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Eligibility for the Provision of Goods, Works and Services in Projects Financed by the World Bank

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Current Policy

 

In November 2003, the World Bank approved revisions to the Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers. These guidelines, which became effective in May 2004 do not contain procurement restrictions based on nationality. Suppliers and consultants from any country are eligible to participate in Bank-financed procurement for all loans or credits for which the invitation to negotiate was issued after May 1, 2004. Exceptions to this are noted in paragraph 1.8 of the procurement guidelines and 1.11 of the consultant guidelines.

Policy for IBRD loans and IDA credits and grants negotiated prior to May 1, 2004


For loans and credits for which the invitation to negotiate was issued before May 1, 2004, the following restrictions apply: Funds from Bank loans are disbursed only on account of expenditures for goods, works and services provided by nationals of, produced in or supplied from, Bank member countries. The countries in the list below are NOT Bank members, and are therefore not eligible to participate in procurement financed by the Bank or IDA. These provisions are contained in the January 1999 edition of the procurement guidelines and the May 2002 edition of the consultant guidelines.

  • Andorra
  • Cuba
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Nauru
  • Tuvalu

The applicable version of the procurement guidelines will be cited in the procurement annex to the Project Appraisal Document. These documents are available at http://www.worldbank.org/projects.

 

Further restrictions are also in place for a limited number of operations financed by IDA Credits approved between 1996 and 2002. For more information click here.


 

Exceptions noted in the Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits (May 2004)


1.8  Firms of a country or goods manufactured in a country may be excluded if, (i) as a matter of law or official regulation, the Borrower’s country prohibits commercial relations with that country, provided that the Bank is satisfied that such exclusion does not preclude effective competition for the supply of goods or works required, or (ii) by an act of compliance with a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the Borrower’s country prohibits any import of goods from, or payments to, a particular country, person, or entity. Where the Borrower’s country prohibits payments to a particular firm or for particular goods by such an act of compliance, that firm may be excluded.

 

Exceptions noted in the Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004)


1.11 Consultants may be excluded if, (i) as a matter of law or official regulation, the Borrower’s country prohibits commercial relations with the consultant’s country, provided that the Bank is satisfied that such exclusion does not preclude effective competition for the procurement of the consulting services required, or (ii) by an act of compliance with a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the Borrower’s country prohibits any payments to any country, person, or entity. Where the Borrower’s country prohibits payments to a particular firm or for particular goods by such an act of compliance, that firm may be excluded.




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