Today at the UN
Information is trickling in about the diplomatic goings-on today at the U.N. It seems that the news media is much more concerned about the hair clip Secretary Clinton wore yesterday than the status of donations for Pakistan flood relief or the status of post-earthquake Haiti.
New York – Two agreements that will generate thousands of jobs in earthquake-shattered Haiti and rebuild the country’s main hospital were signed Monday in New York.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank and Korean manufacturer Sae-A Trading Co Ltd signed an agreement to create an industrial park in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital severely damaged in January’s earthquake.
“This is the first good news since the earthquake. We need private investment in Haiti to get us out of this bad situation,” Bellerive said.
“It is a great day for Haiti,” he said of the plan that is to generate 18,000 jobs. “We are creating conditions that will lead to more jobs in Haiti. We are creating jobs and wealth for the people of Haiti.”
The second agreement signed by Clinton, Bellerive and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner dealt with the reconstruction and expansion of the Hopital Universitaire d’Etat d’Haiti, the country’s main teaching hospital.
The United States and France are to donate 25 million dollars each toward rebuilding the hospital, with the Haitian government contributing 3.2 million dollars to the effort.
In the wake of the 7-magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 222,750 people – or 2 per cent of the country’s population – many have spoken of the need to reimagine a new Haiti, Clinton said.
The new agreements “will support that effort, by creating jobs and building a foundation for health,” she said.
The industrial park and garment manufacturing facility has the potential to create 10,000 permanent jobs. “We are sending a message that Haiti is open for business again,” Clinton said…