On April 27, 2022, the World Bank Group announced the 18-month debarment of the Centre for Training and Consultancy (CTC), a Tbilisi, Georgia non-profit organization that provides advisory services connected with good governance, education, and the strengthening of civil society.
According to the World Bank, CTC engaged in a fraudulent practice (as defined in the World Bank’s Definitions and Interpretative Guidelines) when in 2016 it “recklessly omitted the disclosure of a conflict-of-interest relationship when” bidding for a contract on the Second Regional and Municipal Infrastructure Development Project in Georgia. During its debarment period, CTC is ineligible to participate in World Bank projects and is subject to cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks.
CTC received a reduced period of debarment due to its cooperation and acknowledgment of misconduct. CTC also agreed, as a condition of its release from debarment, to continue cooperating with the World Bank, to develop a corporate ethics program, and to implement bid policies consistent with the World Bank’s Integrity Compliance Guidelines.