FGV seminar debates public management in Brazil and in the USA

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Atualizado Friday 08/08/2014

The Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV/EBAPE) held yesterday, August 6, in partnership with the Institute of Educational Development (IDE) and FGV Projects, the seminar "Challenges of Public Management in Brazil and in the United States". The event was attended by many scholars and Brazilian and American public administration authorities, such as BNDES' President, Luciano Coutinho; the former Finance Minister, Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira; the Secretary for Planning and Management of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Francisco Caldas de Andrade Pinto; the coordinator of the Master's in Public Administration of the City University of New York (CUNY), Marilyn Rubin; and the specialist of the University of Binghamton, Nadia Rubaii.

FGV was represented at the event by its vice-president, Sergio Quintella; its academic dean, Antonio Freitas; the director of FGV/EBAPE, Flavio Vasconcelos; and the advisor to the president, Istvan Kasznar; besides Professors Fátima Bayma, Regina Pacheco and Humberto Martins. "The goal was to discuss the relevance of public administration among various authorities, professors and renowned professionals in Brazil and the United States. We share the best practices to contribute to the development of management programs," explained Fátima Bayma, who is among the organizers of the event.

During the opening, Bresser-Pereira mentioned the importance of the Foundation and former president Luiz Simões Lopes (1903-1994) for the development of public administration in the country. "FGV is the mother of public administration in Brazil because it was the president Simões Lopes who made the bureaucratic reform. This process included an essential part which was to reorganize the state apparatus - led by Simões Lopes. The center of public administration in Brazil has always been here and it is very important that FGV continues bringing innovations to this area," said the former minister.

The first panel discussed the challenges of public management in both countries, and the training of staff and managers in business and government management. The second part of the event addressed the need for investments in infrastructure and innovation under the Brazilian and American perspectives. The seminar also sought to offer professionals in the public area information on management practices in other regions from the perspective of professors and directors of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The institution, responsible for setting quality and accreditation standards for master's degree programs in public administration in the United States and abroad, brings together more than 280 business and public policy schools.

The meeting was also attended by the director of ABRALOG, Rodrigo Vilaça; the former professor of ITA and founder of EMBRAER, Osires Silva; the director of George Mason University, Paul Posner; and the Professor of Nebraska University, John Bartle.

"Challenges of Public Management in Brazil and in the United States" took place at FGV's main offices, at Praia de Botafogo, 190, in Rio de Janeiro.

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