Haiti to Host Visit from United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


Above: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Photo: US Department of State)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haiti will be hosting a visit from United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the US State Department.

Clinton, who will arrive Oct. 22, will be making her first-ever trip to northern Haiti.

The former First Lady will “highlight leveraging of diplomacy by the department in support of innovative USAID development models, which focus on partnering with the government of Haiti, international partners, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations to catalyze economic development,” according to a release from Victoria Nuland, department spokesperson at State.

Clinton will also deliver remarks on “A New Day in Haiti” at the formal opening of Haiti’s Caracol Industrial Park, which is seen by the US and Haiti as a potential driver of economic growth in the country.

The trip will also include a visit to a hougin project nearby to the park that is currently under construction, along with a recently-completed power plant that is powering Caracol and surrounding areas.

Clinton will also meet with Haiti President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and other officials and members of the private sector and community at large.

US Labour Secretary Hilda Solis will be joining Clinton on the visit.

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