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Winston Alfred Cox
Winston Alfred Cox, GCM
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados

Winston Cox is a former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados.

Early life and education

Cox studied economics at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. In 1971 accepted a scholarship by the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC) to pursue postgraduate studies leading to a Diploma in Economic Planning and a master’s degree in economics from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Holland.


Cox began his public service career in the Ministry of Health, where he set up the Health Planning Unit. He remained with the Ministry of Health until 1974 when he joined the Research Department of the Bank as an economist. He became Deputy Director of the Department in 1978. After acting as Director of the Department for one year he was appointed Advisor to the Governor in 1982.

In 1987, Cox joined the Ministry of Finance and Planning as Director of Finance and Planning (later Director of Finance and Economic Affairs in the renamed Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs). In 1991, he moved to the private sector and served as Chairman of Barbados Sugar Industries Ltd until 1992 when the United Nations Development Programme appointed him as Fiscal Adviser to the Government of Grenada. He served in this capacity until 1994 when he joined the Board of the World Bank.

Winston Alfred Cox served as Governor from September 1997 to April 1999. Before taking up the position of Governor, Mr. Cox was the Alternate to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and the members of the Organisation of East Caribbean States on the Board of the World Bank, a position in which he served from 1994.

After leaving the Bank, Cox served for a year as an Adviser in the International Monetary Fund and from September 2000 to June 2006 he was Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.  He is currently the Alternate Executive Director for Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Honours and awards

In 2009, Cox earned the Gold Crown of Merit for his contribution to the region on economic matters.

Personal life

Cox is married to Ms. Sylvia Potvin and they have five children.

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Winston Cox
Occupation Economist
Place of Birth Barbados
Notable Accomplishments
Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados: September 1997 - April 1999
Barbados Barbados

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