Regulatory reform

Every society needs effective laws to achieve policy goals. On the other hand, citizens and business people challenge government to formulate low-burden regulations. To be suc-cessful here, you need to know exactly which regulatory effects and costs are imposed. We help you to obtain this insight, to identify solutions that prevent or reduce regulatory burden. Together, we improve entrepreneurial ease in your country. And create a more transparent and accountable government.

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How local governments can cut red tape

Every local or regional government wants to stimulate economic growth and public participation. We can help. We know red tape and how to cut it decisively. We use best practices from around the world. By working together, we combine our global experience with your focus on local challenges. The benefits? Improved service delivery, reinforced entrepreneurship and increased citizen participation.

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Boost your red tape reduction skills

Running a red tape reduction program can be challenging. Does your team know how to conduct baseline measurements or regulatory impact assessments? Are you familiar with developing innovative solutions in a constantly changing environment? Based on our hands-on experience with red tape reduction in many countries, we can advise you how to proceed. And teach you all required skills. Bi-annually, we offer a master class ‘Regulatory reform’ in collaboration with the Belgian University of Hasselt.

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Sira Consulting is specialised in reducing regulatory burden and cutting red tape to help you promote economic growth and good governance. We translate complex issues into workable solutions. We have worked for many international organisations, countries and regions.

This website talks about what inspires us and what we have to offer. We are always willing to continue the conversation, and share our knowledge with you. Please feel free to contact us to discuss the challenges you face.

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Designing regulatory reform

Regulatory reform

Regulatory reform concerns the improvement of the quality of government regulation. Regulatory reform is about designing and evaluating policies and regulations transparently, with evidence, and backed up by the views of businesses, citizens and other stakeholders. Regulatory reform may cover all policy areas and aims for targeted regulation that goes no further than required, in order to achieve policy objectives and bring benefits at minimum cost.

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The Standard Cost Model (SCM) – A national approach

Regulatory reform

Businesses and citizens spend annually time and money to comply with (information) obligations codified in rules and regulations. Sira Consulting provides you the tools and/or capacity to measure these regulatory burdens and to identify reduction measures. Indeed, with effective and efficient regulations we create space for innovation, economic growth and social participation. Besides these effects reducing regulatory burden also, cuts costs for governments, ensures transparency and reduces corruption.

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The CAR Methodology – A business sector approach

Regulatory reform

Businesses incur costs complying with obligations laid out in various laws and regulations. To determine the extent in which all these regulatory costs impact on profits, we developed the CAR methodology. This methodology provides us with a clear and unambiguous insight into the impact of legislation on profitability and viability in a specific business sector. This insight enables a sector to bring specific regulatory pressures to the attention of government authorities.

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Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA)

Regulatory reform

A Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) provides insight in the impact of newly proposed (or changes in existing) legislation on citizens and businesses. These impacts can be positive or negative. Examples are an increase of regulatory burden, the need for new investments, significant market effects/impacts, or other socio-economic and societal effects. An understanding of the effects of proposed legislation is crucial if you want to improve legislation and government processes.

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AB Baseline measurements

Regulatory reform

Laws and regulations are necessary, but regulating a society and an economy imposes costs on businesses and citizens. Nevertheless, business and citizens complain about Red Tape and all obligations to comply with government formalities. An AB baseline measurement provides governments with the necessary information to understand what these complains are about by quantifying the burdens and providing reduction measures.

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Improving public services

How local governments can cut red tape

Good service-delivery by local public authorities can reinforce economic growth. The Mark of Good Public Services (MGPS) allows local authorities to significantly improve their service-delivery to businesses.

We developed the MGPS in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and in co-creation with a dozen pilot-municipalities, the Dutch association of local authorities, and representatives of various business associations. The MGPS methodology has been implemented in well over 160 local authorities such as municipalities and provinces.

Our people

Sira Consulting’s distinctive strengths are client-focus, expertise, and innovation. Clients are the reason that our firm exists, and are at the heart of everything we do. We are all academically trained consultants with diverse backgrounds and international experience. This unique blend of expertise allows us to innovate and serve our clients well. They see us as the strategic sparring partner for complex and diverse issues concerning regulatory reform and Red Tape reduction.

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Projects

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Project GBI Washington State

Increasing Gross Business Income (GBI) in Washington State Washington State can do more to ensure a faster, smarter and more […]

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Project MGPS South Africa

The importance of reducing red tape in South Africa The reduction of red tape has become an important topic in […]