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Clintons preside over opening of $300 million industrial park in Haiti (+video)

On Monday, a South Korean textile company opened a 600-acre industrial park in Haiti. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton were on hand, as well as a number of American celebrities. 

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Located between Haiti's second-largest city, Cap Haitien, and the northern border with the Dominican Republic, the Caracol industrial park is seen as one of the few visible signs of progress in the multibillion-dollar international effort to rebuild Haiti after a devastating earthquake in January 2010 that killed more than 200,000 people.

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"Haiti is open for business and this government means it," Haitian President Michel Martelly said at the lunch.

"In the past, sad images of Haiti have been shown around the world, but Haiti is not just about these images," he said. "We are committed to taking all appropriate measures to make it easier for you to invest in Haiti."

The park is part of a master plan for Haiti's northern region that includes the expansion of the Cap Haitien airport to accommodate large passenger aircraft and a planned port in Fort-Liberté.

It is hoped the park will not only begin to chip away at Haiti's chronic unemployment but also promote development away from the overcrowded capital of Port-au-Prince in the south.

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