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International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act of 1976.
(4) For the purpose of expediting the consideration and enactment of joint resolutions under this subsection, a motion to proceed to the consideration of any such joint resolution after it has been reported by the appropriate committee shall be treated as highly privileged in the House of Representatives.
(5) In the event that the President suspends the provision of additional loan guarantees under subsection (f) and Congress does not enact a joint resolution pursuant to this subsection, the provision of additional loan guarantees under the program established by this section may be resumed only if the President determines and so reports to Congress that the reasons for the suspension have been resolved or that the resumption
is otherwise in the national interest. (h) ECONOMIC CONTEXT.-The effective absorption of immigrants into Israel from the republics of the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia within the private sector requires large investment and economic restructuring to promote market efficiency and thereby contribute to productive employment and sustainable growth. Congress recognizes that the Government of Israel is developing an economic strategy designed to achieve these goals, and that the Government of Israel intends to adopt a comprehensive, multi-year economic strategy based on prudent macroeconomic policies and structural reforms. Congress also recognizes that these policies are being designed to reduce direct involvement of the government in the economic system and to promote private enterprise, important prerequisites for economic stability and sustainable growth.
(i) CONSULTATIONS.—It is the sense of the Congress that, as agreed between the two Governments and in order to further the policies specified in subsection (h), Israel and the United States should continue to engage in consultations concerning economic and financial measures, including structural and other reforms, that Israel should undertake during the pendency of this program to enable its economy to absorb and resettle immigrants and to accommodate the increased debt burden that will result from loans guaranteed pursuant to this section. It is the sense of the Congress that these consultations on economic measures should address progress and plans in the areas of budget policies, privatization, trade liberalization, financial and capital markets, labor markets, competition policy, and deregulation.
(j) GOODS AND SERVICES.-During the pendency of the loan program authorized under this section, it is anticipated that, in the context of the economic reforms undertaken pursuant to subsections (h) and (i) of this section, Israel's increased population due to its absorption of immigrants, and the liberalization by the Government of Israel of its trade policy with the United States, the amount of United States investment goods and services purchased for use in or with respect to the country of Israel will substantially increase.
(k) REPORTS.—The President shall report to Congress by December 31 of each fiscal year until December 31, 1999, regarding the implementation of this section.
(1) APPLICABILITY OF FOREIGN ASSISTANCE ACT AUTHORITIES. — Section 223 of the Foreign Assistance Act shall apply to guarantees issued under subsection (a) in the same manner as such section applies to guarantees issued under section 222, except that subsections (a), (e)(1), (g), and (j) of section 223 shall not apply to such guarantees and except that, to the extent section 223 is inconsistent with the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, that Act shall apply. Loans shall be guaranteed under this section without regard to sections 221, 222, and 238(c). Notwithstanding section 223(f), the interest rate for loans guaranteed under this section may include a reasonable fee to cover the costs and fees incurred by the borrower in connection with this program or financing under this section in the event the borrower elects not to finance such costs or fees out of loan principal. Guarantees once issued hereunder shall be unconditional and fully and freely transferable. (m) TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
(1) Each loan guarantee issued under this section shall guarantee 100 percent of the principal and interest payable on such loans.
(2) The standard terms of any loan or increment guaranteed under this section shall be 30 years with semiannual payments of interest only over the first 10 years, and with semiannual payments of principal and interest on a level payment basis, over the last 20 years thereof, except that the guaranteed loan or any increments issued in a single transaction may include obligations having different maturities, interest rates, and payment terms if the aggregate scheduled debt service for all obligations issued in a single transaction equals the debt service for a single loan or increment of like amount having the standard terms described in this sentence. The guarantor shall not have the right to accelerate any guaranteed loan or increment or to pay any amounts in respect of the guarantees issued other than in accordance with the original payment terms of the loan. For purposes of determining the maximum principal amount of any loan or increment to be guaranteed under this section, the principal amount of each such loan or increment shall be
(A) in the case of any loan issued on a discount basis, the original issue price (excluding any transaction costs) thereof; or
(B) in the case of any loan issue on an interest-bearing basis, the stated principal amount thereof.
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Title IV-Overseas Private Investment Corporation 192 Sec. 231.193 Creation, Purpose and Policy.-To mobilize and facilitate the participation of United States private capital and skills in the economic and social development 194 of less developed countries and areas, and countries in transition from nonmarket to market economies, 195 thereby complementing the development assistance objectives of the United States, there is hereby created the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (hereinafter called the “Corporation”), which shall be an agency of the United States under the policy guidance of the Secretary of State.
The 196 Corporation, in determining whether to provide insurance, financing, or reinsurance for a project, shall especially
(1) be guided by the economic and social development impact and benefits of such a project and the ways in which such a project complements, or is compatible with, other development assistance programs or projects of the United States or other donors;
(2) give preferential consideration to investment projects in less developed countries that have per capita incomes of $984 or less in 1986 United States dollars, and restrict its activities with respect to investment projects in less developed countries that have per capita incomes of $4,269 or more in 1986 United States dollars (other than countries designated as beneficiary countries under section 212 of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (19 U.S.C. 2702), Ireland, and Northern Ireland);
192 A new title IV was added by sec. 105 of the FA Act of 1969. Prior to this, title IV had been titled "Surveys of Investment Opportunities." For Executive Order concerning OPIC, see Legislation on Foreign Relations Through 2001, vol. I-B.
Pitle IV was amended extensively by title I'of S. 2757 and title I of H.R. 5263, both enacted by reference in the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1989 (Public Law 100_461; 102 Stat. 2268):
"SEC. 555. * * * Provided further, That title I of H.R. 5263 as passed by the House of Representatives on September 20, 1988, is hereby enacted into law: Provided further, That purchases, investments or other acquisitions of equity by the fund created by section 104 of H.R. 5263 as hereby enacted are limited to such amounts as may be provided in advance in appropriations Acts: Provided further, That notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, titles I and III of S. 2757 as reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on September 7, 1988, are hereby enacted into law: Provided further, That purchases, investments or other acquisitions of equity by the fund created by section 104 of S. 2757 as hereby enacted are limited to such amounts as may be provided in advance in appropriations Acts: * * *
Except in two instances, title I, S. 2757 and title I, H.R. 5263 are identical. Sec. 106 in each title amended sec. 235(a)(2) of the FA Act of 1961. Sec. 235(a)(2) was previously amended by Public Law 100_418, sec. 2203(bX1X(A); H.R. 5263 took this into account. Public Law 100_418, sec. 2203(bX1XB) redesignated sec. 235(a/5) of the FA Act of 1961 as sec. 235(a/6). Sec. 107 in S. 2757 and H.R. 5263 amended this section, but H.R. 5263 took into account the redesignation by Public Law 100_418. Title III of S. 2757, which addresses the implementation of certain USIA Exchange Visitor Programs, is in Legislation on Foreign Relations Through 2000, vol. II, sec. E.
193 22 U.S.C. 2191. Sec. 231 was added by sec. 105 of the FA Act of 1969.
194 Sec. 2(1XA) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1974 (Public Law 93–390; 83 Stat. 809) substituted "development” in lieu of “progress”.
195 Sec. 101 of the Jobs Through Exports Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-549; 106 Stat. 3651) struck out "friendly countries and areas," and inserted in lieu thereof "countries and areas, and countries in transition from nonmarket to market economies,". 196 This paragraph was added by sec. 2(1) of Public Law 95-20
tat. 213 197 The per capita income levels were increased from $896 and $3,887 in 1983 U.S. dollars by sec. 102 of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1988, S. 2757, enacted into law by reference in the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1989 (Public Law 100-461; 102 Stat. 2268). Sec. 102 also added "other than countries designated as beneficiary countries under section 212 of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (19 U.S.C. 2702))". Previously the per capita income levels were increased from $680 and $2,950 in 1979 U.S. dollars to $896 and $3,887 in 1983 U.S. dollars by sec. 3 of the OPIC Amendments
(3) 198 ensures that the project is consistent with the provisions of section 117 198 (as so redesignated by the Special Foreign Assistance Act of 1986), section 118, and section 119 of this Act relating to the environment and natural resources of, and tropical forests and endangered species 198 in, developing countries, and consistent with the intent of regulations issued
pursuant to sections 118 and 119 of this Act. In carrying out its purpose, the Corporation, utilizing broad criteria, shall undertake
(a) 199 to conduct financing, insurance, and reinsurance operations on a self-sustaining basis, taking into account in its financing operations the economic and financial soundness of projects;
(b) to utilize private credit and investment institutions and the Corporation's guaranty authority as the principal means of mobilizing capital investment funds;
(c) to broaden private participation and revolve its funds through selling its direct investments to private investors whenever it can appropriately do so on satisfactory terms;
(d) to conduct its insurance operations with due regard to principles of risk management including 200 efforts to share its insurance risks and reinsurance 201 risks;
(e) 202 to the maximum degree possible consistent with its purposes
(1) to give preferential consideration in its investment insurance, reinsurance, and guaranty activities to investment projects sponsored by or involving United States small business; and
(2) to increase the proportion of projects sponsored by or significantly involving United States small business to at least 30 percent of all projects insured, reinsured, or guar
anteed by the Corporation; (f) 203 to consider in the conduct of its operations the extent to which less developed country governments are receptive to private enterprise, domestic and foreign, and their willingness and ability to maintain conditions which enable private enterprise to make its full contribution to the development process;
Act of 1985 (Public Law 99–204; 99 Stat. 1669), and from $520 and $1,000 in 1975 U.S. dollars to $680 and $2,950 in 1979 U.S. dollars, respectively, by sec. 2(1) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1981 (Public Law 97–65; 95 Stat. 1021).
Sec. 105 of the Jobs Through Trade Expansion Act of 1994 (Public Law 103–392; 108 Stat. 4099) inserted ", Ireland, and Northern Ireland" in the parentheses.
198 Par. (3) was added by sec. 41a1(C) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1985 (Public Law 99–204; 99 Stat. 1669). The OPIC Amendments Act of 1988, S. 2757, enacted into law by reference in the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1989 (Public Law 100-461; 102 Stat 2268), made a correction to include section 117. S. 2757 also struck out "biological diversity” and inserted in lieu thereof “tropical forests and endangered species".
199 Subsec. (a) was amended by sec. 2(1)(B) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-390; 83 Stat. 809). It formerly read as follows: "(a) to conduct financial soundness of projects and the availability of financing from other sources on appropriate terms;”.
200 Sec. 2(1)(C) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1974 (Public Law 93–390) struck the words, "when appropriate,” which appeared at this point.
201 Sec. 2(1)(C) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-390) added the words "and reinsurance".
202 Subsec. (e), as amended by Public Law 93-390, was amended and restated by sec. 2(2) of Public Law 95-268 (92 Stat. 213). It formerly read as follows:
"e) to give preferential consideration in its investment insurance, financing, and reinsurance activities (to the maximum extent practicable consistent with the Corporation's purposes) to in
ojects involving businesses of not more than $2.500.000 net worth or with not more than $7,500,000 in total assets;".
203 Sec. 2(5) of Public Law 95-268 (92 Stat. 214) struck subsecs. (f) and (b) and redesignated subsecs. (g) through (n) as (o through (1), respectively. Subsecs. (D) and (I) formerly read as follows:
(g) 203 to foster private initiative and competition and discourage monopolistic practices;
(h) 203 to further to the greatest degree possible, in a manner consistent with its goals, the balance-of-payments and employment 204 objectives of the United States;
(i) 203 to conduct its activities in consonance with the activities of the agency primarily responsible for administering part I and the international trade, investment, and financial policies of the United States Government, and to seek to support those developmental projects having positive trade benefits for the United States; 205
(j) 203 to advise and assist, within its field of competence, interested agencies of the United States and other organizations, both public and private, national and international, with respect to projects and programs relating to the development of private enterprise in less developed countries and areas;
(k) 206 (1) to decline to issue any contract of insurance or reinsurance, or any guaranty, or to enter into any agreement to provide financing for an eligible investor's proposed investment if the Corporation determines that such investment is likely to cause such investor (or the sponsor of an investment project in which such investor is involved) significantly to reduce the number of his employees in the United States because he is replacing his United States production with production from such investment which involves substantially the same product for substantially the same market as his United States production; and (2) to monitor conformance with the representations of the investor on which the Corporation relied in making the determination required by clause (1);
(1) 207 to decline to issue any contract of insurance or reinsurance, or any guaranty, or to enter into any agreement to provide financing for an eligible investor's proposed investment if the Corporation determines that such investment is likely to cause a significant reduction in the number of employees in the United States;
"(f) to encourage and support only those private investments in less developed friendly countries and areas which are sensitive and responsive to the special needs and requirements of their economies, and which contribute to the social and economic development of their people;"
“(1) to the maximum extent practicable, to give preferential consideration in the Corporation's investment insurance, financing, and reinsurance activities to investment projects in the less developed friendly countries which have per capita incomes of $450 or less in 1973 United States dollars; and".
204 Sec. 2(1)(E) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-390) added the words "and employment”.
205 The words“, and to seek to support those developmental projects having positive trade benefits for the United States” were added by sec. 2(2) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1981 (Public Law 97-65; 95 Stat. 1021).
206 This subsection was originally added as subsec. (m) by sec. 2(1)(H) of the OPIC Amendments Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-390). It was redesignated as subsec. (k) by sec. 2(5) of Public Law 95-268; 92 Stat. 214.
207 This subsection was added as subsec. (n) by sec. 2(4) of Public Law 95–268 (92 Stat. 213), and redesignated as subsec. (1) by sec. 2(5) of the same Act.