SLBWA WELCOMES VISUALLY IMPAIRED FRIENDLY BANK NOTES

The St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association is preparing to launch a sensitization campaign for members to coincide with the launch of new polymer bank notes by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. The ECCB says the new banknotes that will go into circulation in June will contain features that would assist visually impaired persons in the sub-region.

The ECCB said that it will begin circulating the new polymer bank notes with the EC$50 note, in June, followed by the EC$100, EC$20 and EC$10 banknotes in August and September.

The polymer bank notes will have an increased number of security features that will reduce their susceptibility to counterfeiting.

The polymer notes will co-circulate with the current paper notes. Circulation will commence with the new $50 bill in June, followed by the $100, $20 and $10 banknotes in August and September. The St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association is very happy that the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank(ECCB) has seen it fit to make it easy for  the visual impaired to identify the bills without the assistance of  a full sighted individual. Executive Director of the Association Anthony Avril says many nations have done  so. The Association is now taking on the task of sensitizing the visually impaired in an effort to help them get used to the new system

Authorities say the polymer bank notes are  more durable and are expected to outlast the paper notes. The unveiling of the bills follows a series of meetings between the St. Lucia Blind welfare Association and  the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

The polymer notes have an increased number of security features that will reduce their susceptibility to counterfeiting. Another tangible feature has been  added to make the notes user friendly to the visually impaired.

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