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ICYMI: “Smart Women, Smart Power” – A Center for Strategic & International Studies Podcast Conversation with EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed

Discussion Focuses on Exports, Imports, Jobs, and COVID


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WASHINGTON — Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed recently joined Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Fellow Beverly Kirk, host of the CSIS podcast “Smart Women, Smart Power,” for an episode entitled “Exports, Imports, Jobs, and COVID.”

The two discussed EXIM’s mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports; the agency’s historic seven-year reauthorization; the establishment of EXIM’s Program on China and Transformational Exports; EXIM’s response to COVID-19 to continue supporting exporters during the pandemic; the agency’s Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee led by CSIS Senior Vice President and Director of the Program on Prosperity and Development Daniel Runde; and other topics.

The Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative convenes top-level women leaders in foreign policy, national security, international business, and international development to amplify their voices, spotlight their expertise, and discuss critical and timely issues. The podcast series features conversations with female thought leaders.

Listen to the conversation online here or through major podcast aggregators.


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.