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OPIC’s financing is designed to complement and supplement the lending and investing facilities, which may be available from commercial banks; local, regional and international development banks and investment funds; other agencies of the United States government such as the Export-Import Bank; and a number of other multilateral and bilateral lending institutions. OPIC does not compete with private financial markets. However, OPIC is able to provide financing at fixed or floating rates with commercially-feasible collateral arrangements where no such private financing is available. OPIC advises and assists U.S. sponsors in structuring debt and equity arrangements with these institutions, where appropriate, in conjunction with OPIC financing. In the largest projects, there are typically a number of lenders involved in the transaction.

Most small and mid-size projects can be financed entirely by OPIC. OPIC’s participation may facilitate future participation of other lenders in the project.