World Council Convenes in the Caribbean
World Council officials at the Nevis Co-operative Credit Union (NCCU). Photo courtesy of NCCU.
Madison, WI—World Council board members
from around the world represented the global
credit union movement in St. Kitts and Nevis
November 29 - December 1 for the their final
meeting of the year.
During their visit, Chairman Gary Plank
Union National Association, Arizona Credit Union
League), 1st Vice Chairman Melvin Edwards
(Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, CCCU)
and Pete Crear, World Council CEO, met with the
governor of East Caribbean Central Bank, Sir
Dwight Venner, to discuss the important
contributions credit unions make to local
communities and national economies.
The board agreed to propose that the Asian
Confederation of Credit Unions be welcomed into
full World Council membership at the next annual
general assembly, and the St. Kitts and Nevis
Credit Union League made history by becoming the
largest World Council Supporter from the
Board members from Poland, Guatemala, Peru,
Australia, New Zealand, the United States,
Canada, Ireland, Malawi and St. Lucia also
visited St. Kitts Credit Union, St. Nevis Credit
Union and the offices of World Council's
Caribbean member, CCCU.
"The strength of the Caribbean credit union
movement and its deep community ties were
evident throughout each of the visits," Crear
commented. "World Council appreciated the warm
hospitality of the St. Kitts and Nevis National
Co-operative League and Minister of Co-
operatives, Mr. Cedric Liburd."
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.