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Sanctions System at the World Bank

After consultations with the Executive Directors, and as a result of reforms to the Bank's sanctions process, the World Bank Group's Sanctions Board Members and Evaluation and Suspension Officers have been appointed, and started their work in March 2007.   The previous Sanctions Committee has been reconstituted as the Sanctions Board which, for IBRD/IDA, now includes three Bank staff and four external members, whereas it was formerly constituted exclusively of Bank Group staff. Two external and two internal members have been appointed for each of IFC and MIGA, specifically dedicated to IFC and MIGA matters. The Sanctions Board also comprises separate internal members for IFC and MIGA.   For matters concerning Bank Guarantees, either the IFC or MIGA external and internal members will be involved, as appropriate.   Evaluation and Suspension Officers have been appointed for each of IBRD/IDA, IFC, MIGA and Bank Guarantees.

Based on the procedures approved by the Executive Directors in July 2004 and August 2006, the World Bank Group's Sanctions management now consists of a two-step process conducted by the Evaluation and Suspension Officer and the World Bank Group's Sanctions Board. 

The first step in the new process is conducted by the respective Evaluation and Suspension Officer, who shall determine: (1) whether the evidence submitted by the Integrity Vice Presidency (INTVP) in a proposed Notice of Sanctions Proceedings is sufficient to support a finding that a respondent engaged in any corrupt, fraudulent, coercive, collusive or obstructive practice in a World Bank Group project, or violated a material term of the Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) Terms and Conditions; and (2) whether the respondent should be temporarily suspended from bidding on Bank-financed contracts pending the final outcome of the sanctions process. In addition, the Evaluation and Suspension Officer will recommend a sanction to be imposed on the respondent, which would become effective only if the respondent elects not to challenge the allegations against it by appealing to the Sanctions Board.

In the second part of the two-step process, the Sanctions Board members will review and make final decisions regarding sanctions cases when a respondent contests the allegations and/or the decision of the respective Evaluation and Suspension Officer of the World Bank Group.

Mr. L. Yves Fortier chairs the Sanctions Board.