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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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World Health Day highlights need for better health care in developing countries

April 05, 2013

April 7th is designated as World Health Day each year by the World Health Organization (WHO) to commemorate that agency’s founding. In conjunction with this, WHO annually highlights a theme that has a significant global health impact and often focuses on issues – such as access to clean water – that are particularly relevant to the developing world. This year,
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Improving health care in Africa, one clinic at a time

April 04, 2013

In Sub-Saharan Africa, access to healthcare is limited, the quality of care is often poor, and the need is great. The continent carries a disproportionate share of the global burden of many diseases from HIV/AIDS to high blood pressure, and this disease load is exacerbated by widespread poverty, food insecurity and poor sanitation. In this challenging environment, where public funding
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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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Two OPIC deals named on IFC’s list of top public-private partnerships

March 07, 2013

Public-private partnerships have long been at the core of OPIC’s work supporting development. They are increasingly being recognized as an effective tool not just to finance major infrastructure projects, but also to reduce poverty by supporting projects to expand food production and access to education, healthcare, clean energy, and financial services. A new publication, Emerging Partnerships, lists two OPIC projects
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