Appointment of New Governor of the Centr…

Belize City, 4 October 2016
Governor General, Sir Colville Young, signed a writ of appointment naming Ambassador A. Joy Grant as Governor of the Central Bank of Belize, with effect from 1 October 2016. Ambassador Grant succeeds Mr. Glenford Ysaguirre who held the position since 2008. She assumes her Central Bank responsibilities immediately following her previous position as Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit.

Previously, Governor Grant served as Minister of the Energy, Science & Technology, and Public Utilities Ministry from 2012 to 2015.

Governor Grant has served her country in the diplomatic corps as Deputy Head of Mission in Washington D.C., and as Ambassador stationed in Brussels and being accredited to five countries, the European Commission, and the World Trade Organization.

Governor Grant holds a MBA in International Finance from the University of Alberta, Canada and has significant expertise in innovative financial mechanisms that promote sustainable development in developing countries. Governor Grant has extensive experience in commercial and development banking, including experience in foreign trade, credit analysis, project supervision, and financial analysis. She was instrumental in the establishment of the National Bank of Belize which was planned, operationalized, and has expanded its services to Belizeans under her leadership.

Governor Grant has stated that there is significant expertise and experience within the Central Bank and that she proposes to direct and focus this capability on dealing with the serious economic and financial issues and challenges facing Belize.

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