CIBP LINK international training programme end its 7th module and start the the 8th module in Montabaur

The participants of the 7th cycle of the CIBP LINK international training programme from Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Morocco met in Montabaur at the Academy of German Cooperatives (ADG) on June 26 to present their Co-operation projects. This procedure represent the last commitment before receiving the CIBP LINK certificate.

At this occasion the participants of 8th cycle has also met for their fist module. CIBP has welcomed a wider registered participants, coming also from Austria, Brazil, Italy, France, Morocco, Germany, USA, Canada and Japan. The total number of registered participants counts for the first time of 18.

Next module for this year 2014/2015 cycle will take place as follow:

-    Module II Leadership: Wednesday, October 8 to Sunday, October 12 - 2014 in Québec, Canada on the occasion of the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives.

-    Module III Innovation:  Wednesday, February 4 to Sunday, February 8 - 2015 in Vienna, Austria;

For our ADG host, "Seeing people from so many countries getting closer and becoming a group with such entertaining qualities in such a short time was beyond anything we could have organized or expected".

CIBP General Assembley and Executive Committee met in Rome

 
Members of the Executive Committee of CIBP has gathered in Rome on 19th June in the context of the 75 anniversary of the Italian member ICBPI.

Among different topics, members analysed the financial report 2013 as approved by the CIBP Auditing Committee. After this analysis the report was reiterated and submitted to the General Assembly. The analysis of the financial situation led also to the approval of the Presidential Committee's recommendations on membership fees for year 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Members of the Executive Committee also had the opportunity to have an update on the status of play of the CIBP General Secretariat main activities of the moment. In particular they gave their guidelines on the organisation of the 2015 Congress and the partnership for the organisation of the International Summit of Co-operative of Quebec City.

Interesting exchanges also took place on the implementation of the CIBP Communication campaign, the CIBP LINK training programme for executives, the Experts circles, etc. Members supported the decision of the Task Force Boosting Co-operation to organise common work among members on AML and Trade Finance.

The meeting took place in the beautiful room of the Executive Committee of the Italian Banking Association in palazzo Artieri.

After the CIBP Executive Committee, elgal representatives of CIBP members met their annual CIBP General Assembly that was convened:

- to examine the reports from the Auditing Committee regarding previous financial year (2013) and to approve the accounts of previous year;

- to grant the Executive Committee and the Secretary General discharge for activities carried out since the previous General Assembly, and the financial reports of the previous year.

Three resolution were approved.

CIBP Working Group on Governance met in Brussels

 The CIBP WG on Governance met 12 June 2014 at the premises of the CIBP General Secretariat in Brussels. The meeting had the objective to debate on different aspects related to governance in co-operative organisations.

One of the main goal of this WG is to present a report and some recommendations on co-operative governance on the occasion of the Quebec Summit of Cooperatives in October 2014. Such recommendations will include the following topics: Well-balance representation inside the board; Competence and training; Independence: inside the board and external about external pressure; Transparency and comply or explain principle (do comply or explain why you don’t comply); Proximity and network.

5th CIBP meeting of the Experts Circle on Financial Strategy and Regulation

The 5th meeting of the Expert Circle on Financial Strategy and Regulation took place on June 11th in Brussels. The meeting, Co-chaired by Alain Declercq (CPH Bank) and Roberto Higuera (Banco Popular Español), had the attendance of most of our member banks that gathered together to discuss on Asset-Liability Management. To that end, we invited two speakers to make a presentation on that topic.

John R. Brick, Brick & Associates, Inc. He elaborated around his last research paper “Asset-Liability Management: Theory, Practice, Implementation, and the Role of Judgement. He presented his ALM methodology and focused in particular on the importance of managing the Interest Rate Risk.

Alexandre De Groote, Head of the Fixed Income Department at Petercam. He focused on the bond market, the environment within which ALM is conducted.

CIBP Presidential Committee's members met in Brussels

Members of the Presidential Committee of CIBP has gathered in Brussels on Monday 7th April for one of their annual meetings. The Presidential Committee is made up of the President and five Vice Presidents of the Confederation and its mission is to establish the strategic orientations of CIBP. 

Among different topics, members analysed the financial report 2013 as approved by the CIBP Auditing Committee. After this analysis the report will be reiterated by the next General Assembly that will take place on 19 June 2014 in Rome.

The analysis of the financial situation led also to the adoption of reccomandations on membership fees matters to be submitted  to the next Executive Committee. 

Members of the Presidential Committee also had the opportunity to have an update on the status of play of the CIBP General Secretariat main activies of the moment. In particular they gave their guidelines on the organisation of the 2015 Congress and the partnership for the organisation of the International Summit of Co-operative of Quebec City. Intersting exchanges also took place on the implementation of the CIBP Communication campaign, the CIBP LINK training programme for executives, the Exeperts circles, etc. Members supported the decision of the Task Force Boosting Co-operation to organise common work among members on AML and Trade Finance.

Mr Mohamed Benchaaboun (BCP Morocco), Mr Hans Hofinger, (ÖGV Austria), Mr Alain Declercq, (CPH Banque, Belgium), Raymond Oliger (FNBP, France),  Mr Frank Westhoff, representing Mr. Wolfgang Kirsch (DZ BANK AG, Germany) and Mr Giovanni De Censi (ICBPI, Italy) participated in the meeting.