Madison, WI—Representatives from the Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) spent four days last month in Kingston, Jamaica, discussing asset/liability management (ALM) services with Jamaican Co-operative Credit Union League (JCCUL) management. The visit grew out of the leagues' International Partnership.
Mike Delker, TCUL vice president of credit union relations, and Howard Bufe, financial analyst in TCUL's ALM department, met with JCCUL management and stabilization unit staff to discuss Texas' ALM services and how Jamaica could adapt similar services and software to their market.
"Credit unions in Jamaica are going through regulatory changes which will make asset/liability management more crucial," Delker explained. "Jamaica's management staff was already very well versed in financial matters, so our visit was less an exercise in training on what ALM is but more a discussion on what we do in Texas and how they might implement the same program in their credit unions."
Delker, in his second visit with JCCUL staff in Jamaica, said that the partnership's main focus now is to adapt Texas' ALM software to serve JCCUL's needs. JCCUL plans to begin providing ALM ratio analysis to Jamaican credit unions in 2007 on an ongoing basis.
TCUL and JCCUL formed their International Partnership in 2005. Besides ALM services, the leagues have focused on advocacy efforts, establishing strategic planning and providing information on best practices in board governance and league structure. They have also formed 12 individual credit uniontocredit union partnerships based on similar membership markets and demands.
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