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EX-IM BANK ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF 2002 SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA ADVISORY COMMIT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2002

Media Contact Name/Phone: 

Niki T. Shepperd (202) 565-3200

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) today held the first meeting of its 2002 sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee. The sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee members provide expert guidance to Ex-Im Bank for use in developing policies to further strengthen its support of U.S. exports to Africa. Robert L. Wright, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dimensions International, Inc., Alexandria, Va., will chair the 2002 committee.

The SAAC represents various sectors of the U.S. economy that have experience doing business in Africa. The members of the 2002 Committee and the sectors they represent are as follow:

CHAIR- ROBERT L. WRIGHT
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dimensions International, Inc.
Alexandria, VA
Representing Commerce
BARBARA W. GOTHARD-THOMPSON
Global Public Policy Leader
The Dow Chemical Company
Washington, DC
Representing Commerce
FREDRIC S. BERGER
Senior Vice President
The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Washington, DC
Representing Commerce
DAVE KUNTARICH
Vice President-Operations
Team Leader-Africa Team
PS International, Ltd.
Chapel Hill, NC
Representing Small Business
RALPH L. CWERMAN
Senior Vice President
Solar Outdoor Lighting, Inc.
New York, NY
Representing Commerce
PAUL PIRROTTA
Sr. Vice President and Manager,
International Banking
Webster Bank
Hartford, CT
Representing Banking/Trade Finance
LAMINE SAVADOGO
President
Marison International Corporation
Boston, MA
Representing Commerce

PETER S. SWAIN
Vice President-Financial Institutions Division
Riggs Bank, N.A.
Washington, DC
Representing Banking

JOSEPH F. WATTERS
President
Hoffman International Inc.
Piscataway, NJ
Representing Small Business

TIMOTHY W. WRIGHT, III
Partner, Attorney At Law
Burris, Wright, Slaughter and Tom, LLC.
Chicago, IL
Representing Commerce

Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. government agency that helps finance the sale of U.S. exports primarily to emerging markets throughout the world by providing loans, guarantees and insurance. In fiscal year 2001, Ex-Im Bank supported $12.5 billion of U.S. exports worldwide.