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Haiti - FLASH : The State filed a complaint in the PetroCaribe file
05/02/2019 11:39:12

Haiti - FLASH : The State filed a complaint in the PetroCaribe file
On Monday afternoon, the Haitian State filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor's Office of Port-au-Prince, via the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI), authorized to form a plaintiff on behalf of the State, against the presumed dilapidators of the funds of the Venezuelan assistance PetroCaribe, based on the report of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Litigation (CSA/CA). The Port-au-Prince Government Commissioner, Paul Eronce Villard, who received the complaint, indicated that he was going to analyze the file in order to decide what to do next.

The Prime Minister has announced on his Twitter account this complaint "Leta ayisyen rantre nan kesyon an jodia ... Li pote plent devan Pakè kont moun ki endekse yo ... Leta ap kontinye akonpanye Lajistis ak tout moun ki vle jwenn kòb"

According to the partial report, some 50 projects financed by the PetroCaribe funds are tainted with irregularities, including AGRITRANS S.A, a company of President Jovenel Moïse. The company was quick to react in order to point out some errors in the CSA/CA report and request that the Council "make the necessary corrections in order to dispel any doubts and misinterpretations that could harm the image of the company." Specifying "AGRITRANS SA infome [...] that, in the framework of the project of rehabilitation of the section of road Borgne/Petit-Bourg de Borgne, mentioned in paragraphs 232 to 239, pages 126 and 127 of the Report No.1 of Specific Audit of the Management of the PetroCaribe Fund of the Superior Court of Audit and the Administrative Dispute (CSC/CA), that it did not receive a payment denominated in American dollars (USD) and that the amount of 15,071,115.14 was transfered and has been paid into his Gourdes account No. 2760-000-357, domiciled at the National Bank of Credit (BNC)."

The company is surprised to read that the CSC/CA would be confused in rapport of how the account is worded reminding that "it was simply sufficient and by virtue of International Standards for Auditing, in its capacity as National Auditor of the State, to verify this information with the BNC or the administration of AGRITRANS SA."

Indeed even in the report there is a contradiction in the currencies, on page 126 the 15,071,315.14 are denominated in Gourdes and on page 127 this sum is denominated in dollars. However at the defense of the CSA, the council indicates on page 130 paragraph 237 recognizes "On the basis of this information, the Court observes that there is a confusion on the nature of the currency (Gourde or American Dollars) having been used as reference the payment of the statements submitted by the firm AGRITRANS since the amount is identical in the two documents which mention it. However, the Court is of the opinion that this confusion is liable to cast doubt on the actual amount disbursed in the execution of this project [...]"

Furthermore, AGRITRANS SA "wishes to recall that the contract for this project, signed on October 15, 2014, was regularly obtained, seen and approved by the CSC/CA after submission of the technical file prepared by the Civil Engineering Unit of the company and all other related documents. It should also be pointed out that the payment of 15,071,315.14 Gourdes represents only about thirty per cent (30%) of the total amount of the contract for which the corresponding work has already been executed at more than eighty per cent (80%)."

On this point among others, the CSA specifies without accusing in paragraph 232 "The Court considered the examination of this project on the basis of fragments of information at its disposal. The absence of essential documents such as the contract, disbursement orders, progress reports or financial reports did not allow the Court to carry out an in-depth analysis in order to decide on the regularity of the management of this project."

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