Red Tape Fiesta in Mexico
If you follow Mexican bloggers, you know that we've all complained about the bureaucratic red tape and the hoops we must jump through in order to accomplish, well, just about anything related to the government. Please don't jump on us, it's not just ex-pats who have a beef with the system. The Mexican populace has spoken loud and clear in their objections to the massive amounts of useless "trámites" (forms) that are required to achieve the simplest of actions in governmental agencies. In order to address the people's dissatisfaction, President Felipe Calderon held a contest to find the most useless trámite in Mexico.
The results were revealed today, with Mexico's Social Security organization earning the dubious distinction of being the most inefficient agency in the land. Citizens were invited to share with the government their choice for worst of the bunch and Cecilia Deyanira Velázquez Tello was selected as the winning entrant for her tale of wasted time in Mexico City. For four days every month, this mother of a seven year old with an immune deficiency disease is forced to stand in lines and have papers stamped and signed by eight different offices in order to get her son's medication. She is told that it is the way it has to be, but in a speech made today, she stated that she knows there is a better way for things to be done and made suggestions on how the process can be simplified.
The federal government presented Sra. Velázquez with a cheque for 300 000 pesos and the President has pledged to reduce the number of tramites from 4200 to 3000 by the end of his term.
I wonder how many forms will be filled out to accomplish that.