First Webinar Connects International Partners in New York and Puerto Rico
Madison, WI—Credit unions in Puerto Rico and the
New York State Credit Union League (NYSCUL)
expanded their partnership this week during the
first World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU)
International Partnership webinar.
Juan E. Fernández, NYSCUL community development
coordinator explained, "We conducted the webinar
because we wanted our partners to be able to ask
questions about league services and discuss
issues in real time."
During the webinar, the New York State Credit
Union League provided participating Puerto Rican
credit unions access to their member website
and other league service offerings. Since
Puerto Rico's credit unions operate under the
same regulatory requirements as their US
partner, the member compliance section of the
website and the support services were of
particular interest to participants.
"Webinars are effective vehicles to provide our
International Partners with access to each other
while they continue to work on joint initiatives
through on-the-ground exchanges," shared Victor
Corro, WOCCU International Partnership manager.
Because of the International Partnership,
essential services are available to credit
unions in Puerto Rico, where credit unions do
not have a league of their own to provide
education, training and compliance services.
Thanks to the partnership, individual credit
unions in Puerto Rico can now join the NYSCUL as
Using technology, like webinars, World Council
hopes to further strengthen the relationships
among its 22 International Partnerships. Three
other International Partnerships are planning
webinars in 2007: Panama and Iowa, focusing on
credit union governance; Barbados and Missouri,
discussing steps for establishing a corporate
credit union; and Bahamas and Massachusetts,
reviewing branding and youth marketing
To learn more about the WOCCU International
Partnership Program visit the World Council
website at www.woccu.org or contact Victor Corro
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