On 30 November, Steptoe & Johnson LLP reported that the World Bank had issued in October a report covering the Bank’s fiscal year from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.  It notes that Since this January, the list of companies and individuals barred from World bank projects (or barred by other development banks, whose action is also replicated by the World Bank) for fraud or corruption includes a description of the practice for which the business or individual has been sanctioned.  It is also remarked that the World Bank does sanction “public officials” (i.e. individuals taking or reviewing selection or procurement process decisions), but not “government officials”, who remain beyond its remit.  During the year covered, the Bank received a higher number of complaints (over 4,000) but opened fewer investigations.

The report is at –

Its sanctions system is explained at –

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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