Advisories

1 April 2014 ADB Sanctioned Five Firms and Seven Individuals from Jan-March 2014
In the 1st quarter of 2014, the Integrity Oversight Committee declared four firms and five individuals ineligible to participate in ADB-financed activities for violating ADB's Anticorruption Policy.  In addition, one firm two individuals accepted ADB's proposed sanction. Read  cases synopses.

11 December 2013 Prior OAI endorsement required for contract variations involving sanctioned entities
As a matter of procedure, the executing agency or the sanctioned entity should discuss any request for a contract variation involving a sanctioned entity with the concerned ADB project department and for the latter to seek OAI's endorsement. OAI will then review the details of the proposed variation as well as the project department's justification and recommendation.

23 October 2013 ADB cross debars one Chinese and four Vietnamese entities
China Hunan Construction Engineering Group Corporation, and Thang Long Infrastructure Development Joint Stock Company and three other Vietnamese entities were sanctioned by the World Bank for fraudulent practices. ADB has cross debarred these entities effective 14 October. View sanctions list.

10 October 2013 Private trading in ADB premises: Conflict of interest and misconduct
Avoid conducting in ADB premises any private trading activities such as money lending, which may lead to conflict of interest and constitute misconduct. See FAQs on anticorruption and integrity.

25 September 2013 ADB cross debars entities sanctioned by the World Bank
Two entities from Bangladesh and four entities from The Netherlands were sanctioned by the World Bank for fraudulent or corrupt practices. ADB has cross debarred them effective 18 September. They are ineligible to participate in ADB-related activities while sanctioned. View the sanctions list.

26 August 2013 ADB cross debars two Cambodian and one Singaporean entities
Sincam Water Technology Co., Ltd., Tith Voeurn (Cambodia), and Multistar Holdings Limited (formerly Multi-Con Systems PTE Ltd.)(Singapore) were sanctioned by the World Bank for corrupt practices. ADB has cross debarred these entities effective 18 August, making them ineligible to participate in ADB-related activities while sanctioned. View the sanctions list.

23 August 2013 ADB cross debars four entities sanctioned by the World Bank
PT. Amythas Experts & Associates (Indonesia), Sugdiyon Limited Liability Company (Tajikistan), and two other entities were sanctioned by the World Bank for fraudulent or corrupt practices. ADB has cross debarred them effective 16 August. View the sanctions list.

15 August 2013 ADB cross debars two Cambodian entities
Asia Communications Co. Ltd and Meas Sina were sanctioned by the World Bank for fraudulent practices. ADB has cross debarred these entities effective 13 August 2013 until 2 April 2015. View the sanctions list.

14 August 2013 ADB cross debars six entities sanctioned by World Bank
CECEP New Hope, four other companies, and one individual were debarred by the World Bank for corrupt and fraudulent practices. ADB has cross debarred these entities effective 9 August.

12 August 2013 ADB cross debars two companies
Consulting Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. (CES) and Consulting Engineering Services LLC (CES Oman) were sanctioned by the World Bank for fraudulent and corrupt practices. ADB cross debarred both effective 8 August 2013 until 2 August 2018.

9 August 2013 ADB cross debars Turkish company
Yavuzer Insaat Makine Ve Malzemeleri Sanayi Ve Ticaret Ltd Sti was sanctioned by the World Bank for fraudulent practices. ADB has cross debarred this entity effective 7 August until 17 June 2015. It is not eligible to participate in ADB-related activities while debarred. View the sanctions list.

12 July 2013 ADB cross debars entity sanctioned by the World Bank
China First Metallurgical Construction Corporation, also known as China First Metallurgical Group Co. Ltd were sanctioned by the World Bank for fraudulent practices. ADB has cross debarred these entities effective 10 July and included them in ADB's sanctions list.

10 July 2013 ADB cross debars entity sanctioned by the World Bank
M/S Wijekamal Engineering Pvt Ltd was sanctioned by the World Bank for fraudulent practices. ADB has cross debarred the firm effective 8 July and included it in ADB's sanctions list.

9 July 2013 Reminder on contracts awarded to sanctioned entities
Sanctioned entities are ineligible to receive new contract awards under 1.8d of ADB's Procurement Guidelines and 1.13e of ADB's Consulting Guidelines. Inform OSFMD, OGC, and OAI if you discover that a contract was inadvertently awarded to a sanctioned entity. Ensure that EAs have access to ADB's sanctions list.

2 July 2013 Special red flag advisory: Authenticity of claims
OAI increasingly sees firms fraudulently claiming international work experience in locations such as conflict zones, Middle East, and Africa where it is difficult to verify claims. Project officers are advised to examine end-user certificates carefully, and use the internet to confirm existence of projects, personnel, and EA contact details. When in doubt, contact OAI to further investigate such claims.

22 May 2013 ADB cross debars entity sanctioned by the World Bank
On 22-24 May, OAI conducted the workshop on fraud prevention and detection techniques. Over 40 auditors from State Audit of Viet Nam, 14 auditing and accounting firms, and the World Bank joined the workshop, aimed at strengthening auditors' capacity and sharing information on ADB and Viet Nam's anticorruption efforts.

15 May 2013 ADB cross debars SNC-Lavalin Inc. and 198 controlled affiliates
SNC-Lavalin Inc. and 198 of its controlled affiliates were sanctioned by the World Bank for corrupt and fraudulent practices. ADB has cross debarred these entities effective 8 May, and has included them in ADB's sanctions list. Consult with OAI before giving any contract variation to any of these entities.

25 April 2013 Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project: Spot Review Report
The report on the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project in the Philippines is now online. Major observations of the review have been conveyed to the EA for immediate action. Lessons learned in detecting and preventing project vulnerabilities and risks at procurement may be drawn for similar projects.

26 March 2013 OAI submits one individual for cross-debarment
OAI submitted one individual (Hao, Zhiyong) for cross debarment by other MDBs. BMr. Hao was sanctioned by ADB for fraud and sanction violation. View the sanctions list.

14 March 2013 ADB submits two entities for cross debarment
OAI submitted two entities (M/S Zakir Hossain Enterprise and Zakir Hossain) for cross debarment by other MDBs. These entities were sanctioned by ADB for fraud, collusion, and obstruction. View the sanctions list.

12 February 2013 Education for Knowledge Society Project: Spot Review Report
The project procurement-related review report on the Education for Knowledge Society Project in Sri Lanka is now online. Lessons learned in detecting and preventing integrity violations at procurement and implementation may be drawn for similar projects.

4 January 2013 Second Urban Primary Health Care Project: Spot Review Report
The project procurement-related review report on Second Urban Primary Health Care Project in Bangladesh is now online. Lessons on where to build appropriate controls to ensure proper manage management of risks during project implementation may be drawn for similar projects.

25 June  2012 Collective Effort Strengthens ADB Video, Photo and Multimedia Contract Procedures
In light of the numerous complaints received by OAI on ADB video production contracts, streamlined procedures were created in cooperation with the Office of Administrative Services, Central Operations Services Office and Department of External Relations to better allocate the use of ADB resources.

Effective 25 June 2012, the following changes in the video, photo and multimedia contract procedures include: firms and individuals providing video, photo and multimedia production services are referred to as “service providers” as set forth under Administrative Order No. 4.07, not consultants; all contracts for VPM services and products will be procured through OAS, upon request and endorsement by the Department of External Relations--the Central Operations Services Office will not administer contracts for VPM products and services; contractors may not undertake any work without a properly signed contract; existing OAS procedures and guidelines for the engagement of VPM services will be maintained, consistent with paragraph 5 of Appendix 1 of AO 4.07--OAS evaluates the total bid price and manages, and DER conducts the technical evaluation.