PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery
This past Monday, Donna Karan joined Former President Bill Clinton and President Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank as they led a delegation to the Northern region of Haiti. The trip served to educate a group of hand-picked investors about unparalleled investment opportunities in Haiti’s infrastructure, such as The Caracol Industrial Park. One of the goals in opening The Caracol Industrial Park is to create thousands of jobs in Haiti, and investors were urged to consider creative solutions in addressing sustainable economic development to mirror growth on such a large scale. In a balance of work and play the investors also joined in a celebration of Haitian culture. The focus of the celebration is the progress that has come to Haiti through the outreach of individuals such as Ben Stiller, Sean Penn and Petra Nemcova who were joined by foreign investors and entrepreneurs as well as a group of investors already established in Haiti.
Building The Caracol Industrial Park in the city of Cap-Haitien on Haiti’s northern coast is a tactical decision to quell rural to urban migration and shed light on the more impoverished areas in Haiti’s countryside. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed a group of investors about the unique partnerships present in Haiti and its relatively untapped potential as a tourist destination. When Donna first joined the relief efforts in Haiti, she seized every opportunity available to empower artisans to find their voice in the global market. Deeply moved by the diverse voice of the Haitian Artisan, our founder set out to amplify its presence from a whisper to a song – one that would be heard, respected and remembered. Donna is dedicated to seeing Haiti thrive in an increasingly volatile economic climate, which is why Haiti is at the heart of Urban Zen’s initiative concerning the preservation of culture.
CARACOL INDUSTRIAL PARK IN THE PRESS