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Caribbean Credit Unions and the Foreign Account Compliance Act (FATCA)

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CCCU Expresses its Willingness to Work Closer with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00


BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, July 14, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The new Executive Body of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) has demonstrated its willingness to work closer with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in a number of areas that will redound to the benefit of the people of the Federation.

This view was expressed on Thursday, July 13, when members of the Board met with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, during a courtesy call at Government Headquarters.

Board members present during that meeting were President, Mr. Hally Haynes; Vice President, Mr. Joseph Remy; Secretary, Mr. Winston Fletcher; Treasurer, Mr. Lennox Bowman and General Manager, Mr. Ralph Wharton. Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Andrew Skerritt supported Prime Minister Harris during the discussions.

The officials deliberated on a wide range of issues including the state of the region’s financial and banking sector, regulatory framework in the region, the impact of de-risking and the withdrawal of correspondent banking relationships from Caribbean banks, as well as the issue of anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT).

The Board members also updated Prime Minister Harris on plans for the construction of a new building to serve as the headquarters of the Caribbean Confederations of Credit Unions here in St. Kitts to the tune of over US$1 million.

The CCCU has been headquartered in St. Kitts since 2002, after being relocated from Barbados. However, the current building that houses the financial institution is more than 70 years old and is in a state of disrepair.

“The cost of our headquarters is going to cost us around US$1.3 million,” President Haynes told Prime Minister Harris. “We estimate that during the construction period about 40 persons or so will be employed on the facility. We projected that the construction should be over a period of 12 months and once we have the confederation building completed, it would be outfitted with the technological infrastructure to ensure that we can communicate with our constituency using ICTs.”

The Honourable Prime Minister Harris in turn expressed his appreciation to the Board on its decision to retain its headquarters in St. Kitts.

“We are prepared as a Government to do what we can to ensure that the environment is the best one that you could have anywhere in the region. I want to say thank you for choosing St. Kitts and Nevis to play this very important role and we would hope and envisage that as a result of your presence here more could be done for the development of the cooperatives sector in St. Kitts and Nevis and by extension within the OECS region,” Dr. Harris continued.

It is expected that the new facility will house the CCCU’S administrative offices, a credit union museum and conference facilities.

The Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions was established on August 17, 1972 in Dominica as the successor to the West Indies Conference of Credit Societies. It serves as the apex trade and development organization for credit unions and non-credit union co-operatives in the Caribbean.

 
Employment Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

The Communal Co-operative Credit Union Limited is a progressive member-owned financial institution, committed to improving the financial well-being of its members. It is the largest Credit Union in Grenada in terms of membership, with over 23,000 members and has assets of over $138M. The Communal provides financial products and services to its members including mortgages, consumer and small business development loans, savings and deposit accounts and debit cards.

A strong and growing co-operative, The Communal Co-operative Credit Union is seeking to employ a General Manager to lead the organization into the future.  It offers a stimulating and rewarding work environment that values competence, performance, and exceptional customer service.

The General Manager is accountable to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the development and progress of the Credit Union, its financial stability, viability, and responsiveness to its members.  The General Manager also informs and supports the Board in fulfilling its fiduciary and strategic responsibilities.

The Communal is looking for a highly motivated and strategic leader with the following competencies:

  • The ability to understand, reinforce, adjust, and support a culture that reflects the Credit Union’s values;
  • Proven experience in building an effective working relationship with a Board of Directors, Committees and staff to communicate a shared vision;
  • Experience in, and the ability to lead a broad range of financial business lines, and to manage competing interests, priorities, and trade-offs to optimize the needs of the Institution;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; and skills in communicating with a broad range of audiences;
  • Effective management skills to provide strong proven leadership and ensure continued high staff productivity and achievement of The Communal’s goals;
  • Ability to interpret financial reports, identify risks and make sound financial recommendations and decisions;
  • High degree of skill in team building and fostering relationships and partnerships, enhancing The Communal’s role and profile within the Credit Union movement and the community as a whole.

The ideal candidate should possess a Master of Science Degree in Business Management or a Finance related qualification with a minimum of (5) years experience in a senior management position in a financial institution, or equivalent.

The Communal Co-operative Credit Union offers a very competitive benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To explore this opportunity, please send your résumé (MS Word format), stating qualifications and salary expectations in confidence to:

The Secretary
Board of Directors
The Communal Co-operative Credit Union Ltd.
Halifax Street
St. George’s

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Closing date for applications is July 14, 2017

 
Address By Cccu’s President Mr. Aaron Moses To The Opening Of The 60th Annual International Convention, Varadero, Cuba, June 17, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 June 2017 00:00

CO-OPERATIVES: RESHAPING CARIBBEAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Aaron Moses Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome and greet you with tremendous expectation and enthusiasm for yet another engaging, interactive and rewarding cooperative experience. I want to particularly welcome those of you who are attending our convention for the first time. Our 60th annual conference is unique in many ways.

We are meeting at a unique period in the world’s political and economic history which many deem extremely uncomfortable and uncertain.

We are also meeting when our region continues to grapple with many challenges including low growth, high unemployment, high debt to GDP, persistent fiscal deficits and deep vulnerability to disasters and other externalities.

For the first time, we are meeting in a beautiful and scenic Caribbean location where despite their familiarity with cooperatives primarily in the agriculture sector, there are no credit unions. So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Varadero, Cuba.

Our choice of location is strategic. It is also exploratory as it is our hope that the significant promise and benefits of the financial cooperative sector can also accrue to the Cuban people and economy sometime in the future. In this regard, I would like you to join me in extending a warm welcome to our Cuban representative *who responded positively to our invitation to be here. We hope that your presence would result in a better appreciation and understanding of the Credit Union movement and hopefully signal the beginning of a meaningful relationship between the Caribbean Credit Union family and the Cuban government and people.

Brothers and sisters, our Credit Union movement continues to play a significant role in the socio-economic growth and development of our region. Currently we have 297 credit union in 17 countries, serving 2.5 million members with a total asset base of approximately 6.5 billion US dollars. We are part of a world family of 223 million members in 60,500 credit union in 109 countries with an asset base of US 1.8 trillion.

Our level of penetration is among the highest in the world. In fact, the region’s penetration rate is 20%, the highest in the world with Montserrat at 140.7%, Dominica 136.7 %, St Vincent and the Grenadines 88.8%, Barbados 85.6%, Grenada 79.4%, St Lucia 77.6% and Trinidad & Tobago 75.3%. When total assets of the sector are compared to GDP, the picture is also telling. Credit Union assets approximates 8% of the region’s GDP. Contributions range from 5% in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, 13 to 19 % in Belize, Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, 39% in Dominica and 68% in Montserrat.

So as an economic and social enabler, credit unions continue to transform and enhance the lives of individuals, communities and our Caribbean countries.

We believe that our impact and relevance is due to our unique structure as a people centred, community oriented, democratic organisation that delivers value. Our empowerment of people, the enhancement of lives, our rootedness and mobilization of communities, our social interventions and our mobilization of savings are all vital for growth and development of our countries. This model of development has so far demonstrated its resilience and sustainability since its introduction in the region approximately 75 years ago.

Across the world, the cooperative model has mirrored our regional experience. Repeatedly, the cooperative sector has demonstrated its resilience and relevance as a stable sustainable model. Many studies post the 2008 deep recession including that of the ILO, have clearly and irrefutably concluded that the cooperative sector outperformed other models in terms of stability, comparative performance, job loss, resilience and sustainability. *

Interestingly, the post 2008 period also saw a considerable shift in public perceptions of large private businesses particularly finance companies in the developed countries. Driven primarily by millennials who were incensed by the relentless pursuit of profits, consumer insensitivity and indifference of big business, a movement was begun. There was an increase in a general way of civic mindedness. People began looking for alternative business models that were people oriented, transparent and community controlled. The concept of shared value became important to many and participative business models were birthed and revisited.

What is instructive however, is that the values that drove and underpin this shift are the same values that our movement is built upon. They coincide with the ethos, philosophy and practices characteristic of the cooperative movement. So, in effect, many around the world are re-discovering the power and relevance of cooperatives.

It is our considered view that the cooperative model offers tremendous promise, relevance and applicability to our Caribbean situation. I am of the firm view that the success to date of financial cooperatives is ample testimony to our efficacy and potential as a catalyst for economic growth and development. As such good, logical cooperative public policy, dictates that an enabling policy environment should be an imperative in our region. *

This we view as absolutely critical, for the sustainable growth and development of our movement. So, I take this opportunity to implore our regional governments to urgently embrace, revisit and prioritize the cooperative sector as an enabling and integral model and partner in our socio-economic development.

As leaders of this movement our responsibility is to actively articulate our uniqueness, our performance and the tremendous contribution we make within our communities. We also need to engage in relentless lobbying for conducive and supportive conditions. This is necessary as the Credit Union’s role in the sustainable growth and development of our region is foundational and pivotal. However, despite this reality, many are still slow to recognize our impact, our relevance and most importantly our true potential. I submit that this is in part largely due to our complacency and sometimes inaction.

At the micro level, credit unions need to refocus our resources and interventions on building national and regional self- reliance. This means financing areas such as viable agriculture to aid in food security, community tourism, small business involved in value added activities etc.

So, brothers and sisters, the time is now.

The opportunity exists.

The environment is receptive.

What is needed is aggressive action.

Action to maximize all available opportunities to tell our cooperative story, our promise and our potential.

In doing so we should be reminded of Nelson Mandela’s admonishment (version)when he says:

“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”

You would agree with me that the credit union’s vision of “expanding financial inclusion in the Caribbean” remains pertinent.

What is now required from us, is deliberate, aggressive and focused action. I say to you, let us act now to transform members lives and ultimately our Caribbean in a sustainable way.

I thank you and look forward to another rewarding and successful conference.

 
CCCU Tender Invitation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 16:09

The Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) invites Tenders for the provision of the services of a Meeting, Conventions and Special Events Co-ordinator. The person will function as an Independent Contractor providing the relevant services to the Confederation.

Qualifications:

  • A Sound Secondary or College Education.
  • Formal Certification as a Conventions and Special Events Planner and a minimum of 3 years practical experience performing a similar function or alternatively, 7 years or more practical experience with a proven track record.

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • The stamina and energy required to work long hours when required.
  • The ability to negotiate agreements and mediate disputes.
  • The ability to work effectively with all sorts of people.
  • The ability to pay close attention to details
  • The ability to work well under pressure and make responsible decisions quickly.

Salary: Negotiable

Applications should be sent to:

The General Manager
Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions
P.O. Box 1213
Wilkin St. & St. Johnston Avenue, Fortlands
BASSETERRE
St. Kitts

Closing Date: August 31, 2016.

 
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