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Hillary Clinton recognizes OPIC’s role in addressing energy poverty and highlighting opportunities for American businesses

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 Read more…

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Impact Investing: More than a buzzword

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 Read more…

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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

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 Read more…

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Global Partnerships features OPIC’s perspective on impact investing

“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 Read more…

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Featured photo: Collaborating to support American businesses

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 Read more…

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Trade, aid and development: How OPIC supports many U.S. priorities

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 Read more…

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To the warm heart of Africa: OPIC investment mission to Malawi and Rwanda

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 Read more…

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Featured photo: OPIC President welcomes Tony Blair

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 Read more…

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Featured photo: OPIC President & CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield rings the New York Stock Exchange closing bell

On Monday, April 21, OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield, along with representatives and guests from the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Task Force (NAB), rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to raise awareness about the role of public and private innovation and entrepreneurship in solving our greatest social challenges. Littlefield is Read more…

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#SheBuilds: Investing in women is an investment in global development

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation On April 10, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Devex and Vital Voices held the #SheBuilds Twitter chat, aimed at engaging development practitioners, stakeholders and the public on the many reasons why gender integration and investing in women and girls is absolutely crucial to development. As Vital Voices pointed Read more…

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