WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s development finance institution, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), has welcomed The Water Council to the OPIC Partners Program, according to a press release.

The Water Council can connect its network of U.S.-based, globally-minded innovators with OPIC’s development finance tools and experience as a participant in the program, stated the release.

The two organizations co-hosted a seminar on April 28 at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for small businesses seeking to enter international markets to inaugurate the partnership, reported the release, and the seminar provided education on OPIC services and products to enable the growth of U.S. business in developing countries.

“We are excited to be joining OPIC’s Partners Program in an effort to present further opportunities for our members to foster economic development in overseas emerging markets,” said The Water Council President and CEO Dean Amhaus. “Wisconsin is truly one of the world’s most significant hubs for water research and industry. As water technology exports increase, OPIC will be a great resource for our companies.”

The Water Council aligns the global fresh water industry and research communities to promote access to water innovation and technology as a key pillar of economic development, noted the release.

“Partnering with forward-thinking groups like The Water Council allows OPIC to better carry out our mission of catalyzing the private sector for life-improving global development impact,” said OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield. “The Water Council’s promotion of the intrepid work in the U.S. clean water access sector aligns with OPIC’s goal to show what American business innovation can achieve when it turns its attention to global development. I look forward to the products of this partnership.”

You can find the release here.