Regulatory policy

Guide to Improve the Regulatory Quality of State and Municipal Formalities and to strengthen Mexico's Competitiveness


This Guide provides concrete recommendations of high impact reforms that can be implemented in the short term. The focus is on formalities dealing with business start up, obtaining a construction permit, registering property, procurement, and upgrading regulatory transparency and efficiency in the management of formalities. It aims at simplifying these processes and reducing regulatory burdens for citizens, advancing the competitiveness of Mexico’s states and municipalities.

The improvement of the regulatory framework and the business environment requires innovation and implementation of good practices at the sub-national level. Given the fact that an entrepreneur has to fulfill formalities at the federal, state, and municipal levels to formalise his business, this need becomes even more urgent. The recommendations contained in the Guide were drawn from the systematic review of the processes of formalities mentioned above in nine Mexican states, as well as from the study of successful practices at the international level. Their main characteristics are that they can be implemented in the short-term and are fully justified in terms of costs and benefits.

The Guide also contains brief case studies that illustrate how different jurisdictions, in Mexico and other OECD member countries, implemented the reforms proposed in the recommendations. These case studies can be used as references to guide the effective implementation of reform.

This guide is currently only available in Spanish.

For further information, please contact Jacobo Garcia Villarreal.


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