New website helps doing business in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and Economic Development Secretary Manuel Laboy announced Tuesday the launch of the Single Business Portal (SBP), a website intended to facilitate the process of doing business on the island.
The website allows users to process permit, certification and license applications, among other transactions, as well as view annual and other reports. The administration said it is an evolution of the Unified Information System (SUI by its Spanish acronym) used by the Puerto Rico Permits Management Office to process documents.
“The system will allow companies and individuals to file different procedures and manage transactions that contribute to the economic development of Puerto Rico,” the governor said in the announcing release, adding that the platform “eliminates bureaucracy, and allows measuring and demonstrating the effectiveness and speed in the procedures that are carried out….”
The secretary of the Economic Development & Commerce Department (DDEC by its Spanish initials) added that the website “will be a one-stop shop for those who have or are in the process of establishing businesses on the island. Those who need to request decrees under acts 20, 22, and 14; obtain permits from the Permits Management Office of DDEC; or make the corresponding payments for each procedure, they may do so through the SBP without having to visit government offices.”
Laboy further said that “it will be possible to measure the speed and effectiveness of the processes in a transparent manner. By facilitating this type of process, we improve the environment to attract investors to the Island, which will generate more and better jobs.”
The government’s chief innovation officer, Glorimar Ripoll, emphasized in the governor’s office release that the “measurement of results through metrics was a core part of the development of this application, to support our innovation agenda based on data and accountability.”
Through the SBP, a so-called Single Profile is created for users to manage applications using either their Social Security number, national identifier or employer social security.
“Under the profile all the data of the petitioner is captured, whether as an individual, corporation, or representative. This functionality allows submitting requests not only for the needs of the petitioner, but also for other individuals or companies,” the release reads. “The Single Profile is the integration of all the requests—such as the incentives managed by DDEC—that allows to monitor the requests that are made for an entity or individual.”