Under is the complete assertion from Prime Minister Mia Mottley:
Sir Courtney Blackman was, no doubt, a real Barbadian legend, patriot and pioneer, whose contribution to public life, anchored as founding Governor of the Central Financial institution of Barbados, was at all times aimed on the fostering of financial progress for the upliftment of all Barbadians.
He lived for his nation, whether or not on the helm of our premiere monetary establishment, main our diplomatic cost at our mission in Washington DC, lecturing on the college circuit in North America or just lending his voice to the nationwide socio-economic debate after his retirement from public life.
It was really a tragic second at the moment for me after I discovered of his passing at age 88 in the USA, the place for nearly 20 years he lived, however continued to signify his nation with distinction. That’s as a result of Sir Courtney was household, pal and mentor.
For many who apply tutorial research to his life’s work, his best legacy will maybe be his foresight in insisting that Barbados comply with a hard and fast alternate price regime at BDS$2 to US$1. That peg is accountable for a lot of our financial successes at the moment.
He may do that as a result of he was revered as an excellent Barbadian economist, who additionally made a mark on the worldwide stage as this nation’s Ambassador to the USA and Everlasting Consultant to the Organisation of American States, the place he additionally served as Vice Minister of Commerce on the FTAA negotiations from 1995 to 1998.
He defended Barbados with each sinew, at each alternative, and in each discussion board doable.
Below his management, the Financial institution grew to become identified for its financial output and its mastery of speaking central banking and financial coverage to Barbadians. He was a agency believer that communication was essential to reaching public buy-in and assist for coverage initiatives.
For this lengthy and distinguished service, he was completely deserving of the award of the Gold Crown of Advantage in 1982 and the nation’s highest honour, the Knight of St. Andrew, in 1998. My expression at the moment of this nation’s gratitude for his excellent service is however a mere token of what he has earned.
To his spouse Gloria, who taught me French at secondary faculty, and his sons Keith, Christian and Martin, on behalf of the Authorities and folks of Barbados, I say because of you for lending him to us for all these years. We are going to eternally be grateful. Could his soul relaxation in peace.