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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: SunEdison

On a quiet plain in the rural center of South Africa sits a small town called Boshof. It’s far from the bustling cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and hundreds of miles from the dramatic, hilly coastline of the Cape of Good Hope. But Boshof, in the country’s underdeveloped Free State, is the site of a major project to generate Read more…

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Big visions, greater rewards – a look at the OPIC Impact Awards

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation It’s hard to believe that the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards ceremony, which was held Tuesday, March 11, has already come and gone. I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase all that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation embodies than by honoring the outstanding work of several Read more…

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Featured Photo: ContourGlobal’s Togo power plant, winner of OPIC’s Impact Award for Critical Infrastructure

Inside the 100 megawatt Lomé Thermal Power Plant in Togo, which was completed in 2010 with the support of OPIC financing and political risk insurance. The project was one of the largest investments ever made in the Republic of Togo and it succeeded in tripling the country’s energy generation capacity and significantly reducing rolling blackouts. During the Impact Awards ceremony Read more…

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OPIC’s Impact Awards: A recap in photos

OPIC’s March 11 inaugural Impact Awards ceremony was a big success and helped us highlight the ways our clients are making a difference around the world. In this post we showcase the winners. Global Partnerships: Access to Finance Award OPIC loan recipient Global Partnerships, one of the three clients awarded the Access to Finance award, facilitates small microfinance loans in Read more…

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Featured photo: construction in Malawi

In Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial center, investors are seeking opportunities in multiple industries, including hospitality. Here, a group of workers at the construction site of a high end hotel that could accommodate business people and help attract investment. An OPIC delegation recently visited Malawi to talk with investors and government officials about opportunities to support additional private sector investment.

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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the American small business category

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards event, set to take place next Tuesday, will highlight exceptional projects across six categories, including Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity, and American Small Business. This post, the final in the series, spotlights American Small Business. In supporting U.S. private sector investment in emerging markets, OPIC works with businesses of all sizes Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the private equity category

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards are less than a week away and we are getting excited to honor winners in six award categories, including Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. This post, our fifth in a series, spotlights Private Equity. One of the ways OPIC supports development is by supporting privately-owned and managed investment Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the development impact category

The inaugural OPIC Impact Awards, scheduled for March 11, will honor winners in six award categories, including Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. This post, our fourth in a series on these categories, spotlights Development Impact. OPIC’s core mission is to advance sustainable development and it strives to support projects that Read more…

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Supporting growth of women-owned businesses through training and loan guarantees

By Arun Hsu, Chief of Party, Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are key to innovation and an engine of economic growth and job creation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Despite the crucial role SMEs play in the region’s economies, they often have great difficulty accessing the financing needed for start-up and growth. Read more…

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Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact Award in the critical infrastructure category

During the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards event on March 11 we will be honoring eight winners across six categories, including Renewable Resources, Critical Infrastructure, Access to Finance, Development Impact, Private Equity and American Small Business. Each of our awardees was selected through a rigorous process considering each project’s focus in priority sectors or regions, innovation in overcoming difficulties, quality of Read more…

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