Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) met last week with representatives of Digicel during one of their routine visits to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson led the team comprising elected Provo members Goldray Ewing and Vaden Williams, and party chairman and appointed member Clarence Selver.
The Digicel team included local CEO EJ Saunders, PJ Mara, director of Digicel and chairperson of the Digicel Foundation, Lisa Lewis.
“The opposition felt that the dialogue was enlightening and useful. The Digicel representatives used the time to share what Digicel was accomplishing locally, regionally and internationally whilst highlighting its donations through its Foundation,” the PDM said in a press release.
The opposition party welcomed Digicel’s apparent strong sense of social responsibility and identified some of the social needs that it believes that corporate giants such as Digicel can lend assistance to. The opposition raised the matter of expatriate employees and placement for local staff. Digicel shared its commitment to training and succession planning for local staff as well as the company’s goal to localize its managers in a comprehensive succession plan in the many companies that it serves.
The opposition said it welcomed this commitment and pledged to further identify areas for sponsorship of local projects and programs.
“The opposition believes that it is important that there exists strong ties and open and frequent dialogue between the government, opposition and the private sector,” the PDM said.