MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has officially launched online registration for the 2009 World Credit Union Conference taking place in Barcelona, Spain July 26-29. Participants are encouraged to register online and secure their hotel accommodations at www.woccu.org/Barcelona09. Hotel and tour space are limited and the $100 discount for early registration ends May 20, 2009.
Returning to Europe for the first time in two years, the 2009 conference is being held in cooperation with the Spanish National Association for Credit Cooperatives (UNACC) and Banco Cooperativo Español, the national wholesale cooperative bank for credit cooperatives. Spain's credit unions—known as rural financial cooperatives—serve more than 10 million clients through 5,000 branches.
The conference agenda will feature dynamic keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions focusing on four themes that address contemporary challenges to credit unions: relevant topics for developing credit union movements, finance and operations, strategy and leadership, and sustainability. Networking opportunities among global credit union peers abound at the conference, including the debut of a new event—The Global Women's Leadership Forum—which brings together women credit union CEOs and executives from around the world for an invitation-only peer learning session. Donors who support the greater Global Women's Leadership Initiative at the $250 level or above, are invited to a special networking reception on Sunday, July 26 prior to the conference Opening Ceremony. Learn more at www.woccu.org/womensleadership.
Other conference highlights include the 7th Annual International Regulators' Roundtable and WOCCU's Young Credit Union People Program (WYCUP) for attendees under the age of 35.
Barcelona offers attendees and their companions countless activities, sights and culture to experience. For those who want to come early and stay late, WOCCU is helping make the most of your time in Spain by offering pre and post-conference tours as well as optional day tours. For more information and to register, visit 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.