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EXIM Chairman Addresses PAC-DBIA

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  • Highlight How EXIM Can Help US Businesses Export To Africa

By Emmanuel Oluebube, Correspondent UK

EXIM President and Chairman has exchanged views with the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business In Africa(PAC-DBIA) highlighting her agencies relevance in assisting US businesses export to Africa.

In her remarks, Chairman Reed commended PAC-DBIA on its Keys to Success Report, which highlights EXIM’s role in Prosper Africa, a whole-of-government economic effort to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa.

“As our nation focuses on economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19, I am grateful that the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa recognizes the importance of the role of export finance when it comes to doing business in Africa, especially for small businesses and women- and minority-owned businesses,” said Chairman Reed. “With six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world and more than one billion customers, there may be no greater region of the world where US  government-supported export finance is as critical as it is in Africa, and EXIM has a productive history there. EXIM has a Congressional mandate to promote the expansion of the agency’s financial commitment in sub-Saharan Africa, and currently has financing support of over US$8 billion on the continent, the highest in the history of the agency, and we want to do even more.”

Last year, EXIM’s Board of Directors approved the largest transaction in the history of the agency, a US$4.7 billion direct loan for the development and construction of an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique, that supports an estimated 16,700 US jobs in eight states. This transaction, in support of Prosper Africa, illustrates the whole-of-government approach, with the US Departments of State and Commerce and other agencies also playing an active role in support of the project.  

This was the third PAC-DBIA meeting in its 2019-2021 term to deliberate and adopt recommendations on measures the US government should consider in implementing and operationalizing the President’s Prosper Africa initiative. The PAC-DBIA was established in 2014 to provide analysis and recommendations to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on strengthening commercial engagement between the United States and Africa. The PAC-DBIA continues to play a critical role informing US  government policies and activities across the continent.

In June 2019, President Donald J. Trump appointed the members of the 2019-2021 term of the PAC-DBIA, who represent small, medium, and large US companies as well as a diverse range of industries and economic sectors:

2019 – 2021 PAC-DBIA Members

UPS – Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs (Co-Chair)*

GE Africa – Farid Fezoua, President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Africa (Co-Chair)

Pfizer – Susan Silbermann, Global President for Emerging Markets (Vice Chair)

Abbott – Damian Halloran, Vice President, Infectious Disease, Emerging Markets, Rapid Diagnostics

ABD Group – John Nevergole, Chief Executive Officer

Acrow Bridge – Bill Killeen, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman*

Akola – Brittany Underwood, Founder and Executive Chairman

American Tower Corporation – Olivier Puech, Executive Vice President and President, Latin America and EMEA

APR Energy – Paul Marcroft, Chief Commercial Officer

Bechtel Overseas Corporation – Andrew Patterson, Global Manager for Strategy and Market and Business Development, Infrastructure*

Caterpillar Inc. – Denise Johnson, Resource Industries Group President*

Cigna Africa – Arjan Toor, Chief Executive Officer, Cigna Africa

Citi – Peter Sullivan, Managing Director, Africa Public Sector Group*

Credence ID – Bruce Hanson, President and Chief Executive Officer

CrossBoundary Group – Jake Cusack, Founding and Managing Partner

IBM – Takreem El-Tohamy, General Manager of Middle East and Africa*

John Deere – Jason P.H. Brantley, Director for Sales and Marketing, Agriculture and Turf Division, Africa and Asia

Kosmos Energy, LLC – Andrew G. Inglis, Chairman and Chief Executive*

Mastercard – Raghu Malhotra, President, Middle East and Africa

Rendeavour, Inc. – Frank Mosier, Chief Executive Officer

Shea Yeleen – Rahama Wright, Founder and Chief Executive Officer*

Synnove Energy – Fred Sisson, Chief Executive Officer*

Varian Medical Systems – Chris Toth, President, Oncology Systems

Vermeer Corporation – Jason Andringa, President and Chief Executive Officer*

Visa Inc. – Andrew Torre, Regional President for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa*

* Denotes reappointed PAC-DBIA member

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