By Samsideen Ceesay
The National Association of Co-operative Credit Unions of The Gambia has recently concluded a 4-day strategic planning retreat at Tendaba camp.
The 4 day retreat was meant to draft the new direction for the association for the next three years. The board of directors and staff were supported by two resource persons namely; George Ombado, chief executive officer, A Non-governmental, pan African Confederation of National Associations of Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies and Baboucarr O Joof, general manager of the Gambia Teachers Union Co-operative Credit Union.
The retreat was opened by the chairperson and the general manager of NACCUG, John Frank Mendy and Baboucarr O Joof. The duo highlighted the significance of the program and encouraged participants to stay focus throughout the retreat as it carves out the future of the credit union movement in the Gambia.
At the end of the 4-day retreat, the senior management team of NACCUG presented on their various departments’ current standings in respect of their implementation of the previous Strategy (2015 – 2017).
The resource persons provided technical guidance as the board and staff worked tirelessly, in four groups to rethink the focus for the next strategic period (2018 – 2020).
The four-day intensive interactions produced the entire framework for the next strategy with the vision to make NACCUG ‘A sustainable credit union association promoting financial inclusion in The Gambia’ and a mission ‘To enhance the financial empowerment of its members through inclusive programming’.
NACCUG was established in August 1992 as the apex organisation focusing on institutional development of co-operative credit unions in The Gambia. It also serves as the advocacy body and representative for Credit Unions both nationally and internationally.