The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has barred three top Chinese construction firms from participating in Nepal’s key airport infrastructure development project. The action came after the anti-corruption office of Manila-based multilateral funding agency investigated the traits of all the three state backed Chinese companies and barred them for violating integrity rules.

The list of the banned companies includes CMC engineering Company, Northwest Civil Aviation Airport Construction Group and China Harbour Engineering Company. For Tribhuvan International Airport infrastructure project, around 24 companies purchased bid documents which is worth 10 billion Nepali Rupees.

Among the four Chinese companies, two of the firms are blacklisted by the ADB. “These companies are blacklisted under the ADB’s integrity guideline, and have been put on the sanctions list for ADB-funded projects,” said the official of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

The authorities further said: “But if the ADB informs Nepal’s public procurement monitoring office about their misconduct and the manner in which they were put on the sanctions list, it will be easy for Nepal to blacklist them too. The integrity rules in the project are universal rules.” This development comes as Nepal is planning to upgrade Kathmandu’s airport which is currently functioning as the sole international airport.

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