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Close-up of the Tom Adams Financial Centre.

The Central Bank of Barbados (C.B.B.) is the national Barbadian body responsible for providing advice to Government on banking and other financial and monetary matters. In its regulatory capacity the central bank handles the issuing of Barbadian banknotes and coins, licensing of banks, investment businesses, depository trust and finance companies, supervision of Barbadian financial institutions, credit worthiness of the financial system, administering of the international reserves, and reporting regularly to the country on national finances.

The Tom Adams Financial Centre, built in 1982-83[1] is the Central Bank headquarters, and consists of a six-storey building located on Spry Street in Bridgetown. As part of the complex, the ground floor holds the 491-seat theatre/auditorium known as the Frank Collymore Hall.

The Central Bank of Barbados, was established by an Act of parliament in May, 1972. Prior to the establishment of C.B.B. Barbados' monetary policies were governed through its membership in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Authority (ECCA). The Central Bank operates as the banknote issuing authority for Barbadian currency.

The Barbadian economy is regularly reviewed by several Wall Street investment firms including: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Standard & Poor's[2][3], and Moody's[4].

The Global Competitiveness Report for 2008-2009 ranked the soundness of Barbados's commercial banks as 21st out of 134 global jurisdictions assessed.[5][6]


Mission statement

Central Bank of Barbados building.

"The Mission of the Central Bank of Barbados is to foster a sound economic and financial environment which promotes the development of its stakeholders and encourages a culture of excellence and leadership."

At its inception the Central Bank of Barbados had certain objectives.

These were:

  • Promoting monetary stability
  • Promoting a sound financial structure
  • Fostering development of the money and capital markets
  • Channelling commercial bank credit into productive activities
  • Fostering credit and exchange conditions conducive to the orderly and sustained economic development of Barbados.


The head of the Central Bank is the Governor, who is appointed by the Bank's Board of Directors. The current Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados is Dr. Delisle Worrell as of November 2009.[7]


Past Central Bank Governors

  • Sir Courtney Blackman
  • Mr. Winston Cox
  • Dr. Kurleigh King
  • Mr. Calvin Springer
  • Dr. Marion Williams (2005–2009)

Awards of the CBB

  • The Frank Collymore Literary Endowment


  1. ^ Barrack Construction Company to get $50M
  2. ^ H., R. (14 November 2009). "Standard & Poor’s downgrades outlook" (in English). Barbados Advocate. Retrieved 14 November 2009.  
  3. ^ Russell, Stacey (14 November 2009). "NOT GOOD!" (in English). Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 14 November 2009.  
  4. ^ "Barbados rating downgraded" (in English). Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation. CBC. 13 October 2009. 5059834. Retrieved 15 October 2009.  
  5. ^ "8th pillar: Financial market sophistication" (in English) The Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009 2008-2009 p. Pg. 2, Retrieved 11 January 2010 "Section 8.07: Soundness of banks 21 (out of 134)"  
  6. ^ Taylor, Rob (10 September 2008). "Canada rated world's soundest bank system: survey" (in English). Retrieved 11 January 2010. "CANBERRA (Reuters) - Canada has the world's soundest banking system, closely followed by Sweden, Luxembourg and Australia, a survey by the World Economic Forum has found as financial crisis and bank failures shake world markets. [ . . . ] The United States, where some of Wall Street's biggest financial names have collapsed in recent weeks, rated only 40, just behind Germany at 39, and smaller states such as Barbados, Estonia and even Namibia, in southern Africa."  
  7. ^ Brathwaite, Jewel (24 November 2009). "New Central Bank Governor to address public on countercyclical measures" (in English). Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 02 December 2009. ""TOMORROW the new Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr Delisle Worrell will be giving his first public address since taking his appointment at the beginning of this month. And there could be no better topic than that of countercyclical measures, which will be the focus of his presentation to the November luncheon of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) at the Hilton.""  

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