The UWI Five Islands to delve into Digital Transformation of the Financial Sector


The University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus will this month continue its Public Advocacy Series looking at digital transformation.   This month’s topic is “Digital Transformation of the Financial Sector” and will feature two of the Caribbean’s leading professionals working in this area.


The speakers at the Campus’ Public Advocacy Series for March will be Ms. Karina Johnson, Project Manager for the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and Ms. Rhea Yaw Ching, CEO of Covela Consulting.


Ms. Karina Johnson is the Project Manager for the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (‘ECCB’) digital currency DCash pilot. She is an attorney-at-law and among her areas of interest are Central Bank-backed Digital Currencies, technology-enabled financial services and regional economic integration.


Ms. Rhea Yaw Ching is the Chief Executive Officer of Covela Consulting, a strategy and innovation consulting firm serving private and public sector organizations with an emphasis on strategy development, digital transformation and policy and regulatory harmonization.  She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Covela Foundation.


With the integration of technology, digital transformation in the financial sector is an important part of the strategy for financial institutions around the world. A recent survey conducted by global professional services organization, EY has shown that while a majority of finance leaders have started the implementation of technology, a minority have gotten to an advanced stage. For the Caribbean to compete globally, it will need to have the necessary tools in place as part of a wider strategy. The March edition of the Public Advocacy Series will look at where the Caribbean is and how, as a country and region, digital transformation of the financial sector will benefit us.


The virtual event takes place on Monday, March 28, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean time). Participants will be able to pose questions directly to each of the panelists during the discussion segment. Persons can register for free online at


The UWI Five Islands looks forward to discussing this important topic as we continue to spearhead these important discussions on topics that are affecting our country and region.



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  1. Antigua plowing ahead with agenda 21/2030 – t The Great Reset digital currency/biometric id — leading to total loss of privacy & autonomy. Social credit score and universal basic income soon to follow. Oh, how wonderful it will be! You will own nothing but you will be happy. — WEF.

  2. Our education system MUST prioritize STEM and business curriculum powered by our Caribbean creative Arts from pre-K to tertiary. It must be ‘in our blood’.
    Our future economic and social development depend on the fullest implementation of that system.


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