Directorate for Public Governance

Regulatory Policy in Colombia

Going beyond Administrative Simplification

In series:OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reformview more titles

Published on October 25, 2013

Also available in: Spanish

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Prudent macroeconomic management and recent structural reforms have helped Colombia weather the recent financial crisis remarkably well.  The Government of Colombia has placed particular emphasis on simplifying formalities affecting business and citizens.  In addition, a number of initiatives have been launched to make the administration more transparent and accountable vis-à-vis citizens.

However, after several years in place, this approach needs to be re-shaped , in order to go deeper into the legal background of regulations.  Colombia still lacks a whole-of-government policy for regulatory quality and needs to rethink the institutional set up to implement different regulatory tools in a coherent manner.  It also requires the adoption of a systemic approach to challenge the reasons for and the logic behind formalities (trámites) and, most importantly, regulations.  Furthermore, as in many other countries, the development and application of a comprehensive regulatory governance approach for sub-national governments and multi-level co-ordination are pending issues.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
The macroeconomic context in Colombia
Regulatory reform and policies in a national context
Institutions to promote regulatory reform in Colombia
Colombia's administrative capacities for making new regulations
The management and rationalisation of existing regulations in Colombia
Compliance, enforcement and appeals in Colombia
Ex post regulatory evaluation in Colombia
Multi-level regulatory governance in Colombia
Regulatory reform in Barranquilla
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KEY MESSAGES

This report recommends Colombia to:

  • develop a whole-of-government policy for regulatory quality
  • rethink the institutional set-up to implement different regulatory tools in a coherent manner

It suggest: 

  • the adoption of a systemic approach to challenge the reasons for and the logic behind formalities (trámites) and, most importantly, regulations

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