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Mexican Finance Minister Gil-Diaz, Sen. Sarbanes, Rep. Oxley to Address Ex-Im Bank Annual Conference April 6-7 (Español)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2006

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Marianna Ohe (202) 565-3200

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Mexican Finance Minister Francisco Gil-Diaz, U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (D-Md.) and U.S. Congressman Michael G. Oxley (R-Ohio) will be keynote speakers at the annual conference of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) April 6-7, 2006, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Under the theme When the U.S. Exports, America Works, the Ex-Im Bank conference will feature speeches, workshops and exhibits on trade and export finance for some 1,000 U.S. exporters, financiers and foreign dignitaries.

In his keynote speech at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 7, Gil-Diaz, who has been Mexico's finance and public credit minister since 2000, will speak about the Mexican economy and the vital U.S.-Mexico trade relationship.

Gil-Diaz previously was chief executive officer of Avantel, a Mexican telecommunications company, and before that vice governor of the Central Bank of Mexico. He also has served as under-secretary for revenue in the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit, and professor emeritus at the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Sarbanes and Oxley, key players in Ex-Im Bank's reauthorization, will be luncheon keynote speakers at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. They were principal sponsors of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was signed into law in 2002.

Sarbanes serves as the ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and is a senior member of the Foreign Relations, Budget and Joint Economic Committees. Oxley is chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services.

For more information on the Ex-Im Bank conference agenda or to register for the conference, please visit Ex-Im Bank's web site at www.exim.gov or contact Capital Meeting Planning at 703-536-4993.

Ex-Im Bank this year marks its 72nd year of helping finance the sale of U.S. exports, primarily to emerging markets throughout the world, by providing loan guarantees, export credit insurance, and direct loans. In fiscal year 2005 Ex-Im Bank authorized nearly $14 billion in transactions supporting almost $17.9 billion in U.S. exports.