July 09, 2013
This is the second blog post in an occasional series By Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor, Socially Responsible Finance In my earlier blog post I explored OPIC’s contributions to the evolving impact investing sector, mostly by providing financing and insurance products to help American companies working in emerging markets. In addition to these core products, OPIC continues to innovate and
July 02, 2013
OPIC, which has a long history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, will now play a key role in a new U.S. initiative to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region has in recent years seen strong economic growth and an expanding consumer class, but limited power remains a major problem, with more than two-thirds of the population
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
June 28, 2013
The mountaintop Mtatsminda restaurant and business complex in Tbilisi, Georgia was renovated with the support of a $10 million OPIC loan and will reopen on Saturday, June 29. This clip from a local news program highlights visits this week from U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, and Kenneth Angel, Managing Director, Project Finance at OPIC.
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
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
June 25, 2013
By Arun Hsu, Chief of Party, Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility In this guest post, an OPIC partner outlines a system for determining creditworthiness of potential borrowers that lack collateral and a track record of working with banks. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the key to innovation and an engine of economic growth and job creation in the Middle East
June 21, 2013
Microfinance group members in Tlayacapan, Mexico meet to collect installments on a loan from Finca International, a U.S. microfinance institution with a global footprint in 21 countries. This all-women group of entrepreneurs who sell food, clothing and crafts in local markets has been a client of Finca Mexico for 10 years.
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
June 18, 2013
OPIC has a long tradition of partnering with private sector businesses to catalyze investment in challenging markets around the world. But the agency’s work extends beyond public-private partnerships. In its recently published 2013 annual report, OPIC outlines several of the successful partnerships it has forged with other U.S. Government agencies to address major development challenges such as: –Clean Energy.