Mexican & U.S. CU Leaders Combine Advocacy Visits in DC
June 22, 2004, Washington, D.C. – Highlighting
the partnerships between U.S. state credit union
leagues and Mexican credit unions is the goal of
this week's Washington advocacy visit hosted by
the World Council of Credit Unions, Inc.
Beginning this morning, officials from
Caja Popular Mexicana, partnered with the
California Credit Union League (CCUL) and Texas
Credit Union League (TCUL), and Caja Libertad,
partnered with the Arizona Credit Union League
(ACUL), will attend some 15 meetings with
lawmakers, policymakers and local credit union
representatives to draw attention to the private
sector-led credit union development in Mexico.
TCUL, CCUL and ACUL have partnered with Caja
Popular Mexicana and Caja Libertad to improve
marketing to unbanked Mexicans on both sides of
the border, facilitate remittance distribution
and upgrade information technology in Mexican
The Mexicans will join their U.S. "partners"
meet personally with Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA),
Rep. Joe Baca (R-CA), Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH). Staff members from the
offices of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Sen.
John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA),
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Rep. Henry
Bonilla (R-TX) and Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) will
also meet with the group. The Mexican officials
will meet with staff members of the U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID), the Inter-
American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank,
the U.S. Department of Treasury and the National
Credit Union Administration (NCUA), as well.
"This week is a rare opportunity to reinforce
international credit union development
stakeholders the value and effectiveness of our
collaborative efforts," says WOCCU vice president
and COO Brian Branch.
WOCCU's International Partnership Program
for the exchange of knowledge, information and
experiences between developed and developing
credit union movements. These programs bring
together people from credit union movements
around the world and encourage credit union
leaders to get involved in formal partnerships,
internships and volunteer assignments.
Administered by WOCCU, the International
Partnership Program is one of the many ways the
credit union movement shows the cooperative
spirit of "people helping people."
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, 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries serve 200 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.