As per the Industrial Enterprise Act 2073, the One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC) is a single entity that will provide services, exemption, benefits, concession, and incentives or motivation to industries or investors in an easy and convenient manner. It will serve as a single unit representing various government units and will provide all industrial administration related services ranging from registration to expansion to exit of businesses. For the time being, the OSSC will remain in the premises of the Department of Industry with all the relevant units stationed within the center.
The OSSC will comprise of following eight units:
- Industry Registration Unit,
- Environment Unit,
- Foreign Exchange Facilitation Unit,
- Visa Facilitation Unit,
- Infrastructure Unit,
- Land Administration Unit,
- Customs and Revenue Unit,
- Administration and Law Unit.
There will be 41 personnel working in the OSSC including the Chief Executive Officer. The Director General for the Department of Industry will be leading the OSSC as the Chief Executive Officer while the remaining 40 personnel will comprise of representatives of the following authorities, which can be further amended by the Government of Nepal when required:
- Department of Industry (DoI)
- Office of the Company Registrar (OCR) Foreign Exchange Facilitation Unit
- Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
- Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI)
- Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE)
- Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MoLMCPA)
- Department of Immigration
- Department of Labour and Occupational Safety
- Department of Customs
- Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT)
- Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumer Protection Management (DoCSM)
- Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB)
- Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)
- Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA)
Roles and Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities and duties of the OSSC are:
- Conduct the following work of DoI and DoCSM – (i) Registration of company, firm, industry; (ii) Provide approval, permit for the establishment; (iii) Renewal of businesses; (iv) Approval for conducting business; (v) Capacity Expansion; (vi) Exit of businesses.
- Receive application from businesses where approval is required from different government authorities, coordinate with them and provide approval letter for the same.
- Receive all the documents related to business registration electronically by developing a system that links different units within the OSSC.
- Approve processes related to foreign investment and their repatriation (up to a certain sum of investment). In case of investments above the approved authority of the OSSC, facilitate the decision process by coordinating with respective authorities.
- Provide tax, revenue exemption, and other incentives, facilities and concessions to industries in accordance with the Industrial Enterprise Act and the relevant prevailing laws.
- In case an industry requires more land than the upper cap of land allotted, provide a recommendation letter on behalf of industries as per the prevailing laws.
- Provide approval for land acquisition and environmental assessment to industries and facilitate the process of leasing of public land, where required as per the prevailing laws.
- Coordinate and facilitate the processes related to the construction of industrial infrastructure ranging from electricity, other energy sources, communication, and road construction.
- Provide labor permit and visa to foreign investors and workers.
- Facilitate the import of raw materials that industries require as well as provide import permit/approval or recommendation where necessary to import such goods.
- Approve Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) required to establish businesses, and approve scoping document and Terms of Reference of such businesses, in case the relevant ministry delegates the process to OSSC.
- Facilitate the approval process of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
- Accept foreign exchange up to USD 100,000 at one time and facilitate the process for an amount above this ceiling.
- Establish and operationalize ‘investment portal’ to provide investment-related notices and information.
- Regular monitoring and evaluation to understand if the incentives, concessions, and benefits provided to industries are used effectively and take necessary actions where necessary.
- Provide recommendations to relevant authority regarding the amendments or additions required in the prevailing incentives, concessions, and benefits provided to industries.
- Conduct Private Public Dialogues to resolves challenges and hurdles in business operation.
- Recommend the Ministry regarding the capacity expansion of OSSC and amendments in its responsibilities.
- Take the necessary decisions to solve problems faced by OSSC while delivering its services.
- Provide PAN number.
- Provide the Export-Import (EXIM) Code.
- Provide approval of increasing capital, capacity enhancement, adding or changing of goals, change of ownership, and change of location.
- In case any bottleneck arises in the services provided by OSSC, the OSSC will forward the case to the Ministry with its recommendation.
- Conduct all kinds of recommendatory and facilitation processes that industries require.
- To aid in the services provided by OSSC, it can create task force and committees where required.
- The personnel allocated in the OSSC will perform their tasks the authority vested in them. In case the personnel is faced with a situation where they have no authority, they will coordinate with the respective authority to solve the situation with immediate effect.
Disclaimer: This article is by no means the legal translation of the original gazette.