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Fraud: AfDB Places Group On 12 months Conditional Non-debarment

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By Emmanuel Oluebube

The African Development Bank Group on April 17, 2020, announced a 12-month conditional non-debarment of Zhongmei Engineering Group Limited, an engineering company registered in Uganda.

An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that Zhongmei Engineering Group Limited engaged in fraudulent practice during a bidding process under the Road Sector Support Project 5. While submitting a bid for the tender for the Upgrading of the Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishaka/Kanungu Road in Uganda, the company misrepresented its date of incorporation.

AfDB says during the conditional non-debarment period, Zhongmei Engineering Group Limited remains eligible to participate in the group-financed projects provided it undertakes a corporate integrity compliance programme in accordance with the Bank’s Integrity Compliance Guidelines. Otherwise, the conditional non-debarment will convert to a sanction of debarment with conditional release, and the company will then become ineligible to participate in African Development Bank Group-financed projects until the conditions for its release are met.

The Road Sector Support Project 5 is financed under the African Development Fund, an entity of the African Development Bank Group.

African Development Bank staff and the general public can use the secured hotline +1 (770) 776-5658 and or secured  email server: investigations@iacd-afdb.org , to report sanctionable practices within the Bank or operations financed by the Bank Group.

Mail correspondence to  be marked “CONFIDENTIAL” should be sent to:

African Development Bank

Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption

mmeuble du Centre de commerce International d’Abidjan CCIA

Avenue Jean-Paul II

01 BP 1387

Abidjan 01, Côte d’Ivoire

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