The Central Bank of Barbados is celebrating its 30th anniversary in May. To commemorate the occasion, the Bank will hold a week of activities, commencing with a Service of Thanksgiving at the St. Michael's Cathedral on Sunday, May 5, 2002.
Other events include City Nights, a series of artistic performances in the Frank Collymore Hall. Performances include an evening of Dance with Sheron Trotman and her dance troupe, an evening of classical music with Barbados' outstanding virtuoso pianist Mrs. Janice Millington, and an evening of chamber music with the well-loved Barbados Chamber Orchestra. The "Pan in the Plaza Extravaganza" which will showcase steelbands from the island's schools will also be among the featured events. Other activities include an exhibition of arts and craft by the Bank's staff and a Health Fair.
The Bank will be hosting two seminars. The first will feature an address on the topic "Reform of the International Financial Architecture" by Professor Stephany Griffith–Jones, Director of the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Sussex, followed immediately by a Panel Discussion chaired by Governor Dr. Marion Williams and including Professor Clive Thomas, Director of the Institute of Economic Development at the University of Guyana and former Central Bank Governors, Sir Courtney Blackman, and Mr. Winston Cox.
A second panel discussion on "Caribbean Economic Integration: Challenges and the Way Forward" is scheduled to be part of the activities.
The high point of the week will be an Awards Ceremony and Dinner at which milestone awards will be given to long-standing employees and special achievers.
The Bank will also donate an auto refractor machine to the Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic, an institution named for our first native Governor-General, in whose honour the Bank has instituted a lecture series. The decision to donate this computerised instrument which is used to determine whether a person is near or far-sighted, and which eliminates observer error, reflects the Bank's ongoing.
efforts to highlight the life and work of the late medical practitioner and Governor-General of Barbados Sir Winston Scott. The Bank also sees it as a valuable gift to the people of Barbados.
In commenting on the Bank's achievements over the years, Dr. Williams observed that the Bank's operational autonomy, its emphasis on high quality output and its exacting standards had contributed to its high profile within the commercial banking and business communities as well as to the respect with which it was viewed by regional central banks and international financial institutions. The Bank had always aimed to be a Centre of Excellence and these qualities had allowed it to achieve that objective.
The Bank would like to invite all Barbadians to join with it in celebrating this significant milestone, by attending the several public events.
The Central Bank of Barbados was established on May 2, 1972.