CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. June 16, 209: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Monday reported for duty as the U.N. envoy to Haiti and laid out his vision to advance development in the small and impoverished Caribbean nation.
Stressing that, more than ever before, the country has the opportunity to advance, Clinton said, `Haiti, not withstanding the total devastation wreaked by the four storms last year, has the best chance to escape the darker aspects of its history in the 35 years that I have been going there.`
He stressed that he first wants to follow the plan Haiti has set out for its recovery and its future. `All I want to do is help the Haitians take over control of their own destiny. It’s all I have ever wanted for Haiti,` said Clinton.
For his part, Ban Ki Moon, the U.N`s secretary general, insisted: `No one is better placed for this mission.`
`He knows the country. He loves the people. They love him. This is the strong wish of the Haitian people and the Haitian Government and myself as Secretary-General,` said the SG.
Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, with an annual estimated gross domestic product (per capita) of $390. In addition, 78 per cent of Haitians live on less than $2 per day and 54 per cent on less than $1 per day.