Integrity in Development Projects: The African Development Bank and GH Management Consultants Conclude a Settlement Agreement and Resolve Fraud Allegations
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), on 16 January 2018, announced the conclusion of a settlement agreement with GH Management Consultants and its managing partner, Mr. George HANIN. An investigation undertaken by the Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption of the AfDB established that GH Management had engaged in fraudulent practices in bidding for and executing a contract providing consultancy services in the context of the AfDB-financed Statistics and Public Finance Institutional Support Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo: GH Management falsified its past experience in order to qualify for the tender. Furthermore, the company failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, in consideration of their cooperation with the investigation, GH Management Consultants and Mr. HANIN will be excluded from benefitting from AfDB financing for a minimum period of fifteen months. They will be released from debarment subject to the company’s senior management undergoing commercial ethics training.
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