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Business climate improves in many African countries but access to electricity remains a challenge

November 06, 2014

Doing business in Africa is not always easy, but the business climate is improving in many African countries, the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report shows. The latest version of the Bank’s widely-watched report shows that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have adopted reforms related to starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes and registering property. Five of 10 countries listed
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One Big Continent, One Big Summit, Three Big Lessons

September 10, 2014

By Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO This blog post originally appeared on the U.S. State Department’s DipNote blog Just last month, President Obama hosted a spectacular and historic summit in Washington of more than 40 heads of state from Sub-Saharan Africa. Never before had there been such an ambitious American outreach to this enormous continent, a fact all the more
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Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge

September 09, 2014

President Obama’s Power Africa initiative harnesses the power of private sector investment to help the more than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to energy. It’s a staggering number, but also one that does not fully capture the extent of energy poverty on the continent, or the challenge of delivering power to many of the more rural
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U.S. Department of Commerce highlights historic U.S.-Africa Business Forum and the significant gains for Africa-U.S. business ties

September 03, 2014

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade and new OPIC board member Stefan M. Selig recently wrote a guest post for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s blog that highlights the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, which convened American and African business leaders with the heads of nearly 50 African nations. The purpose of the event was to foster the exchange of
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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 Field: ACEF supports African renewable energy projects for enduring development

August 12, 2014

By Sarah Carta, OPIC U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Program Manager OPIC’s U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance (ACEF) team recently traveled to Africa to seek out thriving clean energy technology resulting from ACEF support – from off-grid solar power in Tanzania to smart meters in Ethiopia to grid-connected solar in Rwanda. Energy is a crucial piece of the development puzzle, and access
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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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Committing to continued investment in Africa

August 05, 2014

OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield signs a memorandum of understanding on August 4 with Mohamed El Kettani (right), Chairman and CEO of Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank; and Thomas McCaffery (left), Wells Fargo executive vice president, expressing their interest in deepening cooperation to expand lending to small and medium enterprises in Morocco and other African countries. The MOU was one of multiple signed
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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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