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Canada is considering a 10-year ban on public procurement of products Hewlett-Packard (HP) in recognition of the company in bribes to Russian officials to obtain lucrative contracts. About September 25, writes canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail.
«the Agency is studying the verdict of the USA on the activities of HP Russia [Russian units HP]. We evaluate the consequences of this decision for our current and future cooperation with HP Canada,» said head of public relations Management public procurement Alison Quinn.
According to her, the Agency intends to complete the assessment as soon as possible. She also added that the government «will conduct business only with those contractors that comply with the law and work honestly, including its departments and subcontractors».
HP Representative in Canada said that the company is aware of the requirements of the canadian law, but refused to evaluate the consequences of the verdict of the American court for its canadian business.
HP refused to reveal the amount of their government contracts. According to the Globe and Mail, in 2013, HP received for the provision of technology services to the government of Canada at least $37 million in Addition, HP has won more than 1,000 contracts for the supply of computers and accessories. HP is a supplier of equipment for headquarters Services security Communications Security Establishment, electronic intelligence Canada). The cost of construction amounted to $1.1 billion
the Legal basis for the ban on public procurement of products HP steel rules adopted by the Department of public contracts (Public Works and Government Services Canada — the canadian Ministry, which is responsible for technical support of the government) in early March of this year. They include prohibitions on procurement from companies that have been involved in corruption, even if the violation occurred in other States. For the adopted rules in March, for a 10-year ban on public procurement, the company must be considered by the court guilty of paying bribes.
However, restrictions on working with the government can be removed, if the alternative to cooperation with the at fault company absent or contract with her «serve the public interest».
«I don’t think [so strict ban] — this omission. The canadian government is serious,» said the publishing partner of the law firm base of the new firm Canada Paul Lalonde. He added that it is unlikely that the Department of public contracts will remove the ban for HP, because «the company was found guilty of criminal libel».
September 11, court of San Francisco fined HP $58,8 million for bribing Russian officials. Russian HP formally pleaded guilty in court as part of a larger deal with the us authorities to settle allegations of corruption. In April 2014 HP has admitted to paying bribes in Russia, Poland and Mexico, and agreed to pay US authorities $108 million in exchange for the termination of criminal prosecution. In Russia the company spent several million dollars to get and hold a contract with the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the €35 million
«most alarming that the contract was concluded with the chief of the Russian law enforcement Agency», — said the representative of the American justice Marshall Miller.
In Canada since 1999 there is a law that prohibits the bribery of foreign public officials (Corruption of Foreign Officials Act). He repeatedly tougher. For the last time in early 2013. The law removed the points on which at least part of the bribery of foreign public officials, for example, planning or organization that was supposed to happen in Canada. Canadian law on combating corruption abroad is much like the laws of the United States, where there is a Law on combating corrupt practices abroad (FCPA).
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