The development of e-commerce demands, in addition to an adequate regulatory framework, a set of services which guarantees comparative advantages so that economic players choose this new platform for doing business.
The Secretariat of Economy accredits Advanced Electronic Signature service companies, known as Certification Service Providers (CSPs), regulated by the Code of Commerce and its specific regulations.
Advanced Electronic Signature services must be offered by specialized agents which guarantee legal and informational security to users. The services related to advanced electronic signature are: the issuance of digital certificates, digital time stamps and data retention records in accordance with NOM-151-SCFI-2002.
This service guarantees that the creation data for the signature relate exclusively to the signatory and are under the exclusive control of the signatory. The user is able to detect any change to the electronic signature and to the data.
The Advanced Electronic Signature has the same legal effects as a written signature and is applied primarily in matters of commercial interest. It furthers e-commerce and allows the legal obligations related to data retention to be met and motivates competitiveness between companies by providing the tools which allow them to participate on the national and international market, in order to reduce costs.
To learn more (information available only in Spanish): http://www.firmadigital.gob.mx
Every business that wants to sell a product or service must adhere to the guidelines. This will lead to better market positioning and improved product or service quality.
In accordance with the Secretariat of Economy's General Organization Manual, the General Standards Office is responsible for coordinating the standardization system and conformity assessment, based on the provisions of the Federal Law on Metrology and Standardization and its Regulations, to encourage the competitiveness of industry and trade in the national and international arena.
Some of its functions are:
1. To formulate, review, issue, modify, cancel and diffuse Official Mexican Standards and Mexican Standards, and define the date they come into effect.
2. To constitute, organize and preside over the National Advisory Committee on Standardization for the creation of official standards.
3. To register, verify and monitor national standardization organizations and, where appropriate, participate in their governing bodies, and suspend and cancel their registration.
4. To code Official Mexican Standards, Mexican Standards, foreign and international standards according to subject matter, keep an inventory and collection of these, and establish and operate the information service.
5. To authorize the use of passwords and official brands and, where appropriate, grant licenses for the use of those brands under the terms of the Federal Law on Metrology and Standardization and its Regulations.
6. To coordinate and supervise the National Accreditation System of Testing Laboratories and the National Calibration System and participate in them.
7. To participate in agreements with foreign and international official institutions for the mutual acknowledgment of the conformity assessment.
Official Mexican Standards Catalog (Normas OficialesMexicanas) (NOM) (Information available only in Spanish)
Mexican Standards Catalog (Catálogo de Normas Mexicanas) (NMX) (Information available only in Spanish)
Pursuant to the Federal Law of Transparency and Access to Public Government Information, we hereby inform you of our policy on privacy and the handling of personal data and make the following commitment:
1. The data we request on the contact form will be used to establish contact with you in relation to your request.
2. The data you enter on the contact form will not be diffused, distributed or commercialized.
4. Your request may be included in statistical reports which are produced for the monitoring of the institutional progress of the Presidency of the Republic. Nevertheless, the said information will be purely statistical and will not include information which allows you to be personally identified.
5. Your personal data may be provided to third parties in strict accordance with the indications of Article 22 of the Federal Law of Transparency and Access to Public Government Information.
The Practical Guide for the Generation of the Privacy Notice (Information available only in Spanish) guides those responsible for personal data processing in the preparation, design and dissemination of the privacy notice with regard to content and scope, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Law of Protection of Personal Data in Private Possession.
The e5cinco (Information available only in Spanish) is a project coordinated by the Tax Administration Service (SAT), the fiscal authority responsible for the collection of federal income, and the Secretariat of Public Function (SFP), which coordinates the implementation of e-government policies and programs in order to facilitate the payment of Duties, Proceeds and Uses (Derechos, Productos y Aprovechamientos) (DPAs).
The Secretariat of Economy (SE) joined the project on November 22nd, 2004, enabling the electronic payment for its procedures and services through the Internet sites of credit institutions authorized for that purpose, or in person at a bank.
The Made in Mexico logo is a distinction established by the Federal Government through the Secretariat of Economy (SE), to distinguish products made in Mexico from foreign-made products. The objective is to strengthen the domestic market, enhance the competitiveness of national products and boost their consumption.
Individuals with business activity and legal entities (businesses) which produce, create, and/or manufacture products on national soil may request, at no charge, authorization to use the "Made in Mexico" logo.
You can now do this electronically, through the Made in Mexico web site. Click here.
1. Visit the service counter of the General Standards Office, the Regional or Local Office of the Secretariat of Economy nearest to your home to obtain the free application form for authorization to use the "Made in Mexico" logo. You can also download it here.
2. Fill out the form (typed or in block letters) with the information and attach the relevant documents. The form tells you which documents you need to copy and attach.
3. Hand in the form and the attached documents to the service counter of the relevant regional or local office, or to the General Standards Office. You will receive a receipt.
4. Regardless of how you submitted the application, through the Made in Mexico web site or over the counter, the SE will respond in no more than 5 working days, counting from the day after the day you submitted the application, to the email address you gave on the form.
5. If, within 3 working days after receiving the application for authorization, the SE detects that the information or the documentation is incomplete or incorrect, you may be sent a request, which you should respond to within 5 working days of the date you were notified. If you do not respond within that time, your application will be discarded, but you may submit a new one.
6. Once you have obtained authorization, use your user account and password to enter the Made in Mexico web site http://www.hechoenmexico.gob.mx where you can download the logo file and your Graphic Identity Manual.
Alfonso Reyes N° 30.
Colonia Hipódromo Condesa. Delegación Cuauhtémoc,
C.P. 06140, México, Distrito Federal.
Av. Insurgentes Sur N° 1940,
Colonia Florida, Delegación Álvaro Obregón,
C.P. 01030, México, Distrito Federal.
Boulevard Adolfo López Mateos
N° 3025, Colonia San Jerónimo Aculco, Delegacíón Magdalena Contreras,
C.P. 10700, México, Distrito Federal.
Av. Puente de Tecamachalco N° 6,
Colonia Lomas de Tecamachalco, Municipio Naucalpan de Juarez, C.P. 53950, Estado de México.
Aware of the importance of making information on services, procedures and requirements public knowledge, the Secretariat of Economy provides tools for electronic consultation. This in an effort towards transparency and legal certainty to the benefit of the general public.
Each procedure will give access to the following information: name; legal basis; how it should be submitted (in writing or free format); form (in which case, the date of publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation); data and documents it should contain or which should be attached; maximum response time; amount payable for duties or uses; validity of permits (licenses, authorizations, registrations and other solutions which are issued); administrative units to which the procedure should be submitted; public opening times, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail, address, etc.
To find out the status of a procedure, you can consult the Federal Register of Procedures and Services (information available only in Spanish) (Registro Federal de Trámites y Servicios) (RFTS) of the Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement (Comisión Federal de la Mejora Regulatoria) (Cofemer), which is an on-line inventory of federal procedures and forms.
The Sectorial Program of Economy 2007-2012 incorporates the priorities, objectives and strategies which guide the performance of the SE, based on the analysis of challenges and opportunities facing the country.
The Secretariatof Economy is responsible for its integration, and it is aligned with the major objectives proposed in the National Development Plan 2007-2012, on the subject. It incorporates the proposals of sectorized entities and the contributions of interested social groups, through consultation forums.
The instruments and officials responsible for the program's execution, both in central areas and sectorized organisms, are determined according to the powers and duties established in the SE's Internal Regulation.
Here you will find the Organic Law of the Federal Public Administration (LOAPF) which establishes the organization and powers of the Secretariat of Economy. (Information available only in Spanish)
The Internal Regulations which specify, based on the LOAPF, the type of internal organization and functioning of the Secretariat of Economy. (Information available only in Spanish)
The General Organization Manual of the Secretariat of Economy which contains detailed information on the organization, background, legislation, powers, structure and functions of the administrative units which comprise the Secretariat of Economy. It specifies the organizational chart which describes the institutional structure. (Information available only in Spanish)
In order to strengthen actions to further economic growth and the welfare of Mexican families, a little over a year ago, the Secretariat of Economy defined six strategic objectives proposed by President Felipe Calderón in the National Development Plan 2007-2012. Since then, we have made progress in each one. We have achieved specific results which put us on the right path towards development.
The first objective was to promote competition in the national economy. We worked alongside Congress to define one of the most important structural reforms of the decade, by enacting changes to the Federal Law of Economic Competition. These changes will enhance the capacity of the authority to guarantee more efficient and competitive markets which encourage consumer welfare, innovation in companies and economic growth.
The second objective seeks to accelerate regulatory reform. This year we have continued to work on facilitating business transactions and reducing the costs of operating a business. We have already eliminated 16,174 standards and 2,257 processes and services. These actions have prompted the World Bank to rank Mexico as the best Latin American country for doing business.
Our third objective is to strengthen the domestic market. To do that, we have duplicated efforts in support of the small and medium-sized business, through greater access to credit and training. With the progress made last year, we have already triggered more than six times more credits than in the previous six-year term. We have also strengthened productive chain schemes in the private sector and government purchases, to the benefit of smaller firms.
To raise competitiveness, the fourth strategy is to promote business innovation. In recent months we have encouraged scientific research and technological development in the production sector. Based on a new legal framework and a more efficient use of funds earmarked for innovation, we are creating a closer link between academia and the business sector.
Our fifth strategy is to strengthen consumer rights. Last year we targeted resources to reinforce the infrastructure of consumer service and the observance of consumer rights. In addition, we launched new schemes to foster a smart-consumer culture, and we were able to strengthen consumer defense instruments through collective actions and better support of consumer organizations.
Finally, we made progress in the sixth strategy to consolidate Mexico as a global export power and investment destination. To achieve that, we pushed the economic integration of Mexico on the continent to raise our competitiveness and establish us as the bridge between Latin America and the North American region. We deepened our Free Trade Agreement with Colombia; reached a solution to the trucking conflict with the United States; and were endorsed as the second largest recipient of foreign investment in Latin America.
These important advances and their impact on the well-being of families fill us with enthusiasm. Nevertheless, we know that they are still not enough. Our country needs to continue to progress to forge the prosperous and equitable society that the Mexican people deserve. President Calderón is, therefore, doubling efforts for the future, to continue to build a more competitive economy and a stronger Mexico for the benefit of all.
Bruno Ferrari García de Alba
THE SECRETARIAT OF ECONOMY IS INTEGRATED BY:
1. Three undersecretariats, one administrative office and 31 administrative units.
2. Comprises 51 federal agencies distributed in 32 delegations and 19 underdelegations throughout the country.
3. Seven trade agencies abroad, offices in: Geneva, Switzerland; Brussels, Belgium; Washington D.C., United States of America; Ottawa, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; Paris, France and Montevideo, Uruguay.
4. Deconcentrated administrative agencies: Federal Competition Commission, Federal Commission on Regulatory Improvement, National Institute of Social Economy and National Institute of the Entrepreneur.
5. Parastatal Entities:
a) Public decentralized agencies:
National Metrology Center (CENAM, by its initials in Spanish
Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI, by its initials in Spanish)
Mexican Geological Survey (SGM, by its initials in Spanish)
Federal Attorney's Office of Consumer (PROFECO, by its initials in Spanish)
b) Companies of majority state-owned participation:
Salt Export Company, (ESSA, by its initials in Spanish)
c) Funds and trusts:
Mining Development Trust (FIFOMI, by its initials in Spanish)
The organization of the Secretariat of Economy is directly supported by one Secretary and three Undersecretaries.
The Secretariat also coordinates eleven government agencies that includes: ProMexico, IMPI, PRONAFIM, among others. All of them are encharged of a diversity of issues related to the promotion of foreign trade, intellectual property, commerce regulation, industrial and economic growth as well as the strengthening of the Small and Medium-sized national enterprises.
Secretary of Economy: Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal
Undersecretary of Industry and Commerce: José Rogelio Garza Garza
Undersecretary of Foreign Trade: Francisco de Rosenzweig Mendialdua
Undersecretary of Competitiveness and Business Regulation: Rocío Ruiz Chávez
To be an institution that promotes and implements public policies and programs oriented to create more and better jobs, more and better companies and more and better entrepreneurs.
The Secretariat of Economy is the federal government agency that promotes the generation of quality jobs and the economic growth of the country by leading and implementing public policies to trigger the competitiveness and productive investments.