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Shraga Brosh, president of the Manufacturers Association of Israel, is calling for cooperation between the business sector and local government authorities in an effort to improve efficiency, in particular in the licensing process of businesses.
"We cannot tolerate the fact that 50 percent of businesses do not have a license mainly due to the complexity of the process, variations in the demands from one body to another and lack of efficiency," said Brosh, who also serves as the chairman of the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations, at a meeting between local government authorities and economic organizations. "Every inspector has different criteria. There needs to be clarity and order so that every entrepreneur knows what he is required to organize, what he can expect to get and what the local authority needs to do."
Also speaking at the meeting, Uriel Lynn, president of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, said local authorities should stop focusing on how to solve their budgetary difficulties by finding ways to increase municipal taxes and switch their focus on bolstering efficiency and competition between local authorities to attract businesses.
"We want businesses in our city," said Yoel Lavie, head of the Ramle municipality. "Our main income comes from municipal taxes and it is in our interest to provide the industry and businesses with the best services in order to attract them to the city."
In an effort to improve relations between businesses and local authorities, Brosh called upon the government to allow city and council heads flexibility in the exemption of municipal tax payments or to release for a period of time restricted businesses in difficulties from municipal tax payments.