Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists has been selected to review gasoline and diesel fuel regulation in Nova Scotia, said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations today, Jan. 8. “Gardner Pinfold’s experience in the oil and gas industry in general, along with specific knowledge of the Nova Scotia marketplace, makes the firm the best choice to conduct the review,” said Mr. Muir. The review will examine factors that impact the policy goals of regulation, stability of consumer prices, support for gas stations, especially those in rural areas, as well as the cost of regulation for consumers and government. It will also assess the pricing model and recommend any improvements as part of assessing whether the policy is meeting objectives. The estimated cost of the review is $132,000 and the final report is to delivered to the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Affairs by April 1. After review, it will be released to the public.
A detailed presentation was made by Gamini Hewage, Director Coast Resource Management from the Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management on dredging activity, conditions of the permit, supply of quarry materials, stockpiling sites, solid, liquid and hazardous waste management, coastal engineering, beach profile monitoring, sea bed monitoring, social aspects of the project such as the income support and benefits program for fishermen and the reports that had been and are to be submitted according to the permit conditions. Government agencies connected to the Port City project met for the fourth review meeting and site visit, a press statement said today.The Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management was the leading agency coordinating the review process. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, District Secretaries from Colombo, Gampaha, Divisional secretaries from Colombo, Thimbirigasyaya, Wattala, Ja-Ela, Negombo, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Irrigation, Department of Archeology, Central Environmental Authority, Urban Development Authority, Road Development Authority, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Marine Environment Protection Authority, National Aquatic Resources and Development Agency (NARA),Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Cooperation, Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Navy, Municipal Councilsof Colombo, Negombo and Pradeshiya Saba of Wattala took part in the review.
On the invitation of President Moon Jae-in, the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena will undertake a state visit to the Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 November 2017, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.On 29 November, President Moon is scheduled to meet President Sirisena for summit talks, and host the Sri Lankan President to a state dinner. The two Heads of State will discuss matters of mutual interest to deepen cooperation between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea. Agreements on Economic Cooperation, Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) and cultural cooperation, as well as MOUs on investment cooperation and the Employment Permit System (EPS) are to be signed between the two Governments during the visit. President Sirisena is also scheduled to attend a business luncheon co-hosted by the four major Korean Business Associations, and meet with the Sri Lankan community in the Republic of Korea. (Colombo Gazette)