5 February 2021, Basseterre, Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis – The Eastern
Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is offering high school and college students from its eight
member countries, the opportunity to express their creativity through art with the opening
of its 2021 Creative Youth Competition (CYC).
The CYC, formerly the OECS Essay Competition, was launched in collaboration with the
Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit (RSS-ARU) in 2018. The upgraded
competition has a broader focus encompassing creative expression in poetry, song writing,
short stories and art. Senior Corporate Relations Officer at the ECCB, Elizabeth Wayland,
says the competition is part of the Bank’s community outreach programme and is open to
students between ages 13 and 19.
Wayland describes the competition as a success, pointing out that over the years, it has
attracted entries from all the ECCB member countries. The 2021 CYC will focus on art and
participants are required to submit pieces which depict one of the following topics:
- The Evolution of Payment Methods: How Will the Use of Money Transform in the
- Women, the Forgotten Resource: Equal Opportunities for Women in the Workplace
and Society; or
- The Rise of Domestic and Social Ills in the Face of COVID-19.
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Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
P. O. Box 89, Basseterre, St Kitts, West Indies
The official rules of the competition and entry requirements are available on the ECCB
Wayland says attractive prizes are at stake for the participants, their schools and the teachers
who mentor them in preparation of their entries. She however advises students to enter not
only for the prizes, but for the experience, which would be beneficial to them and their art
More information about the 2021 CYC is available on the latest episode of ECCB Connects
on the ECCB website www.eccb-centralbank.org and its social media pages.
About the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) was established in October 1983. The ECCB is the Monetary
Authority for: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat,
Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.