Search

Africa's Public Procurement & Entrepreneurship Research Initiative – APPERI

Tag

Washington

Governance, Security Among Areas of U.S.-Nigerian Cooperation


U.S. Africa Command

By Anastasya Lloyd-Damnjanovic
U.S. Department of State

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jun 7, 2012 — Calling Nigeria “one of our most important strategic partners,” senior U.S. officials met with Nigeria’s foreign minister, Olegbenga Ashiru, and other Nigerian officials June 4-5, 2012 for the seventh gathering of the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission (BNC). The meeting was dedicated to evaluating past cooperative efforts and ideas for future coordination by the BNC’s working groups in governance, regional security, energy and agriculture.

Launched in April 2010, the BNC encourages greater U.S.-Nigerian cooperation through working groups that focus on areas of mutual interest.

At the June 4-5 meeting in Washington, the Governance, Transparency and Integrity Working Group identified electoral reforms and strategies to improve electoral procedure in preparation for the 2015 national elections as issues, as well as strategies to improve the Nigerian public’s confidence in anti-corruption measures. In his opening remarks, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns recognized the working group’s success in promoting the transparency of the 2011 Nigerian presidential election.

The United States contributed to a $31.3 million election assistance program for the Nigerian government and the Independent National Electoral Commission, resulting in an election that was widely considered free and fair.

“The United States is invested in Nigeria’s success because Nigeria’s challenges are Africa‘s challenges,” Burns said. “And if we can help Nigeria chart a secure, prosperous and democratic course, then Nigeria’s successes can be Africa’s as well.”

Nigeria is also the United States’ largest sub-Saharan trading partner.

The Regional Security Working Group reviewed reports of extra-legal activity by Nigerian security forces, considered ways to inform the public of governmental efforts to prevent violent extremism, and affirmed the continuation of cooperative efforts to improve Nigerian military and police units. Methods for the attraction of private investment and the distribution of the benefits from Nigeria’s natural wealth to its people were the focus of discussion by the Energy and Investment Working Group, while the Agriculture and Food Security Working Group examined opportunities for growth in the private agricultural sector and ways to increase agricultural lending in Nigeria.

The two countries concluded the BNC meeting with an agreement for a joint communique that will outline future assignments for the working groups and affirmed the United States’ commitment to holding a working group on the Niger Delta later this year.

“The robust engagement of local and federal government from both our countries over the past two days demonstrates the importance and depth of our partnership,” Burns said in closing remarks for the BNC at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington on June 5.

“I see enormous promise for Nigeria and for our relationship in the years to come,” he added.

Source: IIP Digital

Malawi to make a D.C. push


Politico.com

By Dave Levinthal and Anna Palmer with Abby Phillip

April 25th, 2012

MALAWI TO MAKE D.C. PUSH: Speaking of which, the Republic of Malawi has brought on the Whitaker Group and The Moffett Group to help it navigate Washington. The Whitaker Group will “facilitate visits to the U.S., meetings with stakeholders, including U.S. civil society organizations and the U.S. government and will help to build partnerships in key development-oriented sectors,” according to a document filed with the Justice Department. The firm’s consultant fee is $150,000 for three months work. The Moffett Group, meanwhile, is working a subcontractor for the Whitaker Group and will receive $6,000-monthly retainer over the three-month contract.

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.

————————————————————————————————————-

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

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: