Aerospace Long-March International Trade co. Ltd. (ALIT) had withdrawn from the Colombo Lotus Tower project without informing the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Of Sri Lanka, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku said today.
He said that the construction of the Lotus Tower had originally been assigned to two Chinese companies, namely China National Electronics Importers & Exporters Corporation (CEIEC) and ALIT.
Kodituwakku said that in mid- 2018, President Maithripala Sirisena telephoned him in Beijing and requested that he look into the whereabouts of ALIT, as letters posted to it by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Of Sri Lanka had been returned to Colombo informing that no such company was at the given address.
“I then entrusted the task of tracing the current location of ALIT (since the company was no longer located at the given address) to the Head of the Commercial Section of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing,” the Ambassador said.
He said that after much effort, the Embassy found that the company had moved to a different location and had also withdrawn from the Lotus Tower project, without informing the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Of Sri Lanka.
“Once the company’s new premises were located, we visited it and met the officials who were present there at the time. They then informed us that their company (ALIT) was no longer involved in the Lotus Tower project. Following this meeting. the Embassy prepared a report about our visit and the meeting. and this report was forwarded to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Of Sri Lanka for their information,” the Ambassador said.
Simultaneously, he said they were able to establish connections with the other company (CEIEC) and the Lotus Tower project went ahead to be completed this year.
The above information is given based on my recollections Of the interventions made by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing regarding this project a few months ago.