Digicel offers to help promote Jamaica as prime investment destination

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton (right), shares a light moment with Chief Executive Officer of Digicel, Barry O’Brien, at the launch of the Jamaica Investment Forum 2015 at the J. Wray and Nephew headquarters in New Kingston on Thursday, January 22. (Photo: JIS)


KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Jamaica, Barry O’Brien, is hailing Jamaica as a great place to do business and has offered to help promote the country as the preferred investment destination in the Caribbean.

Speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Investment Forum 2015 on Thursday (January 22), O’Brien said Digicel has reaped significant successes since it started business in the country in 2001.

“It’s been nothing but a success story for us. We used to consider ourselves as direct foreign investors, now we consider ourselves very much a Jamaican company,” he said.

“We have built a Jamaican company out of here. We are founded out of here, we feel Jamaican. We are a US$3 billion company per annum now in 32 different markets with our roots firmly here in Jamaica,” O’Brien noted.

The Digicel CEO said he is more than happy to work with JAMPRO, Jamaica’s trade and invest agency, to promote Brand Jamaica.

 “We want to be used as an example by the Government and JAMPRO of a foreign direct investment company that has been extremely successful here...that has grown this massive multi-nation business,” he said. “We have done extremely well out of (Jamaica), so why can’t other people?” he asked.

 The Jamaica Investment Forum 2015 planned for the Montego Bay Convention Centre from March 10 to 12, will showcase key growth sectors and significant investment opportunities in Jamaica.

Over 150 local and international investors are expected to attend the three-day event.

Published Date: 
Saturday, January 24, 2015