An anti-corruption organisation discovered on Sunday that BANDESAL, El Salvador’s development bank, had declined to give information on the contentious Bitcoin purchases made by the government.
The Anti-Corruption Legal Advisory Center (ALAC) of El Salvador, which offers citizens legal support when speaking out against corruption, revealed a document from the bank in a late-weekend tweet. According to the contract, BANDESAL is prohibited from disclosing “confidential” material.
The El Salvadorian government uses this money to support its Bitcoin projects, and BANDESAL is in charge of handling them. The Central American republic became the first in the world to recognise cryptocurrencies as legal tender last year.
ALAC critiqued BANDESAL for the action. The organisation stated in a tweet that “confidentiality limits the possibility for citizens to access and receive information on the operations carried out by BANDESAL with public funds.”
The Salvadoran government developed a state-sponsored cryptocurrency wallet, made Bitcoin legal tender in the nation, forcing businesses to accept the commodity, and offered its residents $30 worth of the cryptocurrency to spend.
PAN Finance discovered that there are numerous Bitcoin ATMs in San Salvador and that many of the country’s surf areas let travellers freely spend their sats. It was intended to get Salvadorans and visitors as enthusiastic about Bitcoin as the nation’s young president, Nayib Bukele.
Additionally, President Bukele purchased several Bitcoins using his phone. In reality, the only way anyone knows about El Salvador’s purchases is through the president’s tweets (he tweets whenever he makes a crypto purchase).
According to information from the website Nayib Tracker, he has spent $107 million on bitcoin. Additionally, the leader is down $58 million due to the bear market in cryptocurrency.
This year, the American government said that President Bukele’s Bitcoin bill “posed risks” to the country’s financial system. Additionally, the World Bank, the IMF, and JPMorgan all deemed the action to be unfavourable. A businessman who preferred to remain anonymous called the situation “insane.”
“Even BANDESAL does not know how the President has invested the money,” he said. “The Bitcoin investments are managed by him from his mobile phone.”
President Bukele, however, continues to enjoy support; according to a CID Gallup poll conducted earlier this month, he has Latin America’s best approval ratings.
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