Chair Lewis Emphasizes Export-Import Bank of the U.S.’ Nuclear Priorities at U.S.-Africa Nuclear Energy Summit in Ghana
Accra, Ghana -- Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis traveled to Ghana this week, alongside representatives from the Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to highlight EXIM’s commitment to advancing Biden-Harris administration priorities and opportunities to support U.S. exporters in the nuclear energy sector. While in Ghana, Chair Lewis also discussed EXIM’s continued efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Africa commercial relationship and fulfill the agency’s mandate to support U.S. exporters looking to do business in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Nuclear energy can play a key role in the global energy transition, and our agency is committed to building upon our strong work to support U.S. exporters and advance critical nuclear energy projects around the world,” said EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis. “EXIM’s deep commitment to sub-Saharan Africa is part of our founding charter. It was a privilege to be in Ghana to participate in important conversations about the role EXIM can play in advancing opportunities for U.S. nuclear exporters.”
On Monday, Chair Lewis delivered keynote remarks and participated in a panel discussion during the U.S.- Africa Nuclear Energy Summit, where she spoke about how EXIM financing can be a significant tool to advance nuclear energy projects. Chair Lewis also held meetings with U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmar, as well as members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana. On Tuesday, Chair Lewis met with Ghana Minster of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta, and Minister for Energy Matthew Opoku Prempeh. On Wednesday, Chair Lewis ended her visit to Ghana by joining the U.S. delegation for a summit event attended by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
While in Ghana, Chair Lewis emphasized EXIM’s five decades of experience and world-class expertise in analyzing technical, legal, and financial risks in the international nuclear sector. Chair Lewis also discussed that all of EXIM’s financing products, including long-term financing, letters of interest, preliminary commitments, and the Engineering Multiplier Program, are available for the nuclear sector.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the nation’s official export credit agency with the mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating U.S. exports. To advance American competitiveness and assist U.S. businesses as they compete for global sales, EXIM offers financing including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, loan guarantees, and direct loans. As an independent federal agency, EXIM contributes to U.S. economic growth by supporting tens of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. Learn more at www.exim.gov.