Locally, corruption is considered among the highest in the award of government contracts in the road construction sector, according to an October 2012 article by TRUST. Subsequent governments have been using political patronage to award jobs or lucrative government contracts in transportation, utilities, construction projects and government supplies.
In April 2011, the World Bank signed a deal to lend Bangladesh USD 1.2 billion to build the country's largest bridge, stretching four-miles over the Padma River. The bridge was supposed to link Bangladesh's underdeveloped south to the capital and the country's main port, benefiting 30 million people and improving the country's infrastructure. However, according to a June 2012 article by the Wall Street Journal, the World Bank cancelled the loan due to allegations of corruption. The bank suspended its funding due to allegations that two former executives of the Canadian engineering and construction company, SNC-Lavalin, bribed Bangladeshi government officials to win a contract related to the construction of the bridge. The World Bank had provided the government with credible evidence of corruption and the Bangladeshi government instructed its Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the matter and reassigned the minister who was overseeing the project. Nevertheless, these actions proved to be unsatisfactory to the World Bank.
Read more about public procurement under 'Public Anti-Corruption Initiatives'.