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Archive for September, 2012

Featured photo: Elizabeth Littlefield meets with Malawian president in New York

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield met with Malawian President Joyce Banda this week at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Their meeting coincided with the opening of the 67th session of the U.N, General Assembly and Ms. Littlefield’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative. Ms. Littlefield said OPIC in interested in helping Malawi develop its economy and create Read more…

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September Board Meeting: Priorities renewed and newer

At its September meeting, OPIC’s Board of Directors kept the agency’s focus trained on priority sectors – renewable resources; food security and safe drinking water; and small and medium size businesses (SMEs) – and added another: the growing middle class in emerging markets, which stand to transform developing countries in the coming years. Be it Africa, where 100 million households Read more…

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OPIC to host Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses, October 3 in Seattle

As more U.S. small businesses participate in the global marketplace, they are facing new questions and challenges. Expanding Horizons, a workshop for small businesses entering international markets, helps entrepreneurs explore new opportunities that can help strengthen their business at home and abroad. Join OPIC at Expanding Horizons in Seattle on October 3, 2012 and learn about the government programs and financial Read more…

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Featured photo: The Harmelia sunflower farm in Ukraine

The Harmelia sunflower farm near Kharkiv in Ukraine, the world’s largest producer of sunflower oil. OPIC is an investor in the project through its support for the SigmaBleyzer Investment Fund for Southeast Europe. The project is having a positive developmental impact to Ukraine by introducing advanced crop management technology to the farm, which also produces, corn, wheat and rapeseed.

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Featured photo: Guaranties for small business lending in Paraguay

Paraguayan entrepreneur Mercedes Cabrera de Idiarte started a clothing manufacturing business with five sewing machines, and today has 25 machines, 36 employees and sells apparel across Paraguay, generating annual revenue of 200 million guarani (about USD $45,000).  Cabrera began working with the local Banco Familiar 19 years ago and her credit line with has risen to 15 million guarani. She used Read more…

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OPIC earns a top rating for innovation in the federal government

Innovation has long been a core value at OPIC: It is reflected in the groundbreaking financial and insurance products we offer to support U.S. companies operating in some of the most challenging places on the planet, as well as in the way we conduct our internal operations. Recently OPIC was recognized for our ability to adapt to change by seeking Read more…

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Monthly news wrap-up: August 2012

Late last month, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) reported that farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasing the use of small-scale irrigation schemes as a result of drought that puts the security of food supplies at risk. The three-year study found that, rather than wait for rainfall, smallholder farmers, whose farms supply food for individual families, are Read more…

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