Representatives of the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction and Ecology, the Ministry of Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society, the Ministry of Economy and Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Srpska and the Mayors of Banja Luka and Gradiška attended today the presentation of the adapted software and announced the beginning of the test phase of the Integrated System for Electronic Issuance of Construction Permits in the Republic of Srpska. Within the LIFE Project, the adapted software had been installed in the line ministry and construction departments of Banja Luka and Gradiška and other preconditions for verifying the effectiveness of the software in real conditions created.
This project is part of the joint efforts of the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction and Ecology of the Republic of Srpska and relevant departments of local administration of Banja Luka and Gradiška and implemented by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and funded by the UK Government through the UK-aid.
The cities of Banja Luka and Gradiška will be the first local communities to join the Integrated Electronic System of Issuance of Construction Permits since they have previously implemented regulatory reforms and established one-stop-shop within the LIFE Project and are ready to implement the project tasks.
"If we continue with the activities as planned, we will receive the first applications for construction permits electronically in April this year in Banja Luka and Gradiška. With this, we will fully implement the complex reform and regulate the construction sector in Republic of Srpska that is appropriate to the 21st century. However, I must emphasize that full implementation throughout the Republic of Srpska will depend solely on the readiness of local communities to carry out reforms and create the necessary preconditions for joining the Integrated System", the Deputy Prime Minister Srebrenka Golic said.
"By installing the software, IFC brings one of important activities of the LIFE Project to its end. Through this project in cooperation with the Ministry of Construction, we have contributed to the advancement of the legal framework in the field of construction and provided access to the original code of the World Bank Group Construction Permit Management Software. The software has been adapted to the legal framework in Republic of Srpska, installed and hopefully will soon be fully operational", IFC representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina said.
"The LIFE project, funded by the UK Government facilitated implementation of structural reforms at local and entity levels with the aim of providing faster, cheaper and better service to businessmen and citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Local communities that implemented the recommendations of the LIFE Project have saved BAM 5.9 million per year for their businesses and citizens by reducing fees and charges and reduced the time needed for processing applications. In the course of three and a half years of the Project implementation, in those areas BAM 57 million of new investments have been drawn and 329 new jobs have been created and total revenues in those communities have regardless of the lower fees and charges, increased. The introduction of the Integrated Electronic System shall raise investment climate of Banja Luka and Gradiška. We hope that other municipalities and cities will soon follow this example", the representative of the British Embassy said.