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The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) will hold the first meeting of its 2001 sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee April 18, 2001 at Ex-Im Bank headquarters. The committee provides expert guidance to Ex-Im Bank in developing policies to further strengthen Ex-Im Bank support of U.S. exports to Africa. For the year 2001, the Committee will retain four members from the previous year, including David B. Cooke, Senior Vice President, Allfirst Bank, Baltimore, MD, who will chair the committee. The other returning committee members are indicated below

    The members are:

    David B. Cooke (Chair), Senior Vice President, Allfirst Bank (Returning)
    Baltimore, MD
    Mr. Cooke is a Senior Vice President at Allfirst Bank (formerly First National Bank of Maryland), in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is in his third decade financing companies in Latin America. Mr. Cooke has been in banking since 1983, and manages a business unit which finances emerging-market buyers of equipment and services manufactured or designed in the U.S.

    Susan W. Adam, Chief Executive Officer, Adam & Associates International, Inc.
    Brookline, MA
    Ms. Adam is Chief Executive Officer of Adam & Associates International, Inc., an independent health care consulting firm providing a complete range of health care-related services to clients worldwide, wishing to design and build facilities or enhance health care systems. She advises clients on strategy, mission and program development, and mobilizes commercial, governmental and educational resources.

    Patricia A. Bagnell, President, Africa ONE, Ltd.
    Needham, MA
    Ms. Bagnell is President of Africa ONE, Ltd., a private company, which will build, own and operate undersea a fiber optic telecommunication cable system that will, for the first time, link African nations to each other and the rest of the world. Completion date is 2002. She has over twenty years of experience in telecommunications and previous positions include work with New England Telephone and AT&T.

    Don H. Barden, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Barden Companies, Inc. (Returning)
    Detroit, MI
    Mr.Barden is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barden Companies, Inc., which operates in the real estate development and entertainment industries. He is also chairman and owner of Barden International, Inc., based in Namibia, Africa, which is engaged in automotive upfitting and distribution.

    John T. Bolden, Manager, International Marketing, Caterpillar Inc. (Returning)
    Washington, DC
    Since November 1997, Mr. Bolden has been assigned to Caterpillar's Washington office in the International Services Division, as Manager of International Marketing. Mr. Bolden's current responsibilities include supporting sales development efforts of Caterpillar's marketing units for Africa, Middle East, Central Europe and Latin America regions, on issues with a Washington based link.

    Anthony J. Carroll, Managing Director, Manchester Trade, Ltd.
    Washington, DC
    Mr. Carroll is Managing Director of Manchester Trade, Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in international trade and investment issues. Mr. Carroll has 20 years of experience as a corporate lawyer and business advisor in the areas of international trade and investment with particular focus on the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

    Ambassador Mustafa Salim Nyang'Anyi, Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
    Washington, D.C.
    Mustafa Salim Nyang'Anyi was appointed as Tanzania's Ambassador to the United States of America in September 1995. Before this appointment, Ambassador Nyang'anyi served as Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister and First Vice President, Minister of State, Minister for Trade and other high level positions.

    Charles Oshunremi, Vice President-International Relations, QUALCOMM Inc. (Returning)
    Washington, DC
    Mr. Oshunremi is Vice President for International Relations at QUALCOMM Inc., one of the fastest growing telecommunications companies in the world. He is responsible for strategic business and industry interests in the Africa and Middle East region.

    Ambassador Mamadou Mansour Seck, Embassy of the Republic of Senegal
    Washington, DC
    Mamadou Mansour Seck was appointed as Senegal's Ambassador to the United States of America in August 1993 and represents the Republic of Senegal on numerous legislative, academic, policy and decision-making initiatives. Included among these efforts were cooperating closely with the Departments of State and Defense in conceptualizing the African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI).

    Janice Van Dyke Walden, Director-Public Relations, Vanco Energy Company
    Houston, TX
    Mrs. Van Dyke Walden is the Director of Public Relations for Vanco Energy Company, based in Houston, with offices in London, Rabat, Abidjan and Windhoek, Namibia. Vanco is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with activity offshore deepwater Morocco, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Namibia and Madagascar.

Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. government agency that helps finance the sale of U.S. exports by providing loans, guarantees, and insurance. In fiscal year 2000, Ex-Im Bank supported $15.5 billion in U.S. exports overall. Ex-Im Bank authorized $914 million to support exports to sub-Saharan Africa in calendar year 2000, up from $589 million the previous year. The number of export transactions to the region supported by Ex-Im Bank jumped 25% to 125 in 2000. Ex-Im Bank was open for business in 21 countries in sub-Saharan Africa countries in 1998, and has been open in 32 countries for the past two years.