Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, Ewart Williams, will deliver a lecture on financial integration in the Caribbean at Sherbourne Conference Centre on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Williams will address the topic, Financial Integration in the Caribbean: History, Prospects and Challenges on the occasion of the Adlith Brown Memorial Lecture.
Mr. Williams’ topic is very propitious given how technology, capital market innovation and globalization have driven the growth of new financial products that enable the unbundling of risks, creating new financial instruments that combine the characteristics of banking, insurance and securities products. The Caribbean has not been immune from this trend of financial conglomeration and product convergence.
Business people, employees in the financial services sector, students of Economics and economists are therefore encouraged to attend this lecture by one of the region’s most prominent central bankers.
Mr. Williams has over thirty years experience working as a senior economist regionally and internationally. In 2002, he was appointed as Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and prior to assuming that post, he worked at the International Monetary Fund, completing his career there as Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department. In this capacity, he was one of four senior managers responsible for the IMF's work in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1994/5, Williams led the IMF team in negotiations with the Mexican government during the economic crisis in that country.
The Adlith Brown Memorial Lecture takes place during the XXXV111th Annual Monetary Studies Conference jointly sponsored by the Central Bank of Barbados and the Caribbean Centre for Monetary Studies (CCMS). The lecture is delivered each year by an eminent Caribbean scholar in tribute to the life and work of one of the past coordinators of the Caribbean Centre for Monetary Studies.