Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has expressed shock at the death here last night of former Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor, Sir Dwight Venner.
Venner died at Tapion hospital.
“As most Saint Lucians, indeed most people of the region, we were shocked this morning when we woke up to hear of the death of Sir Dwight Venner,” the opposition leader said in a statement to the Times.
Pierre recalled that Sir Dwight had been a regional public servant employed in the public service of Saint Vincent and Saint Lucia.
However the leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) observed that Venner is best known for his stint as Governor of the ECCB.
“As an Economist, Sir Dwight was respected and he did yeoman service at the ECCB,” Pierre told the Times.
He said under Venner’s watch the ECCB grew into a very respected institution globally.
On behalf of the SLP and the people of Saint Lucia, Pierre expressed deepest condolences to Venner’s family and friends, as well as academics in the region and the world.
“I wish that his memory, his thoughts and his ideas on regional integration and regional economic policy would live way beyond his life,” the opposition leader said.