Government Sponsored Enterprise

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Government Sponsored Enterprise

A privately held or publicly traded company created by the U.S. Government for some purpose thought to benefit the American economy. For example, Freddie Mac was originally a GSE created to encourage homeownership among middle class and working class Americans. Because it is "sponsored" but not owned by the government, GSE stocks carry higher risk than, say, Treasury securities, which are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. However, GSEs have an implicit guarantee that the government will not allow them to fail. Indeed, when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapsed in 2008 they almost instantly received federal assistance.
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This share does not include wholly Government owned enterprises such as state carrier Trans-namib (including Air Namibia), electricity provider Nampower (formerly Swawek), the Development Brigade Corporation which gives jobs to ax-fighters, the Agricultural Bank, the Post Office and Telecom Namibia.
Team recently disclosed that the FCPA may have been violated due to "improper payments" made by employees at its Trinidad branch operation to certain of Team's customers, including to "foreign government owned enterprises.
Across a broad front, the Government is acting to re-invigorate government owned enterprises to protect existing jobs and create new ones.
In the filing, the company stated that "we were informed of allegations of improper payments made by local employees of our wholly-owned Trinidad subsidiary to employees of certain customers, including foreign government owned enterprises.

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