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From Red Tape to Smart Tape

Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries

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“Too much red tape” is a common complaint from businesses and citizens in OECD countries. This report analyses proven approaches commonly adopted by governments to reduce and streamline  administrative procedures like one-stop shops (physical and electronic), simplification of permits and licence procedures, time limits for decision-making, methods to measure administrative burdens, regulatory-compliance assistance for small and medium-size companies, and increasing reliance on IT-based solutions.

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Administrative Simplification in Mexico

Initially, administrative simplification measures were implemented as part of sectoral deregulation and regulatory reform programmes in Mexico. Recently, a new approach emerged in the framework of the 2001-2006 Good Government Initiative that integrates administrative simplification into a management-for-quality programme. Among the most important tools implemented are the Federal Registry of Formalities and Services, the system of electronic tax declarations, various one-stop shop initiatives, the use of Regulatory Impact Analysis and the reinforcement criteria for the simplification of formalities such as “silence is consent and ‘silence is denial’”. An electronic system of government ...

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