Governor hints at changes
Central Bank Governor Dr Delisle Worrell has told employees of the Bank that they need to be prepared to face up to changes that are to come.
In brief remarks at a ceremony held at the Crane Resort over the weekend to celebrate employees who have given 40 years of service, Worrell said: “The challenges that we face, both within the bank and within the country are nothing compared to what we have gone through, particularly within the early years.
“I can personally remember times when I was about to resign because of my fundamental disgust with policies which the board of this institution had decided to implement,” said the island’s top economist, who served at the Bank from 1973, working as Manager of the Research Department, moving up to Deputy Governor, at which point he left in 2000 only to return as Governor in 2009.
As he congratulated the staff for their steadfast service, Worrell hinted at coming adjustments telling members of his staff, “you have laid a solid foundation for the changes which are to come as we re-focus on the challenges ahead.
“Like the rest of the public sector, the Central Bank faces challenges we have never faced before, and as in the past, the Central Bank has to give leadership in this process of change. We know we can face the music because we have done so in the past.”
He told the six long-serving workers – Sheila Legall, Yvonne Parris, David Boyce, Marlene Bayne, Linel Franklin, and Angela Griffith – “an institution is as good as its people. The reason we are so good is because of yourselves and our colleagues”.
He described the Bank’s 42 years of existence as “a tale of success through adversity”, adding “this is not the first time that we’ve faced adversity. And, that is what gives us courage and confidence to do the things that we must continue to do in order to overcome our challenges”.