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22 October 2012

Mexico states strengthen multi-level governance

Your blogger was priviledged to be invited to the 30th meeting of the Regulatory Reform network jointly organised for the 32 united states of Mexico by COFEMER (the federal BR agency) and the State of Hidalgo in Pachuca. Opened by Governor Olvera, attended by more than 120 directors and experts of Better Regulation from 25 of the 32 states, and officials of the federal body in charge of BR, this event showed the long-term dedication of Mexico to regulatory reform and the will to constantly perfect the agenda.
This semester's theme "Towards the Consolidation of Regulatory Governance" illustrates the movement's determination to keep up with most current trends, and confront the challenges and technical issues of coordinating progress across 32 sovereign states and their municipalities. Panelists shared state-level best practices, with the purpose of disseminating useful knowledge and experience, with presentations centrered on simplification of the business environment. Highlights included a study of relations between RR and competitiveness by Dr Mario Álvarez Ledesma, head of legal studies at the Monterrey Technical Institute and a workshop on regulatory guillotine led by Mr. Gustavo Mendoza Fierros. A keynote address was given at the end of the conference by Mr Alfonso Carballo Perez, DG of COFEMER, summarizing the history of regulatory reform in Mexico since the 1980's, and the paradigm shifts from early deregulation to regulatory quality, then regulatory governance to meet current economic crises and make Mexico attractive to international investment. Mr Carballo gave new insights into the economic foundations of regulatory reform, referring among others to Acemoglu and Robinson (Why Nations Fail? 2011) to draw lessons for regulatory reform from their distinction between "extractive" and "inclusive" institutions. On the basis of this comprehensive picture, he could close with options for the future development of the RR agenda in Mexico. All presentations, as well as live recordings, have already been uploaded on the conference's website (all in Spanish). Among the next steps endorsed at the conference, a projected blog to serve as a link between the experts in the 32 states and their foreign counterparts, first suggested by the representative of Aguascalientes, who also offered to host the next forum in six months' time.

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