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Focus on OPIC’s diaspora partners: American Wool and Cashmere CEO Nesar Nusraty

(First in a series of posts looking at OPIC’s work with diaspora communities) In its work supporting development in emerging markets around the world, OPIC frequently partners with diaspora investors and businesses that are based in the U.S. but have strong ties to their home countries. Along with having a deep understanding of a particular country, these diaspora investors typically Read more…

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Littlefield’s testimony to Congress emphasizes OPIC’s commitment to vulnerable countries

More than one-third of OPIC’s active portfolio is invested in places that are in or are vulnerable to violent conflict – a commitment based on the Agency’s understanding that economic stability can help support political stability. OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield spoke of this commitment to some of the world’s most fragile places on May 19, when she testified Read more…

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The hard and necessary work of investing in the world’s most vulnerable places

“As Afghanistan moves forward with its own security forces and a democratically elected unity government, business will be key to sustaining the momentum catalyzed by the massive U.S. and international efforts over the last decade,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield writes in The Huffington Post. The piece, which outlines OPIC’s work supporting development in vulnerable places from Afghanistan to Read more…

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Snapshots in development: Annual report highlights OPIC’s far-reaching impact

From Vietnam to Afghanistan, Malawi and Brazil, OPIC supports projects that build power plants and water treatment facilities, increase access to food and healthcare, introduce cleaner sources of energy and help address poverty by building affordable housing and establishing loan facilities to support entrepreneurs and small businesses. OPIC’s 2014 annual report takes an in-depth look at the far-reaching impact of Read more…

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Featured photo: A growing wool industry in Afghanistan

A livestock herder tends his flock in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. With the help of OPIC financing, Maryland-based American Wool & Cashmere has developed a regional infrastructure of centralized suppliers in western Afghanistan’s Herat Province who buy raw, unprocessed wool directly from herders like this. This infrastructure and new liquidity into this market for producers Read more…

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Supporting investment in Afghanistan

Last week, OPIC joined the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference, where OPIC Senior Investment Officer John Didiuk (pictured) discussed the agency’s mission, private sector development and the potential for business finance in Afghanistan. The two-day conference and trade show, designed to help U.S. businesses learn about opportunities in Afghanistan, also featured panel discussions covering the Read more…

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A pivotal year for foreign affairs, a banner year for OPIC: Read the fiscal 2011 annual report

OPIC recently published its annual report for fiscal 2011, a year that OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield describes as “a pivotal year for foreign affairs and a banner year for the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.” Littlefield’s full letter is preinted below, and the complete annual report is available on OPIC.gov. When I embarked on my first full year at Read more…

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OPIC’s Monthly News Wrap-Up: March 2012

We frequently share the important pieces of journalism we find on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Starting this month, we will also begin recapping on our blog some of the stories we consider most important to helping solve critical development challenges. This month there has been increased discussion over ways to encourage more economic development in Afghanistan in order to Read more…

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Expanding small business lending in Afghanistan

OPIC and Afghan Growth Finance (AGF) have agreed to expand an existing partnership and this week signed an agreement to co-finance up to $11.5 million in loans to small businesses in Afghanistan. The new facility will provide small and medium-sized enterprises with access to capital in larger amounts and for long-term tenors – terms generally unavailable from other financial institutions in the Read more…

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Elizabeth Littlefield on OPIC’s year-end results and impact

Can we advance U.S. development and foreign policy and make money for the budget at the same time? Yes. And we do.  Private investors such as entrepreneurs and members of diasporas are ready to invest in projects that build sustainable economies, opportunities and hope in developing markets, while creating jobs at home. U.S. companies see these high growth emerging markets Read more…

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