ECCB and Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit Launch Creative Youth Competition

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), in collaboration with the Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU), announces the launch of the ECCB Creative Youth Competition.

The ECCB Creative Youth Competition is designed to allow students to demonstrate their creativity and critical thinking skills through various genres including: essay writing, poetry, song writing and art. The competition is opened to students aged 13-19 in the eight ECCB member countries.

This year, the competition will focus on essay writing. Students who wish to participate will be required to write on one of the following topics:

  1. Towards a cashless society: challenges, opportunities and the realities for the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.
  2. For the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union to become economically viable, we must strive towards financial sustainability through technology. Discuss.

The topics were selected in collaboration with secondary school teachers across the ECCB member countries.

The essays will be judged in two categories: ages 13 to 16 and 17 to 19, and will be assessed for content, soundness of points, logical development, knowledge of the subject, command of language and presentation.

Cash prizes, tokens and trophies amounting to $20,500.00 will be awarded to the top three winners and their respective schools and mentors.

The essays for the 2018-2019 ECCB Creative Youth Competition must be submitted to the ECCB Headquarters or the Bank’s Agency Office in the respective member countries, no later than 31 January 2019.

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About the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) was established in October 1983. The ECCB is the Monetary Authority for: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU) was created out of a need for a collective response to security threats, which were impacting on the stability of the region in the late 70’s and 80’s.


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