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Connexus : Issue 43
A warm welcome awaits Australian delegates who give presentations at the three-day Pacific Credit Union Technical Congress in Fiji. Australian customer-owned banking professionals are once again invited to share their expertise with their Pacifc Island neighbours by attending the Pacifc Credit Union Technical Congress. The Oceania Confederation of Credit Union Leagues and CUFA will host the sixth annual congress in Nadi, Fiji, on September 25-27. It is always the event of the year for the 100 or more Pacifc Island delegates who come together to share ideas and lear n skills which enable them to make lasting improvements to the credit unions in their home countries. Delegates from Australia can make valuable contributions by presenting on topics in their felds of experience which are relevant to the Pacifc Island movements. Aiuf Sosaiete Kelekolio attended the ffth congress, in Nadi last October, as a representative of the Development Bank of Samoa Staff Credit Union. She speaks for many of the 104 delegates when she describes what she and her organisation gained from the event. “Being frst-time participants, it was a new experience for us," she says. "We learnt about the different practices credit unions around the Pacifc are adopting to improve their organisations in regard to growing membership, collection and recovery, and protection from fraud and illegal activities." The Samoan credit union movement faces many challenges and there is a "huge gap" in comparison with some other Pacifc Island countries, says her colleague, Julia Lemisio-Sititi. "But I believe [the congress] is the way to improve it -- by having as many participants from Samoa attending as possible." At last year's technical congress, Rob Crawford, senior analyst fnancial crimes at the Customer Owned Banking Association, and Con Nikolaou, Fraud and Security Manager at Teachers Mutual Bank, gave presentations on the topics of risk and fraud. "I always receive a warm welcome and it is very satisfying to be able to share my experiences from a more mature sector with our Pacifc friends, who are genuinely appreciative," says Crawford. Expressions of interest to present at the 2013 congress are now open. For more information, visit www.cufa.com.au Delegates at last year's Congress Pacific congress a hub of progress It is always the event of the year for the 100 or more Paci c Island delegates who come together to share ideas and learn skills... Julia Lemisio-Sititi 48 Connexus COMMUNITY