Comptroller: Report of TI on corruption offends Venezuelans' dignity
Adelina González, the Acting Comptroller General, regretted that Transparency International has ranked Venezuela the most corrupt country in Latin America
"Such a perverse assertion makes no distinction and offends the dignity of all Venezuelans. It has been made by an organization which usually prepares reports without any validation or documentary support; which are not preceded by any studies, analyses, assessments or audits conducted with the necessary and essential technical and methodological rigor," said the senior officer in a press release.
According to González, the conclusions reached by the organization "are based on the perception stemming from the information released on the media and the opinions provided by the owners of banks, industry and trade."
"That organization is not supported by citizens' credibility and acceptance, as it continuously issues opinions without knowing the legal framework of countries, let alone the functional structure of the systems of internal and external control at the national, state, municipal or community levels," she contended.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.