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Who we are

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a self-sustaining U.S. Government agency that helps American businesses invest in emerging markets. Established in 1971, OPIC provides businesses with the tools to manage the risks associated with foreign direct investment, fosters economic development in emerging market countries, and advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities. OPIC helps American businesses gain footholds in new markets, catalyzes new revenues and contributes to jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC fulfills its mission by providing businesses with financing, political risk insurance, advocacy and by partnering with private equity investment fund managers.

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What We Offer

OPIC provides financial products such as loans and guaranties, political risk insurance, and support for investment funds, all of which help American businesses expand into emerging markets. From offering long-term lending to protecting against the risks of political instability, OPIC’s products are uniquely tailored to assist the private sector in some of the world’s most challenging places. More information

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Did you know: Women drive the world’s food population

Photo Credit: Hailey Tucker/One Acre Fund   Did you know women make up the majority of the agricultural labor force in many developing countries, and are often unable to manage or own the land on which they work? The majority of the world’s poor are farmers and many of them are food insecure, often they maintain just a single acre of land and struggle... More information

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Expanding Horizons: Workshops for American Small Businesses

Expanding Horizons: Workshops for American Small Businesses

Expanding Horizons: Workshops for American Small Businesses More information

OPIC in Action: Georgia

OPIC in Action: Georgia

OPIC in Action: Georgia More information

OPIC: Snapshots in Development

OPIC: Snapshots in Development

As the US government’s development finance institution, OPIC partners with American businesses by providing financing, political risk insurance and support for private equity funds in challenging but promising regions. More information


Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

OPIC has supported more than $200 billion of investments in over 4,000 projects throughout developing countries. As foreign direct investment rapidly outpaces aid dollars, there's no question that OPIC will remain an indispensable player in advancing development.

-Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Willy Foote, Founder and CEO, Root Capital

OPIC is a smart, practical, high-impact government institution that has enabled Root to serve one million farm households.

-Willy Foote, Founder and CEO, Root Capital
Stephen Miller, Westrock Coffee Chief Financial Officer

One of the ways OPIC has helped us is by giving us the confidence to go into these markets and take risks.

-Stephen Miller, Westrock Coffee Chief Financial Officer
Peter Bowe, President, Ellicott Dredges LLC

I don't think we could be in Iraq without OPIC's support. We've signed multiple contracts, established good relations, and gotten paid. None of it has been easy but it has all been successful.

-Peter Bowe, President, Ellicott Dredges LLC
Milind Tavshikar, CEO and Founder, QuantumID Technologies

For a small business to expand into emerging markets outside of the U.S. is very challenging. OPIC's objectives in helping U.S. corporations expand in emerging markets was very much aligned with our objectives.

-Milind Tavshikar, CEO and Founder, QuantumID Technologies
Henry Obi, Chief Operating Officer, Helios Investment Partners LLP

Helios would not be standing here today without OPIC. They gave us our first break in 2004 and now we manage more than $2 billion, investing in all sorts of projects across Africa.

-Henry Obi, Chief Operating Officer, Helios Investment Partners LLP