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The World Needs More Power

August 19, 2014

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a United Nations (U.N.) commemoration to “celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.” This year, the UN’s theme is “The World Needs More…” As anyone who works in global development knows, there are many ways to answer that sentence. This year, OPIC highlights the world’s need for more power. Not only does
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Featured photo: Underscoring the opportunity of private investment in Africa

August 15, 2014

Elizabeth Littlefield (center), President and CEO of OPIC, signs a memorandum of understanding with Thomas McCaffery (left), Wells Fargo’s Executive Vice President, and Mohamed El Kettani (right), Chairman and CEO of Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank, at OPIC’s Washington headquarters on August 4. The memorandum, signed on the margins of the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, aligned OPIC, Wells Fargo and Attijariwafa’s efforts
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Highlights from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

August 13, 2014

“What some say is a problem is actually a massive investment opportunity,” Nigeria’s Minister of Power Chinedu Nebo stressed at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit last week, discussing the widespread lack of energy access across the continent. His words echoed those of OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield who previewed the historic summit in the Baltimore Sun, writing that while “casual
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Seeking to build on momentum of recent days, OPIC hosts high-speed networking event for African businesses

August 06, 2014

In an effort to build on the momentum of recent days that saw billions of new investment committed to Africa, OPIC on Wednesday hosted multiple American and African businesses, as well as representatives from other U.S. Government Agencies for a high-speed networking event to discuss ways the U.S. could support infrastructure projects in Africa. Officers from OPIC’s financing, political risk
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“Energy prosperity can replace energy poverty:” NPR highlights Power Africa and OPIC’s latest commitment

August 06, 2014

National Public Radio featured the African Leaders Summit and President Obama’s Power Africa initiative this week in a story that highlighted OPIC’s latest Power Africa project, its $50 million commitment to the 450-megawatt Azura-Edo natural gas power plant in Nigeria. Power Africa aims to double the number of people in Africa who have access to power and this week’s summit
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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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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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