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Committing to continued investment in Africa

August 05, 2014

OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield signs a memorandum of understanding on August 4 with Mohamed El Kettani (right), Chairman and CEO of Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank; and Thomas McCaffery (left), Wells Fargo executive vice president, expressing their interest in deepening cooperation to expand lending to small and medium enterprises in Morocco and other African countries. The MOU was one of multiple signed
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“The continent of greatest opportunity this century”

August 04, 2014

OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield spoke Aug. 3 at a reception co-hosted by OPIC and the Millennium Challenge Corporation to kick off the Africa Leaders Summit. Littlefield described the significant growth Africa has seen over the past decade and outlined the work necessary to build on that momentum and ensure that all Africans benefited. Other speakers, from left, were Senator Chris
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Baltimore Sun features Elizabeth Littlefield on African investment opportunity

August 01, 2014

“Casual political observers often focus on Africa’s natural resources, mineral wealth and conflicts as a strategic concern, but Africa is a massive and rapidly growing consumer market that is more fully appreciated by strategic investors with each passing day,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield writes in the Baltimore Sun, August 1, ahead of next week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in
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Africa at a glance

July 28, 2014

Ahead of the historic summit of African leaders that will take place in Washington from August 4-6, take a look at some key facts about Africa that illustrate the challenges and opportunities the continent faces today, and the ways OPIC is helping Africa prepare for the future.   People: The median age in Africa today is 19 and the population
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Featured photo: A growing wool industry in Afghanistan

July 18, 2014

A livestock herder tends his flock in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. With the help of OPIC financing, Maryland-based American Wool & Cashmere has developed a regional infrastructure of centralized suppliers in western Afghanistan’s Herat Province who buy raw, unprocessed wool directly from herders like this. This infrastructure and new liquidity into this market for producers
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Measuring – and managing – impact investments

July 17, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield OPIC President and CEO A version of this blog appeared recently in Institutional Investor You can’t manage what you don’t measure. It’s such a fundamental rule of business that it hardly bears repeating in the day-to-day work of running a small firm, a major corporation or an investment fund. But there are times when a business moves
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“The Lab:” A multinational innovation for a global challenge

July 15, 2014

  OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield traveled to London in June to join the launch of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, a group of public and private sector leaders from around the world brought together by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI). “The Lab” is a public-private initiative that seeks to leverage the tools of private investment to
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Featured photo: OPIC financing supports small businesses in Jordan

July 11, 2014

An employee of a small, family-owned chocolate manufacturer in Amman, Jordan prepares chocolates for packaging and sale throughout the country. The business is one of multiple small businesses that have received start-up loans from a Jordanian bank guaranteed through OPIC’s loan guaranty facility program, which is designed to promote lending to the small local businesses that are a critical part of
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Promoting successful community engagement in Africa

July 10, 2014

By Keith Kozloff, Director, OPIC Office of Accountability OPIC’s Office of Accountability is an independent office within OPIC that was established to address concerns or conflicts about environmental or social issues that may arise around OPIC-supported projects. While we’re committed to conflict resolution, our preference is always to avoid conflict in the first place. I heard this same sentiment in May
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Power Africa one year later: Our work is just beginning

July 07, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation It’s been one year since President Obama announced the ambitious Power Africa initiative to double access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of people live without lights, refrigeration and most of the other fixtures of modern life. Bringing about change on such a vast continent where
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