MADISON, Wis. (5/1/08)--The “early bird” deadline for the World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) 2008 World Credit Union Conference is May 9. The conference will be in Hong Kong on July 13-16. Those who register early can take advantage of discounted registration fees. To register online, use the link. Hosted in Asia for the first time in more than 30 years, the conference will convene at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Attendees can network with credit union peers from around the world, learn best practices from industry leaders and participate in social events and activities, including a special reception for WOCCU supporters. Visits to local credit unions will offer insights on ways financial cooperatives compete in other markets and allow participants to gain new perspectives on better serving their members, WOCCU said. The roster of speakers for this year’s conference includes: Paul Sarbanes, former U.S. senator, who will share his perspective on Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and its role in promoting good governance and corporate responsibility. Madam Wu Xiaoling, former deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, and Anna Tibaijuka, United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of UN-HABITAT, also will keynote. Space is limited but still available on the pre-conference tour to Beijing, China, and post-conference tour to Bangkok, Thailand.