October 28th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) – Instead of the current 90 days, the process to register and activate a company will soon take 20 or fewer days. The change took place due to the implementation of the second phase of the digital platform called “Crear Empresa,” designed by the government as part of a strategy to simplify the process.
As of November 1st, the registration of a new company will be made via the Internet, by filling out a single form, according to the Director of Digital Government, Alicia Avendano.
The system will also centralize the location of all permits and documents needed to start a business. For example, users will be able to locate digitalized blueprints, health permits, commercial business licenses, environmental feasibility documents, and register as a taxpayer with Hacienda, among others.
The program will be applied first in the municipalities of Alajuela and San Jose, and is expected to be implemented throughout Costa Rica in the first 6 months of 2013.
Costa Rica was recently recognized as one of ten countries that made changes to improve its business environment in the “Doing Business 2013” report.
The report compares 185 economies and in the most recent report, Costa Rica moved up 12 positions, placing itself at number 110.