Construction Law/Prise adjustment


Dear Mr. Elliot,
Our Contract is FIDIC 1999 not MDB. Contract value is USD and in the contract no any single word about local currency (AZN-Azerbaijani Manat) I mean it is not fixed when we sign the contract.
After devaluation the Engineer claims difference formulated through devoluation. For example: 6 month ago 1 USD was 1.05 today 1 USD is 1.6. When USD was 1.05 we get 1000000 USD in accordance to IPC which was equal 1050000 AZN then we getadditional 1000000 USD which was equal to 1600000 AZN. But we recieve our payment in USD not in AZN The Engineer calculates that we have pay back 550000 AZN due to devoluation. (1600000-1050000=550000) The Engineer claims difference coming exchange rate. Is he right or not?
Thanks in advance and best regards,

Dear Anwar,

If the individual items in the BoQ are priced in USD, then the work should be valued in USD, and you should get paid in USD, with no adjustment for devaluation.  The Employer has taken the risk of currency fluctuations.  His loan is probably in USD, if it is from one of the International Funding Institutions, so he has no loss from any exchange rate fluctuations.  If the individual items are priced in AZN, then the work should be valued in AZN with a conversion to USD.  

In general, I would say that the Engineer's statement is somewhat unusual.  

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Peter M. Elliott


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