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Overseas Private Investment Corporation - Finance

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Finance program fosters economic development in new and emerging overseas markets by providing medium to long-term loans or guarantees to eligible U.S. companies investing in these markets.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The program has developed strong long-term goals, such as increasing the number of jobs created per $1 million invested. In FY 2005, OPIC's actual of 28.7 jobs created exceed their target of 20.
  • In the past, the Finance deal-originating departments have not been sufficiently independent from the Corporation's credit review process to ensure it makes sound credit decisions. Based on this finding, it has taken steps to improve the independence of its Credit Committee and will continue enhancements to help ensure sound credit decisions.
  • The program has improved interagency coordination, cooperation, and transparency. OPIC works very closely with other US government programs that seek to expand economic development opportunities, like the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development, in priority countries.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Improving coordination between the program and other government agencies. Ensuring the independence of the Credit Committee and the credit review process.
  • Improving public disclosure or projects and enhancing clarity and quality of reporting from the program staff to the OPIC Board.
  • Reviewing and monitoring the developmental standards applied to projects to ensure consistent treatment and high standards for all projects.

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