Roundtable Held to Discuss Future of International Partnership
California-World Council of Credit Unions, the
California and Texas Credit Union Leagues, and
Mexicana recently participated in an
international roundtable to discuss the future
plans of the "International Partnership" between
the leagues, CPM, and WOCCU.
The day-long event, held February 3 at the
Credit Union League offices, began with
California League President CEO David L.
Chatfield and Texas League President and CEO Dick
Ensweiler welcoming participants in their opening
comments. California League Diversity Committee
Chairman and Pasadena FCU CEO Shruti Miyashiro
and Texas League Hispanic Outreach Task Force
Chairman and Border CU CEO Maria Martinez also
welcomed the audience to the roundtable.
Then, special guest, CPM President Ramon Imperial
Zuniga was recognized. During the meeting, Cirilo
Rivera and Alfonso Garcia presented a brief
history of Caja Popular Mexicana—one of Mexico's
largest credit unions with 329 branches, 803,820
members, and $800 million in assets—and its
accomplishments plus an update on the conversion
it is currently undergoing with its new FISERV IT
system. One of the credit union's accomplishments
is the decrease of its delinquency rate in 2004
to 4.75 percent, without the assistance of a
credit bureau that currently does not exist in
In March, CPM representatives will visit
California to learn more about internal controls,
risk management, and credit and collections.
In addition, WOCCU officials presented
information regarding remittances, and
participants shared their experiences with
outreach initiatives and discussed partnership
activities. The roundtable was facilitated by
WOCCU Senior Manager of Technical Development
Members of the California League's Diversity
Committee at a reception and dinner at
Ensweiler's residence held after the
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, 60,500 credit unions in 109 countries serve 223 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
Contact: Letty Cordon-Hernandez
Organization: California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues
Phone: 0414 375 620