THE CO-OPERATIVE Credit Union League of TT (CCULTT), which now falls under the purview of the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service, has engaged the full attention of the Government and its line ministry.
The league, headed by Joseph Remy, is the parent body for credit unions in TT.
Youth development minister Fitzgerald Hinds gave a feature address on Wednesday when the CCULTT released its calendar of events for 2021, at Radisson Hotel, Port of Spain.
The calendar lists over two dozen events, with confirmed dates. However, because of uncertainty surrounding future covid19 measures, it is yet to be decided whether they will take place virtually or at a venue.
Hinds, addressing presidents and directors of the credit unions represented, said the technical capacity of the Co-operative Development Division has been strengthened, starting with the appointment of an investment analyst.
He said, “We quickly went out, we advertised, we sought and we hired an investment analyst. In so doing, in investing in addition staff … we hope to remove the backlog that we would have met in terms of those coming from the credit unions.”
Hinds noted a strengthening of the legal unit and administrative systems with more staff. The latter, he said, relieves the commissioner and other senior officers of several mundane tasks, allowing them to focus on more critical areas.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s legal unit, he said, was also strengthened and restructured, so that appeal matters could be more efficiently heard and determined by the minister.
In 2019, an inter-ministerial committee including Hinds was formed to address the concerns of the credit-union sector, and to make recommendations for improving it. Cabinet accepted the report and the ministry was mandated to implement its recommendations.
“We have already put ourselves to work,” said Hinds, stressing his and the government’s commitment to the sector.
Hinds said his ministry is ready, willing and has already begun to create a strategic partnership with the parent body to better serve the needs of the industry.
Co-operative Credit Union League of TT calendar of events:
March 5 – World changes (Covid19 and business continuity), 9.30 am-12 pm, venue TBA
March 23 – Compliance officers’ SAR workshop, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
March 23 – Understanding Financial Statements, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
April 11 – 74th AGM, 1 pm, Radisson Hotel, Port of Spain
April 20 – Writing for Business Success, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
April 22, 23 – Managers’ conference (The changing role of managers), 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
May 6 – Overcoming the Supervisory Challenge (Supervisory/middle management/staff), 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
May 15 – Internal audit & officers’ responsibilities, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
May 27-30 – 21st Annual Regional Leadership Workshop, Panama City, Panama
June 8 – Member Relations and the Frontline Nightmare, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
June 10 – Lending Guidelines for Credit Officers, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
June 17-22 – CCCU Convention, venue TBA
June 29 – Presidents’ meeting, 1.30 pm, virtual or venue TBA
July 3 – Credit Union Members’ Forum, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
July 7 – Techniques To Control, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
July 11-14 – WOCCU Conference, Glasgow, Scotland/virtual
July 13 – Understanding Financial Statements, 9.30 am, virtual or venue TBA
September 9 – Presidents’ meeting, 1 pm, venue TBA
September 10-11 – Directors’ Development Conference, 9 am, virtual or TBA
September 16-17 – 2nd National Compliance Officers’ Conference, 9 am, virtual or venue TBA
October 10 – Credit Union Month opening ceremony (hosted by South West Regional Chapter), 9 am, venue TBA
October 14 – Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner, 6.45 pm, venue TBA
October 28-31 – Credit Union Month closing ceremony/Youth conference and education workshop, 9 am, venue TBA
November 6 – Members’ forum, 9.30 am, venue TBA
December 2 – CCULTT’s Annual Christmas Affair, 6.30 pm-9.30 pm, Agricola Credit Union
December 9 – Presidents’ meeting, 1.30 pm, virtual or venue TBA
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