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Aug 18, 2021

Smart Responds to Controversy over Phone Plans for G.O.B.

Smart Belize has responded to reports about the government contracts. In a press release issued today, Smart says it is not aware of any directives given by G.O.B. to switch their telecom services to Smart because the company is owned and operated by relatives of the Prime Minister.  However, Smart says they do know of a directive from G.O.B. for the various ministries to institute cost-saving measures.  According to Smart, as a result, both B.T.L. and Smart can now equally pursue government business by way of tender.  Smart says their proposals, for the first time in many years, have allowed the ministries to compare alternative proposals that result in considerable savings.  Smart says this new approach helps G.O.B. to lower costs and avoid waste. According to the release, Smart seeks a level playing field, something they say has been grossly absent in the past when it comes to G.O.B. business. Smart noted the company employs one hundred and fifty Belizeans. They further note the government is entitled to secure the best telecommunication services, as well as expect B.T.L. to be efficiently run.

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