Cuba announce new measures to reduce the theft of state fuel

Anuncian nuevas medidas en Cuba destinadas a disminuir el robo de combustible estatal

HAVANA, September 22 The announcement of some measures to face the sale of fuel on the black market of the Island was among the most relevant of the most recent Council of Ministers in Cuba, which was marked by the presence of a wide repertoire of topics, including computerization and cybersecurity, agri-food sector, relations between private and state entities, among others.

The Minister of Energy and Mines, Alfredo Lopez, stressed that, in the short term, the seizure of the means used in the detected infractions will be carried out -including motor vehicles- and he assured that legal standards will soon be prepared for this purpose. that allow its implementation.

Among the long-term measures, it is planned to “personalize the magnetic cards by vehicles and those responsible”, with the objective that “the control reaches the final consumer of the fuel”, highlighted the island’s press.

In a phased manner, the purpose will be for all state fuel to be sold through magnetic cards.

“This is a subject that we have to defend among all and it is fundamental the control that we print,” said Diaz-Canel.

A little over a month ago, the Cuban president appealed to the “austerity” speech underlined by Raúl Castro, and made a new appeal to “reinforce control to eliminate the misuse and theft of fuel”.

“We can not continue to admit that we stole this resource, which demoralizes and is a sign of incapacity of the state entities According to the calculations, the situation has not been reversed,” said Diaz-Canel during a visit to the state-owned Trading Company of Fuels (Matanzas) and the Ñico López refinery (Havana), the two facilities where most of the island’s fuel reserves are stored.

A little less than a year ago, a report from a local newspaper in Ciego de Ávila, highlights that in that province the liter is paid 18 and 20 Cuban pesos for “the left”, and alluded to the existence of fixed points in the Central Highway or on the National Highway where you can buy oil, but also referred to points “rolling”, looking for customers; local reference to a widespread practice throughout the country to which the Cuban government has proposed to put a stop to it.