Bank of Jamaica


Bank of Jamaica

Infobox Central bank
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image_title_1 = Bank logo
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image_title_2 = Bank of Jamaica's main building
headquarters = Kingston, Jamaica
established = May 1, 1961
president = Derick Milton Latibeaudiere
leader_title = Governor
bank_of = flag|Jamaica
currency = Jamaican dollar
currency_iso = JMD
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borrowing_rate =
deposit_rate =
website = [http://www.boj.org.jm/ Bank of Jamaica]
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The Bank of Jamaica is the central bank of Jamaica located in Kingston. It was established by the [http://www.boj.org.jm/pdf/boj_act_1960.pdf Bank of Jamaica Act 1960] and was opened on May 1st 1961.It is responsible for the monetary policy of Jamaica on the instruction of the Minister of Finance.

History

The Bank of Jamaica, established by the Bank of Jamaica Law (1960), began operations in May 1961, terminating the Currency Board System which had been in existence from 1939. The establishment of the Central Bank was in recognition of the need for an appropriately regulated financial structure to encourage the development process, particularly as Jamaica was about to embark on the road to political independence. [http://www.boj.org.jm/bank_history.php]

The Central Bank's role tended to be of a largely reactive nature as the institution grappled with several national and international developments. However, in recent years, monetary policy implementation has been characterized by a more proactive stance, as the Central Bank has actively sought to encourage the appropriate environment for economic growth and development.As a result, the Central Bank introduced a programme for financial reform - The Financial Sector Reform Programme (FSRP) in 1985. This initiative was aimed at more effective intermediation, through the encouragement of market forces and the strengthening of the Central Bank's capacity to implement monetary policies.

Organisation

The Bank of Jamaica is run by a Board of Directors headed by the [http://www.boj.org.jm/bank_governor.php Governor of the Bank of Jamaica] . The Board of Directors is composed of the Governor who is also Chairman of the Board, the Senior Deputy Governor, the Financial Secretary and six other directors. All are appointed by the Minister of Finance for five year terms.

The current Governor of the Bank of Jamaica is Derick Milton Latibeaudiere who took up that post on the 1st of April 1996.

See also

*Economy of Jamaica
*Jamaican dollar

External links

* [http://www.boj.org.jm/ Bank of Jamaica official site]


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