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Archive for December, 2012

Featured photo: Santa Catarina wind farm in Mexico

An anemometer measures wind speeds at the construction site of the 20 megawatt Santa Catarina wind farm outside of Monterrey, Mexico. The wind farm is one of the investments of the OPIC-supported Latin Power III, an investment fund focused on energy and infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Ensuring accountability in international development

One of the key components of effective development is effective conflict resolution. Unresolved conflicts with local communities can result in higher costs, delays or even abandonment of projects. Last month, OPIC Director of Accountability, Dr. Keith Kozloff sat on a panel on Independent Accountability at the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development (SID) to discuss the ways accountability Read more…

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OPIC’s profit per employee totals $1.2 million in 2012

Earlier this week, OPIC reported strong financial results for Fiscal Year 2012, including net income of $272 million, and a 30 percent increase in financial commitments to American businesses investing in emerging markets abroad. The fact that these results were achieved with a full-time staff of just 220 underscores the efficiency of OPIC’s operation. The agency’s profit-per-employee in 2012 worked Read more…

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Featured photo: Transportation expansion in Tanzania

OPIC Chief of Staff John Morton meets with workers from the Alistair James Company Limited – a regional logistics business based outside of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. With OPIC support, the company owners – originally from Maryland – have nearly doubled their fleet of trucks and are now employing approximately 100 workers. The company is looking to eventually expand its transportation services Read more…

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Supporting investment in Afghanistan

Last week, OPIC joined the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference, where OPIC Senior Investment Officer John Didiuk (pictured) discussed the agency’s mission, private sector development and the potential for business finance in Afghanistan. The two-day conference and trade show, designed to help U.S. businesses learn about opportunities in Afghanistan, also featured panel discussions covering the Read more…

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Featured photo: Savannah Fruits Company in Ghana

OPIC provides financing to the nonprofit social investment fund Root Capital, which supports lending to Savannah Fruits and other small rural businesses in Africa and Central and South America.  Ghana has a long tradition of manually harvesting and processing shea nuts into butter. Savannah Fruits Co was founded in 2006 with the goal of connecting more local shea butter producers Read more…

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