Développement international Desjardins had a very lively fall hosting delegations from several countries. In September and October, DID received visitors from Colombia, Lithuania, Vietnam, Mali and Senegal.
Welcoming international delegations has been in DID’s DNA since its inception nearly 50 years ago. It’s one of the ways DID helps share Desjardins Group’s experience and expertise with developing countries.
The Colombian delegation got the ball rolling this fall, sending a dozen representatives from financial cooperatives and microfinance institutions to take part in a one-week internship to learn about Desjardins Group’s model and values. During their stay, participants visited Caisse Desjardins de Beauce-Centre, among other activities.
This fall’s visitors also included the Asociacija Lietuvos kredito unijos network, a long-standing DID partner. A delegation of 15 representatives from Lithuania’s credit unions—the country’s only Lithuanian-owned financial institutions—spent one week observing and gathering information, including visits to Caisse Desjardins du Sud-Ouest de Montréal and Desjardins – Montréal Centre-ville.
Our guests from Mali, including representatives from the Banque Nationale de Développement Agricole (BNDA) and the Agriculture and Rural Financing in Mali (FARM) project, came to learn more about digital transformation and how to meet the needs of specific client segments. A representative from the DID office in Dakar, Senegal, was also part of this delegation. During their visit, participants had the opportunity to speak with agricultural financing experts from the Desjardins Business–Côte-du-Sud centre.
Lastly, DID received managers and decision-makers from Vietnam’s central bank, from the Cooperative Bank of Vietnam (CBV) and from the People's Credit Funds network. The goal of their visit was to learn about the governance of Desjardins Group and gain a more in-depth understanding of its mission, structure, components and roles and responsibilities. In addition to the time spent with DID, participants met with several Desjardins Group experts, managers and officers, including those at Caisse Desjardins de Bordeaux–Cartierville–Saint-Laurent.
Hosting these delegations would not be possible without strong support from the caisses, the Desjardins Business Centre and other Desjardins collaborators who open their doors to DID partners to introduce them to Desjardins Group’s many dimensions and to share best practices. Tremendous thanks go to all of these colleagues who contribute tangibly to making these visits a rewarding experience for our partners.