American rapper Kanye West said on a video podcast Saturday that Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise gave Tortuga Island to him and Shervin Pishevar, an Iranian-American entrepreneur, to build a futuristic city.
Haiti’s Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe clarified on Monday that President Moise didn’t hand Tortuga Island over to West. However, West can still implement development projects there, of which there are many being planned, Joseph said.
“The president… cannot cede an island to an individual,” Jouthe told Le Nouvelliste. “There can always be a concession contract with any company that would like to do development projects in the country.”