A new government Internet site – www.tuempresa.gob.mx – consolidates a series of steps necessary to register a business, and is being touted as a way to reduce corruption. Dow Jones News Service reported that the project is for businesses that have already registered with a notary public and that Mexican President Felipe Calderon said the site would reduce the 22-34 days it takes to complete such forms under the previous system to just a matter of a few hours. The programs aims to make it easier for smaller businesses to fulfill registration requirements that many are avoiding because of bureaucratic hurdles.
Felipe Duarte Olvera, the Assistant Secretary of Competitiveness and Norms, said that during the first day of the launch, about 1,000 people registered their intent to form a business through the site, according to El Sol de Mexico.
Duarte Olvera —whose duties fall under the Secretary of Economy— said that the openness of the process will eliminate the likelihood of corruption and it will eliminate file duplications. For now, the site can be used by ten entities in Mexico, which are the states of Coahuila, Campeche, Mexico State, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, and the Federal District.
From the Justice in Mexico Project’s August Monthly News Report:
Duran, Alejandro. “Portal para abrir empresas elimina la corrupcion, afirman.” El Occidental. August 5, 2009.
Harrup, Anthony. “Mexico government streamlines process for setting up business.” Dow Jones Newswires. August 3, 2009.