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OPIC to Launch Call for Global Development Investment Funds Proposals


April 27, 2015

  • Fund managers working in developing countries encouraged to join competitive process open May 11- June 8
  • OPIC-supported funds help emerging economies access long-term growth capital, management skills, and financial expertise

WASHINGTON – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today announced its 2015 Global Engagement Call for Proposals from fund managers seeking OPIC financing for private equity investment funds.

Through a competitive process open for submissions from May 11 - June 8, OPIC will select funds targeting projects in OPIC-eligible countries for new business development, existing company expansion, restructuring, and/or privatization.

OPIC is targeting proposals from privately-owned and managed funds each with a total capitalization of more than $100 million. The funds should make investments that will have a positive development impact. 

“Private equity funds are essential tools for economic development in emerging markets,” said Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC’s President and CEO. “They are an effective means for high-potential entrepreneurs to raise equity capital, to drive faster growth, and create more jobs and higher quality businesses. OPIC backs cutting edge funds that can raise significant pools of smart capital and demonstrate that commercial returns and sustainable development go hand in hand.”

OPIC is a pioneer in the emerging market private equity field and has been identifying and utilizing development-minded funds since 1987. OPIC uses a competitive and transparent call for proposals process, aided by independent financial advisors, to select the funds it supports.

All fund proposals should include a fund’s investment target sectors and countries as well an investment thesis with the fund manager’s prior investment experience. Find out more at www.opic.gov or contact OPIC’s Global Engagement Call team at gec@opic.gov.
 

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OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help address critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds, when funding cannot be obtained elsewhere. Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers.

 All OPIC projects adhere to high environmental and social standards and respect human rights, including worker's rights. By mandating high standards, OPIC helps raise the industry and regional standards of the countries in which its projects operate. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 160 countries worldwide.