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Featured Photo: Home improvement loans backed by OPIC keep Cambodian architecture alive

March 29, 2013

OPIC Managing Director of Micro and SME Finance Loren Rodwin, left, visits the home of Pen Phalla, center, a Cambodian grocery store owner who is using a $3000 home improvement loan to expand her house and business in the traditional Khmer architectural style. A Cambodian microfinance institution, Thaneakea Phum (Cambodia), Ltd. (TPC), is using a $5 million OPIC loan to
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OPIC and TPC, local MFI, support home improvement loans for low-income Cambodians, with a nod to architectural past

March 13, 2013

By Loren Rodwin, OPIC Managing Director of Micro and SME Finance Traveling through Phnom Penh, one learns quickly that Cambodia is not only a land of great physical beauty, but keeper of a stunning architectural inheritance, too.  And how Cambodians keep it: the Khmer-style temples that dot the capital’s avenues are both jaw-dropping in their look and pristine in their
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OPIC receives environmental finance award for sustainable forestry

July 25, 2012

Always seeking to offer products that support sustainable development, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is pleased to share the news that Environmental Finance magazine has announced the agency and Terra Global Capital, a U.S-based leading land-use carbon development and investment company, as the recipients of their distinguished Sustainable Forestry Transaction of the Year award. The award specifically recognizes OPIC
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A pivotal year for foreign affairs, a banner year for OPIC: Read the fiscal 2011 annual report

May 22, 2012

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
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Investing in food security

May 18, 2012

President Obama delivered the opening keynote on May 18 to the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in Washington, D.C. The event precedes the G8 summit Saturday May 20 at Camp David, where leaders will meet to discuss the challenge of feeding a growing world. The focus of the event underscores how food security remains a major challenge: The U.S.
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Things You Should Know About Political Risk Insurance

March 07, 2012

Opportunity. Uncertainty. Possibility. Unpredictability. These wide-ranging terms describe what many investors think about emerging markets, especially those with a history of civil unrest, violence or a questionable rule of law. We are in the business of helping U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets in order to catalyze revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. And as
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Featured photo: Preserving Cambodian forests

February 02, 2012

Cambodian monks a play key role in  project monitoring and forest management in their community forest. Read more about the REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project in Cambodia, for which OPIC is providing political risk insurance.

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

January 19, 2012

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
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Renewing the future through investment

November 30, 2011

OPIC’s work catalyzing private-sector investment to solve critical world challenges is increasingly focused on the renewable resources sector, with projects that support clean and sustainable development. On Dec. 2, OPIC will highlight its work in renewable resources at the COP 17, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and John Morton,
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