Clinton Global Initiative Hong Kong 2008

Former President Bill Clinton kicked off his first charitable conference abroad in Hong Kong on Tuesday after he agreed to greater oversight of his foundation to pave the way for his wife Hillary Clinton’s appointment by President-elect Barack Obama as secretary of state. (AP) 

Today was supposed to be a big day for former U.S. President Bill Clinton here in Hong Kong, as the first overseas meeting of his charity forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, got underway at the Grand Hyatt hotel. Heads of state and CEOs rubbed elbows and exchanged business cards over muffins, apples and environmentally friendly bottled water (made from condensed moisture in the air).

The New York-based CGI, as it’s known, raises funds for charitable causes and encourages corporate commitments to some of Clinton’s favorite causes, including education, poverty reduction and the environment.

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