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EX-IM BANK BOARD MEMBER D. VANESSA WEAVER TO DISCUSS FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN- AND MINORITY-OWNED COMPANIES SELLING TO EMERGING MARKETS

Weaver To Participate in U.S. Chamber of Commerce Access America Event In Los Angeles, Calif., on Wednesday, July 31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2002

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Niki Shepperd (202) 565-3200

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Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) Board Member D. Vanessa Weaver will urge both large and small women- and minority-owned companies to use Ex-Im Bank financing services to sell their products and services abroad at a conference on new international programs for women- and minority-owned companies.

Women in Business: Accessing International Markets, sponsored by the United States Chamber of Commerce's Access America program will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 9 a.m. at the Jonathan Club, 545 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, Calif.

Weaver will participate in a roundtable discussion beginning at 10:25 a.m. on Opportunities in the Global Marketplace; Successes and Overcoming Barriers; and Tapping Resources. The event is opened to the press.

Women- and minority-owned businesses are a top Ex-Im Bank priority, said Ex-Im Bank Director D. Vanessa Weaver. We plan to help finance the enormous potential of women- and minority-owned businesses as they export. Ex-Im Bank is here to help them boost sales, Weaver added.

Ex-Im Bank, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has regional offices in five major cities -- New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, and Long Beach, California -- and two West Coast satellite offices in San Francisco and Orange County, California.

Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. government agency that assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to markets around the world, through export credit insurance, loan guarantees, and direct loans. In fiscal year 2001, Ex-Im Bank helped to finance nearly $12.5 billion of U.S. exports worldwide.