ECCB celebrates 30 years of monetary and financial stability

ec dollarsAs the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) marks its 30th anniversary on October first, Governor of the institution, the Hon Sir Dwight Venner, says maintaining the stability of the EC Dollar and the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system, has been the bank’s major achievement over the years of its existence.

In an interview with his office staff on Tuesday, he said the EC Dollar has been pegged on the US dollar at a rate of EC$2.70 to US$1 since 1976.

“I think we have maintained the stability of the regional arrangement. You can see it in the stability of the currency which is now 37 years and also in our ability to maintain the financial stability in the region, which is in our vision statement.” he said.

“We have managed to keep our banking system stable and we hope to improve it so we can supply the services that are needed for our development,” he noted.

He said that as the global crisis continues to affect the economic performance of the ECCU member countries, the ECCB, in collaboration with its member governments and with the support of regional and international agencies, has been implementing measures to strengthen the ECCU financial system.

In looking ahead, Governor Venner, said the support of the people of the ECCU for the ECCB and the new Economic Union Treaty will be important as the Bank continues to fulfill its mandate.

“Now that we are moving towards an Economic Union, the role of the bank will be increased. When the first O.E.C.S Treaty was signed in 1983, the bank was not in existence so now in the new treaty the bank is named specifically as an institution of the Treaty with specific mandates so that is what I think is going to make it really exciting,” he said.

Governor Venner emphasized that the Bank would need to expand its communication with the public and its relationship with its stakeholders particularly within the context of the O.E.C.S Economic Union.

The ECCB was established on October 1, 1983 as the monetary authority for eight countries namely Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St.Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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7 Comments

  1. Annon
    October 1, 2013

    More reason to speed up the economic union and teach Caricom how to.

  2. Davo
    October 1, 2013

    ECCB celebrates 30 years of monetary and financial stability.

    Meanwhile in Dominica… :-|

  3. 2 Cents
    October 1, 2013

    Yes , this is an area that the econimists in the OECS needs to be appluaded for.As far back as I can remember our dollar has aways been about $2.65 or $2.70 to the U.S dollar.
    Unlike, Guyana, TnT , and Jamaica.
    We should be proud of that.

  4. Dominiquen
    October 1, 2013

    It is time for the face of the British Queen to be removed from the EC currency. :?:

    • OLD HAND
      October 1, 2013

      I sometimes think this myself, but remember that apart from Dominica, she is the head of state of all of the other members of the ECCB. We are the only exception.

      And, another argument I have heard is that she is an internationally recognised figure and that her face on it gives credibility to the currency in the outside world.

    • Kaka Bouwik
      October 1, 2013

      I’ll say a mighty big AMEN to that.However it’s not so easy.The ECCU countries that still recognise the British monarch as head of state will have to agree.Do not forget these sister islands have Governors-General as their heads of state. These Governors_General represent the Queeen.I say dump her. We have enough local heroes from all walks of life in our little sub grouping.I say dump her.

    • Prophet2
      October 1, 2013

      Dream on, the Queen is the Head of State of 8 of these countries, and the only way your dream can come true is for Dominica to exit the OECS. Long live the EC currency!

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