The Debt Office’s vision is to be the world’s best central government financial manager. One way of achieving this is to learn from other countries.
We also think that it is important to share our experiences. The Debt Office therefore participates in a number of international networks. We also try to participate to the greatest possible extent in international projects and welcome international study visits.
The Debt Office is active in a number of international networks with the focus on central government debt management. Some examples are shown below.
The OECD Working Party on Debt Management
The OECD Working Party on Debt Management was started in 1979 and is a forum for 30 OECD members. The intention of the forum is to exchange opinions and experiences of central government debt management. The Debt Office is represented by the Director General.
The Economic and Financial Committee Sub-Committee on EU Government Bills and Bonds Markets
The network consists of members from all 25 EU Member States and was started in 1997. Its aim is to work for the good performance of the bond market within the EU. Members come from debt offices, finance ministries or central banks depending on the arrangements for administration of central government debt in the different countries. Sweden is represented by the Head of Debt Management.
International Retail Debt Management Conference (IRDMC)
IRDMC is an annual conference with countries which borrow money in some form from private individuals to fund the central government debt. The conference is intended to exchange experiences in retail market borrowing. Participating countries have been South Africa, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Sweden.
Nordic Collaboration for Central Government Interbank Functions
Nordic Collaboration for Central Government Internbank Functions is a network for the Nordic countries. This network meets once a year and exchanges experiences within the area of central government internal bank functions including payment systems and agency funding.
The Debt Office regularly participates by providing lecturers in large international projects. One such example is a Sida project for central government payments and debt management (Public Financial Management, PFM) in developing countries which took place during 2005.
Together with the National Financial Management Authority (ESV), we trained staff from Sida in financial management. Staff from the Debt Office held seminars for Sida staff in Asia, South Africa, Eastern and Western Africa and Latin America.
Study visits from other countries
We often receive enquiries about study visits, often from central banks and finance ministries in other countries. Our ambition is to receive as many study visits as our workload permits. However, we have restricted ourselves to only receiving non-profit organisations.