Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Chair Lewis Deepens Export Finance Partnerships at Berne Union Spring Meetings in Oslo

Signed Memorandum of Cooperation with Quad Export Credit Agencies
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Oslo, Norway – Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis traveled to Oslo, Norway last week to attend the Berne Union annual Spring meetings. While in Oslo, Chair Lewis took part in a series of discussions with Norwegian government representatives and export credit agency partners on EXIM’s ongoing work to support U.S. exporters and financing exports.

“EXIM is committed to deepening partnerships with our export finance partners to meet our mission and support U.S. exporters as they compete in a changing global marketplace,” said Chair Lewis. “It was a pleasure to travel to Norway to attend this year’s Berne Union Spring meetings and also hold important conversations on ways EXIM financing can support U.S. exporters doing business in Norway.”

Chair Lewis signed a historic Memorandum of Cooperation alongside Atsuo Kuroda, Chairman and CEO of Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), Sristiraj Ambastha, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of ECGC India (ECGC), and Manny Arabatzis, Chief Risk Officer of Export Finance Australia (EFA) on the sidelines of the Berne Union. The Memorandum of Cooperation underscores the export credit agency’s commitment to advancing mutual priorities among the QUAD countries (Australia, India, Japan and United States).

On Tuesday, Chair Lewis began the day by meeting with Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Norway, Sharon Hudson-Dean, where they discussed ways to support U.S. exports to Norway and foster economic cooperation between two countries. Chair Lewis then met with Norges Bank Investment Management’s Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Øystein Børsum, where they discussed how EXIM financing can support advance renewable energy projects. 

Later, Chair Lewis held a series of meetings with United Arab Emirates ECA, Ethiad Credit Insurance (ECI) CEO Raja Al Mazrouei, Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) of South Africa Acting CEO Ntshengedzeni Gilbert Maphula, and Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-SURE) Chairman and President Youngjin Jang. She also met with members of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Oslo to discuss how EXIM financing can support U.S. companies looking to export to Norway and Norwegian companies looking to invest in the U.S.

On Wednesday, Chair Lewis ended her visit by meeting with representatives from the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority, where she highlighted EXIM’s commitment to supporting U.S. exports to Norway.



Posing at Spring Meeting 2024 Oslo


Posing in front of door


Posing with Chair in front of painting

About EXIM:

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.