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CAB Bulletin Issue 4, October 2020

Welcome to Issue 4 of The CAB Bulletin! In this edition, we examine what’s next after the moratorium period, reaction to the release of The FINCEN Files, and take a look at the latest developments in Central Bank Digital Currencies from the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean. We are also very excited to take the lid off our Lady Leadership Series, and to take a look back at the culmination of our Financial Literacy Month. In recent months, CAB has…

Jamaican National to Pursue Chartered Banker MBA

Castries, Saint Lucia Wednesday, October 7th 2020: The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) Inc. is pleased to announce Ms. Janelle Muschette of National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd. as the latest recipient of the CAB CBMBA Scholarship. Ms. Muschette is a 12-year employee of NCB Jamaica, and currently holds the position of Legal Counsel. Thanks to this prestigious award, Ms. Muschette will take up studies towards a Chartered Banker MBA at Bangor University. She follows Ms. Shanta Louis of Bank of…

Two Win Caribbean Banking Scholarships

Castries, Saint Lucia Wednesday, September 30th 2020: Two more regional banking professionals will be building their credentials with support from the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) Inc. The 46-year-old organisation, which represents banks and financial institutions across the Caribbean Community, has awarded two scholarships to undertake studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Starting in January 2021, the recipients will pursue a BSc .in Banking and Finance (Special or Compliance and Corporate Governance) at the UWI Open Campus.…

How Caribbean Banking Can Help Shape The Region Post-Pandemic

Q. Generally speaking, how has the pandemic impacted banks within the region? It has really placed all the banks in the region in a very terrible position, in my view. They’ve managed the fallout from the pandemic quite admirably. But when you think about what banks are heavily dependent on, they would tell you right away that anyone in their position would be very concerned if they were met with the financial conditions of governments not being able to pay…

Innovation & Digital Transformation at The Exchange!

If there is one certainty in the world of investments and business, it is that change is inevitable. Add another certainty: saving and investing will always be fuelled by four (4) of life’s essentials, such as Education for your Children, Buying a home, Planning for Retirement, and Catering for Chronic and Critical Illness. Business models have been changing and there will be more change to come, this is squarely due to the fact that technology has rapidly evolved over the…

COVID-19 Pandemic: The Economic Impact on Caribbean Economies

Castries, Saint Lucia, Tuesday, September 7th 2020: Regional Overview The Caribbean is comprised primarily of island nations, of which, the majority are classified as small island developing states (SIDS). This characteristic of the region exposes Caribbean economies as small, open, and significantly trade-dependent; all of which are distinct features of numerous SIDS. As a result, economies within the region are rendered exceedingly vulnerable to economic shocks (both internal and external). In addition, owing to several inherent benefits of its geographical…

Caribbean Banks Face Mask Challenge

Castries, Saint Lucia, Tuesday, August 14th 2020: Caribbean territories have joined the rest of the world in implementing a number of protocols to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months. These include wearing of masks in public, as recommended by the World Health Organisation. But with the mass adoption of masks, business places, including banks and financial institutions, are faced with new challenges. Public health officials view masks as one of the best defenses against the growing novel coronavirus threat,…

CAB Bulletin Issue 3, July 2020

In this edition, our second for the calendar year 2020, we chat with Mr. Nigel M. Baptiste, president and CEO of Republic Financial Holdings Ltd. We also address the development of a CARICOM Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system, cybersecurity in the midst of the global pandemic, and the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Additionally, we look at some of the work CAB has been doing in recent months, and remind you of two of our blue-riband scholarship opportunities. APPLY NOW! Download…

Caribbean Investment Holdings signs agreement to acquire Scotiabank’s Belize banking operations

Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited has reached an agreement for the purchase of Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd. (SBL) from Scotiabank Caribbean Holdings Ltd., for an initial purchase price of up to US$30.5 million. Scotiabank Caribbean Holdings is a subsidiary of The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS). The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The acquisition will be effected pursuant to a share purchase agreement among the Company, the Seller and BNS dated 19 June 2020. Under the terms…

Frequently Asked Questions – Moratorium (Bankers Association of Saint Lucia)

In these trying times, the Bankers Association of Saint Lucia is here to support you and your family. Our objective is to help you to concentrate on what is important – remaining in good health, supporting your loved ones, and of course, taking care of your finances. Our Association members are offering our valued customers, moratoriums on bank debts in an attempt to cushion the economic blow dealt by the COVID-19 Pandemic. To assist with your concerns on moratoria we…