The Bank supports an array of activities to inform audiences locally, regionally and internationally about the status of the Barbados economy and the efforts at resuscitating it. These include conferences, seminars, and workshops and the publication of economic documents. The tradition of domestic outreach includes making charitable contributions, funding scholarships and a strong support for the arts programme.
Support for the Arts
Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture
CBB/UWI Open Campus lunchtime lectures
In collaboration with the Open campus, UWI, the Bank host monthly lunchtime lectures. These lectures include presentations on topics that include economics, education, entrepreneurship, productivity and disaster management. Expert speakers deliver presentations to large and supportive audiences.
Distinguished Visiting Fellows Programme
The Bank hosted its first Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Dr. Fred Bergsten, a Senior Fellow and Director Emeritus of the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics in 2014. The Visiting Fellow facilitates seminars on economic matters for the Bank’s staff, as well as for economists and management students at the UWI Cave Hill Campus and meets with government officials. The feature event is a live broadcast moderated in the first two years by regional journalist, Julian Rogers. This includes a studio audience. The forum is broadcast on television and radio stations in 18 Caribbean countries, and has received rave reviews from many audiences for the quality of the content
2014 Dr Fred Bergsten
2015 Dr Peter Blair Henry
The Bank supports a series of conferences to deepen its dialogue with stakeholders of the International Business and Financial Services sector and the Domestic Financial Services sector. Conferences and seminars are done by the bank, or in collaboration with other institutions such as Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank , Invest Barbados etc.
Educational Television Series
In support of the interaction between the Bank and it stakeholders a number of educational programmes were launched. These are in the format of short television series
“Foreign Exchange: the lifeblood of our Economy”
“Sharpening the Competitive Edge”
“Economic Policies that work the Caribbean Experience”
To help constituents understand how the economy and the Bank’s policy works the Governor and Senior Management from time to time engage in meetings with key stakeholders. This includes meetings with governmental and private sector entities such as the Social Partnership, the business community and other special interest groups. In addition the Governor has introduced a monthly economic letter released to the public through the media.
The Bank supports a series of scholarships including the
- Central Bank Scholarship for outstanding performance in Economics and Mathematics at the University of the West Indies. The Bank has been awarding this scholarship to Barbadian students at the Cave Hill Campus, since 1977. In addition the successful candidate benefit from a summer internship at the Bank.
SPICE scholarship. The Bank sponsors a student in the Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPICE). This is an intensive four-week enrichment residential summer programme for gifted Caribbean high school students between the ages of 15 – 17 who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering.
DeLa Rue Scholarship. De La Rue, the manufacture of the Barbadian banknotes, is the sponsor of a biennial award valued at BD$ 35,000. The Scholarship is open to nationals of Barbados who are pursuing a full-time postgraduate MSc. Programme or who are in the final year of an MPhil/PhD programme in Economics or Finance at UWI, Cave Hill Campus.