The International Forum for Investor Education (IFIE), Americas Chapter held the first meeting of its working group for content development and delivery, in the Bahamas over the period April 22 – 23, 2016.

Securities regulators representing fifteen jurisdictions including the host country, The Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, the Eastern Caribbean (8 territories), Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, gathered at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau to discuss matters pertinent to the promotion of Investor Education throughout the region.

On day one the meeting chaired by Kathryn Edmundson, Executive Director of IFIE secretariat, ably supported by the two joint chairs of the working group from Trinidad and Tobago and Curacao, focused the attention of the securities regulators on:

* Technical Expertise to Assist in Content Development and Delivery
* Ideas for Starting/Setting up Some FC/IE Initiatives
* Techniques for Developing Content for FC/IE Initiatives for Different Target Audiences
* Using Different Communications Technologies and Strategies to Impact FC/IE Content Delivery including the use of traditional and social media

Technical expertise was provided to the participants on day two via Valerie Brokamp – Meza de Leon Americas Senior Program Manager, AFLATOUN International, a non-governmental organization focusing on educating children about their rights and responsibilities and managing financial resources through social and financial education. The session also explored ways for measuring and evaluating success of educational initiatives.

The regulators will continue to meet virtually every three weeks to develop toolkits for the deployment of initiatives designed to improve the financial literacy of investors and potential investors within the Caribbean region. A further face to face meeting of the working group is anticipated to take place before the end of the year.

**About IFIE**

The International Forum for Investor Education is a unique alliance chartered in 2005 that brings together private sector and public sector providers of investor education to improve the effectiveness of investor education programs around the world.

The Forum serves as a clearinghouse for the exchange of information and ideas among providers of investor education from different jurisdictions, including organizations that are just developing or planning to develop investor education programs.