Two dodgy firms get chop from World Bank

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The World Bank Group announced on December 13 it has debarred Australian engineering firm Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) Pty Ltd for a period of two years for violating Consultant's Guidelines while executing a bank-funded water supply project in Vietnam.

KBR Pty can obtain conditional release following an investigation by the bank's Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), the bank said in a press release.

INT had found KBR Pty misrepresenting the availability of key consultants during contract negotiations and execution, resulting in the company getting the contract but delaying its execution.

The deal was related to the Vietnam Water Supply Development Project that began in 2004 and is scheduled for completion next June.

This followed the debarment of another company, Vietnam-based Social and Environmental Development Joint-Stock Company (SECO), and its managing director Nguyen Xuan Doan, who were involved in the same project, the bank said.

SECO had engaged in a scheme to defraud the World Bank's client and has been declared ineligible to participate in bank-financed projects for the next five years.

SECO has interests in a range of areas including design of water supply and drainage projects, bidding consulting, environmental impact studies, construction supervision, property, and construction materials

The World Bank also announced the debarment of Indonesian company PT Amythas Experts and Associates for three years for fraudulent practices in relation to a community development and poverty alleviation project.

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