Garnero joins Clinton's retinue for the official opening of Caracol Industrial Park, in Haiti

Oct 19, 2012, 15:02 ET from Forum das Americas

SAO PAULO, Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mario Garnero will join on October 22th former USA president Bill Clinton's retinue, along with U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, for the official opening of Caracol Industrial Park, in the north area of Haiti. Garnero is a member of PACEGI (Presidential Advisory Council on Economic Growth and Investment of Haiti), an international board of global leaders initiated by the Office of President Michel Martelly, and that has Mr. Clinton as Vice-President. Former prime-minister of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar and The Right Honorable Michelle Jean, 27th Governor General and Commander in chief of Canada are also among its members.

The Caracol Park demonstrates the power of partnership where a diverse group of stakeholders come together to jointly promote an ambitious goal: the creation of thousands of sustainable jobs in one of Haiti's poorest regions. Partners include the communities of Haiti's Northern region, the Government of Haiti, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United States Government.

Partners have committed to establish the necessary infrastructure for a globally competitive 250ha full-service industrial park, including solid waste disposal, state of the art waste water treatment facilities, modern industrial buildings, and the infrastructure necessary to support the integration of the Park into the Northern region and support the sustainable growth of surrounding communities. Investments include accessible roads, new port facilities, reliable supply of electricity and the construction of housing in commuting distance. Total committed public investments in the project reached $224m.

The Caracol Park, owned by the Haitian Government's "Societe Nationale des Parcs Industriels (SONAPI)" and run by a private management firm, is projected to create 20,000 permanent jobs from Sae-A's investments alone. An estimated total of 65,000 jobs could be created in the Park with the arrival of other tenants and factory buildings.

Mr. Garnero believes that his visit can attract attention of Brazilians investors to Haiti: "I am honored to visit Caracol Park and to witness the beginning of a new Haiti. I hope that this bold initiative encourages Brazilian and international entrepreneurs to invest in a country with so much potential".

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SOURCE Forum das Americas