October 2017 is Financial Information Month (FIM) in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).
The FIM 2017 theme is: Retirement Planning: Making Your Golden Years Golden. The theme is geared towards sensitising the public that planning for retirement should begin from the first day of employment and continue throughout an individual’s income-earning years to ensure a good quality of life after active employment.
Financial and academic institutions, government agencies and other public and private sector bodies across the region will coordinate a number of activities throughout the month to bring into focus the realities of retirement. The activities, which will include a Retirement Planning Symposium in each country, will provide information on actions that current and future generations of retirees need to take now to help ensure a smooth transition to retirement and that they are able to maintain a good standard of living throughout their golden years.
Other activities that will take place in St Kitts and Nevis include a Financial Fair which will be held on Friday, 27 October 2017 from 10:00 a.m. at the Independence Square. The Financial Fair will bring together the entire community in an open forum where the FIM partners can showcase their goods and services and also engage members of the public on financial matters. There will be lso fun activities and an interactive learning center for the youth.
Financial Information Month is a collaborative effort among the ECCU member governments, financial and academic institutions, the media, private and public sector institutions and community–based groups. The month forms part of an ECCU financial education programme coordinated by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).
The programme incorporates a series of initiatives designed to support the attainment of the goal of “a financially developed and vibrant ECCU region that fosters strong and sustainable economic growth and the improved well-being of the citizenry.”