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OPIC mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds. more information
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The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development: OPIC featured in Huffington Post

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The Huffington Post featured a piece by OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield on the transformation of global development in recent years. In the piece Littlefield highlights how aid and investment in emerging markets has changed dramatically. Decades ago, private capital was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the ...
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  • New #blog post: The Quiet Global Transformation of #GlobalDev: OPIC featured in  @HuffingtonPost   http://t.co/zmsM8440cP   @elittlefield about 44 minutes ago
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    OPIC provides financial products such as loans and guaranties, political risk insurance, and support for investment funds, all of which help American businesses expand into emerging markets. From offering long-term lending to protecting against the risks of political instability, OPIC’s products are uniquely tailored to assist the private sector in some of the world’s most challenging places. learn more

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    • More and more people see OPIC as a key part of America’s international economic policy – and its support as something that can come together quickly. In priority after priority, OPIC has an increasingly central role to play in generating support for investment.
      -Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative
    • We’re changing how we define development… we need to harness all the tools at our disposal – from our diplomacy to our trade and investment policies.
      -President Barack Obama
    • OPIC is one of the most innovative and effective U.S. Government agencies in developing climate finance while leveraging private investment.
      -Todd Stern, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change
    • We know that small firms are at the heart of the American economy. We are here to help them become part of the global economy as well.
      -OPIC President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield
    • The OPIC approach is the most effective way to support sustainable development because it deploys a private market entrepreneurship and discipline. It is the most efficient way to conduct development because it is self-financing and actually generates income for the American taxpayer and the federal budget.
      -OPIC President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield
    • In my view OPIC is the most elegant piece of public policy ever conceived.
      -Francisco Sanchez, former OPIC board member

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