Integrity and Anti-Corruption

26-Jun-2019

Integrity in Development Projects: African Development Bank Blacklists Oceanic Construction and Engineering Nigeria for 48 Months for Fraudulent Practices

The African Development Bank Group has blacklisted Abuja-based construction firm Oceanic Construction and Engineering Nigeria for a minimum period of 48 months for fraudulent contract bidding, the Bank announced on Wednesday. An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that the company misrepresented its year of incorporation, the value of its reference contracts, and the experience of its key personnel while bidding for two works contracts under the Bank-financed Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project in Nigeria. The Urban...
22-Mar-2019

Integrity in Development Projects: The African Development Bank and GE Power Reach Settlement on Legacy Alstom Misconduct

The African Development Bank Group today announced the conclusion of a settlement agreement with GE Power, thus resolving sanctionable practices committed by former Alstom companies.  An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that in 2006 and 2011 the companies, then named Alstom Power Generation AG, Alstom Power GmbH and Alstom Egypt for Power & Transport Projects S.A.E., engaged in two instances of corrupt practices and in one instance of a fraudulent practice in the context of the Bank-financed Suez Thermal Power Plant Project...
23-Jan-2019

Integrity in Development Projects: African Development Bank Debars ALG GLOBAL CONCEPT and its Managing Director for 36 Months, for Fraudulent Practices

The African Development Bank Group on January 23, 2019, announces the debarment of ALG Global Concept Nigeria Limited, a construction company registered in Nigeria and its Managing Director, Mr. Abuharaira Labaran Gero, for a period of 36 months. An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that ALG Global Concept and its Managing Director engaged in numerous fraudulent practices in bidding for a construction contract under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase One in Nigeria (ATASP-1), in the Federal Republic of...
10-Sep-2018

Integrity in Development Projects: African Development Bank Debars Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement and Mr. Benjamin TCHOFFO for 36 Months

The African Development Bank Group on September 10, 2018, announced the debarment of the Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement (CARFAD), a consulting company based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and its Executive Director,  Benjamin Tchoffo for a minimum period of 36 months. An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that CARFAD and Mr. TCHOFFO engaged in an obstructive practice by materially impeding the exercise of the Bank’s inspection and audit rights. Previously, CARFAD had been awarded a consultancy...
07-May-2018

Integrity in Development Projects: African Development Bank debars CHINT Electric for 36 months for fraudulent practices

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on May 7, 2018, announced the conclusion of a settlement agreement with CHINT Electric Co., Ltd., a power transmission and distribution equipment manufacturer and EPC contractor. An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that CHINT Electric engaged in a multitude of fraudulent practices: In bidding for contracts in the context of numerous Bank-financed power projects, the company misrepresented its experience with similar assignments in order to meet qualification requirements. As part of the...
20-Sep-2017

Integrity in Development Projects: African Development Bank Debars Malian Company Entreprise de Construction Urbaine et Rurale

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on September 19, 2017, announced the debarment of Entreprise de Construction Urbaine et Rurale (ECUR) for a minimum period of three years. An investigation conducted by the AfDB’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that ECUR engaged in a fraudulent practice in the execution of a road rehabilitation project in Mali: The company submitted a forged bank guarantee to secure an advance payment on a works contract financed by the AfDB. Upon expiry of the debarment period, ECUR shall be released provided that the company adopts and...
22-Aug-2017

Integrity in Development Projects: African Development Bank Debars Chongqing International Construction Corporation for Fraud

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on August 22nd, 2017, announced the debarment of Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) for a minimum period of twelve months. An investigation conducted by the AfDB’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that CICO engaged in a fraudulent practice in bidding for works contracts in the context of an AfDB-financed road project in Uganda: In order to meet the pre-qualification requirements of the tenders, CICO inflated its purported experience with similar projects, grossly overstating both the scope and the value of...
10-Nov-2016

AfDB establishes Africa Integrity Fund

In response to the challenges facing Regional Member Countries (RMCs) in the fight against corruption and in line with the institution’s priorities, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, approved the establishment of the Africa Integrity Fund (AIF). The Fund, proposed by the Bank’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD), will finance programs which contribute to the prevention, detection, investigation and sanctioning of corruption. The Fund will equally support measures supporting the repatriation of stolen assets and alleviating...
28-Oct-2016

AfDB, partners urge companies to actively tackle corruption

Côte d’Ivoire has joined the Partnership on Illicit Finance. The announcement was delivered by Fiacre Adopo, Adviser to the Minister of Budget, who represented the Ivorian Government during a workshop on tackling corruption, illegal trade and other forms of illicit financial flows (IFF), hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The AfDB has reiterated during the two-day workshop in Abidjan the critical importance of cutting the channels of IFFs, a key to unlocking the continent’s development potential. The workshop brought together some 70 financial intelligence experts and...
13-Jan-2016

African Development Bank adopts Integrity Due Diligence Policy on non-sovereign operations, a mitigating strategy to safeguard its investment policy

In its bid to further promote good governance and ethical business practices in its operations and investment decisions, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), met on January 13, 2016 in Abidjan and approved the Integrity Due Diligence Policy on non-sovereign operations (IDD). Board members in their majority welcomed the IDD Policy which they described as vital for the institution, in its quest for efficiently identifying, accessing, mitigating, managing and monitoring integrity risks. The Policy also supports the AfDB’s Know Your Customers Practices, a...
10-Dec-2015

International Anti-Corruption Day: AfDB calls for stronger measures in Africa

“Africa loses $148 billion to corruption every year. Just think of how many continents you could light up with that amount,” Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, said Wednesday. He was speaking at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on December 9, 2015 in commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day under the theme Break the Corruption Chain. Adesina noted that it would cost $55 billion a year to light up and power Africa, and that this money was available given the continent’s $82 trillion in undiscovered resources. But, because of...
02-Dec-2015

Integrity in Development: AfDB and Hitachi, Ltd. conclude settlement agreement

The African Development Bank Group (“AfDB”) announces that on November 30, 2015, it concluded a Settlement Agreement with Hitachi, Ltd. (“Hitachi”) of Tokyo, Japan. The Settlement Agreement follows a three-year investigation by the AfDB’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (the “IACD”) into allegations of sanctionable practices by certain Hitachi subsidiaries on the AfDB-financed Medupi Power Station Boiler Works Contract in the Republic of South Africa. The IACD alleged that at the material time Hitachi Power Europe GmbH (“HPE”), based in Germany, and its South African subsidiary,...
05-Oct-2015

AfDB hosts Dakar workshop for CSOs on the role of technology in transparency

Civil society has a key role to play in fighting corruption – from monitoring public services, denouncing bribery and raising awareness, to contributing to the implementation of international anti-corruption instruments such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The African Development Bank’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD) acknowledges the important role of civil society in the fight against corruption. In line with its engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs), the AfDB organized a two-day workshop in Dakar, Senegal, on September 14 and 15...
01-Oct-2015

Integrity in Development Projects: AfDB and SNC-Lavalin settle corruption allegations

The African Development Bank Group (“AfDB” or “Bank”) on October 1st, 2015, announced the conclusion of a settlement with SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (“SNC-Lavalin”). The settlement follows an inquiry supervised by the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (“IACD”) of the Bank and pertains to contracts awarded to SNC-Lavalin International Inc. (“SNCLI”) on two AfDB-financed projects in Uganda and Mozambique. The agreement resolves allegations uncontested by the company of illicit payments ordered by former SNCLI employees to public officials in order to secure contracts. Under the terms of the...
15-Dec-2014

Integrity in AfDB Projects: AfDB debars and fines China First Highway Engineering Co. Ltd.

The AfDB imposes a three year debarment on China First Highway Engineering Co. Ltd. following admission of fraudulent and collusive practices in an AfDB-financed project. In addition, the bank levies a financial penalty of USD 18.86 million to support anti-corruption projects on the continent.  The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on December 15, 2014, announced the conclusion of a Negotiated Settlement Agreement with China First Highway Engineering Co. Ltd. (CFHEC). Ensuing from investigations conducted by the AfDB’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD), CFHEC...
28-May-2014

Interview with Anna Bossman, Director of IACD, on Settlement Agreements

On March 21, 2014, the African Development Bank’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD)announced the conclusion of settlement agreements with three multinationals following the companies’ admission of corrupt practices in a Bank-financed project. As part of the settlement agreements, IACD imposed financial penalties totaling US $17 million. Bank in Action*: First of all, congratulations for the recent conclusion of the settlement.  Anna Bossman: Thank you. The settlement concluded in March by IACD that includes the payment of a fine in the amount of US $17...
28-May-2014

AfDB charges Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V. US $5.7 million in monetary sanction for corrupt practices

Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V. admits to corrupt practices from 1995 until 2004 by affiliated companies in relation to the award of AfDB-financed services contracts for liquefied natural gas production plants on Bonny Island, Nigeria.    The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on May 28, 2014, announced the conclusion of a Negotiated Resolution Agreement with Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V. following the company’s acceptance of the charge of corrupt practices by affiliated companies in an AfDB-financed project. As part of the Negotiated Resolution Agreement, the Bank’s...
21-Mar-2014

AfDB Levies US $17 Million in Financial Penalties in Corruption Case

Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, Technip S.A. and JGC Corp. agree to pay the equivalent of US $17 million in financial penalties as part of Negotiated Resolution Agreements with the African Development Bank following admission of corrupt practices by affiliated companies in relation to the award of services contracts for liquefied natural gas production plants on Bonny Island, Nigeria, from 1995 until 2004. The African Development Bank Group on Friday, March 21st, 2014, announced the conclusion of Negotiated Resolution Agreements with Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, Technip S.A. and JGC Corp....
09-Dec-2013

International Anti-Corruption Day - Statement by Donald Kaberuka

“Zero Corruption -100% Development” Corruption is a global threat. It is a serious roadblock to economic development and is viewed as sand in the wheels of prosperity. In our globalized and highly interconnected world, corruption represents one of our greatest challenges; every year $1 trillion are paid in bribes in the world while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. But corruption does not just steal money from where it is needed the most; it leads to weak governance, which in turn can fuel...
14-Dec-2012

L’intégrité : Une valeur fondamentale de la BAD

Le Premier Vice-Président du Groupe de la banque africaine de développement (BAD), Emmanuel Ebot Mbi, a clos, jeudi 13 décembre 2012, les trois journées  marquant la célébration de la journée internationale de la lutte contre la corruption organisées par le département de l’intégrité et de la lutte contre la corruption (IACD) sous le thème « l’intégrité compte ». La rencontre a consisté en un forum d’échanges et d’apprentissage pour les participants venus de l'Angola, la Côte d'Ivoire, l'Égypte, l'Éthiopie, le Ghana, le Kenya, le Malawi, le Nigeria, le Sénégal, l'Afrique du Sud et la...