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Why entrepreneurs are vital to emerging markets: OPIC featured in Silicon Valley Business Journal

“Innovative thinkers and early adopters exist everywhere: In Silicon Valley, but also in Sub-Saharan Africa; in the legendary startup garages … and in even more humble venues that may lack electricity,” OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor wrote this week in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Pryor highlights two OPIC partners that are participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, discussing how Read more…

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Two OPIC partners to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

  The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit this week in Silicon Valley will feature two OPIC partners on a panel that highlights the ways the U.S. Government catalyzes investment in emerging markets to drive economic growth, scale development innovations and combat poverty. OPIC partner QuantumID, a small startup that developed a handheld, cloud-based cargo tracking technology that has helped make Read more…

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A vision of growth in West Africa

ContourGlobal’s Cap des Biches power plant in Senegal. Credit: U.S. Embassy Dakar By: Subha Nagarajan, OPIC Managing Director of West and Central Africa Over the past two years, African countries have enacted many reforms to improve the business climate. And as the site of so many of the world’s low-income countries, Africa is a region with growing focus for the Read more…

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On Earth Day, some highlights of sustainable development around the world

This week, we’ve focused on the projects we are supporting to advance sustainable development around the world, and the progress that is being made in making the most of the world’s resources. Some highlights: OPIC supports sustainable development in projects from Brazil to Rwanda. This slideshow of some key OPIC projects shows how we have supported small farmers producing açaí Read more…

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OPIC partners pay back: The Eye Fund

(Part 3 in an ongoing series) In 2010, OPIC committed a $5 million loan to the Eye Fund I, a socially-focused nonprofit investment fund committed to reducing blindness around the world by providing financing for the hospitals and clinics that serve the poor. World Health Organization data shows that more than 90 percent of the world’s blind live in the Read more…

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Why internet access is key to development

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield joined Secretary of State John Kerry, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and other leaders from around the world on Thursday as the State Department convened the Global Connect initiative to expand Internet access around the world. “The internet is essential to economy prosperity in the 21st century,” Kerry said. The internet is not a Read more…

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Littlefield on CNBC Asia: We’d like to invest more in the region

Littlefield on CNBC Asia: We’d like to invest more in the region During her recent visit to Indonesia and Singapore, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield appeared on CNBC Asia, where she said OPIC aims to double its portfolio in the ASEAN countries of Southeast Asia over the next 36 months. Watch the full length interview here: While OPIC has Read more…

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SLIDESHOW: OPIC visits Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire

Last month, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield led a delegation of American business leaders and CEOs on an investor tour of West Africa which included meetings with local governments, visits to OPIC-supported projects, and the opening of OPIC’s new office in Abidjan.     Africa: The next clean energy powerhouse. At the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, OPIC Read more…

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Featured Photo: Elizabeth Littlefield meets with Ivorian President Ouattara

OPIC’s president and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield met with the Côte d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara, on March 22nd to discuss growth and investment opportunities. Littlefield was in the country for the opening of OPIC’s regional office for West Africa, located in Abidjan, where she also attend the Africa CEO Forum. To recognize the office’s opening, Littlefield, along with a team from Read more…

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Elizabeth Littlefield meets to discuss the future of investment in Ukraine

Last week OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield met with Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly to discuss private sector investment in Ukraine. Together, Ms. Littlefield and Ambassador Chaly reviewed OPIC’s current project portfolio in Ukraine of $174 million and explored ways to attract new investments to further boost the country’s economic growth. Since the 1990’s, OPIC has Read more…

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