Following the ban of Techno Brain Kenya and its sister companies for collusive and fraudulent practices used to influence the awarding of a contract in its favour in Kenya, World Bank Malawi office has extended the ban to Techno Brain Malawi based on the same.
Techno Brain Group has a branch in Malawi and according to the company’s website, some of its business with the Malawi government includes a contract to design and implement an Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) for 35 local councils.
World Bank Country Manager for Malawi Hugh Riddell has told Malawi News that as a public institution, the World Bank Group strives to ensure that critical development resources are used for their intended purposes.
He said when a company or individual is debarred by the World Bank Group; it is posted on its list of ineligible firms and individuals, which is searchable by country or name of company: www.worldbank.org/debarr.
“As noted on this list, as part of the settlement agreement with its parent company, Techno Brain Global FZ-LLC that is described in the press release, Techno Brain (Malawi) is subject to the sanction of debarment with conditional release for a period of ten months, followed by an 18-month period of conditional non-debarment. While under debarment, the firm will be ineligible for new contracts financed by institutions of the World Bank Group. While under the conditional non-debarment period, the firm will again be eligible as long as it complies with its obligations under the settlement agreement,” Riddle said.
The bank last week banned Kenya-based Techno Brain (Kenya) Limited, Information Technology an (IT)-services company, for twenty-eight-months while its parent company, United Arab Emirates-based Techno Brain Global FZ-LLC (“Techno Brain UAE”) has been debarred for ten-month.
According to a World Bank statement, the ban relates to the Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project II in Liberia.
The project was designed to improve domestic revenue mobilisation systems and strengthen financial control and accountability in public finances.
When contacted, General Manager for Techno brain Malawi Tionge Chipeta declined to comment on the matter.
“Techno Brain Kenya was subsequently awarded the contract, even though its bid did not meet tender requirements, thus necessitating a substantial reduction in the extent of work provided under the contract. Furthermore, Techno Brain Kenya, guided by Techno Brain UAE, claimed technical qualifications of sister companies as its own to meet contract specifications. These actions are considered collusive and fraudulent practices, respectively, as defined by the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations,” reads part of the bank’s statement.
It adds that, under the terms of the settlement agreement with the World Bank, the company commits to developing an integrity compliance programme consistent with the principles set out in the World Bank Group Integrity Compliance Guidelines.
Techno Brain, founded in 1997, is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It provides Information Technology (IT) Solutions and IT Training among other IT services. It operates in 19 countries across the world, including Research and Development Centres in India and Kenya.