While Cartagena is going through a serious corruption crisis, an ambitious investment (+250 million USD) is approaching in works that the city has been expecting for years. Funcicar will monitor that these public resources are executed transparently following up on 5 prioritized works. The findings of this exercise will be public and, in case of finding irregularities, we will report them to the competent authorities.
On average, 25% of public spending in Colombia is lost due to corruption, according to the Attorney General's Office. The current context of Cartagena -the most visited city in the country and yet one of the poorest- has led to a particular distrust of citizens in its institutions: the former mayor (resigned recently) is in prison and the President must call elections soon, the Comptroller is also in jail and 10 councilors are being investigated.
We will monitor the contracting and execution of more than 250 million USD that will be invested in 4 priority projects for the city: Storm Sewerage, Coastal Protection, District Administrative Center, works of the National Games; we will also continue with the follow-up to health and education works that have been inconclusive since 2014. We will create a multidisciplinary team with experts in finance, engineering, public contracting and laws that will monitor permanently and in field.
Besides contributing to the effective execution of these works that the city needs, we will help to improve the transparency and efficiency of local public investment; we will develop citizen control capabilities and strengthen trust in institutions.