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World Bank debars two AECOM units

The World Bank Group announced the debarment Friday of AECOM Asia Company Limited for 18 months for violating the Bank’s guidelines for consultants.

The debarment is part of a Negotiated Resolution Agreement (NRA).

A World Bank investigation revealed that AECOM Asia’s predecessor, Metcalf & Eddy Limited, failed to disclose a conflict of interest in its proposal for the Bengbu Integrated Environment Improvement Project.  

AECOM, a Hong Kong-based engineering consultant, also misrepresented the input of key staff during implementation of its contract under the Tai Basin Urban Environment Project.

The violations constituted sanctionable practices, the World Bank said.

Under the terms of the NRA, AECOM Asia is required to adopt a Corporate Compliance Program consistent with the World Bank Group Integrity Compliance Guidelines.

The World Bank also debarred AECOM New Zealand Limited for six months as part of another NRA. 

A World Bank investigation revealed that Auckland-based AECOM New Zealand submitted documents that misrepresented the availability and experience of certain experts in its proposal for the Trung Son Hydropower Project in Vietnam.

Both companies are required to cooperate with the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency to support its investigations.

The debarment of AECOM Asia Company Limited qualifies for cross-debarment by other Multilateral Development Banks under the 2010 Agreement of Mutual Recognition of Debarments (pdf).

In addition to the World Bank, parties to the cross-debarment agreement are the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.

A list of all World Bank debarred entities and individuals is here.

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Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.

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