Hugo Chávez’s government has met only four technical recommendations made by the Organization of American States (OAS)
A report issued by the Inter-American Convention against Corruption adopted by the Organization of American States (OAS) made 113 technical recommendations to improve the fight against corruption in Venezuela. Based on an analysis of the document, so far no progress has been made regarding 97 of the guidelines, while 12 guidelines were partially implemented and only four were totally met by government authorities.
Regarding management of public funds, the Venezuelan government failed to make progress in public disclosure of assets and liabilities, incentives for the participation of the civil society, international assistance and cooperation, effective hiring of public employees for government procurement of goods and services, and illicit enrichment, among others.
Mercedes De Freitas, a representative of international NGO Transparency International, said that failure to meet OAS anti-corruption goals is due to poor implementation of plans to monitor the use of Venezuela's monies by the Executive branch of government.
"Government contribution to minimize corruption is very poor. Venezuela has lost six years and there has been no progress. There are a lot of goals but no guidelines and no encouraging results."
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."