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NEWS December 6, 2021

Issuance of Sanctions Board Decision No. 135

Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 135 issued in Sanctions Case No. 658, the Sanctions Board imposes a sanction of debarment with conditional release after a minimum period of ineligibility of six (6) years and six (6) months on Thai Son Traffic Work Construction JSC (formerly Hang An Group JSC) (the “Respondent”).

The Respondent is sanctioned for fraudulent and obstructive practices as defined in Paragraph 1.14(a)(ii) and Paragraph 1.14(a)(v) of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement Under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits (May 2004, revised October 1, 2006, and May 1, 2010). In order to be released from debarment after the minimum period, the Respondent must demonstrate adoption and implementation of an effective integrity compliance program in a manner satisfactory to the World Bank Group.

Capsule Summary of Findings:

The Respondent was found liable for engaging in a fraudulent practice by knowingly using subcontractors without authorization during the implementation of a World Bank-financed contract in Vietnam. In addition, the Respondent was found liable for engaging in an obstructive practice by acting to impede a World Bank investigation, including by making false statements to the investigators, submitting falsified records, and attempting to induce a witness to fabricate evidence. In selecting the appropriate sanction for the Respondent, 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.