Pursuant to Sanctions Board Decision No. 138 issued in Sanctions Case No. 693, the Sanctions Board imposes a sanction of conditional non-debarment for a period of two (2) years on Union Strong Group, Inc. (the “Respondent”). In case of non-compliance with the conditions within the prescribed period of non-debarment, the Respondent shall be automatically placed under debarment with conditional release for a minimum period of two (2) years and nine (9) months.
This sanction is imposed on the Respondent for a corrupt practice as defined in Paragraph 1.16(a)(i) 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) and Annex IV, Paragraph 2.2(a)(i) of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for Borrowers under Investment Project Financing (July 2016).
Capsule Summary of Findings:
The Respondent was found liable for engaging in a corrupt practice by making two payments to a public official in order to influence improperly the public official’s actions in the procurement and execution of Bank-financed contracts. In selecting the appropriate sanction for the Respondent, the Sanctions Board took into account all relevant sanctioning factors. Full discussion of the facts, allegations, and the Sanctions Board’s analysis can be found in the published decision.