Making it Easier for Businesses to Work with Government

first_imgThe province is making it simpler for Nova Scotia businesses to operate, thanks to a new initiative, Service to Business, launched today, Oct. 16. The first stage of the initiative includes new business services at two Access Nova Scotia centres, a new website and a toll-free information line. “Nova Scotia businesses have told us that they want a single point of contact with government and better access to government forms. We are responding,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Service to Business shows that government departments and agencies want to, and can, partner for the benefit of business.” Government licences, permits, registration and certifications are being bundled and centralized to help make them more accessible and easier for businesses to use. This means that business information will be grouped by industry sector. New business start-ups will be able to receive a complete package of forms and information that will fulfill their registration requirements with the province. Business service areas have been created as pilot locations in the Access Nova Scotia offices in Kentville and Sydney. Trained staff will offer information to help people starting, operating, and growing their businesses. A new website has also been created to provide the most current and relevant business information by sector. The information will also be available by contacting the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations call centre. “This project will offer a business-friendly and simplified service,” added Mr. Muir. “We hope to build on the experiences and expertise gained at these two Access Nova Scotia centres and begin offering these services in other locations in the future.” Surveys and consultations with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business confirmed that business operators believed that it is difficult to do business with government. “Three out of four business owners deal with regulatory requirements themselves, which takes, on average, seven hours per week. This is time they could be investing on their employees, their customers or their operations,” said Stephane Robichaud, vice-president, Canadian Federation of Independent Business Atlantic. “This initiative represents an important step for the province in reducing the compliance cost for small- and medium-sized businesses.” Service to Business is a project being led under the province’s Better Regulation Initiative, an approach involving every government department to help improve business regulations and economic competitiveness. More information on the Service to Business initiative is available on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at www.accessns.ca/business or by calling toll-free at 1-800-225-8227.last_img read more

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Reliance BP to develop deepest gas discovery in KGD6 by 2022

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and its partner BP Plc of UK Tuesday announced investment sanction for development of their deepest natural gas discovery in the flagging KG-D6 block by 2022. Reliance-BP will develop the MJ, or D-55, gas find in sync with the previously approved projects to the develop two sets of discoveries in the block that will together add 30-35 million standard cubic metres per day of natural gas production in phases. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsMJ gas find, located about 2,000 metres directly below the currently producing Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1 and D3) fields in the KG-D6 block, is estimated to hold a minimum of 0.988 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of contingent resource. “MJ is the third of three new projects in the Block KG-D6 integrated development plan and its approval follows sanctions for the development of ‘R-Series’ deep-water gas field in June 2017 and for the Satellites Cluster in April 2018,” the company said in a press statement. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefReliance-BP did not give the individual cost of the three projects but said they together will cost an estimated Rs 35,000 crore. The three projects will develop a total of about 3 Tcf of discovered gas resources. “These projects together, when fully developed, will bring about 1 billion cubic feet a day of new domestic gas onstream, phased over 2020-2022,” the statement said. Reliance and BP had in June 2017 announced an investment of up to Rs 40,000 crore in the three sets of discoveries to reverse the flagging production in KG-D6 block. These finds were expected to bring a total 30-35 million cubic metres (1 billion cubic feet) of gas a day onstream, phased over 2020-22. R-Cluster will be first to come on stream, delivering gas in the second half of 2020-21 fiscal.last_img read more

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