Italy Reduces Number of Provinces While Cuba Adds Them / Rodrigo Chavez Rodriguez #Cuba

CHAVEZLic. Rodrigo Chávez Rodríguez

An article appeared recently  newspaper Granma the official Organ of the Communist Party of Cuba, entitled Italy eventually to eliminate forty provinces, which aroused my curiosity.

Italy has developed industry, is an exporter and importer, a state with a long trading tradition, famous for the well-known Italian Mafia, and within its entrails a Lilliputian state coexists, recognized as the Vatican with the Pope. However, it could not escape the expanded worldwide economic and financial crisis.

The article goes on to express that regions and provinces in Italy are often pockets of corruption and waste, which, we must assume, due to geopolitical reasons as well as reasons related to governance and the full exercise of power of those who detest the sovereign power and, therefore, dominate the basic means of production and therefore the economy.

It strongly draws our attention that we are a small, long and narrow Island which, since the time of Spanish colonization, was divided into six regions or provinces. After the Revolution  and with the new political-administrative division, it was divided into 14 provinces and the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud.

Although one would want to say otherwise, this new territorial division forced the dispersed regional or provincial governments, which have different locations, to redistribute the infrastructure, which meant more means and resources for these new settlements, such as transportation, communications, building materials for the exercise of government and administration, signifying that some would be closer to central power than others.

With the shortcomings, limitations and other consequences that coexist in our context — the mechanisms of control, supervision and oversight — it’s not the same to perform these tasks, for example, in the single province of Santiago de Cuba, formerly the Province of Oriente, as in Las Tunas, Holguin, Guantanamo, etc. The current division presupposes the siting if director,  officials,party cadres , and other administrative order to provide coverage for the structure that was generated, with decision-making power in economic, political and social spheres.

If the dispersion of so many regions or provinces in Italy has caused concern and seems in that country to lead to the ineffectiveness of control to be exercised, and also is cause and conditions conducive to corruption and waste, how to explain and understand that in our small, narrow and long island or archipelago, this social phenomenon does not occur, when the movements, demotions or removal from office of directors, officers or cadres, filled by citizens appointed or designated by the sovereign power, have become commonplace.

Is the division into many more provinces well thought out and in keeping with true reality? What will be the results? Will there be the LAW there?


January 16 2013