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NEWS April 24, 2019

Issuance of Sanctions Board Decision No. 118

Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 118 issued in Sanctions Case No. 488, the Sanctions Board imposes sanctions of debarment on Tiger IT Bangladesh Ltd (the “Respondent Firm”) and Mr. Ziaur Rahman (the “Individual Respondent”) (together, the “Respondents”). The Respondents are debarred with the possibility of conditional release after minimum periods of ineligibility of nine (9) years and six (6) months for the Respondent Firm, and six (6) years and six (6) months for the Individual Respondent.

These sanctions are imposed on the Respondent Firm for collusive, corrupt, and obstructive practices as defined in Paragraph 1.14(a)(iii), Paragraph 1.14(a)(i), and Paragraph 1.14(a)(v)(bb), respectively, of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits (May 2004, revised October 1, 2006, and May 1, 2010) (the “May 2010 Procurement Guidelines”); and on the Individual Respondent for collusive and corrupt practices as defined in Paragraph 1.14(a)(iii) and Paragraph 1.14(a)(i), respectively, of the May 2010 Procurement Guidelines.

Capsule Summary of Findings:

The Respondents were found liable for engaging in a collusive scheme to stifle open competition for a Bank-financed contract in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The Respondents were also found liable for soliciting bribe payments for a Bangladeshi public official in connection with that same contract. In addition, the Respondent Firm was found liable for deliberately acting to materially impede the Bank’s investigation of the misconduct at issue in this case. 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.