March 12, 2014
OPIC’s March 11 inaugural Impact Awards ceremony was a big success and helped us highlight the ways our clients are making a difference around the world. In this post we showcase the winners. Global Partnerships: Access to Finance Award OPIC loan recipient Global Partnerships, one of the three clients awarded the Access to Finance award, facilitates small microfinance loans in
March 07, 2014
In Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial center, investors are seeking opportunities in multiple industries, including hospitality. Here, a group of workers at the construction site of a high end hotel that could accommodate business people and help attract investment. An OPIC delegation recently visited Malawi to talk with investors and government officials about opportunities to support additional private sector investment.
February 28, 2014
OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield met Feb. 27 with Rwandan President Paul Kagame while visiting the country to learn more about opportunities to support private sector investment. OPIC supports multiple agriculture projects in the country and is seeking additional ways to help address the country’s need for additional electricity, infrastructure and access to finance. Rwanda, which is about the
January 31, 2014
Hot steam is transmitted by pipeline at the Ormat geothermal plant in Kenya, a major source of renewable energy generation, which was recently expanded with the support of OPIC financing. In the foreground, plant managers meet with Hal Connolly, senior advisor for energy and the environment, to Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Connolly was
January 17, 2014
OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield holds a press conference in Accra, Ghana following a meeting with Ghana’s Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. Littlefield traveled last month with an OPIC delegation to Ghana, Senegal and Liberia, where she toured OPIC-supported projects and met with government and business leaders to discuss development investment opportunities.
December 20, 2013
A teacher at one of Bridge International Academies’ schools in rural Kenya delivers a lesson via a tablet computer. OPIC is supporting Bridge’s expansion in Kenya with a $10 million loan. Bridge’s innovative model for educating large numbers of poor children is based on a standardized curriculum that each teacher accesses from an electronic device. NPR recently described the model
December 13, 2013
Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO (pictured with Judith Pryor, OPIC Vice President, Office of External Affairs) testified December 11 on Capitol Hill about OPIC’s success supporting development and U.S. foreign policy in developing nations, while also generating income for deficit reduction.
December 06, 2013
OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield meets with Macky Sall, President of Senegal, while traveling with an OPIC delegation to West Africa. Africa has become a region of increased focus for OPIC in recent years and will play a key role in the U.S. Power Africa initiative to double access to electricity on the continent.
November 22, 2013
A rendering of SunEdison Inc.’s planned 50.7 megawatt San Andres solar power plant in Chile. This week SunEdison, OPIC and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group closed a $100.4 million project financing arrangement for the plant, which will be located in the Atacama region of Chile. OPIC is providing $62.9 million of the financing. Read more.
November 15, 2013
OPIC labor and human rights analyst Tara Guelig visits the Pannonia Ethanol Zrt. project in the rural town of Dunaföldvár, Hungary during a recent trip to monitor the project. OPIC in 2010 approved a $60 million loan to support construction of the plant, which has created 100 local jobs and introduced state-of-the-art ethanol production in Hungary, while doubling the country’s