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Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:10 AM
Anne McMorris-Cover, new head of enterprise operations.
Anne McMorris-Cover, new head of enterprise operations.

Digicel announces joint venture with Iliad

Digicel Group has struck a deal with Iliad SA, which gives the French operator access to its Radio Access Network in the French West Indies, and allows it to launch mobile services, the telecoms announced Tuesday.

The joint-venture agreement spans the islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, St Martin and St Barts.

“The two companies will share future operational investments, with an ambition of building one of the most extensive networks in the French West Indies by increasing the number of sites and providing further fibre connectivity for improved coverage and speed. The agreement is subject to the required regulatory approvals,” said a statement issued by Digicel.

Digicel Group CEO Jean-Yves Charlier said such a joint venture involving network sharing was a first for the telecoms, which was launched 17 years ago in Jamaica. Digicel now operates across 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific.

TAJ initiates survey on motor vehicle registration

Tax Administration Jamaica, TAJ, wants to know whether the motoring public would be willing to renew and pay for their motor vehicle registration certificates online, and then have the documents and the accompanying delivered, for which they would pay an extra fee.

The survey is being conducted online through the TAJ’s website – – and in person at select tax offices islandwide.

The initiative is contemplated among services that are expected to eventually migrate online, but which have speeded up by the need for social distancing to cope with COVID-19, a novel coronavirus for which there is yet no vaccine or proven treatment.

“Persons are encouraged to participate in this survey, as the data gathered will inform how the authority moves forward with making online payment for the renewal of motor vehicle registration a reality,” TAJ said in a statement.

NCB announces new role for operations head

NCB Financial Group Limited has named Anne McMorris-Cover as head of enterprise operations for banking subsidiary National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited, NCBJ, effective June 1.

She was previously assistant general manager in charge of group operations at NCBJ.

NCB said in announcing the appointment that McMorris-Cover has had over 25 years of local and international experience managing and developing large teams in the financial services industry, and other enterprises.

She will report to the senior general manager in charge of information technology, a position held by Howard Gordon.