The course “Tools of Prevention and Control for Confronting Administrative Corruption: The Cuban Experience” took place.

“We achieve unity when we are able to transparently and self-critically share our experiences and listen to the opinions of others. Because it is not about a word or a slogan – unity is achieved through the behaviour and actions of people”.

Gladys Bejerano. Closing ceremony of the 9th OLACEFS Sub-Branch Course

Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing an exceptional moment of unity and collaboration on all fronts. Prevention, control and the oversight of resources of the States, along with confronting corruption, are activities in which our countries are exchanging knowledge and consolidating efforts. The 9th OLACEFS Sub-Branch Course, “Tools of Prevention and Control for Confronting Administrative Corruption: The Cuban Experience”, was irrefutable proof of this.

The course took place from September 8 – 12 at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, and was an opportunity for the SAIs of Bolivia, Cuba, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama and the Dominican Republic to see in each working session how oversight is achieved in these countries, and in particular what is done in Cuba by the supervisory bodies to update the Cuban economic model.

Ms Gladys M. Bejerano Portela, Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba, presided at the course and in her inaugural conference explained the Cuban control system and the mission of the CGR within the system.

Course participants attended sessions on topics including citizen participation, the internal control system, self monitoring, inspection and reinspection, the operation of the Cuban National Audit System, accountability, and the experience of assessing the application of Chapters 3 and 4 of the Anti-Corruption Convention.

The course included visits to Cuban workplaces and agencies where the functioning of their internal oversight systems was demonstrated, along with inspection and reinspection processes. Participants also visited the People’s Council “El Canal” in the capital’s Cerro municipality as part of the Citizen Participation and Accountability topics. Activities outside the curriculum were also undertaken, allowing participants to learn more about the culture and social realities of Cuba.

The closing ceremony was conducted by the Comptroller General and included a call to keep up ethical and moral values in the development of the profession. Thanks were also given to participants for attending the course.

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