July 25, 2024

EXIM Bank Chair Reta Jo Lewis Highlights U.S. Commitment to Nuclear Energy at U.S.-Africa Summit in Ghana

Reta Jo Lewis, President and Chair of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), has underscored the agency’s dedication to advancing nuclear energy initiatives during her visit to Ghana this week.

Alongside representatives from the Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Chair Lewis participated in the U.S.-Africa Nuclear Energy Summit, reaffirming EXIM’s commitment to supporting U.S. exporters in the nuclear energy sector and fostering stronger commercial ties with Africa.

Speaking from Accra, Chair Lewis highlighted EXIM’s role in promoting key priorities outlined by the Biden-Harris administration and fostering opportunities for U.S. businesses within the global nuclear energy landscape.

“Nuclear energy can play a pivotal role in the global energy transition, and our agency is dedicated to building upon our substantial efforts to support U.S. exporters and propel critical nuclear energy projects worldwide,” stated EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis. “EXIM’s deep-rooted commitment to sub-Saharan Africa is enshrined in our founding charter, and it was an honor to engage in meaningful discussions in Ghana about the significant 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 at the U.S.-Africa Nuclear Energy Summit. During her address, she emphasized how EXIM financing can serve as a vital tool in advancing nuclear energy projects, which hold the potential to address energy needs and contribute to sustainable development.

Chair Lewis also held important meetings during her visit, including discussions with U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmar and members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana. She also engaged with Ghana’s Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, and Minister for Energy, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, underlining EXIM’s commitment to facilitating mutually beneficial trade and investment partnerships.

The visit culminated on Wednesday with Chair Lewis joining the U.S. delegation for a summit event attended by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, highlighting the significance of international collaboration in the nuclear energy sector.

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