The World Bank has canceled more than one million dollars in funding for development projects in Bangladesh after finding evidence of collusion among bidders on the projects.
In a statement, the bank said it has asked Bangladesh to refund the money and take appropriate action against the responsible officials. It said the money was partial funding for three projects aimed at improving health, nutrition and municipal services.
The affected projects included contracts to acquire computers and de-worming tablets in the country. Bank officials said an independent review found evidence of inappropriate and collusive bidding practices that violated the agreement between the bank and Bangladesh.
British radio quoted a government spokesman saying the allegations would be investigated.