2012) and Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010).


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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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