For the last 20 years, the “regulatory policy” has become a significant tool for governments to promote entrepreneurship and economic growth, while it has also helped to lower costs for citizens in their engagement with the government. Even though the regulation seeks to remedy market, government and social efficiency flaws, in certain cases it can create barriers to innovation and competitiveness. At an international level, this reality has caused a large number of governments to adopt strategies aimed at lowering the economic costs derived from regulation, either through instruments to support decisions for regulation issuance or through actions to reduce the administrative loads associated with regulatory frameworks.
In particular, the simplification strategies have evolved from being programs seeking quantitative reduction of regulatory instruments, into more sophisticated programs which make use of tools for measuring administrative loads and which seek to increase their impact, simplify compliance and facilitate implementation by governments.
In this sense, the IDB and the Casa Civil of the Government of Brazil, in charge of the Program for the Strengthening of Institutional Capacity for Regulatory Management (PRO-REG in Spanish), in collaboration with the Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement (COFEMER in Spanish) of the Government of Mexico, proposed and organized the first “International Course on Administrative Simplification”, which took place between August 13-15, 2014, at the Universidade dos Correios in Brasilia, under the technical coordination of the international expert, Gustavo Mendoza Ferraz.
This event was organized within the Technical Cooperation framework known as “Development of Institutional Capacities for Market Regulation”, in conjunction with members of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Regulatory Reform and Competitiveness (LatinReg), with the goal of providing the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (ALC in Spanish) with specific and practical knowledge on administrative simplification tools and strategies, and the best experiences at an international level.
The call was addressed to LatinReg participants and the course was attended by representatives from Paraguay, Honduras, Bolivia, Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia. Public officials from various regulatory agencies from Brazil also participated, making up a total of 40 participants.