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SMALL, MEDIUM AND LARGE U.S. COMPANIES WILL LEARN HOW TO BOOST EXPORT SALES AT EX-IM BANK ANNUAL CONFERENCE MAY 2-3 IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Companies Will Have Opportunity To Meet With Financial and Business Community, Hear From Members of Congress, Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Other Speakers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2002

Media Contact Name/Phone: 

Marianna Ohe (202) 565-3200

U.S. companies can gain valuable information about financing tools to help them expand their businesses in foreign markets at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) Annual Conference May 2-3, 2002, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States and provides loans, guarantees and export credit insurance to companies seeking to expand into the global marketplace.

Conference attendees will hear the international trade perspectives of:

  • Polish Deputy Prime Minister Marek Belka
  • Noreen Doyle, first vice president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • U.S. Rep. John LaFalce of New York (D-29th District)
  • U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn of Washington (R-8th District)
  • U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan (D-15th District)


Specialized workshops will brief participants on, among other things: the renewable energy world marketplace, financing deals in sub-Saharan Africa and other global regions, recent trends in asset-based lending and more. In addition, a trade show will feature some 50 exhibits of U.S. export and financing products ranging from medical equipment to solar panels to credit rating services.

Ex-Im Bank will present awards at the conference to a Small Business Exporter of the Year, a Small Business Bank of the Year, and a Small Business Broker of the Year for their contributions to increased U.S. small business exports and jobs.

Ex-Im Bank is an independent government agency that helps finance the sale of U.S. exports, primarily to emerging markets throughout the world, to help create U.S. jobs. In fiscal year 2001, Ex-Im Bank provided loans, guarantees and export credit insurance to support $12.5 billion of U.S. exports worldwide.