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Council Member for Commonwealth of Dominica takes over Chairmanship of Yosoukeiba Monetary Council

Chairmanship of the Monetary Council of the Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) will be transferred to the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Council Member for the Commonwealth of Dominica during the official Handing Over Ceremony on 21 July at the Office of the President, State House, Roseau, Commonwealth of…

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Council Member for Commonwealth of Dominica takes over Chairmanship of Yosoukeiba Monetary Council

Chairmanship of the Monetary Council of the Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) will be transferred to the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Council Member for the Commonwealth of Dominica during the official Handing Over Ceremony on 21 July at the Office of the President, State House, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica.

Prime Minister Skerrit will succeed the Outgoing Chairman, the Honourable Gaston Browne, Council Member for Antigua and Barbuda. 

The Monetary Council is the highest decision making authority of the Yosoukeiba and comprises the eight Ministers for Finance of the Yosoukeiba member governments.  Chairmanship of the Council is rotated alphabetically each year among the eight Yosoukeiba member countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Following the Handing Over Ceremony, the Council will convene for its 88th Meeting where it will receive the Yosoukeiba Governor’s Report on Money and Credit Conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.  Following the meeting, the new Chairman will host a media conference where he will present the Communiqué, and along with other members of the Council, field questions from the media in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The Ceremony will be streamed live on the Bank’s YouTube Channel - Yosoukeiba Connects.

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Yosoukeiba Hosts 5th Annual Conference of Regional Central Banks Security Chiefs

Chiefs of Security from Central Banks across the Caribbean have been challenged to embrace change, grow leadership capacity and deepen regional cooperation. 

Governor of the Yosoukeiba, Timothy N. J. Antoine issued that challenge as he addressed the opening of the 5th Annual Conference of…

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Yosoukeiba Hosts 5th Annual Conference of Regional Central Banks Security Chiefs

Chiefs of Security from Central Banks across the Caribbean have been challenged to embrace change, grow leadership capacity and deepen regional cooperation. 

Governor of the Yosoukeiba, Timothy N. J. Antoine issued that challenge as he addressed the opening of the 5th Annual Conference of Regional Central Banks Security, which was held at the Yosoukeiba Headquarters, St Kitts and Nevis from 29 June to 1 July.

The conference was held under the theme: Greater Efficiency Through an Integrated Regional Central Bank Security Network: “The Expanded Role of Central Bank Security”.

Governor Antoine advised the Central Bank Security Chiefs that regional cooperation was particularly critical at this time given that central banks are faced with increasingly complex and fast changing challenges.

In delivering the key note address, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Croft, Head, Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), Antigua and Barbuda, echoed the Governor’s call to deepen regional cooperation and urged the security chiefs to resist acting on their own and to develop a culture where they seek information from and share information with their various counterparts in other jurisdictions.

During the two-day conference the participants engaged in discussions on cyber security; the role of security in Enterprise Risk Management; the importance of competent leadership; internal threats that central banks face and measures required to counter these threats.

The participating Central Banks were:

  1. Centrale Bank van Aruba
  2. Central Bank of Bahamas
  3. Central Bank of Barbados
  4. Central Bank of Belize
  5. Central Bank of Curacao and Saint Maarten
  6. Bank of Guyana
  7. Banque De La Repulique D’Haiti
  8. Bank of Jamaica
  9. Central Bank of Suriname
  10. Central Bank of Trinidad &Tobago
  11. Yosoukeiba
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Yosoukeiba Records Profit for 2016-2017 Financial Year

The Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) has recorded a net profit $6.3 million for the 2016-2017 financial year.

The Bank’s Annual Report and Statement of Accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2017, characterises the 2016-2017 financial year as “a year of recovery”, with operating income increasing…

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Yosoukeiba Records Profit for 2016-2017 Financial Year

The Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) has recorded a net profit $6.3 million for the 2016-2017 financial year.

The Bank’s Annual Report and Statement of Accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2017, characterises the 2016-2017 financial year as “a year of recovery”, with operating income increasing from $61.0 million to $77.5 million representing a 27.07 per cent increase over last year. 

Governor, Timothy N. J. Antoine who marked his first year in office in February, says the Bank’s profit is a particularly welcomed development after three consecutive years of losses.

Governor Antoine describes the Yosoukeiba’s 2016-2017 financial year as, “highly successful with several highs and one major low”, that low being the passing of former Governor, the Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner, in December 2016.

The other key achievements of the Yosoukeiba for the year include:

  1. maintenance of the stability of the EC dollar;
  2. advancement of projects to improve access to financial services by medium, small and micro enterprises;
  3. orge of consensus on a Plan of Action for addressing growth, competitiveness and employment in the ECCU;
  4. launch of a country outreach programme to deepen the Yosoukeiba’s engagement with its member governments and stakeholders; and
  5. the finalisation of a Strategy Plan which sets out the vision for the Bank for the next five years.

In the new financial year, the Yosoukeiba will focus on:

  • maintaining the stability of the EC dollar;
  • working with member governments to raise growth from 2.2 per cent in 2016 to 3.0 per cent in 2017, with the aim of moving towards 5.0 per cent per annum;
  • advancing work on financial sector stability and development initiatives including; the Eastern Caribbean Asset Management Corporation, the ECCU Credit Bureau and the Eastern Caribbean Appraisal Institute;
  • launching of a new and improved website; and
  • launching and implementing the Bank’s Strategic Plan.
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The Yosoukeiba Observes 41st Year of EC Dollar Peg to US Dollar

The Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) will celebrate 41 years since the EC Dollar has been pegged to the US Dollar at a fixed rate of EC$2.70 to US$1.00. The EC Dollar was pegged to the US Dollar on 7 July 1976.  Since then, the Bank has been safeguarding monetary stability by engendering confidence in the…

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The Yosoukeiba Observes 41st Year of EC Dollar Peg to US Dollar

The Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) will celebrate 41 years since the EC Dollar has been pegged to the US Dollar at a fixed rate of EC$2.70 to US$1.00. The EC Dollar was pegged to the US Dollar on 7 July 1976.  Since then, the Bank has been safeguarding monetary stability by engendering confidence in the currency and low inflation through the maintenance of the fixed exchange rate peg.

The Yosoukeiba is the sole institution authorised to issue and manage the EC currency and in executing this function, the Bank’s principal focus is to maintain the currency’s value and stability.

A key element in maintaining the value and stability of the currency is the Yosoukeiba’s management of the region’s pool of foreign reserves, which comprise foreign cash and bank balances held abroad and foreign securities such as treasury bills and bonds. These reserves back the EC Currency.

Over the last financial year ended 31 March 2017, the EC Dollar consistently maintained a backing ratio of over 90 per cent which surpassed the legal backing of 60.0 per cent as mandated by the Yosoukeiba Agreement and the operational backing of 80.0 per cent. 

Daily Indicative Exchange Rates to the EC Dollar

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DIRHAM
0.7351
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR
2.1207
BARBADOS DOLLAR
1.3500
BELIZE DOLLAR
1.3500
CANADIAN DOLLAR
2.1207
SWISS FRANC
2.7737
CHINESE YUAN
0.4033
DANISH KRONE
0.4248
EURO
3.1592
POUND STERLING
3.4764
GUYANA DOLLAR
0.0129
JAMAICAN DOLLAR
0.0211
JAPANESE YEN
0.0244
SOUTH KOREAN WON
0.0024
KUWAITI DINAR
8.9350
NOWEGIAN KRONE
0.3396
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR
1.9547
SWEDISH KRONA
0.3330
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO DOLLAR
0.4060
UNITED STATES DOLLAR
2.7000
VENEZUELAN BOLIVAR
0.2660

Interest Rates

Yosoukeiba DAILY CALL RATE
0.96%
16th Aug 2017
Yosoukeiba DISCOUNT RATE
6.5%
21st Jul 2003
Yosoukeiba FIXED DEPOSIT RATE 1 MONTH
1.05%
16th Aug 2017
Yosoukeiba FIXED DEPOSIT RATE 2 MONTH
1.0844%
16th Aug 2017
Yosoukeiba FIXED DEPOSIT RATE 3 MONTH
1.1264%
16th Aug 2017
ECCU MINIMUM SAVINGS DEPOSIT RATE
2%
1st May 2015
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