Keynotes from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow; Format Offers Expanded Small-Business Opportunities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2020
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WASHINGTON —The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) today announced plans to hold its 2020 Annual Conference from September 9-11, 2020, via a virtual platform that will provide wider access for more businesses to participate in events featuring keynote speakers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities designed to help U.S. companies expand their exporting opportunities.
The virtual format will provide attendees the ability to view activities as they occur during the three-day event. The conference will begin Wednesday, September 9, with an interactive exhibitors’ hall where attendees can request one-on-one appointments with exhibitors and EXIM staff. Plenary and breakout sessions will take place on Thursday, September 10, and Friday, September 11, including live question-and-answer opportunities. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will have access to recordings of all sessions.
Throughout the event, attendees will hear from distinguished speakers representing the business, academic, media, and government sectors. In addition to EXIM President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed, speakers confirmed for the conference include:
- Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Secretary of Commerce.
- Robert C. O’Brien, National Security Advisor.
- Lawrence A. Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council.
- David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group.
- Meg Gentle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tellurian Inc.
- Rodney Hood, Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration.
From left to right: EXIM President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien, Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence A. Kudlow.
From left to right: Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group David M. Rubenstein, Tellurian CEO Meg Gentle, and Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration Rodney Hood.
Please check for additional announcements of confirmed speakers on the annual conference page on EXIM’s website.
“The EXIM Annual Conference is the premier event for American companies to hear from high-level speakers and network with peers, EXIM staff, and potential buyers,” said Chairman Reed. “We remain committed to the theme of EXIM’s 2020 Annual Conference — Keeping America Strong: Empowering U.S. Businesses and Workers. We look forward to helping businesses of all sizes learn about EXIM’s product enhancements and new tools that will help them export their ‘Made in the USA’ goods and services around the world.”
In conjunction with the virtual format, EXIM is incorporating a small-business track to provide additional information and more sessions designed for small and medium-sized companies, both current and potential exporters, to learn how EXIM financial products can support their international sales. In addition, a mobile app will foster networking opportunities by allowing attendees to connect directly with EXIM staff and other attendees.
For attendees who registered for the conference when it was originally scheduled in April, registration will be automatically transferred to the virtual platform. Because the virtual conference is being offered at a reduced cost, EXIM will issue a partial refund for those who paid previously. Those unable to attend the virtual event should email the registrar by July 17, 2020, to receive a full refund.
EXIM is an independent federal agency that promotes and supports American jobs by providing competitive and necessary export credit to support sales of U.S. goods and services to international buyers. A robust EXIM can level the global playing field for U.S. exporters when they compete against foreign companies that receive support from their governments. EXIM also contributes to U.S. economic growth by helping to create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. In recent years, approximately 90 percent of the total number of the agency’s authorizations has directly supported small businesses. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt.
For more information about EXIM, please visit www.exim.gov.