World Council Welcomes New Members from Colombia, Moldova

April 11, 2012

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World Council Chair Manuel Rabines, CEO of the National Federation of Credit Unions of Peru (left), welcomes COOMEVA and Jose Luis Blanco Saenz, its corporate manager for strategic planning and marketing, as a World Council associate member. 

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions' board of directors last week welcomed Cooperativa Médica del Valle (COOMEVA), a cooperative financial holding company from Colombia, as a new associate member. The board also welcomed the Central Association of Savings and Credit Associations (CASCA), Moldova's credit union trade association, as a direct member. Applications from both organizations were approved during World Council's first-quarter 2012 board meeting in New York City, USA.

"The global credit union movement continues to grow thanks to the good work of organizations like COOMEVA and CASCA," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "We welcome them as members and are pleased with their commitment to strengthening the international credit union community."

COOMEVA, based in Cali, Colombia, is a cooperative holding company that provides health services, mutual insurance, investment, savings and lending services to 250,000 members. COOMEVA heads a group of 16 companies with US$2.8 billion assets. The organization is one of a growing number of World Council associate members.

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Ion Gangura, chairman of CASCA, Moldova's credit union trade association (standing), makes a motion to apply for World Council of Credit Unions membership at the organization's annual general meeting as Efim Lupanciuc, CASCA's chief executive officer (far right), looks on.

CASCA was formed in 2009 by Moldova's 49 largest credit unions. Its affiliates control 42% (US$12.7 million) of Moldova's credit union assets and account for 32% (40,735) of the country's total credit union members. CASCA, Moldova's only credit union trade association, provides representation, training and liquidity management services for its members.

"We see the continued growth of our organization as a sign of confidence not only in the work we do, but also in the global credit union movement," said World Council Chair Manuel Rabines, CEO of the National Federation of Credit Unions of Peru. "Such support signals a brighter future for us all."

Representatives from CASCA and COOMEVA will be formally recognized at the WOCCU 2012 annual general meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the organization's World Credit Union Conference, July 15-18 in Gdańsk, Poland. For more information on the conference, visit

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