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Norway: World Bank investigating a Norwegian Consultancy Group on corruption in connection with an aid project in Tanzania

Posted by African Press International on May 17, 2007

The World Bank is investigating Norwegian consultancy Norconsult on suspicion of corruption in connection with an aid project in Tanzania. Norconsult chief John Nyheim confirmed that he notified special economic crime division kokrim about the situation on Tuesday.

According to financial daily Dagens Nringsliv, USD 146,500 (about NOK 900,000) has disappeared from a Tanzanian project account belonging to Norconsult.

Norconsult is taking part in a development project to improved the water supply to 2.5 million inhabitants of Tanzania’s financial capital Dar es Salaam, in cooperation with two smaller companies from the Netherlands and Tanzania.

The project is financed by the World Bank. Last September bank representatives appeared at the project office in Dar es Salaam due to suspicions that the money’s disappearance was linked to corruption.

The World Bank also sent people to Norconsult’s head office in Sandvika outside of Oslo but found nothing. According to Dagens Nringsliv, this was because relevant documents had been shredded.

Norconsult board chairman Per Kristian Jacobsen told DN that certain employees had seen something that is likely corruption, without reporting it via official channels.

Neither kokrim nor the World Bank would comment on the matter.

Lifted and published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source. aftenpostenEng

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