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Clintons Land In Haiti & Encouraged Foreigners To Invest In Haiti

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

A government employee tests translation devices in preparation for a ceremony at the Caracol Industrial Park, in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. The Haitian government will host Hillary and Bill Clinton, a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities including Donna Karan, Sean Penn and Ben Stiller, Monday, to showcase the marquee project of the U.S. aid effort since the 2010 earthquake. The Clintons and their allies hope the $300 million facility will transform the northern part of this impoverished country by providing thousands of desperately needed jobs. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

Backdropped by images of Haiti's independence from France, U.S. actor and comedian Ben Stiller poses for a photo with an unidentified man at the Caracol Industrial Park, in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.  The Haitian government will host Hillary and Bill Clinton, a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities including Stiller, Sean Penn and Donna Karan, Monday, to showcase the marquee project of the U.S. aid effort since the 2010 earthquake. The Clintons and their allies hope the $300 million facility will transform the northern part of this impoverished country by providing thousands of desperately needed jobs. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery / AP
Backdropped by images of Haiti’s independence from France, U.S. actor and comedian Ben Stiller poses for a photo with an unidentified man at the Caracol Industrial Park, in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. The Haitian government will host Hillary and Bill Clinton, a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities including Stiller, Sean Penn and Donna Karan, Monday, to showcase the marquee project of the U.S. aid effort since the 2010 earthquake. The Clintons and their allies hope the $300 million facility will transform the northern part of this impoverished country by providing thousands of desperately needed jobs. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery / AP
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, accompanied by, from left, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,  Caracol Ekam Housing site engineer Mario Nicoleau, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Haitian President Michel Martelly, tours the Caracol Ekam Housing Site in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Clinton, and husband, former President Bill Clinton, arrived in northern Haiti Monday leading a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities to showcase the centerpiece of the U.S. effort to help the country recover from the 2010 earthquake. Photo: Larry Downing, Pool / AP
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, accompanied by, from left, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Caracol Ekam Housing site engineer Mario Nicoleau, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Haitian President Michel Martelly, tours the Caracol Ekam Housing Site in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Haitian President Michel Martelly at the Sae-A Administration Building at the Caracol Industrial Park in Caracol, Haiti, Monday,  Oct. 22, 2012. Clinton, and husband, former President Bill Clinton, arrived in northern Haiti Monday leading a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities to showcase the centerpiece of the U.S. effort to help the country recover from the 2010 earthquake. Photo: Larry Downing, Pool / AP

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a speech during the inauguration ceremony of the Caracol Haiti Industrial Park on the outskirts of Cap Hatien, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22,  2012. Clinton encouraged foreigners to invest in Haiti as she and her husband Bill led a star-studded delegation gathered Monday to inaugurate the new industrial park at the center of U.S. efforts to help the country rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. At left, Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

Actor Sean Penn and model Petra Nemcova talk at the grand opening ceremony of the new Caracol Industrial Park in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and husband, former President Bill Clinton, arrived in northern Haiti Monday leading a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities to showcase the centerpiece of the U.S. effort to help the country recover from the 2010 earthquake. Photo: Larry Downing, Pool / AP
Actor Sean Penn and model Petra Nemcova talk at the grand opening ceremony of the new Caracol Industrial Park in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and husband, former President Bill Clinton, arrived in northern Haiti Monday leading a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities to showcase the centerpiece of the U.S. effort to help the country recover from the 2010 earthquake. Photo: Larry Downing, Pool / AP

Former President Bill Clinton, his wife Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, right and others,  attend the grand opening ceremony of the new Caracol Industrial Park in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct, 22, 2012.  The Clintons arrived in northern Haiti Monday leading a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities to showcase the centerpiece of the U.S. effort to help the country recover from the 2010 earthquake. Photo: Larry Downing, Pool / AP

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the grand opening ceremony of the new Caracol Industrial Park in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.  Clinton, and husband, former President Bill Clinton, arrived in northern Haiti Monday leading a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities to showcase the centerpiece of the U.S. effort to help the country recover from the 2010 earthquake. Photo: Larry Downing, Pool / AP

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the opening ceremony of the Caracol Industrial Park, in Caracol, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.  The Haitian government is hosting the Clintons, a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities including Ben Stiller, Sean Penn and Donna Karan, Monday, to showcase the marquee project of the U.S. aid effort since the 2010 earthquake. The Clintons and their allies hope the $300 million facility will transform the northern part of this impoverished country by providing thousands of desperately needed jobs.  former President Bill Clinton is pictured in the background, right. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

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