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Why Africa needs more pioneering investors … and how OPIC can support them

With more than ten percent of the world’s population and less than two percent of the world’s GDP, Africa needs far more investment than it receives, Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, writes in Into Africa, a publication focusing on the continent’s emerging capital markets. The piece, which outlines the ways OPIC can help mitigate risks to investors, Read more…

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Why institutional investors are growing more comfortable with emerging markets

“As of this year, the 10-year average emerging market private equity returns are roughly comparable with developed market PE returns,” Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, wrote in this recent piece in Financier Worldwide. One of the key ways OPIC supports development in emerging markets is through its support for emerging market private equity funds, and Preston takes Read more…

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OPIC client Root Capital reaches a $100 million milestone

Congratulations to OPIC client Root Capital for reaching $100 million in active loans for the first time in its 15-year history! Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that strengthens rural livelihoods in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. Root Capital provides a reliable source of financing for clients, enabling them to make investments in agricultural Read more…

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Featured photo: Improving health services in Albania

Technicians at the American Hospital in Albania conduct lab tests on modern equipment not available in many of the country’s public hospitals. The healthcare sector in Albania, one of Europe’s poorest counties, has struggled in recent years and routine procedures such as dialysis and laboratory analysis were largely unavailable to the general population. The American Hospital has been able to Read more…

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Business climate improves in many African countries but access to electricity remains a challenge

Doing business in Africa is not always easy, but the business climate is improving in many African countries, the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report shows. The latest version of the Bank’s widely-watched report shows that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have adopted reforms related to starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes and registering property. Five of 10 countries listed Read more…

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OPIC In New Jersey: A Look At How OPIC Investments Support Multiple Businesses

OPIC hosts its final Expanding Horizons workshop of the year September 23 in Trenton, New Jersey, where small businesses will gather to learn more about the benefits of expanding into developing markets overseas. OPIC has been hosting these events around the country for several years, as part of its effort to educate small businesses about the finance and insurance tools Read more…

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Africa rising: Survey shows dramatic improvements for investors

Africa has risen to become the second most attractive investment destination in the world, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa attractiveness survey shows. This year’s survey, which measures foreign direct investment into the continent as well as investors’ perceptions and actual investment levels, showed that Africa and Asia are tied in second place, just behind North America as the world’s best Read more…

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“My unique connection to Power Africa:” OPIC’s Alemayehou featured in USAID newsletter

In the summer of 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa initiative, designed to help African countries responsibly develop extensive energy resources with the aid of private sector investors. OPIC committed up to $1.5 billion in financing to support this endeavor, in keeping with the agency’s longstanding history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou, Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Ellicott Dredges

Small businesses comprise the majority of all firms in the U.S. economy, and are powerful engines of job creation at home as well as drivers of development, innovative solutions, and economic efficiency in scores of developing nations. Small businesses can also face far tougher challengers than established multinationals when they do business abroad, so it is both fitting and instructive Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: SunEdison

On a quiet plain in the rural center of South Africa sits a small town called Boshof. It’s far from the bustling cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and hundreds of miles from the dramatic, hilly coastline of the Cape of Good Hope. But Boshof, in the country’s underdeveloped Free State, is the site of a major project to generate Read more…

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