|Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will keynote the 2009 World Credit Union Conference.|
MADISON, Wis.—Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico who helped energize his country's economy and strengthen its credit union movement, will speak to attendees of the 2009 World Credit Union Conference, World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) annual event. Fox will keynote the conference, July 26-29 in Barcelona, Spain. He is expected to address global economic challenges and the role credit unions can play in meeting them.
Fox, who served as Mexico's top elected official from 2000-2006, was the country's first democratically elected president in 70 years. During his tenure, Fox increased public access to financial services and enacted legislation to strengthen Mexico's credit unions and increase access to their services. He left office with a 70% public approval rating.
In 2007, Fox became co-president along with Italy's Pier Ferdinando Casini of the Centrist Democrat International, a global coalition of more than 100 Christian Democrat parties.
Prior to taking national office, Fox served as governor of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. During his administration from 1995 to 1999, he helped Guanajuato become the country's fifth most productive state, in certain sectors surpassing the national average. Fox served as president of Coca-Cola Co. for Mexico and Latin America before he entered public service,
Fox studied business administration at Universidad Iberoamericana and holds a management diploma from the Harvard Business School. He still resides on his family ranch in Guanajuato.
Learn more about the World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona and register to attend at www.woccu.org/Barcelona09.
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, 57,000 credit unions in 103 countries serve 208 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.