World Conference Hits Record-Breaking Attendance
The World Council of Credit Unions' 2006 World
Conference in Dublin, Ireland, has attracted more
than 1,700 participants—the highest number
to ever register for the conference. As a
result, the organizers have had to close
registration to any additional attendees, due to
the capacity limits at the conference venue.
"Conference attendees are coming from more
40 countries," said Dave Grace, Senior Manager,
Association Services, WOCCU. "The opportunity to
learn from and share ideas with credit union
representatives from all over the world is
The conference, scheduled for July 26-30,
features several renowned keynote speakers
including Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, the Prime
Minister of Ireland; Mary Robinson, former
president of Ireland and human rights advocate;
Dan Mica, CEO of Credit Union National
Association (CUNA); and economist and Irish TV
personality, David McWilliams. The conference
also features 20 educational breakout sessions
and visits to Irish credit unions.
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.