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 be held in St Vincent and the Grenadines include: the airing of financial tips daily on NBC Radio; publication of weekly newspaper articles; a Financial Fair at Heritage Square scheduled for Friday 20 October between the hours of 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM; a radio discussion programme on NBC Radio scheduled for Sunday 22nd October at 11:00 AM on the topic Retirement Planning: Making Your Golden Years Golden; a walkathon scheduled for Saturday 28 October at 5:00 AM;
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.”