ANGUILLA–Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) on Wednesday, August 2, launched its new website. Members of the media in Anguilla were invited to ECCB’s headquarters in The Valley to view the launch that was streamlined to all the countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) from ECCB’s Headquarters in St. Kitts.
An overview of the website was given by Elizabeth Wayland, a member of the website team. She said the project for a new website started in 2016, when Governor Timothy Antoine suggested changes. The website now has a modern look, and has a discussion forum functionality where ideas can be exchanged, concerns can be submitted and questions asked.
The site also allows access to statistical data, to conduct data comparisons of the ECCB member countries, and generate graphical depictions such as charts. Coin enthusiasts can now order commemorative coins on the website. Daily rates are given for other currencies along with interest rates, news releases and public education and outreach.
At the launch, Antoine said the new website is a significant milestone in the delivery of the Bank’s service to the citizens of the region, and provides a portal to the world. He said it is a powerful vehicle to connect with citizens, the media, students, and more and has a modern look and feel, and a streamlined layout. He said key legislation will be included on the site, and statistics will be upgraded monthly. He said feedback is important and comments will be welcome, as the bank aims to make improvements to the site all the time.
Following the launch, questions were asked by the media in the various countries of the ECCU. These include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Kitts and Nevis.