St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves described his countryman as “my very dear friend.
“He piloted the Central bank through rough waters, particularly consequent upon the 2008 global economic crisis …which gave rise to real banking difficulties particularly among indigenous banks in the Currency Union.
“He helped create many institutions to strengthen and buttress the financial system,” Gonsalves said, adding “he was a regional integrationist… a strong Caribbean man. We will miss the counsel of Dwight Venner. He was a very faithful servant to the people of the region,” Gonsalves added”
In a statement, the St. Kitts-based ECCB said that Sir Dwight’s passing comes less than eight weeks before the Monetary Council, in recognition of his immense contribution, had planned to honour him at a special ceremony at the ECCB Headquarters in St Kitts and Nevis.
“At that time, one of the buildings was to be named in his honour. It may be recalled that one of Sir Dwight’s many accomplishments was initiating and overseeing the construction and equipping of the current ECCB Headquarters,” the bank said.