Digicel mum on Bermuda blunder
Digicel Pacific Finance Limited, the telecommunication company’s local finance arm, was accidentally registered as being based in the new geographic location of "Bermuda, Samoa", instead of its actual location in Samoa.
A company search on the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) business registry revealed the company, which manages Digicel Samoa’s commercial finances, had its headquarters incorrectly registered.
Digicel's Chief Executive Officer, Mark Witthuhn, declined to comment on the mix-up, but an M.C.I.L. spokesperson confirmed the listing was a mistake; that registered addresses should be local; and that Digicel had been informed and asked to correct their address.
The spokesperson explained that the registry's digital system did not pick up on the error in the address but that the Ministry would investigate improving the system.
Digicel Pacific Finance Limited owns 80 per cent of Digicel Samoa’s shares; the remainder belong to C.S.L. Mobile.
Emails, texts and calls to company’s Commercial Finance Manager, Fatuatia Taua’anae, who is responsible for the listing over how the company’s address could have been entered incorrectly were not responded to by press time.
Bermuda is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom's located off the east coast of the continental United States. It is more than 10,000 kilometres away from Samoa.