Connecticut/Trinidad and Tobago Partnership Expands
Delegates from COPOS Credit Union and Seasons FCU pose at the partnership signing ceremony. Seated are (l-r): Christine Gerritt, Seasons FCU board chairperson; David Marquez, COPOS Credit Union general manager; Beverly Nunes, COPOS Credit Union board vice president; and Keith Weimert, Seasons FCU CEO. Photo courtesy of CCUA.
Connecticut and Trinidad and Tobago further
solidified their five-year World Council of
Credit Unions (WOCCU) international partnership
at the recent CCUA Leadership Conference with
the official partnership agreement of
Connecticut's Seasons Federal Credit Union and
Trinidad's COPOS Credit Union Cooperative
Credit union managers and volunteers from
Connecticut met nine guests from Trinidad and
Tobago's credit unions in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, for the weekend conference. Besides
educational sessions, attendees had the
opportunity to participate in a panel discussion
on CCUA and Trinidad and Tobago's partnership
Victor Corro, WOCCU international
manager, talked about the importance of sharing
ideas across borders.
"There are many and varied reasons
to this great success [of the credit union
movement]," he said. "But the one most closely
related to credit union partnerships is
This is CCUA and Trinidad and Tobago's second
Personal Care Credit Union (Connecticut) and
Lever Brothers Credit Union (Trinidad and
Tobago) signed the first of such agreements
following a Trinidad and Tobago delegation visit
to Connecticut last year. Earlier this year,
Connecticut delegates visited Trinidad and
Tobago looking for another partnership
opportunity, which they found in COPOS Credit
Union. Credit unions sign individual agreements
based on similar membership demographics.
There are currently 22 active WOCCU
international partnerships and two national
associations progressing toward formal
agreements. For more information on
international partnerships, contact Victor
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, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.