August 09, 2012
Sunday, August 12 is International Youth Day, an annual observance supported by the United Nations (UN) calling attention to youth issues worldwide. In both developing and developed countries, young people face pressing global challenges, such as high levels of unemployment and subpar working conditions. They are seemingly left out while their leaders make decisions on their future. The UN provides
July 17, 2012
At a time that the U.S. economy is tied more closely than ever to the world economy and some of the strongest economic growth is occurring in developing countries, American businesses are underrepresented in many of these high-growth regions, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield said. Littlefield, who spoke on Tuesday, July 17 at the Women in Finance symposium at
June 29, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield after the announcement of the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the Rio+20 Conference on June 22, 2012. [Photo courtesy of Walter Mesquita]
June 22, 2012
OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou spoke at Africa Day on Capitol Hill, June 20, where she introduced the Africa Society’s 2012 African Business Titans. Alemayehou is pictured here with U.S. Representatives Ed Royce and Jeff Fortenberry, as well as Africa Society President Bernadette Paolo and the honorees, Captain Hosa Wells Okunbo and sir Lucky Omoluwa.
June 20, 2012
Later this week, as thousands of world leaders gather with the global development and business communities at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, they will focus on some of the seemingly incompatible challenges facing a world with a rapidly growing population and diminishing natural resources. Global energy consumption is expected to be 30% to 40% higher
May 18, 2012
President Obama delivered the opening keynote on May 18 to the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in Washington, D.C. The event precedes the G8 summit Saturday May 20 at Camp David, where leaders will meet to discuss the challenge of feeding a growing world. The focus of the event underscores how food security remains a major challenge: The U.S.
April 05, 2012
Saturday April 7 is World Health Day, an annual event the World Health Organization hosts to call attention to public health challenges across the planet. Although these health challenges are not confined to developing countries, many of the world’s low-income and least-developed countries lack the basic infrastructure, energy, and access to finance that is essential to ensuring food and water
February 07, 2012
As we shared in a recent video post from a noted political psychologist, most Americans think the United States spends a lot more of the federal budget on foreign aid than we actually do. President Obama addressed this topic last week when answering a question from a participant in a Google+ “Hangout” live video feed. This post from the U.S.
January 18, 2012
In 2012, OPIC will expand its popular Expanding Horizons event for small businesses, hosting seminars and workshops in multiple cities around the U.S. to help educate small businesses about the benefits of entering emerging markets abroad, and the ways that OPIC’s finance and political risk insurance products can help. OPIC has hosted Expanding Horizons around the country for the past six
October 21, 2011
Ricardo Tejada, Founder and Managing Director of Vnesto Capital, delivered the keynote address at the Expanding Horizons seminar in Orange County, CA, where he shared his story of adapting to the recession by expanding his business into South Korea and Ecuador. Vnesto Capital was founded in Los Angeles in 2005 to help small firms obtain capital and build successful business plans,