Franchises: To Regulate or Not to Regulate

With the franchise model growing on the isthmus, how important is to have a clear regional legal framework?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

There are entrepreneurs calling for the creation of laws to regulate and protect activities in this business model and for them to be uniform at a regional level. Government representatives affirm that a law is not necessary and that everything is in the signed contract. What is the golden middle?

In an article in, Morena Azucena reflected the views that employers, business representatives and government officials have on the subject.

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