WOCCU Chairman Meets With Trinidad and Tobago President
Madison, WI—Board Chairman of the World
of Credit Unions (WOCCU), Gary Plank (USA), met
with the President of the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago, His Excellency Professor George
Maxwell Richards, yesterday to discuss the work
credit unions are doing in the
country. "President Richards was familiar with
credit unions, the positive effect they have on
the communities in which they serve and the
potential of credit unions within his country,"
During his visit to Trinidad and Tobago,
also met with U.S. Ambassador and credit union
advocate, Dr. Roy Austin, and was a guest on the
Trinidad & Tobago morning television show, where
he spoke about World Council of Credit Unions
and the importance of credit unions.
"Trinidad and Tobago credit unions are
experiencing positive growth potential. They
are growing over 10% a year and are poised for
continued growth," Plank continued.
Plank's visit is the result of an invitation
extended by the Caribbean Confederation of
Credit Unions (CCCU), a WOCCU member, to
participate in the 60th Anniversary Celebrations
of the Co-operative Credit Union League of
Trinidad & Tobago, scheduled for May 25-28,
Plank will depart the Republic of Trinidad
Tobago on May 26 for Antigua, where he will
deliver the 3rd Everard Dean Memorial Lecture at
a special ceremony in tribute to one of the
region's credit union stewards and former CCCU
President. He will also make a technical
presentation on May 27 to over 100 regional
leaders on "Competitive Strategies for Credit
Gary Plank was first elected to the WOCCU
in 1997 and was elected Chairman in 2005. Plank
is also the President and CEO of the Arizona
Credit Union League.
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 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.