SHREVEPORT, La. — Melvin Edwards, chairperson of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, will be the guest speaker at the African American Credit Union Coalition's Feb. 24 networking meeting and reception.

A specialist in development finance and project management, Edwards is the agribusiness specialist for the Caribbean Region for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. He is known for his contributions to economic competitiveness, harmonized legislation, institution strengthening, credit union expansion and private enterprise development.

Founded in 1972 in Dominica, the Caribbean confederation serves as the trade and development organization for financial and nonfinancial cooperatives throughout the region. The CCCU is an affiliate of the World Council of Credit Unions and has oversight of 18 leagues, 342 credit unions and 1.6 million members. Caribbean credit unions serve more than 100 million members.

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