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Irish cellphone tycoon banks on helping create a smarter Haiti

Denis O’Brien sees Haiti as an entrepreneurial diamond in the rough, which he aims to polish by investing in local businesses and developing infrastructure

By David Adams  /  Reuters, PORT-AU-PRINCE

The school’s nine classrooms, computer lab, auditorium, cafeteria, library and basketball court cost US$326,000.

The Digicel Foundation has built 87 schools so far, at an average cost of about US$180,000. It does not pay operating costs and so is careful to pick communities that are committed to running the school.

At the inauguration, children in plaid uniforms sang a welcome song ending with a shout of: “Long live Haiti. Long live Digicel.”

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