Procedures for Business Registration Streamlined

The Ministry of Economy in Guatemala has presented "Ventanilla Ágil Plus" (Agile Counter Plus), which will reduce the time for registering a business.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

From a press release from the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala (Mineco):

- 30 steps to register companies eliminated reducing the process from 47 to 17 days.
- Also removed, 17 steps for registration of individual traders reducing the process from 4 days to one and a half.
- Both measures contribute to improving the business climate and attracting investments as well as to formality and tax culture.

Guatemala, May 21, 2012. The Minister of Economy, Sergio de la Torre and the Superintendent of Tax Administration (SAT), Miguel Gutierrez, presented on Monday the " Agile Counter Plus" through which the creation of companies and the generation of formal jobs is facilitated, well as providing tax incentives and a culture of legality.

Economy Minister Sergio de la Torre said that progress in the simplification of procedures is necessary in order to improve competitiveness. "The implementation of the Agile Counter Plus, as well as benefiting users, entrepreneurs and business people, encourages the formalization of businesses and impacts positively on the Doing Business report by the World Bank", said the Minister.

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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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