Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Haiti oligarch Gregory Mevs leaves Clinton investment board

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A prominent Haitian businessman is leaving the presidential advisory board he co-chairs with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

A spokesman for the Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Growth says Gregory Mevs has resigned after two years presiding over the 33-member board with Clinton. Spokesman Stan Wokewodski said Thursday that the council is seeking a new co-chairman.

Mevs has traveled extensively to promote investment in Haiti as co-chair of the council. The council also authored a tax incentive program for homebuilders following the January 2010 earthquake.

The council has seen some internal turmoil with the dismissal of the executive secretary in November and the layoffs of five staff in December.

Wokewodski says Mevs is leaving to spend more time with his family and businesses, which include shipping and manufacturing.

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