By Joseph Guyler Delva
ILE A VACHE, Haiti (HCNN) -- England's famous soccer player, David Beckham, wants to invest on Haiti's most beautiful island, which is expected to become the Caribbean country's top tourist destination in the coming years, a Haitian lawmaker from the island told HCNN on Saturday.
Lawmaker Jean Fenel Tanis said he was contacted by a Beckham agent who told him of the British star soccer player's interest in making acquisition of a piece of land on the southern island of Ile-a-Vache, not far from the site where British privateer captain Henry Morgan's ship sank in the mid 1670s.
"An agent working for David Beckham contacted me recently and told me that Beckham wanted to acquire a piece of land on Ile-a-Vache where he would like to invest," Tanis told HCNN on Saturday.
"They contacted me because they know I am a representative of Ile-a-Vache in Parliament, but they did not tell me yet what the project is exactly about," Tanis said.
David Beckham. Photo: Flickr/Calcio Streaming
It is not clear whether Beckham would want to build a private home or a facility to host a project on the island, which has been the site for the implementation of the Haitian government's most ambitious tourism project costing several hundred million dollars.
"I told them to come to Haiti so I may introduce them to the authorities who may help Beckham make the investments he wishes to make," Tanis told HCNN, saying he was in contact by e-mail with Beckham's team.
"Actually, I have to get back to them soon to further talk about some details," he added.
Several international developers and partnering foreign government entities have already submitted proposals to relevant Haitian authorities to invest on the 13 km-long and 3.2 km-wide unspoiled island, near the southern city of Les Cayes.
About 15,000 people live on the island, which has two highly prized beach resorts Abaka Bay and Port-Morgan, the latter, named after Henry Morgan who narrowly survived the wreck of his Jamaican merchant ship in 1676, in the area.
Construction works are already underway to build different facilities, including an airport, which will be able to receive direct international flights, on Ile-a-Vache which is the French name for Cow Island.
Several beach resorts, villas, roads and other infrastructure will be built while protecting the island's current eco-system, according to a plan promoted by the Haitian government.
Haitian prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, and tourism minister, Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, have visited the island several times over the past months to supervise construction sites and meet with community members on the development of the project.