- In Aug.2015, ALIT entrusted CEIEC to act solely on its behalf to fulfill the contract.
In a special media statement, Aerospace Long-march International Trade Co. Ltd (ALIT) has clarified about the Lotus Tower deal. The statement has been issued following the remarks made by the President Maithripala Sirisena, at the opening of the Colombo Lotus Tower on Monday.
Below is the full media statement.
” We noticed the recent media reports about Aerospace Long-march International Trade Co. Ltd (ALIT)’s participation in the Lotus Tower project. We hereby make clarifications as follows:
ALIT and CEIEC formed a consortium in Aug. 2010 in order to pursuit the Lotus Tower Project. The contract was signed in Jan. 2012. In Aug.2015, ALIT entrusted CEIEC to act solely on its behalf to fulfill the contract. Those are normal business operations and comply with international business practice.
According to the contract, TRCSL paid USD 15,644,980 as advance payment to CEIEC’s account in China Export-Import Bank of China on Oct. 9, 2012. This sum had been used for the project purpose solely.
The inauguration of the Lotus Tower project is not only a remarkable milestone of the project, but also a significant symbol of friendly cooperation between China and Sri Lanka. ALIT is operating in more than 40 countries around the world and has won high acclaims from our customers.
ALIT cherishes the friendly relations between China and Sri Lanka, and will continue to participate in the economic construction and development drive of Sri Lanka to help promote “the China-Sri Lanka All-round cooperation Partnership of Sincere Mutual Support and Ever-lasting friendship”.
Aerospace long-march International Trade Co. Ltd
No.7 building, Section 15, ABP Beijing, No.188
Nansihuan Xilu Fengtai District, Beijing 100070, P.R.China
Phone: 010-56533700 Fax: 010-56533777 56533888 ”
In a recent statement opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa vehemently denied the Rs 2 Bn lotus tower scam allegation levelled by President Maithripala Sirisena, at the opening remarks at the Lotus Tower Opening ceremony.
Rejecting as baseless the claim made by President Maithripala Sirisena that the government had incurred a loss of Rs. 2 billion due to a Chines company that had received the amount as advance payment being nonexistent by 2016, former Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Anusha Pelpita said that no amount of money had been paid to ALIT, the Company that was mentioned by the President in his speech.
In a special clarification made by Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku it was stated that the Embassy prepared a report about its visit to the Aerospace long-march International Trade Co. Ltd (ALIT) and the meeting, and the report was forwarded to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka for their information.