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Financial Information Month (FIM) was held in October in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union and Ladesa James-Williams, the President of the Antigua & Barbuda and Montserrat Bankers Association as well as Country Head of CIBC FirstCaribbean, stated that it was a successful event.
The banks collaborated well and focused on financial literacy by making presentations to students at several secondary schools.
James-Williams added that the banks aimed to do more this year by making tangible donations to service groups and plan to further engage with clients and communities in the coming months.
The Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat Bankers Association members collaborated and adopted a deserving recipient as their final activity for Financial Information Month.
The various banks made donations of essential food items, toiletries, hampers, and goods to recipients such as the Sunshine Home for Girls, two families in need who are housed in shelters due to gender-based violence, and the Fiennes Institute.
Financial Information Month is a regional educational campaign that has been organized in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union since 2002. The campaign is executed by the collaborative efforts of various institutions such as the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, ECCU member governments, financial and academic institutions, the media, other private and public sector institutions, and community-based groups.
The aim of the campaign is to achieve a financially developed and vibrant ECCU region that fosters strong and sustainable economic growth, as well as the improved well-being of the citizenry. This year’s theme for Financial Information Month was Financial Empowerment through Education, focusing on Wealth Creation for Financial Resilience.