Tuesday 31st January, 2017: Digicel Samoa Ltd announced the payment of a WST$1,000,000 dividend to local shareholders, further demonstrating its commitment to Samoa and SNPF’s contributing members.
Since its launch in 2006, Digicel has invested over WST$210 million and from 2012, Digicel has returned a total of WST$8.6 million to CSL Mobile (SNPF) in the form of Dividends and a one-off payments.
Ms. Faumuina Esther Lameko Poutoa, CEO of SNPF, received the cheque on behalf of local shareholders from Mr. Milos Surla, CEO of Digicel Samoa at the SNPF offices. Ms. Faumuina said “Our partnership with Digicel over the last 10 years, has been extremely successful as we see the consistent technological innovation and provision of world-class services here in Samoa. And as our partnership continues to thrive, our SNPF members will continue to see a direct benefit, namely in financial returns”. Mr. Surla reaffirmed Digicel’s commitment to Samoa. “We will continue to lead with world-class communications, through multi-million Tala investment programmes in cutting-edge technologies” he said. “Our success is Samoa’s success, and as locals continue to invest with us, they are further investing in the future of Samoa. I would like to thank the people of Samoa for their continued support.”
Digicel Samoa Chairman, Pepe Christian Fruean added that “the partnership between the CSL mobile (and all SNPF members) and Digicel continues to reap significant rewards for the community as a whole, from community development initiatives to the support of several grass-roots programmes and, as noted last year, a steady stream of financial returns to local shareholders, in particular SNPF members, whose investments have contributed to Digicel’s success over the years.”
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Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 15 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the presenting partner of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.