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World Bank Group: External Consultations on Review of Sanctions System

The World Bank Group recently announced that it is launching a global multi-stakeholder consultation on its sanctions system. This consultation is part of a stock-taking exercise, intended to help the World Bank Group to evaluate the implementation of the system thus far and its various reforms to date, with a view to identifying possible entry points for making improvements. The Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group (LEG) is conducting consultations with external stakeholders to solicit feedback on the system.

The sanctions system is an administrative process for sanctioning firms and individuals found to have engaged in corrupt, fraudulent, collusive, coercive or obstructive practices in connection with Bank-financed projects. This system provides parties alleged to have engaged in a sanctionable practice with a level of due process before a decision on sanctions, if any, is imposed.

The consultation aims to:

  • Solicit the views of external stakeholders on the ‘track record’ of the sanctions system and the implementation of the various reforms of the system.
  • Solicit the views of external stakeholders on the main findings and recommendations of the LEG review team in the Phase I report, which are summarized in the Initiating Discussion Brief, available at www.worldbank.org/legal/sanctionsreview.

The input received will inform a final report that LEG will present to the Audit Committee of the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors in late 2013.

For more information, please see the materials available on the consultation website, which include an Information Brief, the Consultation Plan and the Initiating Discussion Brief, as well as additional background material: http://www.worldbank.org/legal/sanctionsreview.

Those interested in submitting questions or comments on any matter related to the review process can do so using a dedicated email address: [email protected]

The consultation period runs through September 30, 2013.

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Teresita D. Perez is with the World Bank Group, Office of Suspension and Debarment (OSD), in Washington, DC. She can be contacted here.

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