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IBU to Relocate


The Technical Division of the International Business Unit will be moving from the 7th floor to 8th floor of the Baobab Tower at Warrens, St. Michael.




 

 

Barbados’ Financial Services Commission – a Credit to the Sector

 

Financial crises occur around the world for many different reasons and are often driven by instability in one of the many financial sectors. When such a crisis occurs, one constant aspect is that it has always brought a regulatory response aimed at determining the cause and mitigating the probability of recurrence. This concept held true in the Wall Street crash of the 1920s; the banking run in the 1930s; the hyper-inflation crisis in Latin America; the dot-com bubble crisis; the derivative market crisis and the recent

global economic crisis fuelled by contagion.

 

In similar fashion, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in Barbados was established as a response to turbulent economic times. It was recognised that as a developing global financial centre, Barbados needed to ensure it had a robust regulator in the non-bank financial sector to help build and maintain stability in the financial system. Deliberations on this matter began as early as 2004, and in 2011 a final decision was taken to combine the functions of three regulatory bodies to create a new Commission, with its main objectives being to:

 

  • Maintain financial stability
  • Nurture/build a sound business environment that is conducive to growth.

Five years on, the FSC continues to develop as a robust financial regulator. It has been able to attract a staff complement of highly skilled professionals, many versed in the theories and practices of risk management, economics and risk mitigation. They remain insistent on quality output and have helped to establish a growing, high performance culture within the organisation. The FSC has also been able to build a risk-based regulatory system utilising its resources in the most efficient manner, to manage and mitigate excessive risk-taking in the non-bank financial system.

 

 

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