CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. May 20, 2009: Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Ray Joseph, has welcomed the appointment of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, as a U.N. envoy to Haiti.
`I think the involvement of President Clinton in Haiti at this time will be beneficial to the country, because with his charisma and his worldwide contacts with the powers-that-be, he can marshal resources, both human and monetary, to get the country on its path of recovery and economic independence,` Joseph told CWNN Tuesday.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday formally announced the appointment of Clinton, building on the former United States President`s extensive engagement with the Caribbean nation.
`I am confident that President Clinton will bring energy, dynamism and focus to the task of mobilizing international support for Haiti`s economic recovery and reconstruction,` said Ban.
The Secretary-General and Clinton joined forces to help Haiti when they visited the country in March to raise awareness of efforts to help its people and Government bolster their economic security.
Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, suffered a string of severe setbacks last year, and was deeply affected by the rise in global food and oil prices. In addition, the country was devastated by four successive storms in as many weeks, leaving 800 people dead and another one million either homeless or badly affected.
`It is an honor to accept the Secretary General`s invitation to become Special Envoy to Haiti,` said Clinton. `Last year`s natural disasters took a great toll, but Haiti`s Government and people have the determination and ability to `build back better,` not just to repair the damage done but to lay the foundations for the long term sustainable development that has eluded them for so long.`
As special envoy, he will support the efforts of the Haitian authorities to jumpstart sustainable social and economic development. He will focus attention on the importance of new partnerships and efforts among the private sector, civil society, and donors, as well as strengthen local capacity, and create a more stable and prosperous future for the children of Haiti.
`I believe Haiti is better positioned to make progress for all its people than at any time since I first visited in 1978,` Clinton added. `It offers unique opportunities for public and private investment to improve health and education in ways that will be good for Haitians and all their partners in our interdependent world.`