The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

An era has ended at the East­ern Caribbean Cen­tral Bank (ECCB) with the re­tire­ment of long-serv­ing Gov­er­nor, Sir Ken­neth Dwight Vin­cent Ven­ner, in De­cem­ber 2015.

Sir Dwight, a 2012 re­cip­i­ent of the Saint Lucia Cross, had served the St. Kitts and Ne­vis-based institution in that ca­pac­ity since 1989. Prior to his ser­vice at ECCB, Sir Dwight was Di­rec­tor of Fi­nance and Plan­ning in the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lucia from 1981 to 1989.

Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Eco­nomic Af­fairs, Plan­ning and So­cial Se­cu­rity, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony has praised Sir Dwight’s stew­ard­ship of the ECCB, not­ing the “deep con­cern and anx­i­ety” the vet­eran ad­min­is­tra­tor al­ways had for or­di­nary cit­i­zens.

Said Dr. An­thony in a let­ter to Sir Dwight, “On be­half of the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Saint Lucia and on my per­sonal be­half, I thank you for the years of self­less and ded­i­cated ser­vice that you have given to the Cen­tral Bank and the peo­ple of our re­gion. There can be no ques­tion that you have de­parted from the bank leav­ing be­hind an ex­tra­or­di­nary legacy. Few, if any, could match your pas­sion and com­mit­ment to our re­gion. You gave us not just ad­min­is­tra­tive lead­er­ship but also in­tel­lec­tual lead­er­ship. I have al­ways been im­pressed by your fierce pro­tec­tion of the in­tegrity and in­de­pen­dence of the bank. You led with vi­sion and in­tegrity.

“You can, I be­lieve, take jus­ti­fi­able pride and sat­is­fac­tion in the fact that you helped this re­gion to nav­i­gate through one of the most in­tractable fi­nan­cial crises ever to sweep our re­gion. Your stern but fo­cused lead­er­ship was an as­set to all of us who have been en­trusted with the lead­er­ship of our re­gion. Your un­der­stand­ing of our en­vi­ron­ment and our unique cir­cum­stances, helped us to man­age as well as we did, the tur­bu­lent eco­nomic con­di­tions that we faced.”

Dr. An­thony added, “It is true that we may not have al­ways agreed on mon­e­tary and fis­cal pol­icy but there is no oc­ca­sion that I have found my­self doubt­ing the sin­cer­ity of the ad­vice that you of­fered. I will al­ways re­mem­ber the deep con­cern and anx­i­ety that you had for the wel­fare of the or­di­nary cit­i­zens of our re­gion.”

The Prime Min­is­ter con­cluded by wish­ing Sir Dwight well in his re­tire­ment. Dr. An­thony sits with the other Min­is­ters of Fi­nance of ECCB mem­ber gov­ern­ments on the Mon­e­tary Coun­cil, the bank’s high­est de­ci­sion-making author­ity, most re­cently hav­ing as­sumed the chair in 2013.

Sir Ken­neth Dwight Vin­cent Ven­ner re­tired from

the ECCB at the end of 2015.

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