An investigation conducted by the World Bank has revealed how the Ghanaian company Zoomlion Limited, contracted to perform senatorial duties in Liberia paid bribes to unnamed officials.
The World Bank Group has placed a ban on Zoomlion for two years over the alleged bribery here. The bribery allegation involved the World Bank-financed Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation Project. The Bank in a report published Thursday said Zoomlion paid bribes to facilitate contract execution and processing of invoices.
This disqualifies the Ghanaian company for any contract financed by the World Bank Group for a period of two years. The two-year ban took effect on September 24, 2013, the report said.
The World Bank said Zoomlion needed to demonstrate full and satisfactory compliance with the World Bank Integrity standards in order for the ban to be lifted. The bank said Zoomlion had itself acknowledged wrongdoing and had accepted full responsibility.
"This is a case where a company under a World Bank investigation is demonstrating responsibility for wrongdoing by enforcing disciplinary action and committing to a new standard of integrity governing its operations," said Leonard McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice President.
"Promoting this type of corporate responsibility while holding companies accountable for wrongdoing is one of the strategic pillars of the World Bank's anticorruption strategy," he added.