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Amana Takaful Life Insurance partners with Orient Finance for fixed depositor insurance

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Amana Takaful Life Insurance, which excels in providing innovative and tailor-made long-term insurance solutions has partnered with Orient Finance PLC (OFP), a top-player in the finance sector with successful operation for over four decades. The collaboration, signed recently as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), brings protection benefits of life insurance and critical illness insurance from Amana Takaful Life, to fixed depositors of OFP.

The MoU was signed by Gehan Rajapakse, Executive Director/CEO, Amana Takaful Life Insurance PLC, and K. M. M. Jabir, Executive Director/CEO, Orient Finance PLC on the 23rd of November, in Colombo.

Elaborating on the new collaboration, the CEO of Amana Life, Gehan Rajapakse said: “We are pleased to partner with Orient Finance PLC, a highly reputed finance company in Sri Lanka with a history of four decades of operations. Depositors of such a reputed finance institution belong to multitudes of demographic and geographic segments. We are pleased to be entering into this partnership, which will enable us to serve the diverse segment Orient Finance fixed deposit holders. OFP’s choice of Amana Life is a clear testimony to our brand strength, as a reliable provider of quality insurance to a wide range of clientele. We are looking forward to extend our best insurance services to Orient Finance’s clientele.”

The Amana-Orient MoU implements a unique and exclusive value addition to the Fixed Deposit account holders of OFP. At the time of opening a new FD account each account holder is eligible for a life insurance plan, offered at a special premium rate. Each OFP FD account holder will be eligible for two covers; Basic Life Cover and Critical Illness Cover. Policy values will be decided based on the total value of the fixed deposit placed at Orient Finance PLC. All customers receiving this benefit will be receiving a specially designed co-branded insurance card that indicates their life insurance cover.

CEO Gehan Rajapakse further adds: “Amana Life, being a fully-fledged long-term insurance provider, builds a culture of ensuring claims to all its clients. Our relationships are completely based on trust and mutuality. Hence we highly value the trust of our clients and partners, at all times.”



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Seven factors of concern at upcoming Monetary Policy Review

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by Sanath Nanayakkare

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is scheduled to announce its latest monetary policy review on 20th January 2022, with all eyes on dwindling foreign reserves and foreign currency exchange in the country.

In this context, First Capital Research has named 7 factors of concern that could be taken into account at the upcoming monetary policy review. They are as follows.

* Foreign Reserves USD 3.1 billion – Dec 2021

* Inflation CCPI 12.1% – Dec 2021

* GDP Growth -1.5% – 3Q2021

* Private Credit LKR 60.5 billion – Nov 2021

* 03M T-Bill rate 8.38% as at 12.01.22

Liquidity and CBSL Holdings LKR -364.0 billion and LKR 1.42 trillion

Balance of Trade (BOT) and Balance of Payment (BOP) USD -6.5 billion and USD -3.3 billion for Jan-Oct 21

First Capital Research’s Policy Rate Forecast – Jan 2022-Apr 2022 notes that they believe the CBSL may highly consider tightening the monetary policy rates in this policy review but given the concerns over economic growth, there is a probability of 40% for CBSL to maintain its policy stance at current levels.

“With high frequent indicators improving in line with expectations, we have eliminated any probability of a rate cut. We expect a continued increase in probability for a rate hike in order to prevent overheating of the economy amidst the given fiscal and monetary stimulus,” they said.

As per First Capital’s view, CBSL either can choose to hike policy rates by 50bps or 100bps or hold policy rates steady, while a rate cut is off the table due to the high debt repayment and the high domestic borrowing requirement.

First Capital believes that there is a 60% probability for a rate hike due to the remedial actions required in achieving external stability.

However, there is also a 40% probability to maintain the policy rates at its current level in order to further improve the high frequency indicators.30%, they noted.

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Sri Lanka’s dash brand enters international markets

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Multichemi International Ltd, which manufactures and distributes a wide range of products under dash, one of Sri Lanka’s leading detergent and household care brands, has begun exporting its products to several international markets in Asia and Oceania, with plans also to enter Africa. The dash brand includes a wide range of products in car care, household care, home fragrances and laundry care sectors. Multichemi International Ltd, which has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification, is a Sri Lankan pioneer in environment-friendly cleaning products, having launched the country’s first biodegradable, safe cleaning products over 28 years ago.

Amila Wijesinghe, General Manager of the Company said,”Having conquered the domestic market, we are now ready to capture the international market. We are confident that our products which are of high quality will receive a good demand overseas as well. The feedback we have received so far from our overseas customers is extremely encouraging. We are dedicated to taking our products to the international market, to bring in foreign currency to the country and help uplift the economy”,

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Janaka Abeysinghe appointed SLT CEO

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Sri Lanka Telecom PLC has announced the appointment of Janaka Abeysinghe as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from February 1, 2022.

The incumbent CEO Kiththi Perera will be overseas on leave for a period of two years to pursue higher studies, according to a stock market filing by the company.

Abeysinghe joined SLT in 1991. In his present role, he leads the enterprise and wholesale business of SLT that provides integrated voice and data solutions to enterprises, government institutions, domestic telco operators and global wholesale carriers.

In his career at SLT spanning 29 years, he has held a number of senior positions, including general manager Enterprise and International Sales and has extensive experience in the areas of Enterprise Digital Services, Enterprise Communications Solutions, Data Communications, Business Development, Domestic and International Switching Operations and Global Wholesale Voice & Data Business.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Kansas, USA and a BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering with a First Class Honours from the University of Moratuwa.

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