(ZIZ News)— The month of October has been observed annually as Financial Information Month in St. Kitts and Nevis and the entire Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) since 2002.
Advisor in the Corporate Relations Department at ECCB, Sybil Welsh explained that there are quite a number of activities planned to celebrate FIM 2016.
She made the comments while appearing on the most recent episode of ECCB Connects.
“There are regional activities and the important part is to remember that we are a single financial economic space and so there are activities on a regional level and there are activities on a local level because within each country we have local planning committees. On the regional side we started off on August 30 with a launch embracing the theme and really exploring the concepts of it and engaging the media and other partners on that and the launch of the theme song to make sure we have conversations not just on a technical level but use edutainment to get our youth involved”, she said.
Welsh also noted that the FIM 2016 theme song titled “Hello…This Is How We Cope” has received positive reviews from across the region.
“We are very pleased with the song. It has a jumpy beat and it really inspires everyone. When you look at the lyrics, they’re talking about how we can create, optimize, embrace and pursue opportunities. All of these aspects are to find ways to get the message out in a way that is appealing to a diverse audience. We tend to say if the song is appealing to persons aged 0 to 100 then we’ve hit the mark and so far the response has been, it’s a hit,” Welsh added.
Financial Information Month is a regional financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial education campaign executed in the ECCU since 2002 through the collaborative efforts of 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 campaign incorporates a series of initiatives designed to support the goals of a financially developed and vibrant ECCU region that fosters strong and sustainable economic growth and the improved well-being of the region’s citizens.
This year’s FIM 2016 theme is “Create Optimise Pursue Embrace (COPE) Opportunities.