The head of Brazil's presidential Office for Micro and Small Business wants to streamline the process for starting an enterprise and reduce the amount of time required from six months to five days.
"That is the principal mission, with positive collateral effects," Guilherme Afif Domingos said in Sao Paulo during the fourth installment of the "Efe Breakfast" discussion series, organized by Agencia Efe, Spain's international news agency.
President Dilma Rousseff's administration aims to achieve that goal by the end of 2014 as part of its Think Simple initiative to reduce the bureaucratic burden on business in the South American nation, Domingos told executives, journalists and politicians.
The plan calls for the creation of a Web site that will allow entrepreneurs to complete the process of starting or winding-down a business within a maximum of five days.
Another measure to slash red tape envisions a "single process for opening small firms bases on the use of digital certificates for contracts," Domingos said.
Establishing a single point of contact will liberate entrepreneurs from the current routine of traipsing from one government agency to another to secure permits and licenses, the presidential aide said.
Friday's discussion was moderated by the president of the Sao Paulo Foreign Correspondents Association, Pablo Giuliano, with sponsorship from Spanish multinational Indra, represented at the event by the head of its Brazilian unit, Emilio Diaz. EFE