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Powering Africa: A massive challenge and a major investment opportunity

July 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant economic progress in recent years with growth rates in many countries that are among the highest in the world, and large numbers of once poor people joining the middle class. But this recent progress sits against a backdrop of major ongoing developmental challenges, many of them related to access to electricity. Because it is essential
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OPIC Seminar Takes on Small Businesses in Salt Lake City

July 11, 2013

World Trade Center Utah Executive Vice President & COO Elizabeth Goryunova joins Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Director of Public Affairs Dr. Larry Spinelli at an Expanding Horizons seminar for Utah’s small businesses. OPIC’s Expanding Horizons seminar met up with small business owners in Salt Lake City on July 10 to help educate them on how to take advantage of
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OPIC partners with Millennium Challenge Corporation for Twitter chat on power investing in Africa

July 01, 2013

Access to electricity is a fundamental component of growth and development for any country or region. Africa, home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, has enormous power potential, but many of its residents still have little or no access to electricity. On June 30th, President Obama announced Power Africa, an initiative that will double access
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Texas newspapers feature OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield on the role of small businesses in the global economy

June 28, 2013

This week, OPIC held its Expanding Horizons workshop in Fort Worth, Texas with more than 100 U.S. small businesses from over 10 states attending. The events also were highlighted in local media with both The Houston Chronicle and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram publishing op-eds by OPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Littlefield on the important role small businesses can
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OPIC joins USGLC annual conference highlighting smart power and innovation

June 26, 2013

OPIC participated in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Annual Leadership Conference this week focusing on American aid investment and its role in building jobs and security at home. Featuring remarks by national security and foreign policy experts, the conference analyzed how to strengthen America’s leadership in the world through strategic investments in smart power. On Tuesday, OPIC Executive Vice President
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OPIC Board approves renewable energy, hospital projects at latest board meeting

June 26, 2013

OPIC’s Board of Directors met June 13 and approved the following projects: Financing to support the construction of two solar power plants in Chile’s Atacama Desert, by Amanecer SpA and San Andres SpA of Chile, together with the U.S. project sponsor, SunEdison Inc. of St. Peters, Missouri. The projects will help Chile diversify its energy sources beyond hydro, gas and coal and
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Expanding Horizons Workshop comes on the heels of National Small Business Week

June 20, 2013

This week is National Small Business Week, an event organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to recognize American entrepreneurs and small business owners. OPIC understands that American small businesses are the heart of the country’s economy and also can play a significant role in the global economy. Last year, 73 percent of the deals OPIC approved were with
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OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield discusses development impact bonds with The New York Times

June 19, 2013

OPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Littlefield recently discussed development impact bonds with New York Times’  Tina Rosenberg. In the interview, Littlefield explained how development impact bonds are helping harness private capital for development and was quoted as saying, “Ten years ago, the development finance institutions together [which invest in the private sector] were financing about $10 billion in
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OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield discusses social impact investing on The White House Blog

June 07, 2013

OPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Littlefield attended the UK’s G8 Social Impact Investing Forum in London this week. On The White House Blog, Littlefield, along with Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), discuss the National Impact Initiative (NII) launched at the
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OPIC joins global discussions in London around social impact investing

June 06, 2013

This week, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield traveled to London to participate in two events that focused on impact investing, which has long been a focus at OPIC and is increasingly attracting attention from investors and entrepreneurs. The Development Impact Bond Working Group, formed by the Center of Global Development (CGD) and Social Finance, convened on June 5 to
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