Barbados and its regional counterparts remain committed to ensuring that the financial services sector continues to be the front runner in promoting regional economic development.

So said this country???s Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, who will be heading to Nassau, The Bahamas for the third Caribbean Conference on the International Financial Services Sector beginning March 31.

The Minister will be joined by key stakeholders at the three-day conference.

Entitled: The Caribbean Engaging the World in Financial Services, the conference, which is jointly hosted by the Caribbean Export Development Agency and the Government of The Bahamas, will provide a unique forum for policy makers, regulators and finance practitioners of Caribbean International Financial Centres (IFCs) to interact with the architects of the major global financial policy initiatives.

It will also present an opportunity for discussion on several issues related to the major international initiatives impacting the region???s financial services sectors.

According to Minister Inniss, the meeting also aims to recommend strategies of ensuring that the financial services industry continues to thrive in our jurisdictions and remains a major contributor to the sustainability and development of our economies.

Accompanying the Minister of International Business to the Conference will be: Senior Advisor to the Executive Director (Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean), the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA, Kelvin Dalrymple; Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes; Chief Executive Officer, Barbados Financial Services Commission, Warwick Ward; Bank Secretary/Legal Counsel, Central Bank of Barbados, Elson Gaskin and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences & Senior Lecturer in Management Studies, University of the West Indies, Dr. Justin Robinson.

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