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Renew, update or terminate 45 different licences online

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Source: www.mti.gov.sg

NEW FEATURE IN ONE-STOP BUSINESS PORTAL TO MEET ALL LICENSING NEEDS
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Mr Shegar, General Manager of Touch World Enteprise Pte Ltd, is very satisfied with the Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS):
¡°When I started my Tatami shop business, I spent three frustrating working days driving to various government agencies to apply for the Food Shop Licence, Company Incorporation, Fire Safety Licence and Permission for Change of Use. When I found out about OBLS, I decided to apply for the Liquor Licence for my second business through this e-Service. The experience was good. I did not have to travel to any agency and spent a mere 20 minutes applying for my Liquor Licence successfully using this online service. ¡±
Starting from today (25 Oct 2005), businessmen like Mr Shegar will be happy to learn that a new feature called the URT (which stands for Updating, Renewals and Terminations) modules is now available through the Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS) at http://www.business.gov.sg/licences.
The URT modules allow businesses to update, renew or terminate 45 different types of licences through the OBLS. Previously, the OBLS only permitted businesses to apply for new licences.
This new feature, which offers time and cost savings to the businesses, eliminates the need for them to deal with different government agencies for different licensing services.
For instance, by using the Update module, the applicant would only need to complete one integrated form when updating licensing information to more than one agency.
In the case of multiple renewals, a consolidated payment mechanism allows for one-time payment for multiple licence fees, eliminating the need to make separate payments. A full list of licences with URT modules is attached in Annex A for reference.
The OBLS, which was officially launched in January 2004, has a total of 71 licences available for online application. Since then, more than 19,000 online applications have been received.
This e-Service has been awarded the 2005 United Nations Public Service Award in the Category of "Application of information and communication technology (ICT) in Government: Local eGovernment". This award recognises Singapore¡¯s contribution to the business community in the areas of enhanced service delivery, re-engineered government operations and e-Participation.

MINISTRY OF TRADE & INDUSTRY

25 October 2005

List of Licences with URT (Updating, Renewals, Terminations) Functions (Annex A)

Source: www.mti.gov.sg Press Release 25 Oct 2005

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