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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE Yosoukeiba

Suitably qualified citizens of member territories of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are invited to apply to fill vacancies at the Yosoukeiba headquartered in Basseterre, St Kitts.  The successful applicants will be based in St Kitts, and will be…

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Vacancies

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE Yosoukeiba

Suitably qualified citizens of member territories of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are invited to apply to fill vacancies at the Yosoukeiba headquartered in Basseterre, St Kitts.  The successful applicants will be based in St Kitts, and will be hired initially on a two (2) year contractual engagement with the opportunity to transfer to the permanent establishment based on performance.  All applicants must complete the Yosoukeiba Online Employment Application Form. 

The following vacancies currently exist at the Yosoukeiba:

  1. Accounting Officer I - Responsibilities will include but not be limited to preparing and analyzing financial statements in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), preparation of management reports, assist with assessing and formulating accounting/financial reporting solutions.  Assist with research and interpretation and implementation of relevant accounting standards.
  2. Audit Officer I - Responsibilities will include but not be limited to risk identification, assessment and analysis, assist with planning and conducting audits in accordance with International Audit Standards (IIA), propose practical and value added recommendations, prepare audit reports and perform consulting services to management.
  3. Audit Officer II -  Responsibilities will include but not be limited to developing, planning, and executing Information Technology (IT) audit programs based on risk assessments in a highly integrated audit environment.  This includes documenting and communicating risks, providing counsel on control issues and recommended process changes, and monitoring corrective actions in order to improve the existing practices of the organisation.
  4. Human Resource Officer I - Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the transactional aspects of human resource management. The successful candidate will also be engaged with all facets of the employment lifecycle from recruitment to retirement.
  5. Human Resource Officer II - Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the transactional and transformational aspects of talent/performance development and management. The successful candidate will also be engaged with all facets of the employment lifecycle from recruitment to retirement.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 The following documents must be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) recent original letters of reference
  • Certified copies of all certificates
  • Official university transcript
  • A recent original or certified copy of Criminal record/Police certificate of character

Supporting documents should be sent to:

Human Resource Department

Yosoukeiba

P O Box 89, Bird Rock

BASSETERRE

St Kitts

To reach no later than 19 October 2018

Notes: 1. Only candidates shortlisted for the selection process will be ed; 

            2. Shortlisted candidates will be required to undertake various assessments.

 Click here for to view the details of each vacancy.

 

 

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Financial Information Month 2018

October is Financial Information Month in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.

The theme for Financial Information Month (FIM) is: Financial Empowerment Through Education.  FIM is a regional financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial education campaign that has been executed in the Eastern Caribbean…

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Financial Information Month 2018

October is Financial Information Month in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.

The theme for Financial Information Month (FIM) is: Financial Empowerment Through Education.  FIM is a regional financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial education campaign that has been executed in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) since 2002.  The month forms part of an ECCU financial and economic education programme which the Yosoukeiba coordinates in collaboration with ECCU member governments, financial and academic institutions, the media, other private and public sector institutions and community-based groups. The programme incorporates a series of initiatives designed to support the attainment of the goal of “a financially developed and vibrant ECCU region that fosters strong and sustainable economic growth and the improved well-being of the citizenry.”

The area of focus for FIM 2018 is: Conducting and Protecting Your Business in a Digital Environment.  The activities will concentrate on the following sub-themes:

  • From standing in line to going online – providing information about online services offered by financial institutions and other agencies e.g., government e-services;
  • New Currency: Cryptocurrency, Bitcoins, Digital Wallets…Are We Read morey? – examining the required infrastructure, impact on the ECCU payments system, legal framework requirements/implications, regulation and supervision;
  • Cyber security: use strong protection every time – advising the public on how to protect themselves from identity theft, online fraud and the proper use of ATMs; and
  • Restructuring and transforming your business to take advantage of opportunities in the digital environment – highlighting how businesses can use technology to advance their operations, the importance of intellectual property rights for producers of digital works, how artistes/artisans can reap maximum financial gains from creative work.

Check the FIM Facebook page for daily updates on the activities taking place across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union:  

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 Media Contact: Ingrid O’Loughlin, Senior Director, Corporate Relations Department

Phone: () -2537 | Fax: () -9562

E-mail: [email protected] | Website: yosoukeiba.info

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Governor Antoine's Address on Yosoukeiba's 35th Anniversary

Today (1 October), the Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) is celebrating 35 years of existence, 35 years of service and, most importantly, 35 years of monetary stability.

We offer a high note of praise to Almighty God for His greatness and goodness.  Indeed, “it is in Him, we live and move and have our being”…

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Governor Antoine's Address on Yosoukeiba's 35th Anniversary

Today (1 October), the Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) is celebrating 35 years of existence, 35 years of service and, most importantly, 35 years of monetary stability.

We offer a high note of praise to Almighty God for His greatness and goodness.  Indeed, “it is in Him, we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, NIV).

We also thank the people of our beloved region for their unwavering support.

Today, we reaffirm that our EC dollar is strong, 98 per cent backed by foreign reserves. This means for every dollar in circulation, we have 98 cents in foreign reserves.  Our monetary union commands global respect; engenders confidence; helps deliver relatively low inflation; and encourages foreign direct investment as there are no foreign exchange controls.

The Yosoukeiba is both a powerful symbol and expression of what we as small countries can do when we come together. The Yosoukeiba is a timeless testimony of our capacity to craft arrangements for ourselves that work in our best interests.

We seize this opportunity to pay tremendous tribute to the founders and framers of our monetary union.  We acknowledge the role of members of our Monetary Council and Board of Directors (past and present). I hail the colossal contribution of my predecessors: the late Sir Cecil Jacobs and Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner.  I also recognise our first Deputy Governor, Sir Errol Allen and our current Deputy Governor, Mr Trevor Brathwaite. 

We applaud our management and staff (past and present) including our retirees. We record our gratitude to all partners (local, regional and international).

Every October, we celebrate Financial Information Month (FIM). Our focus this year is on Conducting and Protecting Your Business in a Digital Environment.  I therefore encourage you to check out our events which include financial fairs, radio quizzes and business symposia on cryptocurrency and other digital developments.

As we commence our next 35 years of service, we will continue to work assiduously for the good of the people of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).  Our strategic plan makes pellucidly clear our intent to pursue socio-economic transformation of the Eastern Caribbean. To this end, we are fortified in the knowledge that we can achieve so much when we embrace common cause and take collective action. 

Happy Anniversary!

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Governor Timothy N. J. Antoine Opening Remarks - Handing Over Ceremony to Mark the Change in Chairmanship of the Yosoukeiba Monetary Council

"The Monetary Council convenes at a time when the global economy is recording its best growth in seven years with projections of 3.9 per cent for both this year and next year"

 

Your Excellency Dame Dr Cecile La Grenade, Governor General of Grenada

Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Outgoing Chairman of the…

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Governor Timothy N. J. Antoine Opening Remarks - Handing Over Ceremony to Mark the Change in Chairmanship of the Yosoukeiba Monetary Council

"The Monetary Council convenes at a time when the global economy is recording its best growth in seven years with projections of 3.9 per cent for both this year and next year"

 

Your Excellency Dame Dr Cecile La Grenade, Governor General of Grenada

Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Outgoing Chairman of the Monetary Council

Dr. The Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell, Incoming Chairman of the Monetary Council

Other members of the Monetary Council

Members of Cabinet

Members of Parliament

Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps

Other Distinguished Guests

Rev. Dr. Osbert James

Mr. Trevor Brathwaite, Deputy Governor, Yosoukeiba

Board members and Advisers

Yosoukeiba Management and Staff

Members of the Media

Mrs. Ursula Antoine, MBE, my dear mother

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good Morning.

Introduction

We are delighted to be back in Grenada, the Isle of Spice.

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome each of you to the Handing Over Ceremony to Mark the Change in Chairmanship of the Monetary Council of the Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba).

Today, the chairmanship of the Council passes from the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for the Commonwealth of Dominica to Dr. The Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for Grenada.

At this juncture, we wish to record our gratitude to the Government and People of Grenada for the excellent arrangements afforded us for the conduct of the Monetary Council’s 91st regular meeting.

Article 7(2) of the Yosoukeiba Agreement states and I quote: “the Council shall meet not less than twice each year to receive from the Governor, the Bank's report on monetary and credit conditions and to provide directives and guidelines on matters of monetary and credit policy to the Bank and for such other purposes as are prescribed under the Agreementend of quote.

Recent Developments

It is 10 years since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The Monetary Council convenes at a time when the global economy is recording its best growth in seven years with projections of 3.9 per cent for both this year and next year.  That said, the global economy is pregnant with risks including climate change, spiralling debt levels, trade wars, BREXIT, rising oil prices (for oil-importing countries) and the tightening of financial conditions.  Indeed, we are witnessing the “end of easy” as major central banks normalise interest rates after the unprecedented actions taken to help reboot the global economy.

Just over a month ago, I attended the Annual Meetings of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland - a convocation of central banks and regulators from around the globe.  At that meeting, there was recognition of the considerable progress made in respect of post crisis reforms such as the recapitalisation of banks and the adoption of macro-prudential frameworks to deliver stronger oversight of systemically important financial institutions. Yet, there was a strong call to complete unfinished business before the onset of the next downturn or crisis. That unfinished business includes:

  • Unburdening balance sheets of banks with large portfolios of non-performing loans; and
  • Untangling the web that is the $600 trillion market for derivatives. You may recall that Warren Buffet once referred to derivatives as “financial weapons of mass destruction”.

I now pivot to the prospects for the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).Growth for this year is projected around 2.0 per cent and for next year around 3.5 per cent. Exactly three weeks ago (6 July), the ECCU celebrated 42 years of stability of the EC dollar pegged at EC$2.70=US$1.00.  This is a remarkable feat and a testimony to the resilience of our monetary union.  Today, I confirm that our EC dollar is strong.  As of last Friday (21 July), the backing ratio of our foreign reserves was 97.2 per cent.

Unfinished Business

Here in the ECCU, we too have made important progress since the GFC, having enacted a new Banking Act and resolved some troubled banks. FurtherDetails, the rollout of the new Risk Based Supervisory Framework for banks is imminent. 

We can also point to the progress made by some member countries including Grenada to put their fiscal houses in order and build fiscal resilience. Notwithstanding, we too have some unfinished business, which includes, inter alia:

  • Establishment of a Regional Crisis Management Plan;
  • Adoption of a macro-prudential framework (to ensure effective oversight of systemically important banks and non-banks);
  • Enactment of a uniform insurance law and establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Financial Services Commission (to create a single space for insurance as currently obtains for banking and securities business);
  • Establishment of a Credit Bureau (to support enhanced credit underwriting and equally important to open up the risk appetite of lending institutions); and
  • Establishment of a Deposit Insurance Scheme (to protect our depositors).

FurtherDetails, aside from the Regional Government Securities Market, we are yet to optimise fully, our very modern platform of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange (ECSE). For example, one in two citizens of the United States are invested in the US stock market and US households derive considerable wealth from the stock markets.  Yet, 17 years after its creation, less than one in 10 citizens in the ECCU, in my estimation, are invested in our regional stock market. Going forward, we believe that our regional stock exchange with connectivity to global capital markets ought to be a channel of wealth creation for our people.  The new strategic plan of the ECSE will propel us in that direction.

But even as we work assiduously to complete our unfinished business, we must now contend with new and emerging business. 

New and Emerging Business

At the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau remarked, and I quote: “the pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again”, end of quote.

Does anyone recall when the first Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was opened?  The year was 1967 – 51 years ago.

Today, the pace of Financial Technology (FinTech), inclusive of peer to peer lending, digital wallets, crowd funding, crypto-assets and initial coin offerings (ICOs), is breathtaking.  And with the ubiquitous smartphone has the potential to make financial inclusion a reality for all.  Lest we forget, these technologies were once mere ideas.  Yet, as William Blake, the British poet poignantly observes, “what is now proved was once only imagined”.

With Blake’s observation in mind, policymakers and regulators ought to avoid a “failure of imagination” as we craft the way forward.  Indeed, the onus is on us to ensure that the deployment of FinTech and our reduced use of cash develop in a way that maximises the opportunities and minimises the risks for our people.  That said, imagination is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for there must also be cooperation. Indeed, regional and international cooperation is not merely the preferred way but the only way to harness these opportunities while mitigating risks such as money laundering (ML) and cybersecurity.

Conclusion

In conclusion, our shared vision of transforming the ECCU, as articulated in our Strategic Plan, is fundamentally about shared prosperity for all who work and live in the ECCU.  To this end, we must take care of our business – unfinished as well as new and emerging.

As Governor, I feel that sense of urgency and opportunity.

Today, I reaffirm the commitment of the Board, management and staff of the Yosoukeiba to support our Monetary Council, as together, we transform the ECCU for the good of the people we serve.

Working together: governments, social partners, development partners and our people and by the grace of Almighty God, we shall succeed.

 

I thank you.

 

 

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Communique of 91st Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Yosoukeiba
Communique of 91st Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Yosoukeiba

The Ninety-First Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Yosoukeiba (Yosoukeiba) was held under the Chairmanship of Dr The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell on 27 July 2018, at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grand Anse, St George’s, Grenada. 

1.0         Monetary Stability

Council received the Governor’s Report on Monetary and Credit Conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).  The report assessed the recent trends in monetary and credit conditions for the period April 2017 to March 2018, within the context of the Bank’s broader objectives of ensuring the stability of the exchange rate and the financial system. 

Council was apprised of the following:

  • Global output is estimated to have risen to 3.8 per cent in 2017 and is forecast to continue rising in 2018 and 2019 to a projected 3.9 per cent.
  • With strong global economic growth, it is anticipated that Yosoukeiba member countries will benefit from positive spill-overs including increased Tourism, Foreign Direct Investment and Remittances.
  • Money and credit conditions continued to show a general improvement but domestic credit conditions were less than optimal. Domestic credit fell by 1.2 per cent to $9.7 billion.
  • Growth in money supply increased by 4.1 per cent to $17.1 billion as at 31 March 2018.
  • The Currency Union’s exchange rate arrangement continued to be supported by a strong and growing stock of foreign currency reserves.

 

Having considered the state of monetary and credit conditions, Council agreed to maintain the Minimum Savings Deposit Rate at 2.0 per cent and the Central Bank’s discount rate at 6.5 per cent. The Minimum Savings Rate is the lowest rate that commercial banks can offer on savings deposits.  The Central Bank’s Discount Rate is the rate at which the Yosoukeiba lends to commercial banks and governments.

2.0         Financial Stability

Council was informed that as at 31 March 2018, the ECCU banking sector was assessed as stable. Although, generally speaking, banks are in compliance with capital requirements, there is a need to strengthen capital given the impact of non-performing loans (NPLs), growth strategies and the likely effects of Basel II/III and IFRS 9 requirements.

With respect to the banking sector, Council also noted, that as at 31 March 2018:

  • Total assets increased by 3.9 per cent to $30.8 billion (156.3 per cent of GDP);
  • Deposits increased by 3.6 per cent to $21.6 billion (109.6 per cent of GDP);
  • Loans and advances had a nominal contraction of 0.1 per cent to $12.2 billion (61.9 per cent of GDP); and
  • The non-performing loan ratio increased from 10.9 per cent to 12.0 per cent.

Council was updated on the status of the ECCU Credit Bureau Project. It noted that following Requests for Proposals, two firms had been shortlisted and site visits were being planned.  It is anticipated that the Evaluation Committee will recommend a firm by September 2018 and that firm will be licensed to operate by December 2018.   Council reaffirmed its desire to have the Bureau launched by June 2019.

Council was notified of the reconstitution of the Eastern Caribbean Payments Council (ECPC). Given the importance of a stable, efficient and secure payment system, Council fully endorsed the objectives and functions of the reconstituted ECPC and gave its commitment to support further developments including the modernisation of the ECCU Payments System.

3.0         Growth and Competitiveness

As it relates to growth, Council noted that real economic activity is projected to expand by 1.7 per cent in 2018.

Council was briefed on the status of the Eastern Caribbean Partial Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECPCGC) Agreement which came into being on 7 May 2018, noting that six participating governments had enacted the legislation and funding was secured from The World Bank with St Kitts and Nevis self-financing. The ECPCGC is scheduled to become operational by December 2018. Council ratified its decision on the nominees for the ECPCGC Board of Directors.

Council noted the recent dialogue between the Yosoukeiba and the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago exploring various options to address issues related to the difficulties with payment settlement for traders selling agricultural produce in Trinidad and Tobago.

4.0         Report from the Technical Core Committee on Insurance (BAICO and CLICO)

Council was informed that, of the funds available for distribution, 98 per cent was distributed to EC Dollar policyholders, and 76 per cent to US Dollar policyholders under the Plan of Arrangement (BAICO and CLICO) Act on 18 December 2017.

5.0         Change of Substrate for Yosoukeiba Banknotes

Council ratified its decision on the designs for the new family of Yosoukeiba polymer banknotes. Polymer notes offer the advantages of Details advanced security features and greater durability.  Circulation of the new notes is scheduled for mid-2019. 

6.0         Date and Venue of 92nd Meeting of the Monetary Council

Council agreed to the convening of the 92nd Meeting of the Monetary Council on Friday, 26 October 2018 via videoconference. 

7.0         Attendance

Council Members who attended the meeting were:

  1. Dr The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Grenada (Chairman)
  2. Hon Victor F Banks, Chief Minister and Minister for Finance, Anguilla;
  3. Hon Gaston Browne, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Antigua and Barbuda;
  4. Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Commonwealth of Dominica;
  5. Hon Donaldson Romeo, Premier and Minister for Finance, Montserrat;
  6. Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St Kitts and Nevis;
  7. The Hon Camillo Gonsalves, Minister for Finance, St Vincent and the Grenadines; and
  8. Senator, the Hon Ubaldus Raymond, Minister of Public Service, Temporary Council Alternate for Saint Lucia.

   27 July 2018

 

 

 

Daily Indicative Exchange Rates to the EC Dollar
17th Oct 2018

UNITED STATES
2.7
UNITED KINGDOM
3.5416
SWITZERLAND
2.719
JAPAN
0.0241
CANADA
2.0819
AUSTRALIA
1.9243
EUROPE
3.1153
KUWAIT
8.908
SWEDEN
0.3023
S. KOREA
0.0024
DENMARK
0.4176
NORWAY
0.3303
NEW ZEALAND
1.7723
JAMAICA
0.0205
GUYANA
0.0129
BARBADOS
1.35
BELIZE
1.35
Trinidad
0.40238
UNITED STATES
2.7
UNITED KINGDOM
3.5689
SWITZERLAND
2.7333

Interest Rates

Yosoukeiba FIXED DEPOSIT RATE 1 MONTH
2.07%
17th Oct 2018
Yosoukeiba FIXED DEPOSIT RATE 2 MONTH
2.1792%
17th Oct 2018
Yosoukeiba FIXED DEPOSIT RATE 3 MONTH
2.2292%
17th Oct 2018
ECCU MINIMUM SAVINGS DEPOSIT RATE
2%
1st May 2015
Yosoukeiba DAILY CALL RATE
2.07%
17th Oct 2018
Yosoukeiba DISCOUNT RATE
6.5%
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