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One Big Continent, One Big Summit, Three Big Lessons

September 10, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO This blog post originally appeared on the U.S. State Department’s DipNote blog Just last month, President Obama hosted a spectacular and historic summit in Washington of more than 40 heads of state from Sub-Saharan Africa. Never before had there been such an ambitious American outreach to this enormous continent, a fact all the more
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Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge

September 09, 2014

President Obama’s Power Africa initiative harnesses the power of private sector investment to help the more than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to energy. It’s a staggering number, but also one that does not fully capture the extent of energy poverty on the continent, or the challenge of delivering power to many of the more rural
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Hillary Clinton recognizes OPIC’s role in addressing energy poverty and highlighting opportunities for American businesses

September 05, 2014

Hillary Clinton told the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on September 4 that OPIC was playing a critical role in bringing more energy to the developing world. “I’m delighted that (OPIC President and CEO) Elizabeth Littlefield is here,” said Clinton. “OPIC is major player in trying to deal with the issue of energy poverty.” Clinton also noted that
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Impact Investing: More than a buzzword

September 04, 2014

This interview with OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield was featured on the Inter-American Development Bank’s Partnerships for Development blog. With all the buzz surrounding impact investing, perhaps it is best to go back to the basics and define what can be a powerful mechanism for sustainable development. What is the definition of impact investing?  And how can we further
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U.S. Department of Commerce highlights historic U.S.-Africa Business Forum and the significant gains for Africa-U.S. business ties

September 03, 2014

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and new OPIC board member Stefan M. Selig recently wrote a guest post for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s blog that highlights the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, which convened American and African business leaders with the heads of nearly 50 African nations. The purpose of the event was to foster the exchange of
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Global Partnerships features OPIC’s perspective on impact investing

August 21, 2014

“Investing with impact was a core mission of OPIC long before the term impact investing was in vogue,” OPIC Managing Director Loren Rodwin wrote in this recent post for Global Partnerships series, Perspectives on Impact Investing. Rodwin outlines four key themes that have informed OPIC’s approach to impact investing and highlights the importance of forming partnerships to ensure that investment
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Featured photo: Collaborating to support American businesses

July 03, 2014

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet met July 2 to discuss ways the two agencies can work together to support U.S. small businesses. OPIC works closely with SBA’s Office of International Trade to educate small businesses about the OPIC finance and insurance tools that can help them expand into emerging markets. SBA also
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Trade, aid and development: How OPIC supports many U.S. priorities

May 27, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, OPIC Office of External Affairs In 2010, President Obama unveiled the National Export Initiative  to remove trade barriers abroad and help American business compete globally. With about 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside U.S. borders, it’s hard to overstate the importance of this initiative and I’m happy to say it has been a
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To the warm heart of Africa: OPIC investment mission to Malawi and Rwanda

May 05, 2014

By Benjamin Hunt – Special Assistant to the OPIC President About 7,000 miles east of Washington, D.C., sit the Republic of Malawi and the Republic of Rwanda, two countries part of an African sub-region known as the “Heart of Africa.” Despite being officially acknowledged within the geo-political borders of East or Central Africa, Rwanda and Malawi prefer the warmer colloquial
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Featured photo: OPIC President welcomes Tony Blair

May 02, 2014

Last week, OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield welcomed Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, to OPIC’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. He is currently the Quartet Representative, charged with promoting economic growth and job creation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Littlefield and Blair last met in March at a conference Blair co-chaired in Prague, convening
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