How to make better use of our knowledge and experience in implementing policy in actual policy making, combined with how to achieve optimum societal impact with relatively limited public resources, are key challenges we face today.
Although the government is responsible for public services, a public service is not necessarily provided by the government alone. In many services, government is a player, partner and not necessarily the principal provider. Policy implementation is continually changing and becoming more complex due to the fact that more and more players are involved. While governments have to make markets thrive, entrepreneurs make them come alive. The challenge of implementing policy then becomes the opportunity to partner with commercial enterprises, academics and non-profit organisations in such a way that private profits and public good reinforce each other in a virtuous cycle.