The World Bank Group on Wednesday announced the 21-month debarment of Africa Development Professional Group Ltd. (ADP), a Kenyan company that provides consultancy and advisory services on management, investments, business solutions, corporate finance and business development, in connection with a fraudulent practice as part of the Somalia Capacity Injection Project.
According to sources who spoke to SomaliAffairs, ADP which has been consulting on a USD40 Million, had ties with senior Somali government officials.
“The debarment makes ADP ineligible to participate in projects and operations financed by institutions of the World Bank Group,” said the World Bank in its statement. “It is part of a settlement agreement under which the company acknowledges responsibility for the underlying sanctionable practices and agrees to meet specified corporate compliance conditions as a condition for release from debarment.”
The project was designed to strengthen the staffing and institutional capacity of selected line ministries and central agencies to perform core government functions.
According to World Bank, ADP recklessly omitted the disclosure of a conflict-of-interest relationship when submitting a proposal for a contract under the project, which is a fraudulent practice.
“The settlement agreement provides for a reduced period of 21 months in light of the company’s cooperation and voluntary remedial actions. As a condition for release from sanction under the terms of the settlement agreement, the company commits to developing and implementing appropriate integrity compliance measures that reflect the principles set out in the World Bank Group Integrity Compliance Guidelines,” it added.
There were no comments from ADP and the Somalia federal authorities when sought responses by SomaliAffairs.
However, according to the World Bank, the company also commits to continue to fully cooperate with the World Bank Group Integrity Vice Presidency.
“The debarment of ADP qualifies for cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks (MDBs) under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions that was signed on April 9, 2010,” adds World Bank’s release dated on 10th November.