Digicel donates US$140,000 to OECS COVID-19 relief efforts

Regional telecommunications giant Digicel recently came to the aid of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, contributing US$140,000 to the OECS Commission’s COVID-19 response initative.

“As part of its private sector engagement, the OECS is pleased to announce its partnership with telecommunications provider Digicel. Digicel readily answered the call to action, recognizing the importance and needs of Member States of the OECS with a contribution of US$140,000,” the OECS Commission shared.

With the help pf Digicel, the OECS Commission also said it was able to source additional resources and establish a connection with a new personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier that provides options for high-quality medical equipment and supplies. From the total sum, the commission used US$100,000 to procure the much-needed PPEs.

According to Director General of the OECS Commission Dr Didacus Jules, the subregion has been fortunate to have not fared the worst of the pandemic. Nevertheless, he warned against becoming complacent.

Director General of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Dr Didacus Jules (File photo)

“In facing this disaster, we have tried to be ready. We thank Digicel for its contribution towards the COVID response mechanism of the OECS.  Our primary focus right now is on pooled procurement of supplies and equipment that will go a long way in ensuring continued containment and facilitate the systematic re-commencement of economic activity in the OECS,” Jules said

The OECS noted that its partnership with Digicel extends beyond helping acquire equipment for the pandemic.

“Digicel readily answered the call to action, recognizing the importance and needs of Member States of the OECS with a contribution of US$140,000.”

— Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

“Digicel is ensuring that OECS communications in the education sector is reaching its target audience during these challenging times. The company granted an in-kind contribution of US$40,000 to market educational content and messages through radio, television, and via Digicel’s SMS and social media platform,” the intergovernmental institution said.

Commenting on her company’s donation to the OECS, Digicel Saint Lucia CEO Sioban James-Alexander underscored the importance of Digicel participating in the “worthwhile effort”.  

Digicel Saint Lucia CEO Sioban James-Alexander (Photo: Silicon Caribe)

“The time has come for corporate entities to assist worthwhile endeavours that will help in the fight against this disease. And that is why Digicel has thrown its support behind the OECS Partnership against COVID-19 initiative,” she said.