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Haiti - FLASH : The Court of Auditors delivers its first report on the management of PetroCaribe funds
01/02/2019 08:17:45

Haiti - FLASH : The Court of Auditors delivers its first report on the management of PetroCaribe funds
Thursday in the late afternoon, in the presence of 15 Senators, Senate Speaker Carl Murat Cantave, received Pierre Volmar Demesyeux, the President of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Disputes (CSC/CA) came to hand him the Report 1 (partial) on the management of projects financed by the PetroCaribe fund.

"It's a new page, and I think posterity will enjoy this new page of history. The Senate will accompany and take all the necessary measures so that this file can lead without delay," declared the Senator Cantave.

As part of its audit mission, the Court analyzed various documents as well as data from various information systems of the institutions involved in the management of Petrocaribe funds including:

Of disbursement Resolutions Authorized by the Board of the Office for the Monetization of Development Assistance Programs (BMPAD)

Of transfers from the PetroCaribe Fund's bank accounts domiciled in the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH) and the National Bank of Credit (BNC).

Of development projects developed by sectoral ministries and autonomous organizations as well as contracts for these projects.

Of disbursements authorized by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to sectoral ministries as well as autonomous agencies to implement projects.

Finally, the commissions compared the project management of the audited institutions with the recognized good practices in project management.

In addition to the projects authorized by the 14 resolutions adopted by the Council of Ministers under several governments, the Court also decided to analyze investment projects and contracts related to the Petrocaribe fund, but not authorized by a resolution. Thus, as early as 20 April 2018, it requested information from the Government. Without result.

Letters had been sent to the institutions that had benefited from Petrocaribe funds and to the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH) and Auditing Commissions had been deployed in most of these institutions. But very little information had been provided to the Court for both types of projects https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26449-haiti-flash-csc-ca-unable-to-continue-investigation-on-petrocaribe-funds.html Given the slowness and difficulty of obtaining the majority of the documents related to these projects, the Court chose to audit and produce a report systematically concerning all the projects for which the complete files were submitted to it by the institutions concerned.

The other documents and data that were sent to the Court after January 15, 2019 are currently being processed. The CSCCA, by means of stimulus letters and other means, continues relentlessly to request the institutions concerned by these projects to communicate all the relevant files in order to be able to analyze them all and to submit a second report in April so that the audit covers the entire period from September 2008 to September 2016.

CSCCA in its report grouped the irregularities into 3 categories :

The administrative irregularities.
The regulatory irregularities and good management practices.
The irregularities that have caused harm to the project and the community.

Similarly, the Court's task is to produce, by June 2015 at the latest, a report on the governance of the Petrocaribe Fund and the debt of the Republic of Haiti to Venezuela on 30 September 2016 to promote greater transparency in public management.

Carl Murat Cantave forwarded this report to Senator Youri Latortue, President of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, who said, "We will analyze the report before submitting it to the Assembly of Senators [...] who will send the 236-page report of the Court to the prosecution for the necessary follow-up action."

However, it should be noted that, according to several legal opinions, this audit report does not constitute a decisive act (can not be appealed), but should instead be considered as a document provide leads for a possible trial on the management of PetroCaribe funds.

Download Report 1 on the management of the Petrocaribe Fund : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/PETROCARIBE-31-01-2019.pdf

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