Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro, 2nd from r, signing the MOA with Antigua PM Gaston Browne, l, on Nov. 28, 2014. (Antigua Govt. image)
News Americas, ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mon. Dec. 1, 2014: Renowned Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro, has been named a Special Economic Envoy of the island of Antigua and Barbuda.
De Niro’s appointment to the post by Prime Minister Gaston Browne Friday came as the actor signed a Memorandum of Agreement for an investment project valued at over US $250 Million on the island.
De Niro, who is a regular visitor to one of Antigua and Barbuda’s most prestigious vacation resort Jumby Bay, signed the MOA giving the green light to the renovation and expansion of the K-Club on Barbuda into an exclusive 5-Star resort. De Niro and Australian businessman James Packer will help renovate and expand the former five-star luxury resort that closed several years ago.
Browne said he expects the deal to be signed late next month and for construction to begin in the next 12 months.
“We are indeed very delighted that you will be embarking on a very exciting project on Barbuda, transforming the island, making it one of the most exciting islands in the region,” Prime Minister Browne said. “Your project has increased interest in Barbuda. The project is attracting additional investors to our country. That is why I am delighted to appoint you as a Special Economic Envoy of Antigua and Barbuda to attract more investments to our twin island state. It is my belief that your celebrity status will attract more American celebrities to Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean.”
The award winning actor who has appeared in over ninety films, including the Godfather Part II and Raging Bull is also a film director, restaurateur and hotelier.
He noted that he is happy and excited to do business in Barbuda and pointed out the project will be unique and “great.” De Niro also thanked Prime Minister Browne and his Cabinet for accepting his team into the Antigua and Barbuda family and pledged not to let the government and country down.