SLIDESHOW: OPIC visits Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire
Last month, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield led a delegation of American business leaders and CEOs on an investor tour of West Africa which included meetings with local governments, visits to OPIC-supported projects, and the opening of OPIC’s new office in Abidjan.
Africa: The next clean energy powerhouse. At the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield discussed how an international commitment to combat climate change is reshaping the global energy landscape.
Meeting with Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire. Littlefield and Charge D’affaires Andrew Haviland meet with Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan to discuss the investment climate in the country.
Ministers discuss growth and private sector investment in Côte d’Ivoire. While in Abidjan, the delegation met with a panel of Ivorian ministers to discuss infrastructure, energy, and other investment needs in the country. In recent years, Côte d’Ivoire has experienced tremendous economic development and requires significant private sector investment to support its growth.
Delegation meets with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. Littlefield lead the U.S. business delegation, which met with Ivorian President Ouattara to discuss the country’s growing economy and the need for private investment in power, infrastructure, water, agriculture, and other critical sectors.
Increased energy capacity supporting Dakar and Power Africa. While in Senegal, the delegation visited ContourGlobal’s Caps de Biche project, a 53 MW power plant, which is being expanded with help of a $100 million OPIC loan. The project is also supporting President Obama’s Power Africainitiative and will provide much needed power to help sustain Senegal’s economic growth.
Engaging with the business community in Senegal. While in Dakar, the delegation met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Senegal for a conversation on developing successful investments in in sectors such as energy and agriculture.
More investors are seeing opportunity in West Africa. Aventura Investment Partners, an OPIC client operating in Senegal, is providing equipment such as combines, tractors, and harvesters to help local farmers improve their yields. With support from OPIC, Aventura has helped farmers increase yields and better market their crops.
Meeting with Senegalese Prime Minister. U.S. Ambassador James P. Zumwalt and OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield speak with local media after meeting with Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne, where they discussed the growing U.S.-Senegal partnership and spurring sustainable investments.