Oprah Winfrey To Be Hosted by Haitian President

President Michel Martelly hopes she will serve as the country's ambassador.

Posted: 12/11/2011 09:24 PM EST
Oprah Winfrey, Haitian President, Michel Martelly,host

Haitian President Michel Martelly will host Oprah Winfrey when she visits the country this week. Martelly says he'd like Winfrey to promote Haiti to outside investors to drum up business and help the country recover from the earthquake that devastated the nation in 2010.


"I am hoping she will serve as an ambassador for Haiti, to help us get the kind of assistance needed," Martelly said during the Caricom-Cuba summit, a trade conference where Caribbean leaders advocate for their needs.


Winfrey arrived in Haiti Sunday evening and on Monday will meet with Martelly as well as visit a settlement camp run by actor Sean Penn. She will also meet with fashion designer Donna Karan, who has recognized Haitian artisans through her Urban Zen Foundation.


In addition, Martelly, who used to perform under the name "Sweet Micky," says he's planning a world tour to raise money for children's education.


"I will get on it and dance and have great groups of entertainers to perform to help Haiti, including Wyclef [Jean] and Oprah and have others play my music and sing my songs," he said.


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