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Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin Larocque on the passing of Sir Dwight Venner, Former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)


Posted in: Press Releases | 23 December 2016 | 1280

    ormer Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir Dwight Venner.
    ormer Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir Dwight Venner.

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mourns the passing of the former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir Dwight Venner.  

    Sir Dwight was a true champion of regional integration.  During his more than two decades at the helm of the sub-regional Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), he was an outstanding contributor to discourse on regional economics and finance and prospects for a unified Caribbean.  His focused leadership at the Central Bank has been credited for the growth and stability of the financial system in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).  He also played a leading role in the establishment of the OECS Economic Union.

    Sir Dwight has himself lived the regional integration experience. A Vincentian by birth, he served for a number of  years as Saint Lucia’s Director of Finance and Planning and before that as Lecturer in Economics at the Jamaica-based Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. As the ECCB Governor he was based at its St. Kitts and Nevis headquarters. His award of Knight Commander (KBE) for service to the financial sector was recommended by the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines while he also received the Saint Lucia Cross for distinguished and outstanding service of national importance to Saint Lucia.

    The Caribbean Community extends its deepest sympathies to his wife Linda, their children and other members of the Venner family as well as to the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia.

    The Region has lost one of its outstanding sons. May his soul rest in peace.

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