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Clinton to oversee Haiti committee

A committee overseeing £2.5bn in post-quake aid to Haiti will be co-chaired by former US president Bill Clinton, it has been confirmed.

He will lead the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission along with Haiti’s prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

The committee will be responsible for co-ordinating and giving out aid money over a period of about 18 months.

Clinton and Bellerive will find out exactly how much funding the committee will receive at a donors’ conference in New York.

In his new role, Clinton is likely to spend much of his time in the earthquake stricken country.

He is already a UN special envoy and has visited Haiti on three occasions since the huge quake struck in January.

“I was pleased to be invited by President (Rene) Preval,” he said.

“The Haitians are committed to building back better - expanding economic opportunities, strengthening basic services and increasing the capacity of government. They want to create a new future for themselves and I am committed to assisting them through the IHRC.”

Besides Clinton and Mr Bellerive, the committee include Haitian politicians, local authorities, union and business representatives and a delegate from the Caribbean Community trade bloc.

It will also have a representative of each donor who is pledging at least £67M over two years or £133M of debt reduction - currently the US, Canada, Brazil, France, Venezuela and European Union along with the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank and United Nations.

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