Date Published: May 15, 2018, 8:11 p.m.
n order to induce the formalization of economic activities, the municipality implemented the online procedure to obtain the Operating License through the virtual platform "iGob 24/7", where distance is shortened, traditional procedures are simplified replacing paper with digital documents, in a pro-environmental policy. This service allows entrepreneurs to process their license, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in a new paradigm of breaking geographical barriers. The application, presentation of requirements and obtaining the License, everything is done online, under the concept of Affidavit of information. In turn, the municipality has accurate statistics, agility in response to the demand of citizens and mainly allows the municiplaity to promote economic development with formality, ensuring the technical conditions, security and infrastructure of these economic activities. The project consolidates the municipal government´s leadership in technological development with the challenge of providing constant improvements in the digital age to support the development of the local enterprises. On average the procedures generally took about a month, however thanks to the virtual platform, the time was reduced to 48 hours for economic activities and 20 days for those activities subject to verification of infrastructure and technical conditions.
Official name, Our Lady of La Paz (seat of government) - Municipality of La Paz with area in the Urban area of 3,020 km2 with an altitude of 3625 m.s.n.m.
Since the project was approved, 27,574 requests for operating licenses were handled. The National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia (INE) through the census of population and housing of 2012 identified that in the municipality of La Paz there are 119,500 people who work for their own, which represents 32.55% of the population of the municipality. In the time that the project was implemented, we reached 23.08% of these workers, in turn, it benefits people with first degree familiarity in an equivalent of 22.53% of the total of the municipality of La Paz (367.145), without also consider that each economic activity or legal endeavor contributes to the generation of employment and economic movement, in the purchase and sale of goods and services.
The online process to obtain a license to operate economic activities was initiated on 06/02/2017, jointly with the process of massive registration of economic activities in the municipality.
The project is in progress, hoping to evolve in a continuous improvement, together with the initiatives for entrepreneurs (ideas of new businesses, conjunction of different economic activities), always supporting the entrepreneur and ensuring the legality, the safeguard of health public and citizen security.
• MUNICIPAL REGULATORY ANTECEDENTS The municipality of La Paz, exercising its powers defined in the Constitution, issued the Autonomous Municipal Law No. 217 (12/27/2016), which integrates, updates and modifies the existing municipal patents. This regulatory instrument provides for the simplification of procedures and requirements, as well as the use of computer supports for the granting of the License for the Operation of Economic Activities, for which it provides a period of registration and re-registration of all economic activities in the municipality. (new and old). In January 2017, the adjustments to the computer systems (virtual platform), processes and procedures were developed, as well as the pending procedures were concluded in order to start the new model without pending. During this month the reception of requests for Operating Licenses was suspended to start the project. During the month of February we have already started the registration of Economic Activities (LMA 217) through the several Districits physical Attention Platforms (face-to-face), and later in May, enable 2 channels of admission of additional procedures; Virtual platform and the Mobile Brigades of the GAMLP, constituted by officials who visited all the economic activities of the municipality taking this process of registration and simplification to each business. During the registration process of economic activities, the new virtual approach and the simplicity of the procedure to legally operate were socialized, explaining the way of use and the facilities granted by the Municipal Government. At the end of the period of massive registration, to date, verification checks have been carried out on economic activities in order to verify the information declared and calling on the activities that do not have the authorization to obtain the Operating License in order to operate.
The project was financed by the Municipal Government's own resources, the initial phase comprised an amount of 2 million bolivianos, destined to the payment of internet connectivity service, AZURE, operative personnel, computer equipment, mobile devices and communication campaigns. For the maintenance of this project in phase II for control and verification, 2018 management, a budget of 4 million is foreseen for advertising campaigns, internet connectivity services, personnel hiring for massive control operations.