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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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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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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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OPIC partners with USTDA for Twitter chat series for World Trade Month

April 30, 2013

OPIC is teaming up with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank, and other export, trade, and finance related agencies across the federal government this May, during World Trade Month, on a series of Twitter chats for U.S. companies.  The Twitter chat series will provide U.S. companies with information and resources on doing
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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: OPIC leadership meets with Senator Shaheen and Senator Ayotte

March 22, 2013

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and OPIC Board Member and New Hampshire native Jim Demers met with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to discuss OPIC’s ongoing efforts to encourage U.S. private sector investment in emerging markets. OPIC helps private sector companies break into emerging markets overseas to create jobs and growth opportunities here at home.
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International Women’s Day: Six ways OPIC supports women around the world

March 08, 2013

By Judith Pryor, Vice President, OPIC Office of External Affairs Since 1987, the United States has recognized March as Women’s History Month, and since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day has been observed all over the world. This year’s theme, “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum,” recognizes that equality is an essential part of a modern progressive world. The theme is
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