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Inauguration of the Ibero-American and Caribbean Better Regulation Network’s VII Summit

Inauguration of the Ibero-American and Caribbean Better Regulation Network’s VII Summit


The Summit is being held in the framework of the initiatives that has been carrying out the National Competitiveness Council in the subject of Better Regulation, and due to its active participation in the Ibero-American and Caribbean Better Regulation Network. 

Santo Domingo, DR.- The National Competitiveness Council inaugurated the Ibero-American and Caribbean Better Regulation Network’s VII Summit, in the framework of Pilar #1 of the National Competitiveness Agenda “Competitive Dominican Republic”, which refers to business facilitation.

At the event, Rafael Paz, Executive Director at COMPETITIVIDAD, manifested that the possibility of being able to exchange good practices is a great opportunity for the region, and having been selected as host country of such an important international summit, a high honor for the Dominican Republic. At the same time, the summit reaffirms the Dominican Republic’s firm interest, and particularly that of the President of the Republic, Mr. Danilo Medina Sánchez, to revert each and one of the adverse conditions that affect national competitiveness, being the regulatory gear possibly the most significant of them all.

Paz also expressed the following: “In the Dominican Republic, we are immersed in a transformation process of the Dominican State. Never before has existed so much consensus around the idea that a great public-private alliance can build solutions to historical challenges when it comes to productivity, competitiveness and job creation for the people.”

Likewise, he pointed out that: “We, at COMPETITIVIDAD, have assumed this task with two specific objectives: 1) Making it easier for the citizens and the businesses; and 2) Making the State understand that its decisions generate costs for all involved, including the State itself…never before have these types of initiatives been carried out in the Dominican Republic.”

In order to move from mere formalities to concrete actions, the Executive Directorate at COMPETITIVIDAD proceeded to issue Resolution 0003-2018 that establishes the methodology for the construction of the regulatory inventory and the implementation of the Burden Simplification Program (SIMPLIFICA-RD) with advice from the CONAMER.  

The resolution also calls for the creation of a mechanism for public consultation of the private sector that allows entrepreneurial associations, businesses and individuals in general, provide information on those regulations, administrative processes and government services that may be affecting their respective economic and social rights, guaranteed by the Constitution of the Dominican Republic.

The National Competitiveness Council, for prioritizing its compromise with the simplification of processes pushed for the creation of the National Trade Facilitation Commission presided by the General Directorate of Customs, which will be an essential mechanism for the support and implementation the Single Window for Foreign Trade, with the objective of being able to comply with customs processes on a 24 hour basis, as well as to facilitate the identification of the supply chain costs for the attainment of higher levels of efficiency.   

Additionally, an unprecedented reform of the General Directorate for Medicines, Food and Sanitary Products (DIGEMAPS) was initiated, which seeks to reduce to 35 days the issuance of sanitary registrations, establishing from now on the automatic renovation of such registrations, an administrative procedure that lasted up to 18 months. Likewise, the implementation of the Single Window for Construction Permits was initiated, which will allow that all requests for permits and licenses be made through a single digital platform, in no more than 60 days. These actions evidence an advancement in the subject of regulation, that will have a high impact on the country´s overall competitiveness levels, including those of its businesses.

Throughout the day, there will be different presentations on 12 thematic panels, by renowned national and international panelists representing the public, private and academic sectors.

In addition to national and international experts, the event will have special guests from prestigious organizations that relate to the subject, such as the United States Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and Walmart.

Among the subjects that will be discussed in this event, there is: better regulation policies in the Dominican Republic; regulation of shared economies; concept of regulation in law and economics; regulation and innovation in the digital economy; social participation and public consultation; implementation of new mechanisms of better regulation; better regulation strategies implemented in Latin America; academic programs in regulation and better regulation; inspections and verifications in better regulation; better regulation policies in the United States; good practices for the strengthening of international regulatory cooperation.

The Network is composed of 15 country members: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic. Also, it is composed of 2 institutional members: The Inter-American Development Bank (BID) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCDE).

Some of the delegations to attend the event include the following: Argentina, Presidency of the Argentinian 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 Relations and Ministry of the Economy, Promotion and Tourism; Colombia, National Planning Department and the Department of Mining, Oil and Energetic Law at the Externado University of Colombia; Costa Rica, Directorate of Better Regulation at the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Trade; Ecuador, National Secretariat of Planning and Development; Spain, Ministry of the Presidency and of the Territorial Administrations, State Secretariat of 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, Better Regulation Organism, Technical and Planning Secretariat of the Presidency; Mexico, National Better Regulation Commission (CONAMER) and the Autonomous University of the Nuevo León State; Peru, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the German Cooperation (GIZ) in Peru, the Environmental Evaluation and Inspection Organism of Peru (OEFA) and the Ministry of the Economy and Finances; Panama, the Ministry of the Economy and Finances, the Competitiveness and Logistics Secretariat, the Municipality of Panama City, the Ministry of Housing and Territorial Organization; 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 (BID).

In addition to the Network´s membership, the event will also have participation from the following countries and organizations: Belgium, Center of European Political Studies (CEPS); United States, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University; Portugal, the Adjunct State Secretariat of Administrative Modernization, and the Juridical Center of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, as well as the OAS, the World Bank and Walmart.

The summit will be taking place in the Lincoln Room of the Hotel Real Intercontinental, until Thursday October 4th at 4:00 PM.

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