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NRSA subcommittee on anti-corruption finds irregularities surrounding duty-free concessions at Suvarnabhumi

A subcommittee of the National Reform Steering Assembly has found some irregularities surrounding the duty-free concessions operation at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

airport upgradeDeputy chairman of the NRSA subcommittee in charge of recommendations on measures and mechanism against corruption, Charnchai Issarasenarak said that the latest probe into the concessions business at Suvarnabhumi Airport, which was undertaken on March 11, 2005, found the licenses to be invalid due to a violation of the law against bid-rigging and anti-competitive practices as well as some other laws.

Mr. Charnchai said that the finding reached this conclusion because, while only two bidders were involved in the bidding process, that is King Power International Company Limited and Mastermind Consultant Company Limited, the entity that signed the concessions on the use of space at Suvarnabhumi Airport turned out to be King Power Suvarnabhumi Company Limited, which did not participate in the bidding.

He added that King Power Suvarnabhumi Company Limited was found to be registered a few days before the signing of the concessions — a situation that appears to be against the terms of the TOR, which demands qualified bidders have no less than five years experience in the duty-free business.

Mr. Charnchai said that the subcommittee will present its report to the special committee overseeing the reform of the country’s anti-corruption measures to consider, while urging related government agencies to launch an investigation into it revelation.

NNT

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