Clintons Land In Haiti & Encouraged Foreigners To Invest In Haiti
October 23, 2012
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday hailed Haitian reconstruction after the devastating 2010 earthquake, drawing parallels between the “American dream” and the “Haitian dream.”Clinton was speaking at the formal opening of an industrial zone meant to help boost economic development and create 37,000 jobs in the impoverished country still reeling from the quake, which killed at least 250,000 people.
“In the United States, we pride ourselves on the promise of the American dream. And we have seen many Haitian Americans achieve that American dream,” Clinton said. “Now, Haitians here in Haiti have the very same drive.”
The top US diplomat was accompanied by her husband and former US president Bill, whose charitable Clinton Foundation is very active in Haiti. Others attending the event included Haitian President Michel Martelly, his predecessor Rene Preval, British tycoon Richard Branson and actors Ben Stiller and Sean Penn. In her remarks, Clinton underscored that while the creation of new jobs was critically important, other sectors were in dire need of development.
“In addition to effective government, Haiti needs a strong justice sector, free and fair elections, housing, energy, schools, health care — all of which will serve the people of Haiti, but also attract even more investment,” she said.- Continue Reading Here