ISLAMABAD The higher authorities of Cuba have detained an employee of Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), the major US government contractor providing services to the Pentagon and US Agency for International Development (USAID), due of his involvement in covert activities, reports The New York Times. According to the report, the employee belonged to a subcontractor firm of DAI and was detained when he was distributing laptops, cellular telephones and other communication equipments to the groups of Cuban dissidents that work to promote US agenda on the Caribbean island. The New York Times reported that the accused went Cuba as a tourist but it is unclear what he was doing at that time when he was detained. The US Congress approved $40 million to promote transition to democracy in Cuba under the project The Cuba Democracy and Contingency Planning Program, and DAI was awarded the main contract. Analysts believe that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of US through funding US agencies and non-government organisations (NGOs) working in the name of international development to get support from groups and individuals to promote political, economical and strategical US agenda to maintain its supremacy. Eva Golinger, Venezuelan-American lawyer, analyst and winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico in his article CIA Agent Captured in Cuba available on the internet has said that Ex CIA officer Phillip Agee affirmed that DAI, USAID and NED (National Endowment for Democracy) are instruments of the US Embassy and behind these three organisations is the CIA and now this organisation (DAI) dedicated to destabilising governments unfavourable to US interests has now made its appearance in Cuba, with millions of dollars destined to destroy the Cuban revolution. Golinger further says that the detention of a DAI employee is a very important step to impede destabilisation and subversion inside Cuba. He says that this episode also confirms that there has been no change of policy with the Obama administration towards Cuba - the same tactics of espionage, infiltration and subversion are still being actively employed against one of Washingtons oldest adversaries. So after detailed investigations, it revealed that DAI is working in many developing countries as the major contractor of USAID and other donor agencies where US has interests politically, economically as well as strategically. Its major clients are US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the UK Department for International Development. Development Alternatives, Inc. is one of the largest US government contractors in the world. Currently, DAI has a $50 million contract in Afghanistan. In Latin America, DAI is presently operating in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. DAI was contracted in June 2002 by USAID to manage a multimillion dollars contract in Venezuela. DAI is working on four USAID funded development projects in Afghanistan, one is fostering long-term alternatives to poppy cultivation for Afghanistans farmers and rural entrepreneurs under the Alternative Development Programme/Eastern Region (ADP/E) funded by USAID, 2nd is Assisting Afghan businesses to develop the ability to build management, technical and vocational competencies, enabling growth through goods and services offered under Afghanistan Capacity Development Programme (CDP) [subcontract to BearingPoint], 3rd is engaging local communities in their own development and stability under the project of transforming development concepts and strategies into sustainable solutions under Afghanistan Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD) programme and 4th one is increasing opportunities for trade, employment, and investment under Afghanistan Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Activity (ASMED). The firm is also working in Uzbekistan on the project of Enhancing agricultural linkages and productivity under Uzbekistan - Aglinks Uzbekistan funded by US Agency for International Development. DAI has also completed a project in 2005 in Georgia advising senior policymakers in the new government to develop a functional and transparent policy formulation process under the programme Support to the New Government of Georgia (SNG) funded by USAID. It had completed the projects of USAID in Iraq in 2006 namely Revitalising Iraqs agricultural sector under Agriculture Reconstruction and Development Programme for Iraq (ARDPI), in Lebanon completed in 2008 namely bringing together government, business, and civil society to restructure Lebanons water sector under the programme of Water Policy Project (LWPP), in West Bank and Gaza in 2008 namely working to create a stable system of self-governance under strengthening the accountability and transparency of the legislative process and stimulating economic growth, improving employment opportunities, increasing access to markets, and expanding Palestinian exports under programme Palestinian Enterprise Development (PED). DAI has also completed a project of USAID in Sudan in the year 2008 namely strengthening Sudanese capacity to implement the comprehensive peace agreement under the programme of Sudan Transition. The official website of DAI says that it has implemented more than 30 projects in Pakistan since the early 1980s. The site further says that Pakistan team is based in Islamabad and led by Managing Director Zahid Elahi, an economist with more than 20 years of development experience specialising in decentralised governance, micro-finance, and institutional and community development. The website also says that DAIs record of long and short-term projects in Pakistan includes water and irrigation management, agricultural development, micro-finance, narcotics awareness and control, and fiscal decentralisation. Its recent project in Pakistan, which is also funded by USAID, is enhancing the parliamentary processes through improved representation, lawmaking, oversight, and management being run under the programme of Pakistan Legislative Strengthening Program (PLSP). The programme was started in September 2005 and will complete in May 2010. The official website of DAI says that through the PLSP, DAI works with national and provincial legislatures to strengthen parliamentary institutions and processes with focussing on improving the capacity of the legislatures in their representation, lawmaking, oversight/accountability, and infrastructure/management activities. This clearly shows that how much DAI is close to Pakistani legislatures, lawmaking, legislative process, parliamentary public relations strategies, dissemination of legislative records, budget formulation and implementation and legislative drafting.