Following the decision of the ECCB Monetary Council at its 86th Meeting held 21 October 2016, the first Growth Dialogue was held on 1 March 2017 with social partners from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Held under the theme: Working Together to Achieve Higher and More Inclusive Growth in the ECCU, the forum provided a unique opportunity for civil and social partners to dialogue with the ECCB Monetary Council on matters of growth in the ECCU.
Since its inception, the initiative to institutionalise the process to forge consensus through a Growth and Resilience Dialogue has evolved with the main goal being to address growth, competitiveness and employment in the ECCU in a sustainable manner.
In addition to the ECCB Monetary Council, participants include: Parliamentary Opposition leaders, representatives from the business sector, civil society, churches and youth groups, as well as representatives from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
The forum is held annually at the ECCB Headquarters and forms a critical part of the growth agenda of the ECCB and its strategic partners: the CDB and the OECS Commission.