Doing Business in Mexico 2012
Author: Subnational Doing Business
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Doing Business in Mexico 2012 — the fourth subnational report of the Doing Business series in Mexico — compares business regulations in 31 states and Mexico City. The report focuses on federal, state and municipal regulations that affect 4 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property and enforcing contracts. The report finds that each of the 31 states and Mexico City improved in at least one of the benchmarked areas, making it easier for local entrepreneurs to start and operate a business.
- This year's report finds for the first time that all 32 cities improved in at least one of the indicators measured, recording a total of 64 reforms that make it easier to do business.
- This is the first time in which the regulatory reforms measured appear across all 4 areas studied in the report.
- For the first time, Colima is the city where it is easiest to do business. It overtakes Aguascalientes, which had the best performance in the last 3 measurements of Doing Business in Mexico. Colima was the only city to implement reforms in all 4 areas.
- If Mexico were to implement all the best practices found across the cities measured, it would rank 20th out of 183 economies on the ease of doing business, 33 places ahead of their current Doing Business 2012 ranking.
- Since 2006, the implementation of business start-up reforms have halved the time it takes to start a business from 36 to 15 days. Likewise, property registration reforms reduced delays in property transfers from 44 days to 30, a 35% time saving.
Doing Business in Mexico 2012 finds that the performance of each state varies across the 4 measured areas. For example, in the states of Durango, Quintana Roo and Tamaulipas it is relatively easy to deal with construction permits, but it is difficult to start a business. The differences highlight improvement opportunities at the state and local level.
How would a city's ranking change if it reformed? See the impact of reforms by using the ranking simulator (Excel, 25KB) to change indicator values. This exercise assumes that other cities don't reform.