Friday 23 February 2018

O'Brien honoured for Digicel's role in Jamaican economy

Peter Flanagan

DIGICEL chairman and founder Denis O'Brien has been named winner of the 'Jamaica Observer' Business Leader Foreign Investor Award at a ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica.

The telecoms entrepreneur won the award which is aimed at individuals, groups or companies who have made "significant contributions to the economic, social growth and development of Jamaica".

This year, the 'Jamaica Observer' is said to have used the programme to promote the country for foreign investment -- turning the spotlight on those investments that have had a positive transformational impact on the local economy within the past 10 years.

The 'Jamaica Observer' highlighted Digicel's breaking of the telecoms monopoly in Jamaica nine-and-a-half years ago, when the company was founded in Jamaica.

Since then Digicel has expanded rapidly, and today it serves 11 million customers across 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific.

This award follows the 'Best Operator in a Developing Market' award Digicel won at the World Communications Awards for its work in Haiti, where it has strived to help the impoverished country rebuild in the wake of the earthquake.

Digicel Group chief executive Colm Delves said: "It's a real honour for our chairman and Digicel to be acknowledged in this way. We're delighted and would like to say a big thank you to our valued customers and our fantastic staff."

Irish Independent

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