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Laying the foundation for investments in South Sudan

April 17, 2013

With recent independence in 2011, South Sudan is working to build its economy and facilitate private investment. The new country offers enormous potential with fertile farmland, oil, and natural resources. It also faces challenges to sustainable economic development and facilitating investments common in frontier markets. Looking at ways to help boost the country’s private sector development, OPIC Executive Vice President
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Featured photo: OPIC leadership meets with Senator Shaheen and Senator Ayotte

March 22, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and OPIC Board Member and New Hampshire native Jim Demers met with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to discuss OPIC’s ongoing efforts to encourage U.S. private sector investment in emerging markets. OPIC helps private sector companies break into emerging markets overseas to create jobs and growth opportunities here at home.
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Featured photo: From Ohio to India

March 15, 2013

The 10 megawatt Bhandardara Power House hydro plant in India’s Maharashtra State, was rehabilitated and reopened in 2001 by DLZ Corp., of Columbus, Ohio with the support of a $5 million loan. The plant, which was originally built by the local Maharashtra government, had been rendered inoperative after a fire in 1996. DLZ, a civil engineering company, is one of
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International Women’s Day: Six ways OPIC supports women around the world

March 08, 2013

By Judith Pryor, Vice President, OPIC Office of External Affairs Since 1987, the United States has recognized March as Women’s History Month, and since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day has been observed all over the world. This year’s theme, “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum,” recognizes that equality is an essential part of a modern progressive world. The theme is
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A world of opportunity: OPIC’s interactive map feature

March 05, 2013

  OPIC’s support of U.S. private investment extends around the globe to 160 developing and post-conflict countries. As the U.S. government’s development finance institution, OPIC catalyzes revenues, jobs and growth opportunities from Europe to the Middle East, as well as Africa to Asia and Latin America. We are often asked to talk about our projects, which cover a wide range
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Featured photo: Supporting small businesses in Africa

February 08, 2013

In Nairobi, Kenya, Equity Bank CEO Dr. James Mwangi (center) introduces OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield to Equity Bank agent Maureen Wambugu (right). One of the bank’s community branches is surrounded by several local businesses, including a second hand shoe trader, whose owner used an Equity Bank micro loan to expand his business. OPIC is providing $8.45 million in
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Meeting the global unemployment challenge

January 31, 2013

A report earlier this month from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) offered some staggering measures of worldwide unemployment. IFC said there are currently 200 million people unemployed around the world – a number roughly equivalent to the population of Brazil — and that the developing world will need to create some 600 million new jobs by the year 2020, just
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OPIC returns to Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting

January 22, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield joins a large group of business and political leaders from around the world gathering in Davos, Switzerland this week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For more than 40 years, the event has focused high-level discussions around some of the biggest challenges facing the planet, and sought to identify solutions
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Featured photo: Savannah Fruits Company in Ghana

December 07, 2012

OPIC provides financing to the nonprofit social investment fund Root Capital, which supports lending to Savannah Fruits and other small rural businesses in Africa and Central and South America.  Ghana has a long tradition of manually harvesting and processing shea nuts into butter. Savannah Fruits Co was founded in 2006 with the goal of connecting more local shea butter producers
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Secretary Hillary Clinton awards OPIC client Sorwathe with Award for Corporate Excellence

November 28, 2012

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the U.S. Department of State 2012 small-medium sized business Award for Corporate Excellence to OPIC client Sorwathe, a Rwandan tea processing factory. The award honors U.S. business practices, corporate social responsibility and innovation in a company’s overseas operations. The company was chosen from 82 nominees and 11 finalists as the recipient of the
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