The World Bank announced January 14 the debarment of seven firms and one individual for engaging in collusive practices on major Bank-financed roads projects in the Philippines. The World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) uncovered evidence of a major cartel involving local and international firms bidding on contracts under phase one of the Philippines National Roads Improvement and Management Program, known as NRIMP 1. World Bank stopped an estimated $33 million in Bank funds from being awarded to the firms. The World Bank’s Sanctions Board concluded that the entities had participated in a collusive bid-rigging scheme. The contractors debarred include
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.