Barbados Finance involved in questionable mobile license for Jamaica

The main opposition of Jamaica, the Jamaica Labour Party is vex with Portia Simpson-Miller‘s regime in issuing a cabinet committee to probe how a cellular contract was awarded to Solutrea, the Jamaica Observer explains –

According to the JLP’s spokesman on mining, energy and telecommunications, Clive Mullings, the team was an example of “Caesar appealing to Caesar“.

However, Mullings told a press briefing at the party’s Belmont Road head office in Kingston that the JLP was anxious to see the findings of the report.

The Cabinet team comprises Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Phillip Paulwell; Minister of Information, Donald Buchanan; Dr Jean Dickson, the permanent secretary in Paulwell’s ministry; and Dr Carlton Davis, the Cabinet secretary.

It seems the nature of the currency in a transaction is the bone of contention since the offer was not ratified where the money came from –

[Mullings] told reporters that the cheque which Paulwell said he received for late payment of the local licence was in Barbadian dollars although the company involved was doing no business in that country.

Why is the minister getting a cheque in Barbadian dollars from an entity which is not operating in Barbados? he asked.

Mullings also questioned the silence of both Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Minister of Finance and Planning Omar Davies on the issue.

The JLP expects a full disclosure on the topic regardless of who consists of the committee set to unearth any possible improprieties…

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  1. Solutrea was delisted from the Alberta Securities TSX for failure to post Q2 07 financials and is at this time not publicly traded. Recently, Jan 08 a board of directors member quit and from what we understand this is the underpinnings of mismanagement, poor and deceptive business practices, a questionable ties. It is not surprising that Solutrea failed in its financial obligations as we understand that the have failed to remit payment to several vendors for work and processes completed. Smoke and Mirrors comes to mind.


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