Office of the
Special Envoy for
President Clinton Announces Trade
In his first public address to the Haitian diaspora in his capacity as UN Special Envoy for
"Given the leadership of President Préval and Prime Minister Pierre-Louis and Haitian Parliamentarians, the promise of the HOPE II legislation passed last year by the United States Congress, the recent $1.2 billion in debt relief from the international community, and the strong commitment of the Haitian people, we have a unique opportunity to act now to reclaim Haiti's proud past while shaping a better future," said President Clinton.
On the need for donors to disburse their pledges expeditiously, President Clinton reminded the international community that too much is at stake for governments not to honor their commitments. "Every single day a child is hungry; a parent comes home without a job; a mother dies in child-birth, a community is uprooted by a storm, the window of opportunity we have today closes a little more," President Clinton added.
Today he also announced that:
• The Soros Economic Development Fund has launched the Haiti Invest Project, an equity-investment program with an initial commitment of up to $25 million. Haiti Invest already has approached potential partners in an effort to significantly expand this initial capitalization by a factor of six, up to $150 million, and it is considering investments in garment manufacturing, agriculture, logistics, tourism, energy, and housing.
• Michael Carey, an Irish businessman, and a group of Irish businesspeople who recently established the Soul of Haiti Foundation after a number of visits to
• James Lee Witt, former Director of FEMA, who traveled with President Clinton to
• Desh Deshpande, who traveled with President Clinton to
• Rolando Gonzalez Bunster, of Basic Energy Ltd, has offered to install initially 5 windmills totaling 8 MW. These new Vestas windmills are unassembled in the
In closing, President Clinton asked the Haitian Diaspora to use their influence to project the real face of
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Jehane Sedky, Office of the Special Envoy for