Published: 10/22/2012 15:13 By: AP
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged foreigners to invest in Haiti as she and her husband led a delegation of celebrities on Monday at the opening of a new industrial park is the center of the efforts of States States to help rebuild the country’s 2010 earthquake.
Actors Sean Penn and Bill Stiller, fashion designer Donna Karan and British tycoon Richard Branson were among the luminaries who attended the inauguration of Caracol Industrial Park, estimated to create thousands of jobs and is located about 80 kilometers ( 100 miles) from Port-au-Prince, which was devastated by the earthquake.
Hillary Clinton told a room full of investors she made Haiti a priority when he was appointed secretary of state.
“We learned that support the long-term prosperity in Haiti means more to give help,” the official said. “Investment in infrastructure and economy that can help Haitians achieve their own dreams.”
“So we changed our investment helps to overcome some of the major challenges facing this country: creating jobs and sustainable economic growth.”
Several U.S. officials, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, were part of the delegation that toured a housing development for workers in the industrial park supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Former President Bill Clinton, now UN special envoy to Haiti, arrived separately from his wife.
The Clintons and their allies hope that this industrial park $ 300 million to transform the northern part of the impoverished country by providing thousands of jobs that are urgently needed.
Some Haitians have a radically different view. They say the Caracol Industrial Park does little more than replicate past failed efforts and consider benefit foreigners but to Haitians. They also worry that damaged some of the few remaining natural areas without destroying Haiti.