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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the critical infrastructure category

February 27, 2014

During the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards event on March 11 we will be honoring eight winners across six categories, including Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. Each of our awardees was selected through a rigorous process considering each project’s focus in priority sectors or regions, innovation in overcoming difficulties, quality of
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OPIC Impact Award spotlight: renewable resources

February 25, 2014

As the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards event approaches on March 11, OPIC is proud to be honoring winners in six categories: Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. OPIC leadership and senior staff selected our awardees after considering each project’s focus in priority sectors or regions, innovation in overcoming difficulties, quality of
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Littlefield in AllAfrica: Africa can be transformed with public-private investment

December 03, 2013

How can Africa fully compete when countless factories and computers go dark during rolling blackouts? How can it compete in an era of non-stop, round-the-clock communication when millions go home to candles or lanterns? Although Africa has made great strides in industries like transportation, manufacturing and telecommunications, some 600 million Africans still lack access to basic electricity. In a guest
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Featured photo: Solar power in Chile

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.

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World Humanitarian Day: The world needs more impact investing

August 19, 2013

In 2003, the United Nations created World Humanitarian Day to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year, the United Nations has created a new campaign called “The World Needs More” to literally turn words into aid. By sharing words like #development, #aid and #education on Twitter, users can join in providing much needed
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Featured Photo: ACORE and OPIC discuss growth of global renewable energy

August 16, 2013

On August 15, OPIC Political Risk Insurance Director Brian O’Hanlon, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Senior Associate Risa Edelman, OPIC Renewable Resources Managing Director Lynn Tabernacki, and ACORE Vice President of Corporate Relations Tom Weirich hosted the Inaugural Meeting of ACORE’s International Programs Steering Committee.  The Committee, which met with colleagues working in the renewable energy sector at OPIC’s Headquarters,
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Powering Africa: A massive challenge and a major investment opportunity

July 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant economic progress in recent years with growth rates in many countries that are among the highest in the world, and large numbers of once poor people joining the middle class. But this recent progress sits against a backdrop of major ongoing developmental challenges, many of them related to access to electricity. Because it is essential
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OPIC to play key role in President Obama’s Power Africa initiative

July 02, 2013

OPIC, which has a long history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, will now play a key role in a new U.S. initiative to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region has in recent years seen strong economic growth and an expanding consumer class, but limited power remains a major problem, with more than two-thirds of the population
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OPIC partners with Millennium Challenge Corporation for Twitter chat on power investing in Africa

July 01, 2013

Access to electricity is a fundamental component of growth and development for any country or region. Africa, home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, has enormous power potential, but many of its residents still have little or no access to electricity. On June 30th, President Obama announced Power Africa, an initiative that will double access
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OPIC joins USGLC annual conference highlighting smart power and innovation

June 26, 2013

OPIC participated in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Annual Leadership Conference this week focusing on American aid investment and its role in building jobs and security at home. Featuring remarks by national security and foreign policy experts, the conference analyzed how to strengthen America’s leadership in the world through strategic investments in smart power. On Tuesday, OPIC Executive Vice President
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