International Reception Features Speaker on Tsunami Disaster Relief
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a prelude to CUNA's
Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), World
Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU), will host
its Annual International Reception in conjunction
with CUNA's World Leadership Development
Committee and the Embassy of Italy, on Saturday,
February 26 at the Embassy of Italy in
Special guest speaker Dr. P.A. Kiriwandeniya,
chairman of the SANASA Development Bank will give
an update on the status of credit unions in his
country and tsunami disaster relief efforts
underway. Through World Council of Credit
Unions Worldwide Foundation, the international
credit union movement has pledged over $350,000
to help rebuild SANASA.
Other special program speakers include Deputy
Chief of Mission, Minister Stefano Stefanini;
WOCCU chairman L.R. (Bobby) McVeigh; and Dr.
Brian Branch, president and CEO (Interim).
Another highlight of the reception includes a
preview of WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference,
to be held in Rome, Italy, July 24-27. Reception
attendees will also have the opportunity to
network with credit union leaders from United
States, while supporting international credit
Branch explained, "This is the annual event
a community comes together with their peers: the
community of WOCCU supporters who make a
difference in leading international credit union
development around the world."
Also during the International Reception, WOCCU
Supporters will receive special recognition for
their continued dedication to the improvement of
credit union movements around the world. The
reception will take place from 6:00 p.m. until
7:30 p.m., with program speakers beginning at
Interested individuals who wish to attend and
support international credit union development
may register for $100.00. Current WOCCU
Supporters and a guest are welcome to attend. To
check if you or your credit union is a WOCCU
Supporter, visit www.woccu.org.
Attendees to WOCCU's International Reception
must RSVP by February 21. Attendees
should also be prepared to show a photo
identification at the embassy and go thru
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.