The World Bank Group excludes ADP International SA
WASHINGTON, January 4, 2022 — The World Bank Group today announced the 24-month sanction of the French company ADP International SA (formerly ADP Management), developer, operator and manager of airports and subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris SA, for collusive practices in under the Airports Madagascar project and fraudulent practices under the Zagreb airport project. The sanction consists of a 12-month exclusion followed by a 12-month conditional non-exclusion.
The sanction stems from an investigation by the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency and highlights the institution’s efforts to promote high standards of integrity in projects financed by the International Finance Corporation ( SFI). The case was resolved through settlement agreements that were negotiated with the multiple companies involved. The regulations show how such agreements, and Bank Group sanctions in general, can be used to help promote better business practices by companies engaged in private sector development projects.
The 12-month exclusion renders ADP International SA and its subsidiaries sanctioned – ADP Ingénierie, ADP Airport Services, ADP do Brasil Participações, ADP International Americas LLC, ADPM Mauritius, Aéroports de Paris Management 3, Airport International Group, Airport Management Company, Airport Management Services and Jordan Airport Management—ineligible to participate in projects and operations financed by World Bank Group institutions. This is part of a settlement agreement under which the company acknowledges responsibility for the underlying sanctionable practices and agrees to abide by the terms specified for the disqualification release.
At the end of the initial exclusion period, and subject to compliance with certain conditions set out in the settlement agreement, ADP International SA’s sanction will become a conditional non-exclusion. During this period, ADP International SA may participate in projects and transactions financed by institutions of the World Bank Group as long as it complies with its obligations under the settlement agreement. However, if the World Bank Group Integrity Compliance Officer determines that the company does not meet the specified conditions at the end of the debarment period, it will remain ineligible to participate in Group projects and operations. from the World Bank until the release conditions set out in the settlement agreement are met.
The Airports Madagascar project, which is supported by IFC, provides partial financing for the design and development of expansion and renovation works at Madagascar’s two main airports: Ivato International Airport and Fascene Airport. According to the facts of the case, ADP International SA engaged in collusive practices by participating in abusive meetings with government officials between February 4, 2015 and May 4, 2015, during the tender for the 28-year concession contract for the operation of airports.
The Zagreb Airport project, also supported by IFC, involves partial financing of a 30-year concession contract for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a new terminal within Zagreb International Airport. According to the facts of the case, ADP International SA engaged in fraudulent practices by failing to disclose to the IFC that the fees paid by . the company, between June 10, 2011 and March 12, 2014, to a retained agent, under the concession contract, were partially transferred to a non-contracted consultant.
The settlement agreement provides for a reduced exclusion period in light of company cooperation and voluntary corrective actions. As a condition of the lifting of sanctions under the terms of the settlement agreement, ADP International SA has undertaken to adapt its group-wide compliance program to reflect the principles set out in the Group Integrity Compliance Guidelines. of the World Bank and has agreed to implement and maintain the program in its business operations going forward, including in its sanctioned subsidiaries.
ADP International SA is also committed to continuing to cooperate fully with the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group.