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Vol 51 No 10

Published 14th May 2010


Sudan

Books not bribes

The World Bank is looking for new printers following its decision to bar publishers Macmillan from all Bank contracts for six years. This follows the admission by a Macmillan subsidiary known as Macmillan Education that it had unsuccessfully tried to win contracts to supply primary textbooks in Southern Sudan by paying bribes to officials ‘who could influence the contract awards’. Until now, Macmillan has been one of the leading suppliers, printing and publishing much of its voluminous output of literature. Now Bank officials have told Africa Confidential they have an ‘alternative plan’.

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