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Re-professionalising Banking and Finance in Trinidad and Tobago

In November Bangor University visited Trinidad and Tobago developing a new relationship for providing post-graduate Banking and Finance education, Bangor University in discussions with the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago: From Left to Right, Lisa Jones BU, Michelle Forte CB T&T, Dexter John CB T&T, John Ashton BU, Tanya Keith BU, and Marsha John (Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago)Bangor University in discussions with the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago: From Left to Right, Lisa Jones BU, Michelle Forte CB T&T, Dexter John CB T&T, John Ashton BU, Tanya Keith BU, and Marsha John (Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago)through the Chartered Banker MBA programme. Trinidad and Tobago, the most southerly Caribbean state, is one of the most-wealthy nations in the Americas, is celebrated for its diversity, and is home to an expanding financial services sector.

The visit coordinated with the Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago involved meetings with the government of Trinidad and Tobago, including meetings with the Minister of Education, the Hon. Anthony Garcia, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and Dr Eduard Ali Director of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago. Meetings were also held with senior executives from a large number of Trinidad and Tobago banks and financial services firms including Republic Bank, Scotia Bank, RBC Royal Bank T&T, the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation, First Citizens Bank and the JMMB Group.  The visit was concluded with a very successful Continuing Professional Development event (for the Chartered Bankers Institute) attended by over 45 bank and finance executives and apposite local academics. The event was led by Professor John Ashton FCBI from Bangor Business School considered the future of employment in the banking sector. This session also involved a number of impassioned and upbeat discussions by past and current Bangor University students located in Trinidad and Tobago.

Commenting on the visit, Professor Ashton from Bangor Business School stated, “It was a great pleasure to visit and develop further links Bangor University visiting The Republic Bank in Chaguanas: Camille Moseley-Joefield, Urmilla Ramaya-Jacob and Nickasia Baillie from the Republic Bank, Marsha John and Karen Singh from the Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago and Prof John Ashton, Tanya Keith, Lisa Jones from Bangor UniversityBangor University visiting The Republic Bank in Chaguanas: Camille Moseley-Joefield, Urmilla Ramaya-Jacob and Nickasia Baillie from the Republic Bank, Marsha John and Karen Singh from the Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago and Prof John Ashton, Tanya Keith, Lisa Jones from Bangor Universitywith banks, financial services firms, financial regulators, the central bank and the government of Trinidad and Tobago.  Our hosts the Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago provided invaluable assistance in linking to a large number of future partners for Bangor University. The Chartered Banker MBA has already been taken and completed by a number of mid-career executives from the financial industries in Trinidad. On hearing the great help this programme has provided our graduates in advancing their careers we would hope many more Trinidadians and Tobagonians will embrace this programme. Taking the Chartered Banker MBA will enable more bankers, financial regulators and financial executives to work with Bangor University to develop their ethical and professional practice and attain the coveted Chartered Banker Status.”

The Chartered Bankers MBA, offered exclusively by the Bangor Business School, is the only qualification globally conferring both an MBA and Chartered Banker status from the renowned Chartered Banker Institute. The CBMBA dual-award qualification was developed to the ‘re-professionalize banking’ internationally and has over 1000 learners and graduates from 82 nations.

Publication date: 15 November 2019

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