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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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.

The Industry of El Salvador Declaims Bureaucracy

September 2011

Industrialists have complained to the government about the excessive paperwork and arbitrariness of some officials, which is impeding trade.

Businesses unionized under the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI) presented their complaints about delays in carrying out routine procedures and in obtaining permits.

Costa Rica Seeks to Cut Red Tape

June 2010

The government urged all public institutions to present a plan before the end of the year to eliminate unnecessary procedures and paperwork.

The guideline states that they must also present a project to improve regulations before the Economy Ministry.

“According to the document, all regulations issued by any ministry, and related to permits for productive activities (both goods and services), will be reviewed beforehand”, reported Nacion.com.

In the Kingdom of Bureaucracy

June 2009

The long processes to start a company in Costa Rica do not seem so bad for Latin America, but they are unacceptable at the international level.

When a country wants to enter the global market as a means for progress and economic and social development, it should offer expedited pathways for investors and entrepreneurs to start a business or to facilitate introducing their products and services to the economy.

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