McKinsey launches new centre for government in Asia

Global management consultancy McKinsey & Company has launched the McKinsey Center for Government, a new center of expertise created to help governments navigate the significant challenges they face today and build new capabilities.

Increasingly, the intense pressure for reform combined with a new operating environment, makes innovation a critical capability for governments globally.

The first centre of its kind in Asia, the MCG will have its regional hub in Singapore.

It will be a key part of the new McKinsey Innovation Campus (MIC), established in 2011 to drive intellectual property creation efforts in Singapore, by bringing together the best of global expertise for local innovation.

Andrew Grant, director and leader of McKinsey’s Global Public Sector Practice, said: “Our decision to establish the Asian hub of the McKinsey Center for Government in Singapore reflects the high regard the international community has for Singapore’s commitment to excellence and innovation in government. The centre will be a hub of expertise from both within and outside McKinsey. Uniquely, MCG will be completely international, firmly rooted in the conviction that governments need to better learn from each other’s common experience and success. That is very much the approach which Singapore has taken to developing its own best practice in government.”

The global leader of MCG is Diana Farrell who recently returned to McKinsey from the White House where she served as deputy director of the National Economic Council and deputy assistant to the President on economic policy in the Obama Administration.

Speaking at a Forum on 21st Century Government in Singapore on 23 July, Farrell explained that: “MCG will be a dedicated center of expertise and innovation to support governments in achieving greater and lasting performance. Our mission is to help them understand the forces that are driving change, design strategies for success and develop the tools and capabilities needed for effective execution. Our focus is on government designed for new times”.

“To do that, MCG will develop our own new research, knowledge, publications and tools as well as curating the best from elsewhere. And we will convene fora of experts around the world, from various backgrounds, where exciting new ideas and innovative models for government can be debated, codified and shared”.

Also speaking at the Forum were former Head of the Singapore Civil Service and Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic Futures, Peter Ho, director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Parag Khanna, deputy head of the Indonesian Presidential Delivery Unit, Heru Prasetyo, and managing director of Channel NewsAsia, Debra Soon. Ho and Khana will be contributing articles to a global anthology about government to be published by the McKinsey Center for Government in the second half of 2012.

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