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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. COMPANIES, INDIVIDUALS FOCUS OF SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE SEMINAR IN BLED, SLOVENIA

Ex-Im Bank President and Chairman Philip Merrill To Participate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2003

Media Contact Name/Phone: 

Marianna Ohe or Andrew Yarrow, 202.565.3200

ATTENTION: CALENDAR EDITORS

WASHINGTON, DC ---The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) will host a seminar in October 2003 for companies and individuals who wish to learn more about doing business through Ex-Im Bank in Southeastern Europe. Ex-Im Bank President and Chairman Philip Merrill will participate in the seminar, which will focus on the following sectors: transportation, telecommunications, municipal infrastructure, small and medium-sized enterprises, oil, gas, energy, tourism, environment, and finance. The event will be held October 15-17, 2003, at the Grand Hotel Toplice in Bled, Slovenia.

The seminar will provide U.S. exporters, investors, foreign buyers, local government officials, commercial banks and companies with information on U.S. government export finance and investment programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear speakers discuss U.S. government trade finance, structured finance, and investment support programs. Attendees can also arrange one-on-one meetings with U.S. government experts on various finance programs.

EVENT:Ex-Im Bank Southeast and Central Europe Regional Finance
Seminar

DATE: October 15-17, 2003

LOCATION: Grand Hotel Toplice
Bled, Slovenia

COST:$30 (Southeast and Central European companies)
$100 (U.S. companies)

REGISTER: Visit www.trademeetings.comand click on register under Ex-Im Bank Southeast Regional
Conference

SPONSOR: Ex-Im Bank

SECTORS:Transportation, Telecommunications, Municipal Infrastructure,
Small andMedium-Sized Enterprises, Oil, Gas, Energy, Tourism,
Environment, andFinance

MARKETS: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Hungary,Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro,
SlovakRepublic, and Slovenia.

AGENCIES:Ex-Im Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Trade
andDevelopment Agency, U.S. Commercial Service

For more information, call Ex-Im Bank at (202) 565-3556 or visit the Ex-Im Bank Web site atwww.exim.gov.