Online Portal to Fast-Track Applications for Development Permits

first_img The online portal, scheduled to be launched in December 2017, will be implemented at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and three municipal corporations – Kingston and St Andrew, St. Ann and St. James. Story Highlights Principal Director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programmme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said the implementation of the portal will play a major role in improving Jamaica’s global competitiveness rankings and boosting economic growth and development. A Development Applications Review Process (DARP) Public Portal 11 has been created to improve the process of application for environmental and construction permits. A Development Applications Review Process (DARP) Public Portal 11 has been created to improve the process of application for environmental and construction permits.It is part of the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system aimed at improving the ease of doing business with municipal corporations and key government agencies.The online portal, scheduled to be launched in December 2017, will be implemented at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and three municipal corporations – Kingston and St Andrew, St. Ann and St. James.It will be implemented in other parish councils after the testing phase.A sensitisation session on the e-portal was held on June 22 at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, to explain how the system will work and at the same time get feedback from users.Principal Director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programmme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said the implementation of the portal will play a major role in improving Jamaica’s global competitiveness rankings and boosting economic growth and development.This, he said, is key in helping to achieve the Economic Growth Council’s (EGC) target of five per cent growth over four years.He said it is important that the system works as intended.“So, if the system is down, it does not help the customer, and it does not help our abilities to achieve growth,” Mr. Robertson pointed out.Mayor of St. James, Homer Davis, said the tool will help to fast-track the approval time for developers, who, he said, have often lamented the slow application process.He said the portal will also allow developers to submit and monitor their applications online as they proceed through the various approval agencies.“We need the best for our country, and we must ensure that development takes place in a timely and orderly fashion to match the capacity of the population and the types of investments that we accommodate,” he said.The public session was attended by the Director of Special Projects at JAMPRO, Marjorie Straw; Mayors of Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland, officers from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Directors of Planning from the municipal corporations and officers from NEPA.The AMANDA is a web-based application management system that allows applicants for building and development permits to track the status and progress of their applications as it is reviewed by the relevant agencies.The system is part of an ongoing programme to improve the development applications process in order to reduce delays, promote transparency, and ultimately generate large investments.AMANDA has been installed in all local authorities, and major commenting agencies such as the Ministry of Health and NEPA.last_img read more

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Hyundai Mipo Wins Order for RoRo Duo

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has received an order to contruct two Ro-Ro vessels from an undisclosed European shipowner.The new vessels, which were ordered under a KRW 133.9 billion (USD 119 million) worth contract, are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2019, the company informed through a stock exchange release.In February 2017, the Luxembourg-based Compagnie Luxembourgeoise d’Navigation (CLdN) RoRo SA ordered an additional two 5,400 lane meter vessels from Hyundai Mipo, with options for a further four of the same class.The shipbuilder’s parent Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in late April informed that it won 18 ship orders worth USD 900 million during the month, pushing its order intake to USD 2.3 billion secured from the start of the year.The month marked the largest ship orders for the comparable period in three years, the shipbuilder said, adding that from the beginning of 2017 it secured a total of 39 new ship orders.During the period ended March 31, 2017, the value of HHI’s newbuilding orders surged by 22.9 percent compared to the corresponding figures from a year earlier, reaching USD 2.04 billion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Gulshan Homz raises Rs 150 cr equity funding from ASK Group for

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty firm Gulshan Homz on Saturday said it has raised Rs 150 crore in equity funding from ASK Group to develop a housing project in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. ASK Property Investment Advisors has invested Rs 150 crore in this upcoming housing project in the form of equity, the realty firm said in a statement. Gulshan Homz, which has already completed projects spanning 5 million square feet in the national capital region (NCR), did not disclose how much stake it has diluted in the upcoming project to secure this funding. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “We have partnered ASK Property Investment Advisors for our next residential project,” Gulshan Homz Director Deepak Kapoor said. The project, located adjacent to the Noida Expressway, will have 204 apartments, he added. Amit Bhagat, Managing Director, ASK Property Investment Advisors, said, “Our maiden exposure with Gulshan Homz is based on our criteria fulfilment of quality construction, delivery track record and reputation.”last_img read more

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