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August 19, 2013

Beau Bassin-Rose Hill and Quatre Bornes: The Contract For CCTV Allocated to a Chinese Firm Sentenced for Corruption

This IS the Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE Corporation) that the contract for the provision of CCTV in Beau Bassin - Rose Hill has been allocated. Contract awarded by the Central Tender Board (CTB) and which amounts to Rs 159,057 823.29.

The catch: the company, which is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, was sentenced in June 2012, in Algeria, a fine of nearly Rs 1.25 million to corruption and influence peddling.
 ZTE Corporation, considered the fifth largest telecommunications company in the world, behind several scandals. This is demonstrated by an investigation of Trace International, American non-profit organization that, at the request of multinational companies wanting to do business with foreign companies, investigating them to see if they comply with the principles of good governance and transparency.It was in 2002 that ZTE has opened an office in Algeria.
 While she was in business with Algeria Telecom, a commission in Luxembourg, on the construction of a highway in the Maghreb countries, reveals that Mejdoub Chani, a businessman algéroluxembourgeois opened offshore bank accounts used by ZTE and another Chinese company "to make corrupt payments to a high ranking executive in Telecom Algeria, Mohamed Bukhari, in compensation for services rendered. The two Chinese companies used a shell company in the British Virgin Islands to transfer up to USD 10 million (note, Rs 300 million) to Bukhari's Account. " Information confi rmed by journalist Adber Battache, the newspaper Le Soir d'Algeria. The above two men were sentenced to 18 years in prison and a fine of five million dinars. And two executives of ZTE, Dong Tao and Chen Zhibo, were sentenced in absentia to ten years in prison. International arrest warrants have been issued against them. In addition, ZTE Algeria was fined 3 million dinars and exclusion from public contracts for two years for "corruption and influence peddling." ZTE Corporation has also been investigated for allegations of corruption in many other African countries, including Liberia. Similar surveys were conducted in Mongolia and the Philippines where the installation of national bandwidth that had been allocated contract was frozen. 
The U.S. Senate has also conducted its investigation and report published in October 2012, concluded that "ZTE is Closely tied to the Chinese military and Government bodies, uses unfair practices and HAS paid scraps to Obtain contracts in a number of locations. The Committee Advised against Allowing the Chinese company to do business in the United States, "says Trace International.Of national security issues have been raised, particularly in Iran, where ZTE has set up a monitoring system for the Telecommunication Company of Iran. A Reuters article dated March 2012 cites Tadjallimehr Mahmoud, a former project manager in telecommunications: "It is far more able of monitoring Citizens than I have ever seen in other equipment (...) Its capabilities include Being ble to locate users, Their intercept voice, text messaging, emails, chat conversations or web access. "
 Two foreign embassies in Mauritius closely monitor ZTE for several years and fear for national security. When asked, the communication unit of the police sent us to the CTB. Asked Prem Beeharry, president of CTB, said that "ZTE was the company that met the specifications of the most tender. We also asked her track record. We have no evidence that ZTE was banned by the World Bank, the European Union and the African Development Bank. It is not on the list of companies that, according to these funding agencies should not award contracts for corruption or other. "

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