Regulatory policy

Press release: The municipality of Merida implements 100% of the recommendations to improve high impact formalities, says OECD


25 June 2018


On 22 March 2018, the OECD released its third and final evaluation of Merida’s implementation of the recommendations to improve municipal formalities WITH high-impact on the business sector. Merida reached a score of 100%. It is the first time that a municipality complies with all the recommendations of the OECD on regulatory policy, under objective and verifiable criteria.


In June 2017, the OECD presented to the City of Merida 235 recommendations to improve formalities of high-impact on business activity, which included the procedures for starting a company, obtaining building permits, as well as measures to improve regulatory transparency and efficiency in the management of formalities. The recommendations are based on good national and international practices in terms of simplifying municipal procedures contained in the Guide to Improve the Regulatory Quality of State and Municipal Formalities and Strengthen Mexico's Competitiveness.


The co-operation agreement between the OECD and the municipality of Merida aimed at enhancing the business environment.


Main achievements of the project:


  • The online one-stop shop "abretuempresa" was created, which allows submitting and managing formalities online to start a company or obtain construction permits, to use the electronic signature of the Tax Administration Authority.
  • “Abretuempresa” includes a “risk-map”, in order to identify areas of risk of flooding, for instance.
  • The approval of the Civil Protection Programme for businesses was implemented online, and the response time reduced to 10 business days.
  • The New Civil Protection Regulation was approved and published.
  • An App was created for the inspection process for new constructions, reducing burdens for citizens and inspectors.
  • The online Municipal Registry of Formalities and Services was established as the single source for all government offices when providing information.


See the press report in Spanish.



Regulatory Policy Division in Mexico and Latin America of the OECD @OCDE_RLAC

Adriana Garcia, Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division

Manuel Gerardo Flores, Senior Economist, Regulatory Policy Division @M_GerardoFlores


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