Export-Import Bank of the United States Chair Reta Jo Lewis Met with Government and Private Sector Leaders in Bahrain This Week

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WASHINGTON – This week, Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis traveled to the Kingdom of Bahrain as part of a multi-country visit to the Middle East to meet with leaders from the public and private sectors to expand EXIM’s footprint in the region and facilitate new opportunities for U.S. exporters in Bahrain.  

Bahrain VisitVisiting Bahrain as part of a larger delegation promoting U.S. financing that could support partnerships, Chair Lewis emphasized EXIM’s commitment to deepening the U.S.-Bahrain commercial relationship. Meeting with stakeholders from Bahrain’s private and public sectors, Chair Lewis highlighted the EXIM financing tools that could advance access to U.S. technology, innovation, small businesses and women’s economic empowerment.

On Tuesday, Chair Lewis met with Bahraini government officials and leaders from the private sector. She also met with leaders from Mumtalakat and members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain to discuss opportunities to collaborate with and educate Bahraini companies about EXIM’s financing tools. Later that day, Chair Lewis held a media roundtable with members of the Bahraini press where she discussed EXIM’s commitment to outreach efforts in the Kingdom.

On Wednesday, Chair Lewis started the day meeting with two of Bahrain’s largest companies. She first met with leaders at Alba, an aluminum manufacturing company and later met with leaders at Beyon, a telecommunications company, where she discussed the Board of Directors’ recent vote to clarify EXIM’s policy around 5G transactions.

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The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the nation’s official export credit agency with the mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports. To advance American competitiveness and assist U.S. businesses as they compete for global sales, EXIM offers financing including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, loan guarantees, and direct loans. As an independent federal agency, EXIM contributes to U.S. economic growth by supporting tens of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt. Learn more at www.exim.gov.