2017 Christmas Message from Timothy N.J. Antoine Governor, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

My dear ECCB family,

Greetings to you in this yuletide season – a veritable celebration of faith, family, love and hope.

Indeed, it is a season for all people and all time.

At this time of year, I always find it appropriate to reflect on the year now ending and to contemplate the new.

This year, the ECCB made significant strides of which we can be justifiably proud. These include return to profitability and the launch of our strategic plan.

I thank all of you for your partnership and prayers.

The year 2017 has been one of mixed fortunes for the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. Until September, our Currency Union was on pace to record its fastest growth in a decade.

This welcomed development was rudely interrupted and reversed by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Five of our member countries were impacted with three receiving direct hits.

In the aftermath of these storms, the ECCU family spirit was on full display as we supported affected members.

As people of faith, we are fortified in the knowledge that God is with us even in times of devastation and despair. He is with us in our bright days and dark days, our good times and bad times, our highs and lows.

This year, as we celebrate Christmas, let love be our highest goal!

I exhort you to: love more, care more and share more.

With this exhortation in mind, the management and staff of the ECCB have made personal contributions to bring further relief and some Christmas cheer to children in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla.

As we look ahead to 2018, we are excited about the implementation of our Strategic Plan styled “Transforming the ECCU Together”.

So, from my family and me, to you:

Monetary Council, Board, management and staff, retirees, local, regional and international partners: citizens and friends of the ECCU and your families:

Merry Christmas!

May 2018 be a year of progress and prosperity for you!

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