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Tuesday, September 21      
       
10:30 am-12:00 pm EDT  Morning Plenary Session  
  Welcome Remarks
  James G. Burrows, Acting President and Chair, EXIM Board of Directors
  Expanding Global Opportunities for American Businesses  
  A conversation on revitalizing domestic manufacturing and promoting U.S. economic strength on a global scale.
  Interviewer:  
  Greg Ip, Chief Economics Commentator, The Wall Street Journal
  Speaker:  
  Gina Raimondo, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
  Awards Presentation: Exporters of the Year
  Presenter:  
  Tamara (Tammy) Maxwell, Acting Senior Vice President, Office of Small Business, EXIM
  Strengthening American Supply Chains
  A discussion on the importance of the domestic supply chain in the global market and EXIM’s role in promoting economic security 
 
  Interviewer:  
  Ambassador Catherine A. Novelli, Senior Advisor, Shearwater Global
  Speaker:  
  Peter Harrell, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness, White House National Security Council 
       
12:00 pm-1:30 pm EDT Virtual Exhibit Hall  
       
1:30 pm-2:30 pm EDT Concurrent Breakout Session #1  
   Small Business Track  
  EXIM 101: Finance Solutions for Small Businesses
  Considering exporting your product/service or entering a new market, but concerned with how you will get paid or finance the production? Is your foreign end customer asking to lease your product? Join us to learn how EXIM services can assist you in safely growing your export revenues:
 









Getting orders is difficult enough without worrying about getting paid.  EXIM has a variety of options to give you the confidence to extend open account terms whether it’s only for one customer, a portion or all of your international customers.

So you know how to extend credit and have a good track record of collecting, but did you know you could increase your collateral base by working with EXIM?

Scored a new large order, but now the bank is being difficult in extending a large line of credit to support your working capital needs?  We’ll discuss ways we can help.

Selling US made capital equipment to an end user located overseas, then come learn how to sweeten the deal for your customer with financing through EXIM.
  Introduction:   
  Spencer Bachus, EXIM Director and former Congressman 
  Moderator:  
  Eugene Uhm, Business Development Specialist, EXIM
  Presenter:   
  Ursula Wegrzynowicz, Broker Account Manager, EXIM
   Finance Track   
  Capital Markets Financing Programs
  This panel will discuss various topics related to capital markets funding of export credit agency-supported transactions, including, but not limited to, the following:
 

















The history of the EXIM capital markets program between 2009 and 2015;

The advantages and disadvantages of such funding compared to other sources of funding such as EXIM direct loans, PEFCO, and commercial banks;

The state of the capital markets;

Limitations on pre-funding airline transactions (e.g., restrictions on the types of assets to be funded, timeframe for deliveries, or transaction size);

Disclosure requirements for EXIM borrowers;

Capital markets funding for non-aviation transactions;

The viewpoint of investors;

The recent successful relaunch of EXIM’s Capital Markets Program; and

Capital markets funding programs of other export credit agencies.
  Moderator:  
  David Fiore, Vice President, Transportation Division, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  Josh Gentner, Partner, Smith, Gambrell and Russell, LLP
Eric Ponzio, Executive Director, Structured Products and Government Finance, J.P. Morgan
Paxton Stephan, Senior Policy Analyst, EXIM
   Export Credit Policy Track   
  Whole-of-Government Synergy: How Agencies Work Together
  Export and development finance support can come together to effectively achieve and result in a one-stop-shop financing solutions option for global projects. Export credit support provided by export credit agencies (ECAs) typically involves tied support for national exports while development finance institutions (DFIs), like the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), provide a range of financial tools to support private sector led investment to help tackle the most critical challenges facing the developing world.

Exporters and lenders have reported that DFIs’ ability to support a broad array of projects while remaining flexible, makes their financing more attractive and easier to use. Several exporters have indicated a strong interest in EXIM pursuing greater integrated financing solutions through a whole-of-government approach.

This panel explores how EXIM and DFC can practically work together with the goal of supporting jointly funded or supported transactions in the future by leveraging each other’s capabilities to better respond to an increasingly competitive marketplace as well as the financing imperatives each agency faces, such as the climate challenge. 
  Moderator:  
  Isabel Galdiz, Vice President, International Relations, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  John Onwualu, Managing Director, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
Dan Tobin, Managing Director, Power and Environmental Exports, EXIM
     
   China Competition Track  
  EXIM's China and Transformational Exports Program 
  In April, President Biden stated, “we’re in a competition with China and other countries to win the 21st Century.” American workers and companies will ultimately decide this competition, and exports can help you win. But when the field isn’t level, you can’t always do it alone.

EXIM’s 2019 seven-year reauthorization directed the establishment of a China and Transformational Exports Program (CTEP). So where are we? Please join us to learn how EXIM is postured today to help you both directly neutralize the export support provided by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as advance the comparative leadership of the U.S through direct exports in the transformational export areas. We’ll discuss the benefits of EXIM financing, how to share with EXIM the competition you face, how to determine if your export is eligible, and what conditions apply.
  Speakers:    
  Adam Frost, Senior Vice President, China and Transformational Exports Program, EXIM
Patrick Hennelly, President, Weldy Lamont Associates
Papa Sall, Senegal Country Manager, Weldy Lamont Associates
Chris Van Es, Senior Vice President, Communications and External Engagement, EXIM
   Climate Track  
  New Trends in Disruptive Energy Exports 
  Power generated from solar and wind sources is now cost competitive if not cheaper than power derived from conventional fossil fuel sources. Massive cost reductions, seen in the wind and solar industry over the past decade, are now anticipated in the energy storage industry over the next 10 years. Deployment of this new technology for utility, commercial, industrial, and residential applications over the next decade is anticipated to bridge the intermittency gap commonly cited as a barrier to widespread deployment of renewable energy.

Join executives from U.S. manufacturers to discuss the growth, benefits, challenges, and export potential of these disruptive energy storage and renewable fuel technologies.
  Moderator:  
  Dan Tobin, Managing Director, Power and Environmental Exports, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  Robert Doyle, Director, Project and Structured Financing, Honeywell UOP
Eric Dresselhuys, Chief Executive Officer, ESS Tech, Inc.
Joe Mastrangelo, Chief Executive Officer, Eos Energy Enterprises
Steve Wilburn, Chief Executive Officer, VerdeWatts, LLC
       
2:45 pm-3:45 pm EDT Interactive Discussions
 

Opportunities to connect with other conference attendees, EXIM staff, and subject matter experts on a diverse range of topics and issues.

Power Africa and Opportunities for U.S. Commercial Engagement

Speakers:
Rick Angiuoni, Director for Africa, EXIM
Andrew Spahn, Deputy Director, Energy Office, Power Africa
Michael Jordan, Private Enterprise Officer, Financial Solutions Team, Power Africa
Ryan Tramonte, Private Enterprise Officer, Interagency Team, Power Africa
Maria Hilda Rivera, Energy Advisor, Power Africa

The Future of Strategic Economic Competition
Hosted by the Meridian International Center

Considering the dynamic and intricate relationship the private sector, U.S. government entities, and foreign governments build to create economic competition, the geopolitical relationships will be even more important as the United States begins ‘Building Back Together’ in the coming years.  Join a discussion on the future of strategic economic competition.  As business and governments continue to think about how energy, supply chain, export issues, and more will affect their work, this conversation will look into ways to move forward to enhance economic growth in a thoughtful and precise way.

Speakers:
Puru Trivedi, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Meridian International Center
Lee Kane, Minister-Counselor and Senior Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada
Pierce Scranton, Managing Director, Temasek


EXIM and USDA – Support You Can Bank on for Agricultural Commodity Exports

EXIM and USDA offer a number of programs to support the export of agricultural commodities.  An overview of these programs will be provided by a panel of experts from Exim, USDA and financial institutions experienced in supporting exports under these programs.  The interactive discussion will provide an opportunity for the audience to engage with the panel to learn more about the benefits of these programs and how they could be used to grow your agricultural commodity exports.    

Speakers:           
Tom Fitzpatrick, Deputy Vice President, Export Credit Insurance, EXIM
Amy Slusher, Senior Director, Credit Programs Division, Foreign Agricultural
Service / Global Programs, USDA 
Ebru Bozacioglu, Senior Loan Officer, EXIM
Rosaura Zarate, BMO Capital Markets
Thomas Caputa, BMO Capital Markets
Thomas Matthias, Senior Vice President, Global Trade, Regions Bank
Carson Strickland, Senior Vice President, Regions Bank

Cyber Security – What Can Businesses Do to Protect Themselves?

All of us are more reliant on computers than ever and anybody reading the news out there knows there has been an explosion of cyber-attacks directed at American businesses as well as government entities.  In this moderated discussion, EXIM’s CIO (and CISO) participate in a cyber discussion targeted at executives running small and medium sized businesses. EXIM’s cyber team share their perspective and take audience questions on what’s happening and what small and medium sized businesses need to do to protect themselves from cyber-related risks.

Speakers:
Howard Spira, CIO, EXIM 
Sunil Mohinani, Vice President of Operations, DataLocker
Eugene Uhm, Business Development Specialist, EXIM 

       
Wednesday, September 22      
       
10:00 am-12:00 pm EDT Morning Plenary Session  
  Welcome Remarks   
  Heidi Heitkamp, Founder, One Country Project and Former U.S. Senator
  American Economic Leadership   
  A conversation on the role of trade in revitalizing the economy and the future of international economic diplomacy.
  Interviewer:  
  David Clunie, Executive Director, Black Economic Alliance
  Speaker:  
  Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  Awards Presentation: Lenders of the Year
  Presenter:  
  Steven Freshour, Vice President, Business Credit, EXIM
  Awards Presentation: Broker of the Year and New Broker of the Year
  Presenter:  
  Ursula Wegrzynowicz, Broker Account Manager, EXIM
  Supporting U.S. Government Initiatives through Interagency Collaboration
  A discussion on how federal agencies work together to support climate-related projects and the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative
  Moderator:  
  Liz Schrayer, President & CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
  Panelists:  
  Mahmoud Bah, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation
James G. Burrows, Acting President and Chair, EXIM Board of Directors
Enoh T. Ebong, Acting Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
David Marchick, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
     
12:00 pm-1:30 pm EDT Virtual Exhibit Hall  
     
1:30 pm-2:30 pm EDT Concurrent Breakout Session #2  
   Small Business Track  
  The Benefits of Working with a Freight Forwarder
  As an exporter, do I need my own forwarder when my foreign customer has indicated they can make shipping arrangements?  Come learn why having your own forwarder will make the export transaction more secure:
 








Freight forwarders can ensure you’re using the proper shipping, ie INCOTERM, to maximize your control of the documents you need for payment and compliance, but minimize your risk in the foreign market

Are you using a Letter of Credit or export credit insurance to ensure you get paid, then you need to make sure you control the operative documents that get you paid or your claim paid

A forwarder can ensure you have proper marine/cargo insurance, because things do go awry and you do not want to rely on an insurer half way around the world to settle your claim

Are you aware of the US Government’s export compliance requirements that apply to all exporters, even those that are paid 100% in advance and whose buyer picks up the goods at the factory door?
  Join us for this informative session on how a freight forwarder is an asset to your company in all your export transactions.
  Moderator:  
  Richard Foy, Regional Manager, EXIM
  Panelist:  
  Paul Jarzombek, Chief Operating Officer, LR International Inc. 
   Finance Track   
  U.S. Government Tools in Supporting American Exports to Africa
  With only 1.6 percent of U.S. exports destined for Africa, the region represents untapped opportunities for U.S. companies to expand international sales.  EXIM recognizes the challenges that are posed to America’s exporters by foreign competitors supported by whole of government efforts to win export and investment opportunities. EXIM, along with the rest of the U.S. government, continues to work with many foreign governments in a variety of international forums to ensure that American exporters are competing on a level playing field with their foreign counterparts.

This panel will explore how USG plans to Build Back Better our commercial relations with Africa, focusing on EXIM’s integral role in supporting U.S. exports.
  Moderator:  
  Rick Angiuoni, Director of Africa, Office of Board Authorized Finance, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  Mark Carrato, Coordinator, Power Africa
Heather Lanigan, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Leslie Marbury, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Prosper Africa
Camille Richardson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Middle East and Africa Global Markets, U.S. Department of Commerce
Tim Smith, Director, Office of Economic and Regional Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
   Export Credit Policy Track   
  ECA Financing and Private Sector Risk Mitigators
  The panel will discuss various aspects of export credit agency financing and private sector risk mitigation, including, but not limited to, the following:
 











The differences and similarities between ECA financing and private sectors risk mitigation;

Each risk mitigator’s approach to underwriting, credit enhancements, and security;

Different types of risk/asset classes that each risk mitigator is prepared to accept;

Private sector risk mitigation on a portfolio basis or on a transaction-by-transaction basis;

Portfolio concentration and limits on borrower, sector, and country risk;

Areas where the two forms of risk mitigation overlap and where they are complementary; and

Ways in which the two forms of risk mitigation can work together.
  Moderator:  
  David R. Fiore, Vice President, Transportation Division, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  Jeff Abramson, Head of Special Risks , Global Political Risk, Credit and Bond, AXA XL
Joe Monaghan, CEO, Public Sector Partnership, AON
   China Competition Track  
  Chinese Export Credit Activities – Comparative Data Trends and Research
  Since China’s export credit agencies - China EXIM and Sinosure - emerged as top providers of official export credits in the late-2000s, EXIM has conducted open source research on Chinese-supported projects. EXIM’s China database research is an effort to quantify the scope and scale of Chinese export and trade-related activity. This research is mandated in the EXIM Charter and informs EXIM’s Annual Report to the U.S. Congress on Global Export Credit Competition and EXIM’s China and Transformational Exports Program (CTEP).

Given the lack of transparency surrounding Chinese official financing support, EXIM and other academic researchers navigate challenges associated with estimating this data. This session includes presentations from expert and academic researchers on Chinese export credit activities as compared to that of EXIM, and explores some of the similarities and differences between EXIM’s China database and other public Chinese financing databases, and how the data move from research to application when used by CTEP to support U.S. exporters.
  Moderator:  
  Isabel Galdiz, Vice President, International Relations, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  Deborah Brautigam, Director, China Africa Research Initiative (CARI), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Kevin Gallagher, Director, Boston University Global Development Policy Center
Jeffrey Hubert, Acting Director, U.S. Air Force Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis (OCEA)
Tarela Osuobeni, Policy Analyst, International Relations, EXIM
Bradley C. Parks, Executive Director, AidData, College of William and Mary
Rebecca Ray, Senior Academic Researcher, Boston University Global Development Policy Center 
   Climate Track  
  Exporting Sustainability and Climate Technologies
  The global shift to sustainable energy will be rich with opportunities and challenges. Renewable energy worldwide continues to expand rapidly. Bloomberg New Energy Finance expects $10.2 trillion to be invested in new power generation capacity worldwide to 2040, with 72 percent going to renewables, of which solar is estimated to be $2.8 trillion, and wind $3.3 trillion.

U.S. renewables firms are poised to play a key role in exporting sustainable technologies, and EXIM Bank is well positioned to finance these. This panel will highlight the export growth opportunities and challenges of the leading U.S. manufacturers of solar modules, wind turbines, and solar tracking technologies.
  Moderator:  
  Craig O’Connor, Renewable Energy and Environmental Exports Officer, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  Nava Akkineni, Vice President, Emerging Markets, NexTracker
Karl Brutsaert, Vice President, Americas, First Solar
Philippe Delleville, Vice President, Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy
       
2:45 pm-3:45 pm EDT  Interactive Discussions  
  Opportunities to connect with other conference attendees, EXIM staff, and subject matter experts on a diverse range of topics and issues.


African Trade Ecosystem and Finance Discussion with Bankers

Speakers:
Rick Angiuoni, Director of Africa, Office of Board Authorized Finance, EXIM
Melanie Lawrence, Senior Manager, Guarantees & Specialized Finance, Afreximbank
Craig Weitz,  Principal, Export Finance, Nedbank
Sola Yomi-Ajayi, CEO, UBA America

Trends in Overseas Healthcare Infrastructure
Hosted by USA Healthcare Alliance

This discussion will center around recent developments in overseas healthcare infrastructure and the growth of the 'public-private partnership' model of financing projects in the healthcare sector

Speakers:
Dr. Trevor Gunn, Vice President International Relations, Medtronic and Chair and Founder, USA Healthcare Alliance
Lynn Brown, President and CEO, OMMA 
John Schaeffler, Executive Global Government Relations Leader, General Electric Healthcare and Vice Chair, USA Healthcare Alliance 
Verinda Fike, Regional Director for the Indo-Pacific, Global Healthcare Sector Co-Lead, U.S. Trade and Development Agency   
Chris McCahan, Head of Health, International Finance Corporation and Global Ambassador, USA Healthcare Alliance 
Dr. Clarion Johnson, Former Global Medical Director, ExxonMobil and Advisory Board Member, USA Healthcare Alliance 
Tom Fitzpatrick, Deputy Vice President, Export Credit Insurance, EXIM

Exporting Is Good for Business - Minority-Owned Business Owners Sharing Their Experiences
Hosted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

From the lens of minority-owned businesses owners, learn more about the benefits of exporting and how to develop an export strategy for your business. Speakers will take a comprehensive look at the opportunities and challenges and share knowledge, resources, and effective approaches.  Join this discussion to learn more about how to determine if exporting is right for your company and the key considerations for success.

Speakers:           
Rick Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Margaret Wong, President and CEO, McWong International, Inc. and Member of Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship
Eric L. Kelly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Overland-Tandberg and Member of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

Medium-Term Financing – Supplier and Buyer Credit Structures 

This discussion will review the fundamentals of Medium-Term Insured and Guaranteed Financing and then distinguish supplier and buyer credit structures discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each from the exporters’ and bankers’ perspectives.

Speaker:
Michael Dwiggins, Lender Account Manager, EXIM

       
Thursday, September 23      
       
10:00 am-11:00 am EDT Concurrent Breakout Session #3  
   Small Business Track  
  Hear from your Peers: Small Business Exporters
  The exporting experience is different for each small business who attempts it. Learn from the successes and tribulations of EXIM 2021 Award winning small business exporters, to hear the problems they faced, the resources they used, and the solutions they found that put them on track to export success. 
  Moderator:  
  Eric Miller, Regional Director, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  Neal Asbury, President, Greenfield World Trade
Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, Co-Founder and CEO, AcousticSheep LLC
Greg Tadlock, Executive Vice President of Sales, The Software Revolution Inc. (TSRI) 
   Finance Track   
  Harnessing Commercial Space for Global Environmental and Sustainability Applications
  This session will cover current trends in environmental and sustainability use cases of commercial space, both orbit and on Earth. The sector has seen an increase in the number of emerging commercial space projects involving activities such as monitoring greenhouse gases, removing space debris, and tracking water resources and weather patterns. The panel will explore various revenue verticals, funding sources, and challenges facing this market segment.
  Moderators:  
  Reza Nikfarjam, Loan Origination/Head of Business Development– Global Technology Sector, EXIM
Randy Segal, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP
  Panelists:  
  Ron Lopez, President and Managing Director, Astroscale U.S.
Pacome Revillon, CEO, Euroconsult USA, Inc.
Noel Rimalovski, Managing Director, GH Partners LLC
Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder, Planet
   Export Credit Policy Track   
  Trends in International Finance 
  Berne Union and OECD Export Credits Division executives present data and share perspectives on trends underlying export credit and insurance support. The panel will explore the importance of export credit agencies (ECAs) to national goals, including their role in the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will describe drivers behind ECA activity and highlight major trends undergirding the volumes of export credit and insurance financing over the past ten years and beyond. Panelists will be joined by TXF CEO who will share global perspectives on trends in in international finance to kick off the LIVE questions and answer portion of the panel.
  Moderator:  
  Isabel Galdiz, Vice President, International Relations, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  David Drysdale, Head of Export Credits Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
Michal Ron, President, Berne Union and Chief International Officer, SACE

Special Guest:
Dan Sheriff, CEO, Managing Director, and Co-founder, TXF

   China Competition Track  
  Sino-U.S. Competition and the U.S. Export Community
  It’s no secret that Sino-U.S. relations have entered a period of heightened competition. But for the U.S. exporter community, understanding how to navigate this increasingly complex geopolitical environment is no easy task.

Join us for two expert panels that will help explain this multifaceted environment. First, hear Rhodium Group’s Daniel Rosen place the current tensions in the Sino-US economic relationship into context: How did we get here, where are we exactly, and what could all this mean for where we are going? Then get insight from EXIM’s Chief Economist Aryam Vasquez and Lead Economist for the Asia Pacific Dr. Manli Zhang on how geopolitical tensions are shaping the economic outlook for U.S. exporters.
  Moderator:   
 

Adam Frost, Senior Vice President, China and Transformational Exports Program, EXIM

  Speakers:  
  Daniel Rosen, Partner, Rhodium Group
Aryam Vasquez, Chief Economist, EXIM
Dr. Manli Zhang, Senior Economist, EXIM
       
   Climate Track  
  Infrastructure Finance for a Critical Resource: Water 
  Desalination, potable water, and water treatment projects are increasingly being undertaken as demand for access to safe drinking water increases. Private sector representatives will discuss lessons learned from funding past projects as well as their experience with financing solutions provided by EXIM. Staff from the U.S. Department of Commerce will describe services that help U.S. exporters supply these critical projects.  
  Moderator:  
  Douglas Frye, Senior Loan Officer and Business Developer, Global Infrastructure Division, EXIM
  Panelists:  
  John Barelli, President/Owner, WaterSurplus
Richard Ebel, Vice President, International Development, ECC
Braeden Young, Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Mexico City 
  Fraud and Financial Crimes Risk    
  EXIM staff will discuss the Bank’s commitment to a code of business ethics; a fraud risk management framework; due diligence; cyber fraud protection; and overall best practices.
  Speakers:  
  John Connor, Assistant General Counsel for Litigation, Fraud and Compliance, EXIM 
Walter Hill, Vice President, Credit Policy and Compliance Division, EXIM
Christopher J. Sutton III, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, EXIM
Lisa V. Terry, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer, EXIM
       
11:15 am-12:15 pm EDT Interactive Discussions  
  Opportunities to connect with other conference attendees, EXIM staff, and subject matter experts on a diverse range of topics and issues.

The Africa Center and Commercial Engagement with the Diaspora

Speakers:
Rick Angiuoni, Director of Africa, Office of Board Authorized Finance, EXIM
Uzodinma Iweala, CEO, The Africa Center

Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing through Trade 
Hosted by National Association of Manufacturers

Join the National Association of Manufacturers’ International Economic Affairs Policy team for a discussion around the importance of trade in strengthening manufacturing in the United States. The NAM team will outline and invite discussion on the need for policies that promote U.S. competitiveness in global markets, a trade agreement agenda that continues to open new markets for U.S. products, and strong commercial enforcement to hold problematic actors accountable and ensure a level playing field for manufacturers in the United States.  

Speakers:
Ken Monahan, Vice President, International Economic Affairs
Ryan Ong, Director, International Business Policy 
Ali Aafedt, Director, Trade Facilitation Policy 

Opportunities for Funding and Resources in International Trade
Hosted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration to learn more about tools and resources available to support companies interested in expanding to and/ growing business in international markets. Get expert advice and insights on how to access and identify funding as you consider diversifying your market.

Speakers:
Rick Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach U.S. Chamber of Commerce 
Antwaun Griffin, Chief of Staff, United States Small Business Administration

       
12:45 pm-2:30 pm EDT Closing Plenary  
  American Business in an Era of Strategic Competition
  A discussion on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the global landscape for U.S. companies
  Interviewer:   
 

Elizabeth C. Economy, Senior Advisor for China, U.S. Department of Commerce

  Speaker:  
  Jacob J. Lew, Managing Partner, Lindsay Goldberg and Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  Awards Presentationn: Regional Export Promotion Program Member of the Year
  Presenter:  
  Aerek Stephens, Export Finance Manager, EXIM
  Awards Presentation: Deal of the Year
  Presenter:  
  Craig O’Connor, Renewable Energy and Environmental Exports Officer, EXIM


Prosper Africa: Partnering with the Private Sector to Advance Economic Growth
Speaker:
Samantha Power, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development

       
  The Future of Africa and U.S.-Africa Relations 
  A conversation on American business investment and infrastructure opportunities in Africa
  Interviewer:  
  David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group
  Speaker:  
 

Tony O. Elumelu, Group Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation

       
  Closing Remarks   
  James G. Burrows, Acting President and Chair, EXIM Board of Directors