Reposted from VOXXI
It is not often I will wake up at 4:30 a.m. to fly two hours to see a factory. But that is what I did on Monday. And it was well worth the effort. The opening of the Caracoal Industrial Park outside the northeastern city of Cap Haitien marked the triumph of a long stalled vision to decentralize Haiti’s economy from the capital, Port au Prince, to the north. More…
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe & President Michel Martelly meet with Bill Clinton
Reposted from Haiti Libre
Monday at the National Palace, the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, attended a private meeting with the President Michel Martelly and former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the capacity building of investment in Haiti.
The former Head of State American, who heads the Clinton Global Initiative and also Co-Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Development and investment, promised his participation in the development of the country and said he was open to working with the Haitian Government, on the best way to attract investment, while reaffirming its commitment to support Haiti in its modernization process. The development of an effective strategy of energy development, constitutes also one of the best avenues to explore, mentioned Mr. Clinton.
Reposted from Haitilibre.com
The former President Bill Clinton, announced four new commitments to provide solar energy to Haiti by Clinton Foundation partners. The announcement came after a three-day trip to Haiti to visit project sites featuring solar energy installations. He was accompanied by senior executives of large energy corporations from around the world, including China, Israel, and Ireland, as well as directors of large foundations interested in supporting projects in the energy sector. More…
Reposted from Energy Matters
Since an earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti in 2010, many non-government organisations and companies have stepped in to rebuild in different ways. A deal between NRG Energy and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) – founded by former U.S. President Bill Clinton – is playing a part in helping to build a clean energy future for Haiti by installing solar power systems at several sites on the island. More…
Reposted from CNN
(CNN) — Two years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake leveled Haiti’s capital, a deal brokered by former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation will add new lodging for aid workers and other travellers to Port-au-Prince — in the form of a $45 million hotel. With only about 500 operable hotel rooms, the city has limited space to house aid workers, potential investors and other visitors, according to a news release Monday by the future hotel’s owner and its operator.
Caribbean cell phone provider Digicel will own the hotel, which will have 173 new rooms and create 175 new jobs. Marriott Hotels and Resorts will operate the hotel upon completion in 2014. Construction is set to begin in 2012.
Clinton praised the project for creating jobs and attracting visitors in a statement from the William J. Clinton Foundation. “My foundation has worked with both Marriott and Digicel, and encouraged them to form this partnership,” the president said.
The Clinton Foundation “visited proposed construction sites with the parties and facilitated introductions to the Haitian government and the Haitian Tourism Association,” according to Digicel and Marriott.
Digicel claims to be Haiti’s largest private investor and cell phone provider and touts its charitable contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative. Clinton has been involved in helping Haiti since soon after the January 12, 2010, quake. At the time, he was named a U.N. special envoy to Haiti. President Barack Obama asked Clinton and former President George W. Bush to raise money for relief and recovery in Haiti. In response, the two former commanders-in-chief established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
The 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed about 316,000 people and affected about 3 million of Haiti’s 9 million residents, according to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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Reposted from The Voice of America
Bill Clinton speaking at a CGI event
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton says Haiti has the potential for sparking competition in the Caribbean that would transform the island nation into a regional leader. He made the prediction in New York City at the yearly Clinton Global Initiative, or CGI, a leadership forum that tackles some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Speaking at a CGI Haiti Investment Workshop on the eve of the forum’s official start, Clinton said Haiti’s advantage as a source of cheap labor is offset by the country’s energy costs. More…