In an interview with The Associated Press, the Haiti leader said he would like to see Winfrey promote the troubled nation’s lesser known attributes to outside investors as it struggles to recover from the 2010 earthquake that threw hundreds of thousands people into makeshift camps.
Martelly said he planned to meet with Winfrey on Monday.
“I am hoping she will serve as an ambassador for Haiti, to help us get the kind of assistance needed,” Martelly said at a trade summit for Caribbean leaders.
Winfrey is expected to arrive in Haiti this evening and on Monday visit a settlement camp for displaced people run by Hollywood actor Sean Penn and his aid group J/P HRO. She is also expected to meet with fashion designer Donna Karan, who has celebrated the work of Haiti’s artisans through her Urban Zen Foundation since the quake.
Meanwhile….Kim Kardashian is also in Haiti.
The divorcing reality star accompanied actress/activist Maria Bello, of the recently canceled TV series Prime Suspect, to Haiti earlier in the week. Mom Kris Jenner is along as well.
Bello co-founded a charity called We Advance that operates a women’s clinic servicing the poorest of the poor women in Haiti, a country that hasn’t begun to recover from its devastating earthquake almost two years ago.
Kim’s role in making the trip is to help bring more attention to the ongoing problems in Haiti.