Chinese companies, debarred from World Bank tenders, to continue construction of Georgia’s East-West Highway

  • The Ministry of Infrastructure found the misconduct in the tender announced in 2017 for the construction of the Zemo Osiauri-Chumateleti section. Photo: Roads Department of Georgia.

Agenda.ge, 12 Jun 2019 - 18:16, Tbilisi,Georgia

The World Bank has announced the nine-month debarment of the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, China Railway 23rd Bureau Group (CR23) and CRCC International, in connection with misconduct under the East-West Highway Corridor Improvement Project in Georgia, however the companies will continue construction work on the East-West Highway.

The World Bank explained that the debarment is part of a settlement agreement with CRCC, CR23, and CRCC International related to misconduct during the procurement process for a highway construction contract.

Georgian Infrastructure Minister Maya Tskitishvili said that the ministry found this misconduct in the tender announced in 2017 for the construction of the Zemo Osiauri-Chumateleti section of the East-West Highway and notified the World Bank, a donor of the East-West Highway project, about it.

Accordingly, World Bank restricted the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and its wholly-owned subsidiaries from participating in all tenders that will be announced by the World Bank during the next nine months.

The Chinese companies will continue development of Georgia’s East-West Highway project as was planned, said Tskitishvili. 

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