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ABCUL delegation visits Georgia


14 Oct 16

A delegation of British credit unions has visited Atlanta to learn from credit unions in Georgia.

The trip is part of ABCUL’s World Council International Partnership with Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA), and an ABCUL delegation including representatives from nine member credit unions has spent this week learning from their counterparts in the United States.

A delegation of credit union leaders from Georgia visited Manchester in March to meet with British credit union representatives and to attend the ABCUL Annual Conference. GCUA President and CEO Mike Mercer delivered an inspirational keynote address to conference delegates urging them to “be vital” to their members’ lives.

This week, the British delegation travelled to Georgia to hear presentations from a range of speakers including the World Council of Credit Unions’ Vice President of Member Services Victor Miguel Corro, and to spend time with local credit unions learning from their experiences of co-operation, innovation and change to meet members’ expectations.

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: “This has been a really inspiring visit for everyone in the ABCUL delegation, with so many great ideas and innovations we can learn from in Britain. We’re very grateful to Mike Mercer and GCUA for this opportunity.

“GCUA’s focus on ‘Helping people afford life’ perfectly sums up what credit unions are all about, and as we prepare to celebrate International Credit Union Day on 20 October, it’s a reminder once again of how much value there is in credit unions sharing and co-operating on both a national and global level.”

In the state of Georgia, 119 credit unions serve around 2.1 million members, and have combined assets of over £17.5 billion. In Britain, 337 credit unions serve more than 1.2 million members and have combined assets of over £1.4 billion.

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