[Translation of an article from Revistazo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, for July 25.]
Tegucigalpa – Foreign minister Mario Canahuati said yesteday that former United States President Bill Clinton and the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, will come to Honduras to participate in an event to promote investment. The event, called the Relanzamiento de Honduras como País Atractivo para la Inversión [Relaunching Honduras as an Attractive Country for Investment] will be held in San Pedro Sula next November 4 and 5.
The foreign minister made the announcement during a meeting with the diplomatic corps in which he asked ambassadors to spread the word about opportunites the government is providing for foreign investments.
He asked them to get in contact with the businessmen of their countries so they can visit Honduras and confirm that the country is an attractive place for investments.
He also asked them for help in the development of economic and investment fairs since the government seeks to “raise the spirits of Hondurans in order to move toward what could be an alternative development and improvement in our fellow citizens’ living conditions.”
The governnment is counting on 20 million dollars of support from the Inter-American Development Bank to launch the project, Canahuati declared.
The World Bank is expected to contribute a similar amount in hopes that Honduras will regain the position in the region that it once held.
Carlos Slim is a Mexican businessman involved in telecommunications who, according to Forbes magazine, is the richest man in the world.