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NEWS November 12, 2020

Issuance of Sanctions Board Decision No. 128

Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 128 issued in Sanctions Case No. 683, the Sanctions Board imposes a sanction of debarment with conditional release after a minimum period of four years on the company A2Z Infra Engineering Limited (the “Respondent”).

This sanction is imposed on the Respondent for a fraudulent practice as defined in Paragraph 1.16(a)(ii) of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement of Goods, Works, and Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers (July 2014).

Capsule Summary of Findings:

The Respondent was found liable for engaging in a fraudulent practice by making one or more misrepresentations as a member of a joint venture bidding on multiple contracts under a Bank-financed project. The Respondent’s misrepresentations related to its history of contract performance and/or litigation and violated bidding requirements for disclosure of such information. The Sanctions Board found the evidence sufficient to conclude that the Respondent’s staff acted at least recklessly. In selecting the appropriate sanction for the Respondent, the Sanctions Board took into account all relevant sanctioning factors, including the Respondent’s mode of misconduct, which reflected consistently misleading actions and failures to disclose information to the PIU or seek clarification. Full discussion of the facts, allegations, and the Sanctions Board’s analysis can be found in the published decision.