AfDB slams 3-year suspension on Cameroonian consulting firm, Director over corrupt practices

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on Monday, 10 September, 2018, announced the suspension of the Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement (CARFAD), a consulting company based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and its Executive Director, Benjamin Tchoffo, for a minimum period of 36 months.

According to the media channel of the AfDB, "An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that CARFAD and Mr. Tchoffo engaged in an obstructive practice by materially impeding the exercise of the Bank’s inspection and audit rights.

Previously, CARFAD had been awarded a consultancy contract in the context of the Agro-Forestry Development Support Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

The Agro-Forestry Development Support Project was financed under the Congo Basin Forest Fund hosted by the Bank.

The debarment renders CARFAD and Mr. Tchoffo ineligible to participate in Bank-financed projects during the debarment period.  

The investigation was conducted by Mr. Mehdi Khoali and Mr. Bouraoui Jaouadi.

The Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption of the AfDB Group is responsible for preventing, deterring and investigating allegations of corruption, fraud and other sanctionable practices in Bank Group-financed operations.

The Bank said its staff and the general public can use secured hotlines to report sanctionable practices within the Bank or operations financed by the Bank Group.

Secured telephone: +1 (770) 776-5658 and the Secured email server:

Mail correspondence should be marked “CONFIDENTIAL” and sent to:
African Development Bank,
Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption.

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10 september 2018 13:25:54

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