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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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Protecting your investment from political risk: A conversation with John Moran, OPIC’s Vice President of Insurance

May 20, 2013

OPIC’s political risk insurance allows U.S. businesses to take advantage of commercially attractive opportunities in emerging markets while mitigating risk and helping them to compete in a global marketplace. In this interview, John Moran, Vice President of Insurance, explains the work that he and his colleagues do to provide innovative, comprehensive and cost-effective risk-mitigation products. What types of companies come to OPIC
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Featured photo: Safe and affordable housing in Honduras

May 17, 2013

Los Castanos de Choloma affordable housing project in Choloma, Honduras, was designed with a central park area that provides shelter from surrounding violence and encourages residents to maintain and take pride in their property. Inter-Mac International Inc. is using OPIC financing to build a community of 2,400 single-family homes that are affordable to working families earning minimum wage. Inter-Mac is
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Inc. magazine highlights entrepreneurial opportunities in frontier markets

May 16, 2013

Countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Haiti “have a long way to go before earning the optimistic label ‘emerging markets,’” note the authors of a recent Inc. magazine series, Entrepreneurship on the Frontier. Nonetheless, they say that these countries have become entrepreneurial hubs. The series, which explores entrepreneurial activity in some of these highly challenging and highly promising markets,
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OPIC celebrates innovation in 2012 annual report

May 07, 2013

OPIC’s newly-released 2012 annual report showcases several key projects and agency priorities of the past year and highlights the role of innovation in our work. Innovation has long been a guiding principal at OPIC, which has built creative deal structures and partnerships to address the challenges of investing in the developing world and worked with several innovative businesses that found
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Expanding Horizons Workshop heads to South Carolina on May 7

May 06, 2013

OPIC will take its popular Expanding Horizons workshop to Charleston, South Carolina on May 7 in an effort to educate more small businesses from the southeastern United States about the benefits of expanding into emerging markets, and the ways that OPIC finance and insurance tools can support their efforts. OPIC began its Expanding Horizons series in 2006 in recognition of
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Featured photo: OPIC supports African businesses through the Ethos Fund

May 03, 2013

Workers at Plumblink, a South African supplier of plumbing and sanitation equipment that is one of the investments of the OPIC-supported Ethos Fund, that invests in African businesses. OPIC is one of the largest sponsors of private equity funds in emerging markets, supporting investments that contribute to development and often create local jobs.

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On International Workers’ Day, a look at workers in the developing world

May 01, 2013

May 1 is International Workers’ Day, which recognizes working people everywhere and their collective efforts to campaign for better working conditions. OPIC’s work supporting development in emerging markets often helps create jobs in the host countries and OPIC works closely to ensure that workers’ rights are respected. The Agency’s Office of Investment Policy (OIP), monitors active projects to ensure compliance with
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