The Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC), in association with the Bank of Jamaica and the Financial Services Commission launched its Regional Financial Literacy Website (www.financialliteracycaribbean.com) and Public Education Programme on Friday January 22, 2010 at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The programme is in response to the global economic crisis and the imperative for persons in the region to improve their financial health. The Honourable Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance & the Public Service gave the feature address. Other speakers included Brian Wynter, Governor of the Bank of Jamaica; Rohan Barnett, Executive Director of the Financial Services Commission; Antoinette McKain, Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation, as well as representatives from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago. The Eastern Caribbean and Trinidad & Tobago have already established financial literacy programmes in their countries.
CARTAC, set up in September 1999, is a regional agency based in Barbados which provides technical assistance and training in core areas of economic and financial management at the request of its member countries.