AfDB Debars UK-Based Eduteq Ltd. for Fraudulent Practices
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on September 2, 2014, announced the conclusion of a Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) with Eduteq Ltd. based in Leicester, United Kingdom, and its director, Ms. Katrina Grant. Ensuing from an investigation by the AfDB’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD), the company admitted to fraudulent practices in the context of a bank-financed contract in Eritrea. In accordance with the NSA, the AfDB debars Eduteq Ltd. for a period of two years and six months; Ms. Grant is ineligible to be awarded a bank-financed contract for one year.
The release from debarment of Eduteq Ltd. is conditional to the company implementing a compliance program satisfactory to the AfDB. The company is eligible for cross debarment under the April 2010 Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions entered into by the African Development Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank Group.
“The African Development Bank has zero tolerance for fraud and corruption. This case demonstrates our commitment to investigate sanctionable practices, irrespective of whether these practices compromise large or small contracts in the context of bank-financed projects”, says Anna Bossman, Director of IACD.
In 2012, Eduteq Ltd. participated in bank-financed tenders for the delivery and installation of equipment for an education and training project in Eritrea. The company fraudulently failed to disclose its association with a consultant providing technical support to the government in the context of these tenders.
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