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EX-IM BANK SIGNS MASTER GUARANTEE AGREEMENTS WITH AFRICAN BANKS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2003

Media Contact Name/Phone: 

Andrew Yarrow (202) 565-3200

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) announced the recent signing of new master guarantee agreements with Standard Bank of South Africa and the Bank of Africa to broaden its ability to finance the purchase of U.S. goods and services in Africa.

While our mission at Ex-Im Bank is to promote U.S. exports, our method is to provide new and/or additional competitive financing for the African marketplace, said J. Joseph Grandmaison, a member of the Ex-Im Bank board of directors. Working with strong banking partners is key to achieving that goal. We believe that the availability of medium-term financing in Africa is necessary to allow for the healthy growth of the African economy.

Standard Bank of South Africa is a leading international bank in southern Africa, and Bank of Africa, which has its headquarters in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, also has offices in Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Niger and Senegal. Ex-Im Bank already has master guarantee agreements in Egypt, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) of Nairobi, Kenya, which serves several countries in eastern Africa.

As the official export credit agency of the United States, Ex-Im Bank helps finance the sales of U.S. exports, primarily to developing markets, by providing guarantees, export credit insurance and loans. In fiscal year 2002, Ex-Im Bank authorized financing to support nearly $13 billion of U.S. exports. For more information on Ex-Im Bank's Africa programs, e-mail Ex-ImAfrica@exim.gov.

Business development contacts:

Maureen Scurry, Ex-Im Bank,202-565-3905

maureen.scurry@exim.gov

Ahjeeth Jaijai, Standard Bank of South Africa,011-27-63-64-129

Constantin O. Azon, Bank of Africa,011-229-31-32-28