Bureaucracy: An Unsolvable Problem

Since 1994, successive Costa Rican governments have said they will try to reduce bureaucracy but to date excess red tape remains a problem.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Laura Chinchila's new administration has also included bureaucracy among its list of priorities.

As an example, the current government gathered leaders from the Ministries for Trade (Comex), Health and Farming to discuss the optimization of trade agreements, which the La Prensa Libre editorial deems a good start. The paper says that the next step is to define specific actions to make procedural simplification a reality.

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Red Tape Suffers Severe Blow in Costa Rica

May 2014

The healthy resistance of companies against abuses of bureaucracy, has generated an unusual and also healthy reaction from the new authorities who are quickly adopting decisions which reduce paperwork.


The Government's decision has set a healthy precedent. The Ministry of Health has announced that it has replaced the obsolete regulations and lengthy formalities for registration of natural products, supplements and foods, with three requirements which must be submitted: "An affidavit where the company assures the characteristics of the product and meets the standards of the General Health Law, on labeling and a certificate of free sale or a health permit, depending on the origin of manufacture." With this it has been found that the state can fulfill its role of protecting the safety of citizens and at the same time establish a legal framework that is friendly to investment.

No Real Progress in Reducing Paperwork

October 2011

The Costa Rican government has announced successes in de-bureaucratizing the country, but employers say that in reality plans to make it happened haven’t actually been put into action.

The business sector does acknowledge that some progress has been made, but is asking for better coordination between the different entities involved in issuing permits.

Costa Rica: To Reduce Paperwork Formalities ... More Formalities

April 2014

The future Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry proposes the creation of a court that will be responsible for dealing with complaints from citizens who feel affected by bureaucratic excesses of the state.

If this nonsense is a sign of what the work will be of the next head of the MEIC, the Costa Rican productive sector should not put too much hope in his management.

El Salvador: Insistance on Simplifying Procedures

September 2014

Businessmen are complaining about excessive bureaucracy and slowness they have to deal with in order to complete the formalities necessary to export their products, and demand to speed them up.

Less paperwork and faster services are what entrepreneurs in El Salvador are calling for in order to stay competitive in the international market and with respect to their Central American counterparts.

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