Costa Rica’s Daily Bureaucracy


This cartoon was drawn for and published in The Costa Rica Star, May 25, 2018. I should have posted it last week, but I was lazy.

You know there’s bureaucracy in the United States, but we’re not the only one. There are a lot of hoops you would need to jump through for a construction project in Latin America. A recent study found that the average is fifteen in countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). For Costa Rica, it’s seventeen. The study finds that it takes 135 days, not to complete your project, but to acquire all the permits. I would be bald by day 20.

I believe we should have regulations for safety and the environment so stuff doesn’t just blow up like in Texas, but there is a point where it’s too many.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new cartoon for this week.

Watch me draw.

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