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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-Shipment End-Use Check

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKA #1137 3550813
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 210813Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY DHAKA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 9809

UNCLAS DHAKA 001137

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC BG
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050099495

REF: SECSTATE 066361

1. Post conducted a site visit to Asia Projects and met with
officials at Bangladesh,s Director General for Defense
Purchase (DGDP) to conduct a background check on Asia
Projects License number: 050099495. Representatives from
Asia Projects and DGDP confirmed the order/receipt of
articles specified in reftel request.

2. Asia Projects provided copies of contract excerpts and
correspondence, documenting its past experience in
representing U.S. companies, including Associated Industries,
with Bangladesh defense procurement tenders dating back to
1993. Asia Projects, other U.S. suppliers include M/S Power
Conversion Technologies, Inc. (based in Harmony, PA);
Maranatha Industries (based in Payne, OH), and NAPCO
International, Inc (based in Hopkins, MN).

3. Like other vendors to DGDP, Asia Projects plays an
intermediary role of preparing bid submissions for DGDP
tenders and representing U.S. suppliers through the bidding
process. Both DGDP and Asia Projects report that all goods
are received directly by DGDP for transfer to the military.

4. In its contract documentation, Asia Projects included
excerpts from Contract No. 214/2050/C/DGDP/PROV/SIG/P-2,
dated 13 March, 2008 specified in reftel request. Col.
M.A.S. Sedeque, Director of Army Purchases at DGDP, told
Pol-Econoff that the consignment from this contract was
delivered directly to the Bangladeshi Army through the DGDP
depot at Chittagong Port, Bangladesh,s primary port. He
confirmed that the Bangladeshi Army received all the items in
this contract and that the Signals Base Workshop will store
the consignment until issued to Bangladeshi Army personnel.
Dean

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