Sir Henry Edney Conrad Cain OBE (2 December 1924 – 17 January 2008)[3] was a Belizean accountant who dedicated 51 years of his life as a public servant.[4] He was knighted in 1986 by Queen Elizabeth II and received the award of "Order of Distinguished Service" in 2006.[5] He is recognized as a renowned Belizean because of his contribution to the stabilizing of Belize's high liquidity and payment problems in 1987 through which he rebuilt Belize's foreign reserves.[3]

Sir Edney Cain
Portrait of Sir Edney Cain
Henry Edney Conrad Cain

2 December 1924[1]
Died17 January 2008 (aged 83)
Belmopan, Belize
Known forRebuilding Belize's foreign reserves
Notable workWhen the Angel Says "Write"![2]

Education edit

Sir Edney Cain began his education attending Ebenezer Primary School followed by St. George's College and St. Michael's College. He furthered his studies in 1953 and 1954 by taking courses in accountancy and audit in the United Kingdom at his own expense. He continued his professional training by receiving a certificate after sitting the Association of Certified & Corporation Accountant's Intermediate Examinations in 1954. Not stopping there, he continued his studies later receiving several accounting certificates; one being certification from the Association of Certified Corporate Accountant of the Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.[3]

Government service edit

Sir Edney Cain began his service with the Government of Belize in 1940, at the age of 16, as a messenger at the Wireless Station and continued serving the government, climbing the organizational ladder. He became the first governor of the Central Bank of Belize in 1982, and, in 1984, he began his career as an ambassador and he held that title multiple times until 1990. His most significant contribution to the government was in 1987 when he joined the Ministry of Finance becoming the Financial Secretary.

This was a challenging time for Belize because of severe liquidity and payment problems that Belize was experiencing. At this time Belize was also in the middle of a Structural Adjustment Program with the International Monetary Fund. Cain resolved these problems within a period of 2 years in which he also rebuilt the foreign reserves. He continued serving the Government of Belize until he retired in December 1991.[3]

Posts held edit

  • Messenger at the Wireless Station, 1940
  • Supernumerary Probationer and Junior clerk, 1942
  • Third Class Clerk, 1945
  • Second Class Clerk, 1946
  • First Class Clerk at the Audit Department, 1953
  • Examiner of Accounts and Sr. Examiner of Accounts, 1955
  • Auditor in the Audit Department, 1959
  • Assistant Accountant General, 1961
  • Accountant General, 1963
  • On special assignment to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, 1970
  • First Managing Director of the Belize Monetary Authority, 1976
  • First Governor of the Central Bank, 1982-1983[6]
  • Belize's first resident ambassador to the United States of America 1984
  • Belize's non-resident High Commissioner to Canada, 1984
  • Financial Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, 1987
  • Belize's resident High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to France, Germany, Belgium and the Vatican, 1987–1990
  • Governor of the Central Bank, 1991[6]

Honors edit

Literature edit

  • Collection of poems written in 1948 entitled When the Angel Says "Write"!.[2]

Death edit

After battling cancer for eight years, Sir Edney Cain passed away at the age of 83 in his home in Belmopan on 17 January 2008. Five days later, a state funeral was held for him at the Wesley Methodist Church in Belize City.[9]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 639. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ a b Cain, Sir Henry Edney Conrad (January 1, 2001). When the Angel Says "Write"!. Arthur H. Stockwell Limited. ISBN 978-0-72233-386-0.
  3. ^ a b c d Ramos, Adele. "Sir Edney Cain – a distinguished servant of Belize – laid to rest (December 1924 – January 2008)". Amandala. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Belizean Biographies". Belize National Library Service and Information System. Archived from the original on September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sir Edney Cain, veteran public servant, dead at 84". Channel 5 Belize. January 18, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Past Governors". Archived from the original on 6 November 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  7. ^ "New Administration Building Renamed 'Sir Edney Cain Building'". 7 News Belize. June 26, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Administration Building in Belmopan named after Sir Edney Cain". Channel 5 Belize. June 26, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sir Edney Cain Passes". 7 News Belize. January 18, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2016.