Regulatory policy

Merida and the OECD showcase successful practices to boost competitiveness and regulatory governance at local level


Merida, Mexico, 31 July 2018


Press release


Organised by the OECD and the municipality of Mérida, the Forum Actions for Competitiveness and Regulatory Governance aimed to identify and discuss good practices that have been promoted at a sub-national level in Mexico and that have allowed to improve competitiveness and regulatory policy indicators.


The forum was inaugurated by María Fritz, Mayor of Merida, and Manuel Gerardo Flores, Coordinator of the Regulatory Policy Program of the OECD in Latin America. In their interventions, both highlighted  Merida’s success in implementing 100% of the recommendations to improve high-impact procedures.


The co-operation agreement between the OECD and the municipality of Merida aimed to boost the business environment. In June 2017, the OECD presented to the Municipality of Merida 235 recommendations to simplify formalities required to start a business and obtain construction permits, as well as recommendations to improve regulatory transparency and efficiency in the management of these formalities. Starting a company and constructing facilities are some of the procedures with the largest impact on business activity. The recommendations were based on good national and international practices, contained in the Guide to Improve the Regulatory Quality of State and Municipal Formalities and Strengthen Mexico's Competitiveness.


The forum took place  at COPARMEX Merida

  • Over 120 representatives from the federal, state and municipal public sector of Mexico attended, as well as academics, experts and representatives from the private sector.
  • Speakers were from the Federal Ministry of Economy of Mexico, the State Government of Nuevo Leon, the municipality of Merida, business organisations from Yucatan and experts in regulatory policy.
  • The topics discussed were:  
    • Good practices that encourage the opening of business
    • Construction permits and inspections to promote the regional economy
    • Elements that facilitate or hinder the ease of information submission to government offices, and regulatory transparency.


Download the forum’s agenda

Download the presentations and watch the videos presented in the Forum here (Spanish).


See the press report in Spanish.


For more information, please contact:

OECD Regulatory Policy Division for Mexico and Latin America @OCDE_RLAC

Adriana García, Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division

Manuel Gerardo Flores, Senior Economist, OECD @M_GerardoFlores


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