Costa Rica Seeks to Cut Red Tape

The government urged all public institutions to present a plan before the end of the year to eliminate unnecessary procedures and paperwork.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The guideline states that they must also present a project to improve regulations before the Economy Ministry.

“According to the document, all regulations issued by any ministry, and related to permits for productive activities (both goods and services), will be reviewed beforehand”, reported

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June 2019

As one of the measures that the Costa Rican government plans to implement is that it will no longer be necessary to have all the requirements to open a business certified, and only an affidavit will be necessary.

The government will implement a regulatory moratorium that will prevent the creation of new procedures, requirements or procedures to obtain permits, licenses or authorizations, which will apply until May 2022, according to an official source. This would be one of the guidelines that are part of the government's actions to lead the country to economic recovery.

Simplification of Procedures: Approval Needed to Move "From Words to Deeds"

April 2015

Businessmen in Costa Rica recognize the progress made by the government, but are calling for an acceleration in the process to eliminate the duplication of paperwork which still prevails in several institutions.

Currently we have a clear agenda to deal with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry regarding outstanding issues and the reduction in the number of requirements for starting a business and those for established businesses.

No Real Progress in Reducing Paperwork

October 2011

The Costa Rican government has announced successes in de-bureaucratizing the country, but employers say that in reality plans to make it happened haven’t actually been put into action.

The business sector does acknowledge that some progress has been made, but is asking for better coordination between the different entities involved in issuing permits.

Costa Rica: Shorter Procedures Times

May 2011

Four new decrees reduce timelines for certain bureaucratic procedures in the construction, agriculture and environment sectors.

In the construction sector times for reviewing plans have been reduced from 90 to 30 days.

According to an article in : "The second decree created a single window for the registration of pesticides, which should reduce the period for registration of a product from 20 to 10 months."

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