Credit Union Australia
Oceanic Confederation of Credit Union Leagues – Pacific Credit Union Technical Congress 2012
After months of planning and preparations the 2012 Pacific Credit Union Technical Congress was finally staged during the last week of October from the 22nd – 26th. The event drew to a close on Friday the 26th following three intense days of learning, engaging, sharing and networking.
The Tanoa International Hotel was transformed into a colourful and lively location during the week for delegates who attended both Congress and the Managers Certification Program (MCP) – a 2 year program run by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). The sunny Nadi weather added to the occasion offering international delegates a taste of tropical weather in addition to the friendly and warm hospitality of the hotel staff which was evident throughout.
With a total attendance of more than 120 participants for Congress and around 26 for MCP, the 2012 events were enjoyed by everyone. During the sessions for Congress, delegates were treated to eye-opening and thought-provoking topics delivered by the presenters on topics ranging from Lending, Credit Union Risk & Fraud to Strategic Planning, Marketing, Corporate Governance and Provisioning. There was never a dull moment during workshops and breakout sessions and this was evident from the eager and lively conversations – an indication of the willingness to learn and share experiences. These interactions were not just confined to the Congress room but spilled over and dictated conversations even during the social events and over drinks and food.
Presentations from SALS Sterling Systems and Fern Software captivated many and gave everyone the opportunity to meet and greet the 2012 Congress proud Platinum and Gold sponsors respectively. Datec – proud sponsor of the Cultural evening made their presence known during the Cultural night and generously donated four prizes to lucky winners. The cocktails evening for credit union CEOs and Directors hosted by Mr Michael Koisen (OCCUL Board Chair) and Mr Brian Bennett (Encompass Credit Union – Australia) was enjoyed by all who attended and was a prelude of more networking opportunities to follow in the week.
All too soon the Congress came to a close with the Governor of Reserve Bank PNG – Mr Loi Bakani delivering a fitting address to officially close the 2012 Pacific Credit Union Technical Congress. His presence was also appreciated as he awarded the 17 MCP graduates with their certificates at the closing ceremony. The Congress culminated at the Cultural Evening event at Smugglers Cove. The evening truly captured and celebrated the week with a night of entertainment, food, drink and dance which was an appropriate climax to a marvellous program
Following preparations leading up to the event by OCCUL, CUFA, FSCUL and WOCCU the end of the program was met with relief, joy, and sadness all at once. The participants and sponsors alike were full of praises for what, as many will agree, was another successful and memorable Pacific Credit Union Technical Congress!