Kenyan Credit Union Delegate Visits Pennsylvania Credit Union Association
Rodney Hood, Vice Chairman of the Board at the National Credit Union Administration in Alexandria, Virginia, meets with Kenya's Patrick S. Khaemba.
The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association
recently hosted Permanent Secretary Patrick S.
Khaemba of the Kenya Ministry of Cooperative
Development as part of their World Council of
Union's International Partnership. Khaemba
traveled to Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania to
learn more about credit union operations in the
United States and to share his experience of
working with the credit union movement in
WOCCU's Jesús Chavez accompanied
on the first day of the visit as they met with
Rodney Hood, Vice Chairman of the Board at the
National Credit Union Administration in
Alexandria, Virginia. The visit with Hood
allowed Khaemba an inside look at credit union
regulation in the United States.
The National Association State Credit Union
Supervisors (NASCUS) hosted Khaemba the following
morning. That afternoon, Khaemba visited the
Credit Union National Association (CUNA) in
Washington, D.C., where CUNA staff members
presented on a variety of issues central to
credit union operations in the United States.
The day ended with a visit to the World Council
of Credit Unions' office in Washington, D.C.,
where Khaemba met with Anna Cora Evans, Senior
Manager of Development Finance. Khaemba's warm
welcome from each of the organizations' staff and
leaders, combined with his enthusiasm for the
visit, reinforced relationships within the credit
union movement and served as an excellent
opportunity for cultural exchange.
Before traveling to Pennsylvania for the
remainder of the week, Khaemba met with USAID
Representative Tom Carter to discuss the
important role the credit union movement plays in
international sustainable development. A meeting
with the Pennsylvania Secretary of Banking Bill
Schenck, a visit to the Pennsylvania Credit Union
Association, and meetings with representatives
from several Pennsylvania credit unions capped
off Khaemba's weeklong stay.
The visit proved to be an excellent
for exchanging ideas, discovering new operating
methods, and discussing differences and
similarities. It also enabled credit union and
personal relationships to be strengthened.
Khaemba returned to Kenya with a renewed
commitment to improving and strengthening credit
unions in his home country.
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 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.