An Audit Reveals Millions In Losses In Havana Businesses / 14ymedio

The island currently has a total of 397 non-agricultural cooperatives. (EFE)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 1 February 2017 — The latest audit carried out by Cuba’s Office to the Comptroller revealed losses of more than 90 million Cuban and more than 51 million Cuban convertible pesos in public enterprises and non-agricultural cooperatives in Havana, a situation that contributes to the failure to meet economic plans in the state sector, according to Miriam Marbán González, the chief comptroller for the capital.

The results of the Eleventh National Assessment of internal control, which were presented Tuesday at a press conference at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, show a disturbing picture for the Cuban economy because of poor management efficiency and lack of integrity in planning.

The main objective of the analysis, carried out between 31 October and 9 December 2016, was the decentralization of administrative decision-making, the operation of non-agricultural cooperatives and the application of systems of payment for results.

In Havana, 67 inspections were carried out in which 301 auditors had to confront “the lack of reliability of the primary documentation or the lack thereof.”

The inspection detected “ineffectiveness in information mechanisms, the existence of some individualistic behaviors, lack of foresight and vigilance and little cooperative culture”

Non-agricultural cooperatives also revealed worrying results for this form of business management that has been expanding since its adoption in 2012. The inspection detected “ineffectiveness in information mechanisms, the existence of some individualistic behaviors, lack of foresight and surveillance and little cooperative culture.” The island currently has a total of 397 of these companies, mainly linked to food, personal and technical services.

In total, the Comptroller’s Office has examined 346 economic entities throughout the country, with the exception of Guantánamo Province, which was excluded because of economic damages caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The results of the assessments in the provinces of Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Pinar del Río, Villa Clara and Holguín have also been alarming. In this last province, the Comptroller General of the Republic, Gladys María Bejerano, was blunt: “If there is no organization, discipline and control, it is impossible to achieve the prosperous and sustainable development that we have set ourselves.”

The state, which seeks to stop, with these controls, the administrative disorder that prevails in the business sector of the island, has been attacked especially against idle inventories, criminal acts and corruption.

The national report could be presented mid-year at the next session of the National Assembly.