On 10 November 2016 the annual FAB report was issued, investigating failures in administration procedures in all public sector departments, ranging from cases of poor management to incidences of corruption potentially necessitating criminal action.
All departments are obligated to follow up and address the issues raised, with the most serious cases being referred to the public prosecutor. The report is also submitted to Parliament which each year reviews the issues raised and recommends actions to take.
Departments managed by the Ministry of Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning came in for criticism on a number of fronts: The management of rubbish was a significant issue; the lack of regulation of sand extracted from the sea bed raised a number of concerns; the oversight of municipal contracts and properties revealed a number of shortcomings; and also the management of agricultural, water and marine resources was also discussed at length.
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism came in for criticism regarding its failure to enforce and test commercial standards and to effectively regulate trademarks and fake products. In 2015’s FAB report there was specific criticism of failure to effectively monitor meat imports so as to ensure compliance with international standards; failure to take action against illegally operating slaughter houses and failure to conduct adequate inspections of meat establishments.