Here is a picture of the three buildings that have been hit with gunshots. They are Natcom, Marriot and Digicel buildings hit by 13 gunshots
The insecurity continues to show its head in Haiti and nothing or no one can feel secure in this country. We have pictures to demonstrate that some of the biggest businesses in the country have now been targeted.
Natcom, Marriot and Digicel buildings are now the lats victims of the unsecurity as it was confirmed that these three building were have been hit with bullets. A total of 13 bullet holes have been documented; some of which shattered windows of the buildings
To create interest among old and new customers, Digicel has decided to transform its TchoTcho service into Mon Cash.
Digicel's Tcho-Tcho has been re-branded as Mon Cash. For subscribers no standard bank account is necessary to use Mon Cash. The updated version includes more functionality with an expanded network of authorized agents. Account types offered include mini and comprehensive portfolios and a regular account.
The new version is focusing on intra-Haiti money transfers. Digicel boasts Mon Cash ". . . the safest, most convenient, fastest and . . . economical to send and receive money . . ." in Haiti.
Here is a picture of the new Marriott International as Digicel new hotel
The latest of the brand new hotels that have been added to the list of Haiti's new tourism vectors is the Port-au-Prince Marriott, an undertaking that has taken four years to complete. Its opening was so important as to draw the attention of the Haitian Head of State, President Michel Martelly, who was on hand for the inauguration. Today, the hotel is up and running, bringing in tourist dollars to the tune of from US $149 to US $179 per night.
For a country that has been challenged recently with a political standoff that has led to multiple demonstration, an oil strike, and various other riots against the administration, the opening of the hotel was a bright spark for the promise it brings to the communities of Port-au-Prince and the larger Haitian Diaspora. Digicel Group head Denis O'Brien mentioned on the occasion that Haiti was not the only country struggling with unrest. He explained that the country's problems weren't enough to deter visitors and investors, he himself being an overseas investor.
Also present at the event was former President of the United States Bill Clinton. In his address to them, President Clinton highlighted the chance the hotel's 200 workers have to be the face of Haitian tourism every day, showing visitors the warmth, hospitality, and professionalism the country has to offer. Nearly all of the workers are from the Haitian workforce, many of them from needy backgrounds. Digicel Foundation, Marriott Hotel group and the Bill Clinton Foundation were the partners in the project.
A new Marriott in the heart of Port-au-Prince. Here is an important milestone in Haiti, the opening of the Marriott Port-au-Prince.
With the help of the Clinton Foundation worked closely with Marriott and Digicel Group, this new hotel will likely attract more foreign direct investment to Haiti
Like a shiny, white beacon to match the high expectations being placed on its shoulders, the 11-story Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince, newly opened for business as of the 25th of February, stands out for its newness, simplistic outer design and its ability to reflect the sunlight. While Haiti on a whole and its tourism sector in particular have been benefitting from a tremendous influx of support from local investments and help from around the world, leading to the erection of many new hotels, the implementation of a hibiscus rating system, and a general overhaul of many popular tourist sites with the addition of new ones, it is this hotel which garnered much attention, compelling the presence of Haiti's President Michel Martelly, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton to its grand opening.
Here is a picture of the newly built Hotel Marriott in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Marriott Port-au-Prince, a Clinton Foundation Digicel collaboration
Digicel, the Clinton Foundation and the Marriott hotel chain have come together to create what is the first international brand in Haiti, the Marriott Port-au-Prince. Using a palette of color and design that reeks of modernity, minimalism and taste, the hotel aims to be broadly appealing as well as be sustainable. Along the lines of the latter endeavor, the hotel employs mainly Haitians, and also uses local business to provide the hotel's food, artwork, furnishings and amenities. In the making since 2011, the hotel will finally open up this year with rates starting at $129.
The founder of the organization APLADEM, Uzale Remay, has been nominated Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year 2014
Uzale Remay, founder of APLADEM, was awarded the prize of the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Digicel Foundation. The tradition of awarding those who survive Haiti's tough business climate to make successful businesses from the ground up began five years, when Remay's company, which she started in Jacmel, was 20 years old. She began her company after witnessing the waste of fruit produce in her community. She made contact with the Ministry of Agriculture and worked out a system that allowed for the formation of a fruit transformation process, which proved very profitable and resourceful.
Here is a picture of the Final National Digicel "Entrepreneur de l'année 2014" that took place on December 16, at Hotel Caribe in Haiti
This year, a short list of 85 finalists for 2014 EOTY has been prepared out of over 250 initial entries and the list reflects the changing face of a new Haiti moving on a journey to advancement and prosperity. This year the winners will be selected in a new way-- two finalists from each category will be selected from the west, and one from each category in the center, north and south Haiti. The theme of the award has been chosen as "A Voice for Entrepreneurs". The entrepreneurs will describe what they need to achieve success, how they achieve growth, what they can to contribute to the community and their vision for the future. Maarten Boute, the CEO of Digicel Haiti, has welcomed the rise in the number of women finalists (25% from an earlier 20%). The first twenty five finalists will be taken to an executive education program at Florida International University in Miami, focusing on finding new opportunities and achieving success.
The Digicel Foundation has been a true partner in Haiti. This is a picture where the foundation is celebrating the opening of its 150th School in Haiti
At the opening of the 150th school built in Haiti by the Digicel Foundation, the company's founder, Dennis O'Brien addressed those present at Ecole Nationale de Grande Savane's grand opening by outlining the direction needed to secure Haiti a brighter future. The company's focus on education, with investments into these new school facilities costing many millions of dollars, was not by chance. According to O'Brien, Haiti's very future is heavily dependent on the investment into children and education people can make today. Putting money where his mouth is, O'Brien announced that the company will be continuing the project with a new 2-year programme.
Here is a classic case of an individual who would not accept defeat. Many people present at the Digicel Stars 2014 felt that there was something fishy about the result of the competition when it was announced that Rose Dahlia was the winner.
For many people, the think that the organizers of the Digicel Star, Carel Pedre in particular, is not rewarding people in the competition based on their ability.
The majority of the people present think that the winner of the Digicel Stars 2014 is Charlin Bateau.
Kreyol Pale, Kreyol Kompran
♫♪♫ ♪ ♫ Magouy, Magouy, Magouy.......
Mezanmi, moun yo rele Magouy fèt nan Digicel Stars 2014.
Digicel held their fourth annual 2013 Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year event at the Karibe. Out of 24 finalists in the competition, five won Entrepreneur of the Year trophies. Haitian entrepreneur, Dr. Ronald Laroche, won trophies in two divisions.
The presentation ceremony started with the appearance of Digicel CEO, Denis O'Brien, with 24 finalists walking behind him. Soprano Deborah Henristal sang the national anthem, and Dr. Laroche showed off his trophies during a photo op.