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Archive for April, 2013

OPIC partners with USTDA for Twitter chat series for World Trade Month

OPIC is teaming up with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank, and other export, trade, and finance related agencies across the federal government this May, during World Trade Month, on a series of Twitter chats for U.S. companies.  The Twitter chat series will provide U.S. companies with information and resources on doing Read more…

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Rebuilding Haiti one concrete block at a time

“You can’t build a country without concrete.” The statement has particular relevance in Haiti, where, more than three years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake resulted in extensive death and destruction, the country is still working to repair and rebuild and assume a path of sustained economic vitality. Luis Garcia (pictured), spoke about the importance of basic building materials like concrete Read more…

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OPIC‘s Project 158 drives private equity capital to emerging markets

In late 2011, OPIC issued its first Global Engagement Call for proposals from qualified emerging markets private equity fund managers. Similar to earlier requests, the Global Engagement Call again focused on driving private, patient, long-term growth capital to OPIC-eligible emerging markets via investment funds. But it was unique from earlier calls for proposals in that the range of investment strategies Read more…

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Catalyzing support for impact investing

By Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor, Socially Responsible Finance Throughout our 40+ year history as the U.S. government’s development finance institution, OPIC has been transforming private capital into solutions for social and environmental challenges around the world, while also generating a financial return, allowing us to make our own contributions to the impact investing sector. But in the last five Read more…

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Featured photo: Making use of the earth’s resources

In honor of Earth Day later this month, we are sharing this photo from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of an abundant evening market in Msimba, Tanzania, powered by solar lights, which enables members of the community to shop and sell their goods after the workday is over. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is investing in improving the reliability of Read more…

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Laying the foundation for investments in South Sudan

With recent independence in 2011, South Sudan is working to build its economy and facilitate private investment. The new country offers enormous potential with fertile farmland, oil, and natural resources. It also faces challenges to sustainable economic development and facilitating investments common in frontier markets. Looking at ways to help boost the country’s private sector development, OPIC Executive Vice President Read more…

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Featured photo: Bolstering the dairy industry in Georgia

Limited financing opportunities in Georgia made it difficult for the country’s dairy industry to expand production and guarantee quality. In 2009, Sante GMT, the largest dairy and juice production facility in Georgia, was approved for a $10 million loan from OPIC to help the business expand business operations and increase production. In a few years, Sante GMT expanded its business Read more…

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Identifying good impact investments and measuring impact: A conversation with Ambassador John Simon, Founding Partner of Total Impact Advisors

This blog recently looked at the Medical Credit Fund, an OPIC loan recipient that is providing financing to many of the small, private healthcare clinics in Sub-Saharan Africa that serve low-income populations throughout the continent, but often cannot obtain even small loans from traditional banks to buy equipment or upgrade their facilities. OPIC’s deal to provide financing to the Medical Read more…

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Measuring and monitoring impact: A conversation with Margaret Kuhlow of OPIC’s Office of Investment Policy

Measuring and monitoring impact: A conversation with Margaret Kuhlow of OPIC’s Office of Investment Policy (Part one in a series) As the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, OPIC is focused on supporting projects that deliver real and measurable benefits in their host countries. The Agency is also mandated by Congress to hold all of its projects to high environmental, social, Read more…

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Featured photo: World Health Day: Improving Medical Technology in Russia

ACD Research Inc, a New York based company, is using OPIC insurance to access new health technology equipment for the Samara Oncology Center in Russia. This has enabled the center to offer cancer treatment with state of the art equipment and better meet the healthcare needs of patients far outside of Moscow. As a result, Samara Oncology Center was recently Read more…

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