Wyclef Jean Named Haitian Roving Ambassador

Rapper/producer

Wyclef Jean has a new achievement to add to his list of accomplishments.The

Grammy-winning lyricist was appointed roving ambassador of his native Haiti on

Wednesday (Jan. 3) by the country’s President Rene Preval.Jean,

who is credited with successfully lobbying the US Congress for passage of a trade

bill that is expected to help create textile manufacturing jobs in Haiti, will

use his new position to promote the country’s troubled image abroad, according

to government officials, who labeled the entertainer as a model for youth, the

pride of allHaitians

and "our best asset to promote the country’s image around the world and to

help attract foreign investors."The

Fugees member is currently slated to join Preval on a three-day visit to Jamaica.Noted

for his active support of Haiti, Jean has demonstrated his Haitian pride on several

occasions. He has been seen wearing the Haitian flag on his clothing at public

events in addition to creating a foundation to provide aid and assistance for

residents."We

wish we could have several Wyclefs as roving ambassadors because the country could

have gained so much," Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme told Reuters

in an interview.The

appointment comes on the heels of Jean’s recent Grammy nomination for best

pop collaboration with Shakira for the hit song “Hips Don’t Lie.”

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