The World Bank has announced a 15-month debarment of Shanghai-based Sieyuan Electric Co. Ltd. (Sieyuan), a company that specialises in research and development relating to electric power technology.
The sanction is in connection with fraudulent practices under the Inter-Zonal Transmission Hub Project, which was part of the Western Africa Power Pool Programme.
The debarment makes Sieyuan and its affiliates ineligible to participate in World Bank-financed projects. It is part of a settlement agreement under which the company acknowledges responsibility for the underlying sanctionable practices.
The project, which closed in 2018, was partly funded by a financing agreement with Ghana and was designed to improve the security and reduce cost of the electricity supply to Burkina Faso, while also increasing Ghana’s capacity to export electricity.
It was part of a programme designed to establish a power-pooling mechanism to increase the affordability and reliability of electricity for citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). According to facts of the case, Seiyuan falsified its past contract experience to meet requirements of a contract under the project, which is a fraudulent practice.
The settlement agreement provides for a reduced period of sanction 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 continue fully cooperating with the World Bank Group Integrity Vice-Presidency.
The debarment of Sieyuan 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.