ECCB Creative Youth Competition

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Creative Youth Competition

The ECCB Creative Youth Competition is geared towards stimulating the minds of the region's youth on issues that impact the socio-economic landscape of the region. Launched in September 2018 in collaboration with the Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU), the competition is opened to students of the eight ECCB member countries between the ages of 13 and 19 years. 

The 2018-2019 Competition focuses on Essay Writing. The following are the terms:

  • The competition is open to students of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) aged 13 - 19.
  • Essays must be between 750 and 1,000 words, and must be typed, double spaced on letter size paper, with a separate cover sheet giving details of the name, age, and school attended by the participant. Click here for cover sheet.
  • Essays must be written on one of the given topics. The topics for the 2018-2019 essay competition are:

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.

  • Essays will be judged in two categories: participants aged 13 - 16 and 17 - 19. The essays will be assessed for content and soundness of points (20), logical development (20), clarity (20), knowledge of the subject (25), command of language (10), presentation (5).
  • Where the student has left school, the grant will be awarded to the high school of his/her choice.
  • Children or dependents of ECCB staff are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • Prize winners may be asked to submit their birth certificates.
  • Essays must be submitted to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank via email at

The deadline for essay submissions is 31 January 2019.

Please click here for the 2018-2019 Essay Competition Guidelines (PDF)





1st Prize



2nd Prize



3rd Prize



*Student prizes may be in the form of gift items valued at the amounts listed in the table above. 

*The school with the most entries in the top 10 receives EC$500.

*Teachers who serve as student mentors in preparing their submissions receive a cash incentive. The first prize student mentor receives EC$500, the second prize mentor receives EC$300 and the third prize mentor receives EC$200.


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