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Haiti - Economy : A historic day for the country
23/10/2012 09:09:00

Haiti - Economy : A historic day for the country
11 months after the laying of the foundation stone, the President Michel Martelly, proceeded, Monday, Oct. 22, at the official opening of the North Industrial Park (Caracol) [the largest in the Caribbean]. The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe Salvador, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, the former president, René Préval, former U.S. President William J. Clinton, the mayor of the city of Caracol, Mr. Césaire Lamour, the President of the Interamerican Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, some members of the Government, parliamentarians from the region and some members of the Diplomatic Corps.

The first part of the work of the Industrial Park North, supported by the Haitian government, the United States government and the IDB is completed and the kickoff of activities was given this Oct. 22, 2012 (The entire project will be completed within 5 years).

The Mayor of the city of Caracol, Césaire Lamour, newly installed, expressed on behalf of the population caracoloise his gratitude to the Haitian government "[...] The population caracoloise, happy, proud and very grateful charges me to present their deep gratitude to all those who have contributed to this great achievement, I mean the U.S. government partnership, the Haitian Government, the Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank IDB, President Martelly, President Préval, love you and we thank you, thank you very much..."

President Clinton, Co-Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on Economic Development and Investment (PACEGI), took the opportunity, in the presence of donors and investors present to make a positive promotion for the tourist sites of the country. Clinton called for the participation of all Haitians "This park will not only create direct jobs, but it will be an economic angle, which will benefit all Haitians."

The President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno for his part, promised to continue to work alongside Haitian and American governments to provide assistance to the Haitian people "work together for the development of this zone, Caracol will benefit of infrastructure works, schools, hospitals and other."

Mrs. Hilary Clinton, for her part, believes that the President Martelly, as the leader of Haitian dreamers, has promised to make of Haitia priority in foreign policy and to work much closer to the Haitian people and their government. "We are here to celebrate the joy of Haiti with three Presidents (President Martelly, President Préval and President Clinton). I congratulate the President Martelly for his leadership, commitment and involvement in his campaign to open the country for business."

The Head of State, who thanked the national and international partners and investors, reiterated his credo "Haiti is open for business." The President Martelly promised his support to all projects designed to create many more jobs for the people "Bay tout moun travay nan peyi a se rèv mwen e se pou sa map pote kole dèyè tout pwojè tankou Karakòl ki ka pèmèt pitit tè Dayiti jwenn mwayen pou yo okipe tèt yo, pou yo okipe fanmi yo."

The President Martelly welcomed this first big step, said he was aware that the work is not finished yet, because the Caracol Industrial Park remains an active project. "The success we had together to date is only a first step. We are aware of the necessity, that ultimately, we will have to provide the zone of the additional infrastructure necessary, to exploit its full potential."

The Head of State would consider the construction of a seaport, increase the supply and quality of housing, building educational institutions, as well as implement commercial spaces "Caracol Park is a project scalable than the Haitian government and investors will continue to monetize."

Despite its potential to create 65,000 jobs [in 2016], for the administration Martelly-Lamothe, the Caracol Industrial Park is only a pilot project. From this experience, the government wants to draw lessons, that it intends to apply to implement other parks in other parts of the country.

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