Accountant General of Antigua and Barbuda Elected FreeBalance International Steering Committee Chair
Dr. Cleopatra Gittens elected by FISC members as 2012 chair
Ottawa, Canada (April 25, 2012) – FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Cleopatra Gittens, the Accountant General of Antigua and Barbuda as Chair of the FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC). Dr. Gittens was elected chair at the FISC conference held in Istanbul, Turkey in January.
The FISC Chair guides the program for the 2013 FISC Conference scheduled for Hong Kong. FISC members, consisting of countries using the FreeBalance Accountability Suite, voted for the Chair and location for the upcoming conference. Dr. Gittens impressed FISC members by sharing good practices in budget, treasury and civil service management. Unlike traditional software vendor user group meetings, FISC empowers customers to adapt the FreeBalance product roadmap. A significant portion of the annual conference is dedicated to sharing good practices in Public Financial Management (PFM) among countries.
“We congratulate Dr. Gittens and look forward to her contribution for the 2013 FISC Agenda,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “FISC members value her insight and appreciate her domain expertise in budget planning, treasury management and capacity building in government.”
Dr. Cleopatra Gittens is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the City University of New York – Baruch College. She has been the Accountant General of Antigua and Barbuda since September 2009. Previously, Dr. Gittens was Deputy Director and Director of Banking and Monetary Operations at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. Dr. Gittens plays an important role in many PFM reforms as Accountant General of Antigua and Barbuda including the PFM Reforms Action Plan and Public Sector Transformation.
“The FreeBalance International Steering Committee provides a unique opportunity for public financial management professionals to share country experiences on good governance and accountability”, said the Honourable Harold Lovell, Minister of Finance, the Economy and Public Administration in Antigua & Barbuda. “Dr. Gittens plays an active role in the PFM community and we are pleased that she will be in a position to contribute her expertise and leadership to the FISC in her role as Chair.“
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance is a recognized as leader in fast, adaptable and successful GRP implementations. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide. 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 www.freebalance.com.
The annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conference runs from January 16 – 18, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. FISC provides an interactive forum to exchange Public Financial Management (PFM) good practices among international customers and PFM thought leaders. FISC drives the FreeBalance Accountability SuiteGovernment Resource Planning (GRP) product direction. Previous FISC events were held in Madeira, Portugal (2011); Mt. Tremblant, Canada (2010); Prague, Czech Republic (2009); Cascais, Portugal (2008); and London, United Kingdom (2007).