Sir Dwight Venner To Headline SBA’s ‘Small Business Week 2014’

Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir Dwight Venner, will deliver the VI Annual Leo Leacock Memorial Lecture during Small Business Week 2014.

The lecture will continue discussion on the theme for the week, “Small Business as an Elixir for Economy Recovery“; will special focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Such a topic is timely in light of the recent United Nations conference on SIDS held in Samoa where the world’s attention was on the sustainable development of small states, particularly within the context of the post-2015 UN development agenda. Equally, the prevailing economic crises being experienced by Caribbean nations provide the backdrop to explore needed solutions to return to economic growth within the region.

The chief economist of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States sub-region, will draw from his wealth of training and experience in analysing the role small businesses ought to play within the recovery plan of small island states. SMEs have the innate potential to catalyse an economy to new levels of growth as these businesses are flexible, operate in all areas of trade, and due to the ease in market entry and low overheads, are able to leapfrog the domestic space and quickly expand into export markets. The changing business environment, from brick & mortar to an Internet driven climate, further strengthened the growth prospects for the small business. Sir Dwight will therefore offer solutions on the elements of the ecosystem needed for this sector to play its catalytic role.

{PERSONAL FILE IMAGE} Governor with the ECCB since 1989, Sir Dwight also served in the position of Director of Finance and Planning in the Saint Lucian Government between 1981 and 1989. Sir Dwight is an Economist by training and was educated at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica where he obtained both a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Economics. He served as a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies and then as a Lecturer in Economics from 1974 to 1981.

{PERSONAL FILE IMAGE} Governor with the ECCB since 1989, Sir Dwight also served in the position of Director of Finance and Planning in the Saint Lucian Government between 1981 and 1989. Sir Dwight is an Economist by training and was educated at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica where he obtained both a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Economics. He served as a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies and then as a Lecturer in Economics from 1974 to 1981.

He has written and published extensively in the areas of Monetary and International Economics, Central Banking, Public Finance, Economic Development, Political Economy and International Economic Relations.

The lecture will be held at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, UWI Cave Hill on Monday 22nd September 2014 beginning at 7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.

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