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EXPLORING HISTORICAL RESOURCES ON TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: AN ART PERFECTED BY PRACTICE THE CENTRAL BANK OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 1964-2019

EXPLORING HISTORICAL RESOURCES ON TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO:   AN ART PERFECTED BY PRACTICE THE CENTRAL BANK OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 1964-2019

The book "An Art Perfected By Practice." was commissioned by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago to document the historical turning points of its first 55 years of existence. 

 It explores the historical background in which the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago operated over the years, as well as the steps it took to carry out its mandate in light of the continuously evolving financial landscape.  

This was accomplished through personal accounts from previous and current Governors, staff, as well as people from the financial industry and the government. Many different literature on private banking as well as Central archival resources such as annual reports, newspaper clippings, staff newsletters were also used just to name a few.

 

Chapter 1 & 2, “The Central Bank Comes Into Being”, gives a very brief summary of Trinidad and Tobago’s monetary, political and economic situation before the country achieved Independence in 1962. In this, we actually hark back to the 1930s and 40s, for the simple reason that these were the formative years for the people who conceptualised the Central Bank in 1964. Growing up, the pre- War and post-War period would have shaped their hopes and dreams, and as such their decision- making process in the 1960s.

Chapter 3, “The Legislative Environment”, is a summary of pertinent legislation that governs the Central Bank and describes the establishment of a number of financial institutions in which the Central Bank played a role.

Chapters 4 to 7, “The Governors”, outline the work of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Governor-by-Governor. This part forms the bulk of the narrative, and we hear from the various Governors themselves about their years at the Central Bank.

Chapter 8, “Voices of our Stakeholders” collates some of the voices from stakeholder groups of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and describes how the Central Banks of the region interact with each other and with international organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.

Chapter 9, “The Central Bank as Part of Civic Life”, talks about the role that the Central Bank in the wider economy and about the employees of the Bank.

 

Publisher: The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago 

 

Audience: Intended for those interested in the history of Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, the financial landscape of Trinidad and Tobago and students preparing for CAPE and CSEC examinations, and those attending tertiary level institutions. 

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