10/22/13 - Xinhua - Cuba launches national audit against corruption, complacency
HAVANA, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Cuba's Comptroller General launched a
nationwide audit Monday to root out corruption and complacency at some 300
As part of the campaign, about 1,700 auditors, including experts from the
National Association of Economists and Accountants (ANEC) and the Bureau
of Standards, with the help of students and professors from faculties of
accounting, industrial engineering, agronomy, law, and economy, are fanned
out across the country.
>From now through Nov. 22, auditors will be scrutinizing companies involved
in food production; those that sell construction materials, especially in
the eastern provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo, which were hit
by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012; entities that lease government land
to private farmers; export-importers and others.
The audit "aims to check the orderliness of state entities, and correct,
rectify, verify and improve their conditions," said Comptroller General
Cuban leader Raul Castro has taken on corruption and inefficiency since
taking office in 2008, warning "we will be relentless."
In 2009, he established the General Comptroller's Office to fight
corruption and strengthen institutions.
As part of his crusade against degeneration and complacency, Castro has
dismissed ministers and other senior officials, several of whom have been
arrested and sentenced to prison terms.
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