Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 109 issued in Sanctions Case No. 443, the Sanctions Board imposes sanctions on Hifab International AB, Ms. Nathalie Tranefeldt, and Ms. Cristina Qvarfordt (the “Respondents”). Hifab International AB is debarred with the possibility of conditional release after a minimum period of ineligibility of three (3) years and one (1) month, and Ms. Tranefeldt and Ms. Qvarfordt are each debarred for a period of two (2) years and seven (7) months.
These sanctions are imposed on the Respondents for a corrupt practice as defined in Paragraph 1.22(a)(i) of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004, revised October 1, 2006) and Paragraph 1.22(a)(i) of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004, revised October 1, 2006, and May 1, 2010).
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The Respondents were found liable for giving a vehicle to a government official in connection with a Bank-financed contract in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. In selecting the appropriate sanction for the Respondents, the Sanctions Board took into account all relevant aggravating and mitigating factors. Full discussion of the facts, allegations, and the Sanctions Board’s analysis can be found in the published decision.