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Inauguration of the VII Meeting of the Ibero-American and Caribbean Regulatory Improvement Network

Inauguration of the VII Meeting of the Ibero-American and Caribbean Regulatory Improvement Network

The meeting is held within the framework of the initiatives that the National Competitiveness Council has been carrying out in matters of Regulatory Improvement, and its active participation in the Ibero-American and Caribbean Network for Regulatory Improvement.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Santo Domingo, RD.- The National Competitiveness Council has inaugurated the Seventh Meeting of the Ibero-American and Caribbean Network for Regulatory Improvement, within the framework of Pillar # 1 of the National Competitiveness Agenda "Competitive Dominicana" ", Which refers to commercial facilitation.

Within the framework of the activity Rafael Paz, Executive Director of COMPETITIVENESS, said that it is a great opportunity for the region to exchange good practices and a high honor that the Dominican Republic has been chosen as the host country for such an important international meeting. At the same time that the meeting reaffirms the firm interest of the government of the Dominican Republic, and very particularly the President of the Republic, Lic. Danilo Medina Sánchez, to continue reversing each of the conditions that affect national competitiveness, being the gear regulatory perhaps the most significant of all.

Paz also expressed: "In the Dominican Republic we are immersed in a process of transformation of the Dominican State. Never before has there been so much consensus that a large public-private partnership can build answers to historical challenges when it comes to productivity, competitiveness and generating opportunities for people. "

Similarly, he said: "We, in Competitiveness, have assumed this task with two specific objectives: 1) make it easier for citizens and companies; and 2) to ensure that the State understands that its decisions generate costs for all those involved and for the State itself ... never before have such initiatives been carried out in the Dominican Republic. "

To move from formalities to concrete actions, the Executive Directorate of COMPETITIVENESS proceeded with the issuance of Resolution 0003-2018 that establishes the methodology for the lifting of the regulatory inventory and the implementation of the Load Simplification Program (SIMPLIFICA-RD) with the advice from CONAMER.

The resolution also provides for the creation of a consultation mechanism for the private sector that will allow business associations, companies and individuals in general to send information on those regulations, procedures and services that may be affecting their respective economic and social rights, guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic.

The National Competitiveness Council, to highlight the commitment to simplify procedures, has promoted the creation of the National Trade Facilitation Committee chaired by the General Directorate of Customs, which will be an essential mechanism for support in the implementation of the Single Window of Exterior Commerce, with the objective of being able to carry out customs processes 24 hours a day, as well as facilitating the identification of the costs of the logistics chain to achieve higher levels of efficiency.

In addition, an unprecedented reform was launched by the Directorate General of Drugs, Food, and Health Products (DIGEMAPS) of the Ministry of Public Health, which seeks to reduce the issuance of health records to 35 days, and which already establishes the automatic renewal of the same procedure that took up to 18 months. Likewise, the implementation of the Single Window of Construction Permits was initiated, which will allow the management of permits and licenses for construction in a single digital platform, in no more than 60 days. These actions show an advance in regulatory matters, which will have a high impact on the levels of competitiveness of companies and the country.

During the day different exhibitions will be presented with 12 thematic panels, by renowned national and international exhibitors, representative of the public, private and academic sectors.

In addition to national and international experts, the event has special guests from prestigious organizations related to the subject, such as the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs (OIRA), the US and the Walmart.

Among the topics addressed in this meeting are: the policy of regulatory improvement in the Dominican Republic; the regulation of the shared economy; the concept of regulation in economics and law; the regulation of innovation in the digital economy; social participation and public consultation; the implementation of new regulatory improvement mechanisms; the regulatory improvement strategies implemented in Latin America; the academic programs of regulation and regulatory improvement; the inspections and verifications in the regulatory improvement; the policy of regulatory improvement in the United States of America; and good practices for the strengthening of international regulatory cooperation.

he Network is made up of 15 countries: Argentina, Presidency of the Argentine Nation, Ministry of Modernization, Ministry of Finance, Ibero-American Association of Regulation Studies (ASIER); Brazil, Presidency of the Federal Republic of Brazil and Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX); Chile, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism; Colombia, National Department of Planning and the Department of Mining, Oil and Energy Law of the Externado de Colombia University; Costa Rica, Directorate for Regulatory Improvement of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce; Ecuador, National Secretariat of Planning and Development; Spain, Ministry of the Presidency and for Territorial Administrations, Secretariat of State for Public Administrations of the Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations and the Office of Quality and Normative Coordination of Spain; El Salvador, Office of the Presidency, Regulatory Improvement Organization, Technical Secretariat and Planning of the Presidency; Guatemala, National Competitiveness Program (PRONACOM); Honduras, Ministry of General Coordination of Government; Mexico, National Commission for Regulatory Improvement (CONAMER) and the Autonomous University of the State of Nuevo León; Paraguay, the Directorate of Economic Studies; Peru, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the German Cooperation (GIZ) in Peru, the Agency for Evaluation and Environmental Enforcement of Peru (OEFA), and the Ministry of Economy and Finance; Dominican Republic, Ministry of the Presidency, National Competitiveness Council, Dominican Embassy in Spain, Leslie & Leslie, Attorneys at Law, Finjus, IOMG, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Uruguay, Presidency of the Republic; Panama, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Secretariat of Competitiveness and Logistics, the Municipality of the City of Panama, the Ministry of Housing and Territorial Planning. As permanent members, multilateral organizations (IDB and OECD).

In addition to the members of the Network, representatives of the following countries and organizations are participating in this event: Belgium, Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS); United States, Office of Regulatory Computing Affairs (OIRA) and the Kelly School of Business of the University of Indiana; Portugal, the Deputy State Secretariat for Administrative Modernization and the Legal Center of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers; as well as the OAS, the World Bank and Walmart.

The meeting will be held in the Lincoln room of the Real Intercontinental Hotel, until Thursday, October 4 at 4:00 pm.

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