Integrity in Development Projects: The African Development Bank and GERMS Consulting Conclude a Settlement Agreement and Resolve Fraud Allegations
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on December 19, 2017, announced the conclusion of a settlement agreement with GERMS Consulting. An investigation undertaken by the Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption of the AfDB established that GERMS Consulting had engaged in fraudulent practice in the execution of a contract supervising the works on the construction of a bridge over the river Niger in Farié. The contract is a component of the AfDB-financed Trans-Sahara Highway Project. GERMS Consulting misrepresented the circumstances surrounding the replacement of key personnel. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, in consideration of its cooperation with the investigation, GERMS Consulting will be excluded from benefitting from AfDB financing for a minimum period of twelve months and one day. GERMS Consulting will be released from debarment subject to the company’s senior management undergoing commercial ethics training and adequately compensating key personnel replaced under false pretext.
About the Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption
The Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption of the African Development Bank Group is responsible for preventing, deterring and investigating allegations of corruption, fraud and other sanctionable practices in Bank Group-financed operations.
For more information visit https://www.afdb.org/en/about-us/organisational-structure/integrity-and-anti-corruption/
African Development Bank staff and the general public may use secured hotlines of the Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption to report sanctionable practices within the Bank or operations financed by the Bank Group.
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