The Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) partnered with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) to host the World Credit Union Conference. Hosted at The Atlantis resort from July 28 -31 in The Bahamas, the event drew over 2,300 attendees from over 60 countries.
Opening night saw a flag ceremony featuring over five dozen flags representing each country in attendance, followed by a speech from the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Hubert Minnis, in which he praised the humanitarian efforts of credit unions to urged them to continue to address the needs of the poor and underprivileged.
Over the next four days, the conference featured seminars, keynotes, lunch-and-learns, networking opportunities, breakout sessions and a solution center. Topics ranged from regulatory (IFRS 9, CECL) to technology (blockchain, mobile banking) to social (inclusion, diversity).
The overriding theme of the conference was community first. There were many inspiring stories of credit unions rolling up their sleeves in their own communities, planting trees or rebuilding hurricane-ravaged neighborhoods. Many spoke to how credit unions seek not only to hold or invest money for their clients, but also to educate and encourage thrift and thoughtful money management.