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Kenyan government to investigate corruption allegations over new procurement policy


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November 24, 2013

By Will Green

The Kenyan government has launched an investigation into allegations of corruption surrounding the implementation of a new procurement policy targeting disadvantaged groups.

Under a presidential directive, 30 per cent of government tenders will go to the young, women and the disabled, who need to sign up to a register administered by the National Treasury.

In a statement, the National Treasury has responded to allegations that officials have taken money as part of the registration process.

The statement said: “We would like to assure the general public that the registration and certification undertaken by the National Treasury is offered free of any charge whatsoever. Anyone purporting to extort money from the public will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“Although we are confident that the exercise is being done openly and transparently we have initiated investigations and are monitoring the process keenly to ensure that our confidence in the process is well founded.”

Botswana: PPADB boss calls for qualified procurement staff


Mmegi Online

By Nnasaretha Kgamanyane

The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) executive chairperson, Bridget John has urged government to hire qualified people to provide procurement services for good delivery to clients.

Speaking at the PPADB media brief at Gaborone Sun recently, John said that procurement job is not a minor task as it needs people who have been trained and have a good background in the job. She said that this will not only benefit the institution but will upgrade the quality of services government gives to Batswana. She added that PPADB is an institution that was primarily established to adjudicate and award tenders, register contractors wishing to do business with the government and provide advise on public procurement and asset disposal.

John said the organisation uses more than two people to independently evaluate tender proposals. She said that this avoids situations where two evaluators can influence each other on who to give the tender. It promotes transparency because after the evaluations, all the information is compiled and a recommendation is made which makes it easier to spot any signs of corruption.”The evaluation can clearly point to the company that must be awarded the tender but if the recommendation says something else, we then review the proposals to ensure that the right bidder gets the tender. When making such evaluations, PPADB spot-checks the projects,” she pointed out.She said that PPADB checks if companies they have given tenders before had performed well. This is meant to make sure those that performed badly will not be given tenders.

Misconduct in a World Bank-financed project in Zambia


 World Bank

Enforcing Accountability: World Bank Debars Alstom Hydro France, Alstom Network Schweiz AG, and their Affiliates

 Press Release No:2012/282/INT

Companies commit to pay $9.5 million in restitution following acknowledgement of misconduct in a World Bank-financed project in Zambia

 

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2012—The World Bank Group today announced the debarment of Alstom Hydro France and Alstom Network Schweiz AG (Switzerland) – in addition to their affiliates – for a period of three years following Alstom’s acknowledgment of misconduct in relation to a Bank-financed hydropower project.

The debarment is part of a Negotiated Resolution Agreement between Alstom and the World Bank which also includes a restitution payment by the two companies totaling approximately $9.5 million. The debarment can be reduced to 21 months – with enhanced oversight – if the companies comply with all conditions of the agreement.

This case demonstrates a clear commitment from the World Bank to ensure development funds reach their intended beneficiaries while setting a high standard for global integrity where project resources may be at stake,” said Leonard McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice President. Alstom’s settlement with the Bank is a wake-up call to global companies that are involved in development business that need to ensure their operations with the World Bank are clean. Alstom is a major player in the hydropower sector and their commitment under this agreement is a significant step in deterring the risks of fraud and corruption.

In 2002, Alstom made an improper payment of €110,000, to an entity controlled by a former senior government official for consultancy services in relation to the World Bank-financed Zambia Power Rehabilitation Project. During the debarment period of Alstom Hydro France and Alstom Network Schweiz AG, Alstom SA and its other affiliates are conditionally non-debarred.

Under the Agreement, Alstom SA, Alstom Hydro France, Alstom Network Schweiz AG and their affiliates commit to cooperating with the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency and continuing to improve their internal compliance program. The debarment of Alstom Hydro France and Alstom Network Schweiz qualifies for cross-debarment by other MDBs under the Agreement of Mutual Recognition of Debarments that was signed on April 9, 2010.

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About The World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency (INT)

The World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) is responsible for preventing, deterring and investigating allegations of fraud, collusion and corruption in World Bank projects, capitalizing on the experience of a multilingual and highly specialized team of investigators and forensic accountants.  INT’s work during this fiscal year included:

   62 debarments of firms and individuals for engaging in wrongdoing, whilejointly debarring 14 entities with other Multilateral development Banks

   Based on an INT referral, UK authorities ordered Macmillan Publishers Limited to pay over £11 million. WBG debarred Macmillan for 6 years (2010), for bribery linked to an education project in Sudan.

   The Norwegian Authorities also took prosecutorial action against three former employees of “Norconsult,” based on an INT referral.

   An International Corruption Hunters Alliance brought together 286 senior enforcement and anticorruption officials from 134 countries, to inject momentum into global anti-corruption efforts.

   A cross-debarment agreement among the Multilateral Development Banks, so that companies debarred by the Bank Group can no longer seek business from other multilateral development banks (MDBs), closing a loophole in multilateral development programs

   Cooperation agreements in support of  parallel investigations, asset recovery and information sharing with the UK Serious Fraud Office, the European Anti-Fraud Office, Interpol, the International Criminal Court, USAID, and the Australian Agency for International Development.

   Enhanced preventive training and forensic audits designed to identify and address red flags and integrity controls in World Bank projects. 

Contacts:

In Washington: Dina Elnaggar (202) 4733245, Delnaggar@worldbank.org 

For further information on the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency, please visit:

www.worldbank.org/integrity

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