Clinton's cash call
Former US president makes a passionate plea for the wealthy at Davos to make long-term investments in Haiti.
Last modified: 28 Jan 2010 20:36
Bill Clinton is here with his hand out for Haiti.
As an orator the former US president was in fine form. He made a passionate plea for immediate cash and – perhaps just as importantly – long term investment.
He seems to have aged since the earthquake, Haiti is a country very close to his (and Hillary’s) heart. They honeymooned there and since the country was hit by several serious hurricanes in 2008, Mr Clinton has been the UN’s Special Envoy to Haiti.
Despite the familiar images of the terrible destruction in Haiti and the loss of life, he’s convinced the country will "rise from the ashes".
The contrast between the living conditions of earthquake survivors, who are camping in the street amid rubble and the buried remains of those killed, and the very wealthy people roaming around this Alpine town is extraordinary.
If its money Clinton is after for Haiti he’s certainly come to the right place.
As for the long term, if anyone can spot a potential money earning investment it will be one of the many bankers, financiers and chief executives here on the snowy slopes of Davos.
A business opportunity for one could be the difference between getting a job, food, healthcare and a home for someone else.