Improving the Competitiveness of Sub-national Governments
The OECD and Mexico’s Ministry of Economy are carrying out a regulatory reform programme to improve the competitiveness of its states. Multi-level regulatory governance is an important component of the regulatory reform agenda. In Mexico, where sub-national governments have extensive regulatory power, many of the key issues and challenges must be addressed in a multi-level regulatory governance framework.
States and regions in Mexico, as elsewhere, can advance to a higher level of regulatory capacity, benefiting business and citizens. The competition for investment and jobs is international. A well-performing state cannot afford to rest on its accomplishments simply because it is doing so much better than its domestic competitors.
Several case studies, presented below, and prepared under the supervision of the OECD as part of the report “Successful Practices and Policies to Promote Regulatory Reform and Entrepreneurship at the Sub-national Level” describe successful practices and experiences of regulatory management from three Mexican states (Baja California, Jalisco, and Puebla), as well as of three provinces from other countries: British Columbia (Canada), Catalonia (Spain), and Piemonte (Italy). These case studies provided input for the report presented at the second session of the Regulatory Policy Committee, 14-15 April 2010. Based on this report and the case studies, the OECD prepared a handbook to help states improve regulatory capacity.