FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2020
Office of Communications (202) 565-3207
WASHINGTON – President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) Kimberly Reed met yesterday with the Republic of Kosovo Minister of Finance Hykmete Bajrami and Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the United States Vlora Çitaku at the Kosovo Embassy.
The discussion built on the September 4 meeting between Chairman Reed and Prime Minister of Kosovo Avdullah Hoti and President Trump’s historic September 5 Oval Office announcement that Serbia and Kosovo have each committed to economic normalization.
On September 15, Chairman Reed and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler signed Letters of Interest with Serbia and Kosovo expressing their support for the construction of The Peace Highway to connect Nis and Pristina to promote economic cooperation between the countries. Next week, EXIM will send a delegation to Belgrade and Pristina to further support economic development and transportation projects in the region.
L-R: Kosovo Senior Political Adviser to the Minister Lulzim Krasniqi, EXIM Vice President Annette Maresh, EXIM Chief Banking Officer Stephen Renna, EXIM Chairman Reed, Kosovo Minister Bajrami, Ambassador Çitaku, Kosovo Chief of Cabinet to the Minister Ermal Lubishtani
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.