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Helping SME’s invest in emerging markets: A conversation with James Polan, OPIC’s Vice President of Small and Medium Enterprise Finance

June 05, 2013

OPIC’s Small and Medium-Enterprise (SME) Financing is available for businesses with annual revenues of less than $400 million. In this interview, James Polan, Vice President, Small and Medium Enterprise Finance, explains the work that he and his colleagues do to provide counsel and financial products to these types of businesses looking to do business in emerging markets. Why does OPIC focus so
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Featured photo: Bringing solar power to rural households in Nicaragua

May 31, 2013

Candido Rodriguez, a farmer who lives and works in a rural region of Nicaragua, was able to purchase a solar panel with the help of a local microfinance institution, Fondo de Desarrollo Local (FDL), that offers flexible repayment in order to make solar products affordable to families who live off the electric grid. FDL is one of the many microfinance
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The road to development begins with a road: OPIC receives multiple endorsements at Senate hearing

May 29, 2013

At a recent Senate hearing on International Development, OPIC was repeatedly cited for playing a leading role supporting development in ways that also support the American economy and national security. “No priority facing our nation is more important than putting Americans back to work,” John Murphy, Vice President for International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said at the
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Why the world’s poor are a good credit risk

May 28, 2013

By John Aldonas Deputy Vice President, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Does it make business sense to invest in the world’s poorest people? Earlier this month, I joined some OPIC clients on a panel at the Society for International Development, where we discussed why private sector investments in some of the poorest and least developed parts of the world
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Africa Day: Reflecting on progress and investing for the future

May 24, 2013

May 25 is Africa Day, which recognizes the founding of the African Union in 1963. This year, the 50th anniversary of African unity provides an opportunity to highlight the great progress the continent has made, and encourages a look toward the future. By almost all accounts, the future is bright. One commonly-cited statistic is that seven of the 10 fastest
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Doing business in Asia Pacific

May 23, 2013

By: Astri Kimball, OPIC Senior Advisor for Policy and Operations President Obama recently announced a new OPIC commitment to sustainable power and energy projects in the Asia-Pacific region, as part of the U.S.-Asia-Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (US-ACEP).  The Partnership will offer a framework for consolidating and expanding energy and environmental cooperation across existing regional forums to advance efforts to ensure
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Rebuilding Haiti one concrete block at a time

April 25, 2013

“You can’t build a country without concrete.” The statement has particular relevance in Haiti, where, more than three years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake resulted in extensive death and destruction, the country is still working to repair and rebuild and assume a path of sustained economic vitality. Luis Garcia (pictured), spoke about the importance of basic building materials like concrete
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OPIC‘s Project 158 drives private equity capital to emerging markets

April 24, 2013

In late 2011, OPIC issued its first Global Engagement Call for proposals from qualified emerging markets private equity fund managers. Similar to earlier requests, the Global Engagement Call again focused on driving private, patient, long-term growth capital to OPIC-eligible emerging markets via investment funds. But it was unique from earlier calls for proposals in that the range of investment strategies
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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: World Health Day: Improving Medical Technology in Russia

April 05, 2013

ACD Research Inc, a New York based company, is using OPIC insurance to access new health technology equipment for the Samara Oncology Center in Russia. This has enabled the center to offer cancer treatment with state of the art equipment and better meet the healthcare needs of patients far outside of Moscow. As a result, Samara Oncology Center was recently
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