Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Former US President Bill Clinton announced that in October he would lead an international trade mission of private investors to Haiti to pursue energy and other development amid signs the nation is stabilizing.
Clinton stated during his first major address to the Haitian diaspora since becoming UN special envoy to Haiti that stability had improved in the troubled Caribbean nation, providing new opportunity for foreign investment.
Clinton said his investor mission would focus on agriculture, construction, textiles and energy, citing examples that ranged from increasing Haiti's mango exports to developing affordable fuel.
The Haitian Diaspora have been calling on the authorities for a change in the laws to enable nationals overseas to contribute more to the country's development.
The Diaspora contributes a significant amount to Haiti's Gross Domestic Produce. They pay for schools, health care and food.