In the past eight years, El Salvador fell 43 places in the ranking of the World Economic Forum on Competitiveness. In 2011 it ranked 91 out of 142 countries, while in 2003 it was at position 43.
A group of businessmen created the Competitiveness Initiative, an effort to make proposals and work with authorities in order to make the necessary improvements in the economic and business environment. "In order to advance the agenda ... workshops were created on business, education, infrastructure, facilitation of procedures and access to markets and investments," reported Elsalvador.com.
Regarding facilitating procedures, for example, they aim to make legal and institutional changes to improve transparency, legal certainty and efficiency by reducing bureaucracy. The businesswoman Elena de Alfaro, coordinator of the table, explained that from 2006 to 2012, the country fell 36 places in terms of ease of doing paperwork, according to the 'Doing Business' report by the World Bank.
One of the solutions proposed is the creation of the Citizen Facilitation Act, the Administrative Procedures Act and the Electronic Signature Act, which currently is in the hands of the Technical Secretariat of the Presidency.
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The initiative seeks to build a national agenda based on agreements and actions to be implemented to solve problems that have driven back the country's global competitiveness.
A press release from the Salvadoran Federation for Social and Economic Development(Fusades) reads:
Entrepreneurs from different sectors have come together in pursuit of projects and initiatives to generate greater productivity through innovation.
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