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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The new site, Asisehace.gt, provides information on starting a business, paying taxes, licenses, staffing and social security matters, among other things.
From a press release by the Ministry of Economy in Guatemala (Mineco):
The Minister of Economy, Sergio de la Torre, and the Presidential Commissioner for Competitiveness and Investment, Juan Carlos Paiz, presented the system asisehace.gt, an initiative by the National Competitiveness Program (Pronacom) run by the Ministry of Economy.
The Government of El Salvador has announced an initiative called "MiEmpresa.gob.sv" which from next May will reduced from five to one the number of forms required for filing and commencement of operations of a company.
A press release from the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador reads:
Since 1994, successive Costa Rican governments have said they will try to reduce bureaucracy but to date excess red tape remains a problem.
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.
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.