Bankers never die…They just lose all interest. The popular saying goes that the problem with banker jokes is that bankers don’t think such quips are funny, while ordinary people don’t think of these as jokes.

What initially sounded like another jest Tuesday, must have soon wiped the lingering smile off satisfied Finance Minister, Winston Jordan’s sunny face and snatched the seasonal spring out of his sashaying stride, preceding proud presentation of the country’s $300.7B new Budget, in Parliament, just hours before.

From Anguilla, to St Vincent and the Grenadines, the sudden announcement from cloudy Toronto that Canada’s third largest bank, the Bank of Nova Scotia has lost long-time interest in most of the Caribbean and would cease operations in Guyana and eight such countries, seemed to have overshadowed even the 2019 National Budget…..

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