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Singapore debars OECD MNCs : Corruption Case

In February 1996, Japan's Tomen Corp. and Marubeni Corp., Germany's Siemens AG, Britain's BICC Cables plc and Italy's Pirelli Cables, along with some subsidiaries, were debarred from Singapore government contracts.

"Appeal in cases involving corruption is normally not allowed," the ministry said. The ban stretches from January 27, 1996 to January 26, 2001.

A consultant working for the firms allegedly gave bribes to the Public Utilities Board Deputy Chief Executive in exchange for confidential information on public tenders.

The case is of interest in the context of a raft of current initiatives aimed at stamping out corruption in public procurement contracts: the World Bank's debarring policy; the anti-corruption clause (Article 45) in the Ecs' new public procurement directives; and the debate over the potential for export credit agencies to introduce debarring as a deterrent to companies to engage in bribery and corruption.

The following lists all references contained in our database that are relevant to this briefing

World Trade News: Financial Times [2/16/1996] 'BICC appeals over contracts ban - Singapore penalises five foreign companies caught up in bribes scandal:' by TIM BURT and WOLFGANG MUNCHAU FRANKFURT [Source ID = 6708]

AFX News [2/14/1996] 'No appeal for companies barred from bidding for Singapore govt contracts' [Source ID = 8993]

Agence France Presse [2/14/1996] 'Singapore blacklists European, Japanese firms named in graft scandal' by Roberto Coloma [Source ID = 8994]

Extel Examiner [2/14/1996] 'Singapore unlikely to allow BICC appeal against contract debarment' [Source ID = 8995]

The Independent (London) [2/14/1996] 'BICC facing five-year ban in Singapore' by RUSSELL HOTTEN [Source ID = 8996]

Post-Newsweek Business Information Inc. [2/14/1996] 'Five Firms Banned From Singapore Govt Contracts' [Source ID = 8997]


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