Jamaica honours 
Digicel founder

Denis O’Brien wins foreign investor award

Denis O’Brien, chairman and founder of Digicel, was named the winner of the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Foreign Investor Award at an awards ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica.

Each year, the Jamaica Observer identifies individuals, groups or companies who have made significant contributions to the economic, social growth and development of Jamaica.

This year, the Jamaica Observer used the programme to promote the country as a welcoming destination for foreign investment – turning the spotlight on those investments that have had a positive transformational impact on the local economy within the past ten 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. Using Jamaica as a springboard, Digicel expanded rapidly and today serves 11 million customers across 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. In addition the company employs around 4,500 people.

This latest prize follows Digicel being awarded Best Operator in a Developing Market at the World Communications Awards for its work in Haiti. Digicel helped in bringing mobile services to those that never before had the opportunity to access them.

Commenting on the double success, Digicel Group CEO, 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.”

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