The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

in Saint Lucia, one of the key ar­eas be­ing the pro­mo­tion of fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy.

In Septem­ber, BOSL lent sound sup­port to two ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Busi­ness Month: the Mini Ser­vices and Busi­ness Expo, hosted by the Trade Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency (TEPA), and the MSME Fi­nance Sym­po­sium hosted by the Small En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Unit of the Min­istry of Commerce. BOSL was a key pre­sen­ter at the lat­ter, which fo­cused on pro­vid­ing both MSMEs and as­pir­ing busi­ness own­ers with cru­cial in­for­ma­tion on ac­cess­ing var­i­ous fi­nanc­ing op­tions and the ser­vices avail­able.

In the month of Oc­to­ber, BOSL also sup­ported the ef­forts of the ECCB in the host­ing of ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to Fi­nan­cial In­for­ma­tion Month, which is cel­e­brated an­nu­ally across the East­ern Caribbean.

Sis­ter sub­sidiary, ECFH Global In­vest­ments, ear­lier in this month hosted the first in its se­ries of break­fast sem­i­nars aimed at pro­vid­ing rel­e­vant, timely in­for­ma­tion to as­sist in­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions in making sound fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions. The key­note speaker was Mr. Al­lan Lewis, Chair­man of the Ja­maica Stock Ex­change, who pre­sented un­der the theme ‘Al­ter­na­tive Fi­nanc­ing for Busi­ness Cor­po­ra­tions’.

Over the years, the institution has em­barked on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives and con­tin­ues to sup­port pro­grammes aimed at pro­mot­ing fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy. Th­ese fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy ini­tia­tives form part of BOSL and the Group’s Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity phi­los­o­phy which ar­tic­u­lates their com­mit­ment to the so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Saint Lucia.

The Good Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen Awards were in­tro­duced in 1997 by the East­ern Caribbean Cen­tral Bank to rec­og­nize banks which con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties in which they op­er­ate through the im­ple­men­ta­tion, sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion in sound so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity projects. Bank of Saint Lucia is the five-time win­ner of the Best Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen Award and mul­ti­ple win­ner of Good Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen Award by the ECCB.

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