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Written by Ingrid O’Loughlin

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), in collaboration with the Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU), announces the launch of the ECCB Creative Youth Competition.

The Competition is designed to allow students to demonstrate their creativity and critical thinking skills through various genres including essay writing, poetry, song writing and arts. It is open to students aged 13-19 in the eight ECCB member countries.

This year, the competition will focus on essay writing. Students who wish to participate will be required to write on one of the following topics:

Towards a cashless society: challenges, opportunities and the realities for the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.

For the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union to become economically viable, we must strive towards financial sustainability through technology. Discuss.

The topics were selected in collaboration with secondary school teachers across the ECCB member countries.

The essays will be judged in two categories: ages 13 to 16 and 17 to 19, and will be assessed for content, soundness of points, logical development, knowledge of the subject, command of language and presentation.

Cash prizes, tokens and trophies amounting to $20,500.00 will be awarded to the top three winners and their respective schools and mentors.

The essays for the 2018-2019 ECCB Creative Youth Competition must be submitted to the ECCB Headquarters or the Bank’s Agency Office in the respective member countries, no later than 31 January 2019.

More information about the ECCB Creative Youth Competition can be obtained from the Bank’s website, www.eccb-centralbank.org and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ECCB Connects/.


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