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The Liberian Observer Features Elizabeth L. Littlefield on Liberia’s Investment Opportunity

“We are here to offer Liberian companies face-to-face access to investors and to provide information about the resources that OPIC and interested investors may be able to share. Perhaps most important, we are here to help send a message to other investors around the world: Liberia is open for business,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield writes in the Read more…

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“American businesses are among our best ambassadors”: OPIC’s Littlefield speaks at White House Development Summit

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield joined President Barack Obama and leaders from government, the private sector and civil society July 20 at White House Summit on Global Development, where she outlined the increasingly important role that businesses and investors were playing in expanding access to education, healthcare, technology, energy and more, in emerging markets. “Private businesses are investing Read more…

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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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