Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Out they go ...

Reuters reports that the recently installed Minister for Information Technology and Communications, General Ramiro Valdes, has fired the heads of two of the richest and most visible State-owned corporations in Cuba.

Gone are the chief executive of Etecsa, the monopoly telephone company, and the head of Copextel, which imports, assembles and distributes computers and other high-tech equipment.

According to the report, which you can read here in full, both organisations have been mired in controversy in recent months, with allegations of corruption and poor management. So what’s news, I hear you ask …

It seems the very busy General Valdes – who was in charge of the Secret police in the past - was “unhappy with the independence shown by some company directors” and with “their inability to rein in subordinates”, sources told Reuters.

For the record, Cuba occupies last place in Latin America for mobile phone and Internet penetration, and is fifth from last when it comes to the number of fixed telephone lines.


Blogger El Gusano said...

this is one slick thug
is he getting rid of thugs who were skimming too much?
is he tightening the noose on the inmates?
is he putting in his own guys to make sure no one within the nomenklatura cuts their own deals with the "outside"?

3:46 am  
Blogger Luis M Garcia said...

All of the above, I think.

8:17 am  

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