Clinton, Investors Work On 'Marshall Plan' for Haiti

They're trying to create 'composite plan' to rebuild the nation
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2010 4:24 PM CST
Former president and U.N. special envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton, left, talks to Dr. Paul Farmer, of Partners in Health, right, while touring the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Jan. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton and Ireland's Denis O'Brien—Haiti's biggest foreign investor—are collaborating on a "Marshall Plan" for the nation. The leader of Irish telecom Digicel urged companies to re-invest in the earthquake-stricken nation. "Obviously we need foreign direct investment, but on a wider front we need a Marshall plan, O'Brien tells AFP. "That's what we've been discussing with president Clinton—how do you put together a composite plan for the rebuilding of Haiti right now."

Digicel has invested $400 million into building a mobile network for Haiti, vastly expanding cell phone access for the island's inhabitants. The firm has given $5 million for direct aid relief and is working to repair its network. In one respect, Digicel is in a good position—its 12-story headquarters in Port-au-Prince was built to international standards and was not toppled by the quake.

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