The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) on Thursday conferred the distinguished Associate Chartered Accountants (ACA) designation to 318 new Chartered Accountants, who will now utilize their unique and versatile skills to steer the dynamic corporate world.
The new Associate Chartered Accountants received their membership at the annual convocation held on 02nd December 2021 under the patronage of Aslam Omar, Chairman, Phoenix Ventures Limited and a Fellow Member of CA Sri Lanka who was the Chief Guest, while Manil Jayesinghe, President, CA Sri Lanka, Sanjaya Bandara, Vice President, CA Sri Lanka, Heshana Kuruppu, Chairman, Member Relations Committee and Ms. Dulani Fernando, Chief Executive Officer, CA Sri Lanka also graced the occasion at BMICH.
At the convocation, 294 existing Associate members of CA Sri Lanka, were conferred the prestigious Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) status, elevating them to the highest stratum in their professional careers.
Omar elaborated that when the country is at an important moment of economic revival following COVID, the new Chartered Accountants are produced at a vital time. “Each one of you, in the capacity of qualified and proficient professionals has a paramount role to play in this backdrop,” he said.
He also urged the new and existing members of CA Sri Lanka to take on an active role in making a valuable contribution in their respective professional roles, combining innovation in thinking and adoption of new technologies, which will in turn contribute towards Sri Lanka’s overall economic development and sustainability.
Jayesinghe said that Chartered Accountants possessed the ability to become anything they want, including the Governor of Central Bank and or a Chief Executive Officer. “The CA Sri Lanka qualification has no limits. If you work hard, continue to upgrade your skills, and can think out of the box, the sky is indeed the limit,” he said.
Jayesinghe maintained that for Chartered Accountants, immaterial whether they are a fellow or associate member, CPD also known as Continuing Professional Development is a mandatory requirement. “Apart from the fact that CPD is a commitment to continuously improve yourself professionally, the core benefit of CPD is improving public trust, especially because we are known to play an important role in helping safeguard trust within society. Thus, CPD plays an important role as it is aimed at enhancing public confidence by continuously raising professional standards,” he said.
Wing Commander (Retd.) D. Pradeep S. Kannangara elected president, Industrial Security Foundation
The Industrial Security Foundation (ISF) which acts as the sole organization in Sri Lanka to represent the Private Security industry having incorporated by an Act passed in the Parliament, Act No. 51 of 1999, elected Wing Commander (Retd.) Pradeep Kannangara as its President for the years 2022/2023 at its 30th annual General Meeting which was held at the PIM Auditorium in Borella. Wing Commander Pradeep Kannangara was appointed President while 14 other members were appointed to the Executive Committee, strengthening the ISF in order to drive and uplift the standards of the private security industry in Sri Lanka.
He has served on the ExCo consecutively since 2012 under four different presidents where he held the positions of Senior Vice President during the last three consecutive years. He has also been a committed member of the ISF and was awarded prestigious coveted FISF title due to his many valuable contributions to the organization and the Private Security Industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.
Wing Commander Kannangara’s journey into private security began after a successful career in the Sri Lanka Air Force for over 24 years where he served in many capacities finally being the Officer Commanding of the Special Air Borne Force. A recipient of the Ranasura Padakkama (RSP) Gallantry award for his bravery, sacrifices and service to the nation by the President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1990. He holds a Master’s in business management from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia too and serves as a Board Director in AB Securitas (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and AB Securitas Bangladesh Limited.
Kitchen & Bedroom reaffirms its partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka
Kitchen & Bedroom, a name synonymous in the interior designing and furniture sector in the country recently celebrated its long-standing partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka during the latter’s 12th year anniversary celebratory event, reaffirming its ambitious plans to further strengthen and explore the numerous opportunities available here.
Häfele Sri Lanka, part of Häfele India which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hafele Global network, is a technology partner for various projects and initiatives of Kitchen & Bedroom. Both the companies operate in the interior design space, sharing their cumulative knowledge and expertise to provide extensive and personalized solutions catering to domestic requirements.
‘We take great pride in our association with Häfele Sri Lanka having exchanged and collaborated on many projects both commercial and household. We share similar values such as providing high quality, sustainable, functional and customized solutions to our customers, and most importantly to guide them through every aspect and step of the project and how best we could bring out their desired design,’ said Dr. Sacquaff, Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO.
DSI strengthens its islandwide presence with three new showrooms
Amid the prevailing economic hardships faced by Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s premier footwear brand DSI recently expanded its islandwide presence in the country with the opening of three new showrooms in Kahawatta, Akuressa, and Chavakachcheri, with the aim of offering greater access to its diversified product range to a wider customer base.
Gracing the special occasion, the showrooms were declared open by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director Thusitha Rajapaksa, in the presence of Director Asanka Rajapaksa, General Manager Pradeep Samarathunga, National Sales Manager – Retail Sales Naleen Weerawardana, invitees, and well-wishers.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thusitha Rajapaksa stated: “We are excited about expanding DSI wings to three new locations. Despite the ongoing economic conditions of the country, we took a call to take a proactive measure to expand our islandwide presence. While it has been a challenge, the commitment and hard work of our team has made it possible to serve our loyal customers better, and we are confident that we will be able to continue these efforts in the future as well.”
DSI is renowned for its well-trained staff who offer exceptional customer service. The three new DSI showrooms prioritize providing a unique service and customer support to make purchasing further convenient for the customer.
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