Haiti's Prime Minister Tours Silicon Valley

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MGN Online

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) - Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is taking a whirlwind tour through Silicon Valley's most elite tech campuses, hoping to convince some of the world's wealthiest and most successful corporate executives to share innovation with the poorest country in the Americas.

Lamothe said "Oh cool!" as he slipped on a pair of Glass - Internet-connected eyeglasses - at Google headquarters Wednesday.

If there were an opposite of the affluent Silicon Valley, it could be impoverished Haiti, where less than 1 percent of Haitians are regularly online.

But there are Internet cafes throughout the capital Port au Prince, and cellphone use is leapfrogging landlines. Some of the millions of dollars of earthquake aid has been spent on trying to get Haiti wired.

Lamothe was also slated to meet with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. A spokesman said Lamothe also hoped to speak with Apple officials.

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