It’s Dominican Republic’s rich who steal the energy, the World Bank says - The World Bank’s representative revealed Tuesday that the unregulated and upscale sectors are the ones which steal the most electricity through fraud.

Robert Senderowitsch also warned that the Government will have to adopt measures to correct several distortions in the Electricity Distributing Companies, especially the ballooned payrolls and financial losses, among others.

“The Dominican Government knows it’s a crucial issue for the country’s future and in that regard some actions to follow have been defined and we the World Bank in this case with the Inter-American Development Bank supported the electrical sector’s reform and that plan includes the improvement in the distribution companies,” Senderowitsch said.

Interviewed by Miguel Guerrero on the program “Portada 15,” the World Bank official said both international agencies will contribute their experience and the experts who can support these improvements.

He said the first step the new distributing companies managers should be “to bill for the light they are serving and which anybody pays for, or that some aren’t paying for, because unlike what’s believed in the past that it was the poor who didn’t pay their light bill, instead the fact is that it’s mot the poor who steal the light, it’s the industrialists, it’s the rich sector and it’s a generalized phenomenon."

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