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Archive for March, 2014

Big visions, greater rewards – a look at the OPIC Impact Awards

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation It’s hard to believe that the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards ceremony, which was held Tuesday, March 11, has already come and gone. I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase all that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation embodies than by honoring the outstanding work of several Read more…

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Featured Photo: ContourGlobal’s Togo power plant, winner of OPIC’s Impact Award for Critical Infrastructure

Inside the 100 megawatt Lomé Thermal Power Plant in Togo, which was completed in 2010 with the support of OPIC financing and political risk insurance. The project was one of the largest investments ever made in the Republic of Togo and it succeeded in tripling the country’s energy generation capacity and significantly reducing rolling blackouts. During the Impact Awards ceremony Read more…

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Who are the heroes of sustainable development?

Our friends at the ONE Campaign joined us in celebrating this week’s OPIC Impact Awards. This post, which originally ran their blog, promotes sustainable development, which comprises an impressive portion of OPIC’s portfolio. In 2013, the Agency supported a record $1.2 billion in renewable energy projects, including in the wind, solar, hydro-power and biomass sectors. Often, creating sustainable development projects Read more…

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OPIC’s Impact Awards: A recap in photos

OPIC’s March 11 inaugural Impact Awards ceremony was a big success and helped us highlight the ways our clients are making a difference around the world. In this post we showcase the winners. Global Partnerships: Access to Finance Award OPIC loan recipient Global Partnerships, one of the three clients awarded the Access to Finance award, facilitates small microfinance loans in Read more…

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OPIC Impact Awards: Changing lives through development (Video)

On March 11 at 4 p.m., Elizabeth L. Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO, joins John Murphy Vice President of International Affairs, United States Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards recognizing excellence in development by OPIC clients. Judith Pryor, Vice President, OPIC’s Office of External Affairs served as Master of Ceremony. Distinguished presenters include John Podesta, Counselor to Read more…

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Featured photo: construction in Malawi

In Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial center, investors are seeking opportunities in multiple industries, including hospitality. Here, a group of workers at the construction site of a high end hotel that could accommodate business people and help attract investment. An OPIC delegation recently visited Malawi to talk with investors and government officials about opportunities to support additional private sector investment.

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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the American small business category

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards event, set to take place next Tuesday, will highlight exceptional projects across six categories, including Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity, and American Small Business. This post, the final in the series, spotlights American Small Business. In supporting U.S. private sector investment in emerging markets, OPIC works with businesses of all sizes Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the private equity category

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards are less than a week away and we are getting excited to honor winners in six award categories, including Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. This post, our fifth in a series, spotlights Private Equity. One of the ways OPIC supports development is by supporting privately-owned and managed investment Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the development impact category

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards, scheduled for March 11, will honor winners in six award categories, including Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. This post, our fourth in a series on these categories, spotlights Development Impact. OPIC’s core mission is to advance sustainable development and it strives to support projects that Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the access to finance category

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards are just over a week away and we’re on the third post in the series to introduce the six categories represented at the event:  Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. Today’s spotlight is on Access to Finance, a category so rich in candidates that we will Read more…

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