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NEWS February 25, 2019

Issuance of Sanctions Board Decision No. 115

Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 115 issued in Sanctions Case No. 482, the Sanctions Board imposes sanctions of debarment on Software Development & IT Solution Joint Stock Company (CadPro., Jsc.) (the “Respondent Firm”), and Dr. Pham Hong Quang (the “Individual Respondent”) (together, the “Respondents”). The Respondent Firm is debarred with the possibility of conditional release after a minimum period of ineligibility of nine (9) years and nine (9) months. The Individual Respondent is debarred for a period of four (4) years and six (6) months.

These sanctions are imposed on the Respondent Firm for collusive, fraudulent, and obstructive practices, as defined in Paragraph 1.16(a)(ii), Paragraph 1.16(a)(iii), and Paragraph 1.16(a)(v)(bb) of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement of Goods, Works, and Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011) (the “January 2011 Procurement Guidelines”); and on the Individual Respondent for a collusive practice as defined in Paragraph 1.16(a)(iii) of the January 2011 Procurement Guidelines.  

Capsule Summary of Findings:

The Respondents were found liable for participating in an improper arrangement to stifle open competition for, and influence the award of, a Bank-financed contract. In addition, the Respondent Firm was found liable for making misrepresentations and obstructing a Bank audit relating to two Bank-financed contracts. In selecting the appropriate sanction for each of 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.