LUXEMBOURG, Nov 28, 2018
LUXEMBOURG, Nov 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Millicom, a leading provider of cable and mobile services that operates under the TIGO brand in Latin America, recently commissioned a study about its socio-economic impact in the countries where the company has a presence.
The study, which was conducted by Copenhagen Economics, showed that the company has invested over US$ 3.7 billion in Central and South America from 2014 to 2017, which represents 4.4% of the combined direct foreign investment in those countries(1).
Today, TIGO operations are deeply integrated in the economies, leading to a $5 billion contribution to Central and South America's combined GDP and $0.9 billion in taxes in 2017, which corresponds to the annual salary of 115,000 teachers in public schools in the region. What's more, it was evidenced in the study that for each direct job, TIGO generates 10 indirect jobs in the region.
"We have invested in bringing connectivity and technology to emerging markets in Latin America for more than 25 years", said Rachel Samrén, EVP Chief External Affairs Officer at Millicom. "A study like this one really illustrates the tremendous overall positive impact we have, beyond our business, in helping drive socio-economic growth in the countries where we operate".
"One of the big data points that derived from the study has to do with how Millicom is promoting the development of the communities", said Christian Jervelund, partner at Copenhagen Economics. "It is bringing new technology to urban and remote areas that connects users and promotes economic growth. At the same time, it outsources a great deal of labor intensive work to be carried out by local contractors, which creates economic activity and ripple effects through the entire economy".
Also related to the development of local communities is Millicom's corporate responsibility program. Only in 2017, TIGO operations devoted $9 million to social impact projects, an amount that was allocated to digitally connect more than 1,000 schools, train more than 50,000 women in the use of technology, and to benefit one million kids, teachers, parents, and entrepreneurs with education and technology tools. The study also shows that Millicom is empowering more than 5 million people with Tigo Money in the region, who otherwise would not be included in the local economy.
(1)The study included the following countries where TIGO has an active presence: Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bolivia and Paraguay. The basis for the analysis developed by the research firm included specific data on Millicom's economic activity in each of the seven countries, as well as relevant information from the GTAP (Global Trade Analysis Project), a global network of researchers that produces and tracks quantitative analysis of international economic policy issues, and National Statistics from sources such as the World Bank Database.
To learn about specific data from each country, visit www.millicom.com.
For further information, please contact
Vivian Kobeh, Corporate Communications Director
+1-305-476-7352 / +1-305-302-2858
Michel Morin, VP Investor Relations
Mauricio Pinzon, Investor Relations Manager
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