Government & Public Sector

Government in transformation

Policy-makers are operating in a rapidly-changing world. Shifting demographics, urbanization and climate change are just a few of the long-term and systemic trends reshaping 21st century government.

And with finances tight, growth stalling and unemployment high, the legacy of the financial crisis continues to play out across borders.

Our Government & Public Sector practice aims to be the preferred partner in driving transformational change for governments around the world. In countries large and small, developed and emerging, we understand the issues and can provide you services that will have lasting impact.

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  • Defense

    Public sector debt is spiraling in many countries, and the desire to reduce budget deficits has suddenly become top priority for policy-makers around the world. Portfolios across the whole spectrum of government are coming under pressure. Defense is no exception.

    However, while armed forces will likely continue to be required to reduce budgets even while national demands on their capabilities remain very high, two trends are evident. In the Western world, the spending growth typical of high-developed countries that dominated the defense landscape for decades is over. In developing countries, defense spending is increasing significantly. Because they have lower public debt levels, most of them are successfully funding the expansion of their defense capabilities.

    EY help governments around the world move toward increasing effectiveness through improved organizational structure, procurement and resource management.

    Contact - Bjorn Conway

  • International development

    Systemic problems continue to echo across developing countries. Extreme poverty and hunger, child mortality, energy security and gender equality are just some of the issues requiring attention.

    Addressing such diverse challenges is not easy. Development assistance remains integral to the fight against global poverty. However, effectively deploying such assistance is rarely straightforward.

    From understanding the funding needs of recipient countries to ensuring that programs deliver sustainable change in a transparent and efficient manner, there is no shortage of challenges to address.

    Contact - Rohan Malik

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  • Tax & customs

    Business and tax landscapes are changing dramatically, and the pace and complexity of change continues to increase. EY help clients across the globe navigate this shifting landscape.

    Governments are tempering the need for revenue with increased competition for labor and capital. Tax authorities are adapting their enforcement strategies, focus and policies in response to the changing dynamics of business. Our Global GPS Tax team can provide tax compliance and advisory services, tax policy development, as well as support the strengthening and modernization of tax and customs administrations.

    Contact - Petr Medvedev

  • Transport

    Transport is vital to any nation’s prosperity and standard of living. The solutions required to solve transport challenges are becoming increasingly complex. With government funding now very limited, governments need to be innovative to increase competitiveness through improvements in transport efficiency and customer service in the face of population growth and capacity constraints.

    EY is at the forefront with service providers and government policy makers as we meet these challenges. Our global network of professionals is skilled in all aspects of the sector. Working across both the passenger and freight sectors, we assist governments with:

    • Transport strategic planning
    • Transport investment business cases
    • Customer experience and service improvement initiatives
    • Commercial and financial advice on major transport projects
    • Contestability and commissioning
    • Regulatory reform
    • Business process transformation and change management
    • Strategic procurement and program management
    • Enterprise-wide risk management and internal audit
    • Business information and management reporting reform.

    Contact - Tony Canavan



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