ECCB – 2019 Financial Information Month

by Bennette Roach

The focus – Plan for Uncertainty…Make Insurance Your Priority

The Regional Media Launch of Financial Information Month ECCU which this year’s focus is – Plan for Uncertainty…Make Insurance Your Priority, with highlights from the of Financial Information Month (FIM) 2019 and a rundown of the activities across the region for the period 2 – 8 October.

It’s that time of year again, as the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) on Monday, launched its 18th ‘Financial Information Month’ (FIM) which started in 2002.

 “Plan for Uncertainty…Make Insurance Your Priority” is this year’s theme, piloted each October by the ECCB offices across the Currency Union (ECCU). The theme probably the first, as we readily recall, touches just any business and every individual.

The launch on Monday came with a livestream via video conference with  all of the member states in the ECCU, where some of the states to include Montserrat gave an account of events that will take place, officially beginning on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

l-r: Jacquie Ryan, PS Daphne Cassell, Deputy FS Phillip Chambers, and Premier Donaldson Romeo

The progamme for the launch began with Opening Remarks by Shermalon Kirby, Adviser, Corporate Relations Department, followed by Welcome Remarks by Governor Timothy Antoine and an Overview by Camille Goddard, from the Grenada Union of Teachers Credit Union.

During the launch which lasted for nearly two hours, presentations on Area of Focus for FIM 2019 were delivered by various member states.

Montserrat delivered on ‘Insurance Facts vs Myths: The nuts and bolts of financial protection, presented by Mrs Jacquie Ryan, representing Massy United Insurance, Montserrat.

There were four other areas of focus:

  1. “Plan for Uncertainty – Make Insurance a Priority;”
  2. Insurance as a Vehicle for investment, asset management, planning for retirement and transfer of wealth.

3. Financial knowledge – your tool for helping to protect everyone and everything you are about.

4. Role of financial institutions in promoting and sustaining economic growth in an environment vulnerable to external shocks.

Minister of Finance Donaldson Romeo, Deputy Financial Secretary Philip Chambers and representatives from local banking and insurance institutions on island, including Financial Services Commission.

ECCB representative Angela Estwick in the Montserrat agency said they have focused the main activities over a period of ten days to give way for a busy month of events from several financial organisations.

Each island gave a presentation on their Calendar of Events, with Samantha Duberry, of St. Patrick’s Cooperative Credit Union (SPCCU) delivered Montserrat’s events.

Jacquie Ryan
Samatha Duberry
Jasmine Taylor

These begin with stakeholders attending and participating in the church service at the Church of God of Prophecy on Sunday October 6 at 9 a.m. It will also be broadcast live on Radio Montserrat.

From Monday October 7 to the 12th, Radio Montserrat will air two quiz questions with financial prizes for winners. For children under 12 and 12-17.

The Schedule of Events

On Monday there will be an Interactive Radio Programme on Radio Montserrat. A panel of insurance experts and providers will sensitise listeners about insurance as well as financial matters and products. The panelists will be FIM Partners who will also share information about their products and services.

On Tuesday, October 8, FIM partners will provide financial donations to the Montserrat Senior Citizens Association and the Montserrat Association of Persons with Disabilities.

Also, on Tuesday, students at the Community College will be engaged in interactive and informative sessions with FIM Partners, with the aim of developing their understanding of financial and insurance-related matters.
On Wednesday, October 9, there will be a mentorship session for Grade four students at the Brades Primary School on Budgeting and Planning.

There will be a Regional Business Symposium via video-conferencing. Session one is on Preparing for Uncertainty: Financial tools to help you protect everyone and everything you care about. Session two is on Rising Above the Storm: How to Recover from Financial Setbacks.

Thursday, October 10 will see secondary school students engaged in interactive sessions with FIM Partners, with the aim of developing their understanding of financial and insurance related matters.

Friday, October 11 – Mixer Event where FIM Partners will be gathering at Little Bay to raise more awareness on FIM 2019 and the theme: Plan for Uncertainty…Make Insurance Your Priority.

A Hike for Wellness is scheduled for Saturday, 12 October. FIM Partners and friends will hike to Rendezvous. Prior to departure and upon arrival at Rendezvous, health and insurance professionals will share motivational and educational information with participants.

There is also a Joint Initiative Community Project that day. FIM Partners will collaborate with the Rotaract Club in their Traffic Island Project, beautifying an area in St. John’s.

The final event will be a Lunch and Learn on Thursday, October 17, at the ECCB office. The event is focused at entrepreneurs and small business owners to gather information on insurance and its benefits. Registration for this event is required. Bring Your Own Lunch and join the conversation.

The programme wrapped up with a fitting Vote of Thanks delivered by another Montserrat financial institution representative, the Montserrat Social Security Fund, in Miss Jasmine Taylor.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU0mwot451Q&t=25s

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ECCBConnects/videos/2374410589483946/

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The focus – Plan for Uncertainty…Make Insurance Your Priority

The Regional Media Launch of Financial Information Month ECCU which this year’s focus is – Plan for Uncertainty…Make Insurance Your Priority, with highlights from the of Financial Information Month (FIM) 2019 and a rundown of the activities across the region for the period 2 – 8 October.

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It’s that time of year again, as the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) on Monday, launched its 18th ‘Financial Information Month’ (FIM) which started in 2002.

 “Plan for Uncertainty…Make Insurance Your Priority” is this year’s theme, piloted each October by the ECCB offices across the Currency Union (ECCU). The theme probably the first, as we readily recall, touches just any business and every individual.

The launch on Monday came with a livestream via video conference with  all of the member states in the ECCU, where some of the states to include Montserrat gave an account of events that will take place, officially beginning on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

l-r: Jacquie Ryan, PS Daphne Cassell, Deputy FS Phillip Chambers, and Premier Donaldson Romeo

The progamme for the launch began with Opening Remarks by Shermalon Kirby, Adviser, Corporate Relations Department, followed by Welcome Remarks by Governor Timothy Antoine and an Overview by Camille Goddard, from the Grenada Union of Teachers Credit Union.

During the launch which lasted for nearly two hours, presentations on Area of Focus for FIM 2019 were delivered by various member states.

Montserrat delivered on ‘Insurance Facts vs Myths: The nuts and bolts of financial protection, presented by Mrs Jacquie Ryan, representing Massy United Insurance, Montserrat.

There were four other areas of focus:

  1. “Plan for Uncertainty – Make Insurance a Priority;”
  2. Insurance as a Vehicle for investment, asset management, planning for retirement and transfer of wealth.

3. Financial knowledge – your tool for helping to protect everyone and everything you are about.

4. Role of financial institutions in promoting and sustaining economic growth in an environment vulnerable to external shocks.

Minister of Finance Donaldson Romeo, Deputy Financial Secretary Philip Chambers and representatives from local banking and insurance institutions on island, including Financial Services Commission.

ECCB representative Angela Estwick in the Montserrat agency said they have focused the main activities over a period of ten days to give way for a busy month of events from several financial organisations.

Each island gave a presentation on their Calendar of Events, with Samantha Duberry, of St. Patrick’s Cooperative Credit Union (SPCCU) delivered Montserrat’s events.

Jacquie Ryan
Samatha Duberry
Jasmine Taylor

These begin with stakeholders attending and participating in the church service at the Church of God of Prophecy on Sunday October 6 at 9 a.m. It will also be broadcast live on Radio Montserrat.

From Monday October 7 to the 12th, Radio Montserrat will air two quiz questions with financial prizes for winners. For children under 12 and 12-17.

The Schedule of Events

On Monday there will be an Interactive Radio Programme on Radio Montserrat. A panel of insurance experts and providers will sensitise listeners about insurance as well as financial matters and products. The panelists will be FIM Partners who will also share information about their products and services.

On Tuesday, October 8, FIM partners will provide financial donations to the Montserrat Senior Citizens Association and the Montserrat Association of Persons with Disabilities.

Also, on Tuesday, students at the Community College will be engaged in interactive and informative sessions with FIM Partners, with the aim of developing their understanding of financial and insurance-related matters.
On Wednesday, October 9, there will be a mentorship session for Grade four students at the Brades Primary School on Budgeting and Planning.

There will be a Regional Business Symposium via video-conferencing. Session one is on Preparing for Uncertainty: Financial tools to help you protect everyone and everything you care about. Session two is on Rising Above the Storm: How to Recover from Financial Setbacks.

Thursday, October 10 will see secondary school students engaged in interactive sessions with FIM Partners, with the aim of developing their understanding of financial and insurance related matters.

Friday, October 11 – Mixer Event where FIM Partners will be gathering at Little Bay to raise more awareness on FIM 2019 and the theme: Plan for Uncertainty…Make Insurance Your Priority.

A Hike for Wellness is scheduled for Saturday, 12 October. FIM Partners and friends will hike to Rendezvous. Prior to departure and upon arrival at Rendezvous, health and insurance professionals will share motivational and educational information with participants.

There is also a Joint Initiative Community Project that day. FIM Partners will collaborate with the Rotaract Club in their Traffic Island Project, beautifying an area in St. John’s.

The final event will be a Lunch and Learn on Thursday, October 17, at the ECCB office. The event is focused at entrepreneurs and small business owners to gather information on insurance and its benefits. Registration for this event is required. Bring Your Own Lunch and join the conversation.

The programme wrapped up with a fitting Vote of Thanks delivered by another Montserrat financial institution representative, the Montserrat Social Security Fund, in Miss Jasmine Taylor.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU0mwot451Q&t=25s

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ECCBConnects/videos/2374410589483946/