Ceylinco Insurance was placed in the 9th position amongst the nation’s Most Respected and Admired Corporates for the year 2021 and thus becomes the Most Respected Insurer in Sri Lanka for yet another year.
This was announced by the LMD magazine in its 17th annual edition of the nation’s Most Respected and Admired Entities. Ceylinco Insurance PLC comprises of the two dominant insurers in the country, Ceylinco General Insurance Ltd and Ceylinco Life Insurance Ltd. Both, Ceylinco General Insurance and Ceylinco Life Insurance maintain their supremacy as market leaders in General and Life insurance respectively. Moving up three overall positions from the previous year, Ceylinco Insurance is placed in the 4th position in HR and People Management and in the 5th position in Quality Consciousness, Management Profile, Corporate Culture and Vision in the attributes rankings. Ceylinco Insurance is also placed amongst the top ten in 10 of the 12 attribute rankings. Based on a survey conducted by LMD together with Nielsen – it covers a well-informed sample of 800 senior managers of listed companies.
Ajith Gunawardena, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ceylinco Insurance PLC said, “We are proud and also humbled to be amongst the nation’s top corporates and express our gratitude to each and every one for nominating us. As a corporate entity that believes in offering innovative and customer-friendly solutions, our continuous search for excellence in customer service and commitment has enabled us to become a powerhouse of innovation and creativity, where pioneering ideas are born and given expression to become fully-fledged products and services that enhance people’s lives. Your recognition encourages us and now we are even more committed to offer innovative and customer -centric products and services to the people of the nation. Some of our innovative products have reached the grassroots level and their benefits have been reaped by people who would have never thought of getting insurance if it were not offered through channels close to the masses of this country.”
Rajkumar Renganathan, Chairman of Ceylinco Life said: “A core precept at Ceylinco Life is that respect, like trust must be earned, nurtured and built on through our actions. Seventeen consecutive years of market leadership in an industry that is heavily dependent on trust attests to the fact that Ceylinco Life has lived by this credo. As the largest life insurance company is Sri Lanka, Ceylinco Life is de-risking the future of millions of people – our policyholders and their families – and has never compromised on its mission or its core values. We not only honour every legitimate claim, we do so quickly and unobtrusively. Our generous and longstanding commitments to the community in the areas of education and health have also endeared us to, and earned the respect of Sri Lankans from all walks of life. Additionally, our persistent efforts to promote professionalism in the industry has helped change the perception of the life insurance salesperson and also contributed to the respect we have earned.”
Patrick Alwis, Chairman /Chief Executive Officer of Ceylinco General commented, “The Ceylinco VIP brand is synonymous with customer-centricity and this accolade reflects the value we infuse for customers. Our Company is founded on these principles and we remain committed to delivering industry-best insurance solutions to cater to every need of customers from all walks of life.”
GL: Suspension of IMF bailout highlights failure to meet anticipated revenue targets
By Shamindra Ferdinando
Top Opposition spokesperson Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday (02) said that the government should take full responsibility for the suspension of USD 2.9 bn IMF bailout over Sri Lanka’s failure to achieve the anticipated revenue mobilisation.
The former External Affairs Minister found fault with the government for tax concessions granted to investors and the failure on its part to collect taxes, in spite of reaching an agreement with the IMF in that regard.
Referring to the declaration made by IMF delegation head Peter Breuer that the second tranche of about $330m would be delayed pending Staff-Level Agreement, Prof. Peiris pointed out that Sri Lanka and the lending agency had reached a staff-level agreement in early September last year.
Sri Lanka received the first tranche of USD 330 mn in the third week of March this year in terms of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), spread over a period of four years.
While pointing out that revenue mobilisation had improved, the IMF said revenue was expected to fall short of initial projections by nearly 15 percent by the end of this year.
Addressing the media at the Nawala Office of Nidahasa Jathika Sabhawa, Prof. Peiris said that though the government tried to put on a brave face, the consequences of the indefinite delay could be quite catastrophic. He said the suspension of the programme could undermine debt restructuring talks with external creditors, governments, lending agencies and the commercial market.
Prof. Peiris said that the suspension of the programme, just after the release of the first tranche, was a matter for serious concern as the unexpected development could cause further erosion of investors’ confidence in the Sri Lankan economy.
Sri Lanka has obtained IMF assistance on 16 occasions.
Chairman of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Economic and Physical Plans Mahindananda Aluthgamage on Sunday told The Island the country was paying a very heavy price for the failure on the part of the Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise Department to collect the due taxes. Alleging that unpaid income taxes alone, over the past 15 years, amounted to a staggering Rs 904 bn, whereas revenue collecting authorities so far managed to collect Rs 1,643 bn though they were given a target of Rs. 3,101 bn for this year.
Prof. Peiris said that corruption in the public sector procurement process undermined the economic recovery process. The government defeated the Opposition moved no-confidence motion against Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella over corruption in the public health sector, Prof. Peiris said, asserting that the IMF must be aware of how the government encouraged waste, corruption, irregularities and mismanagement.
Prof. Peiris urged the government to take tangible measures to address the concerns of the IMF. Unfortunately, the government sought to deceive the public by claiming that the process was on track and would proceed following staff-level agreement, he said. He asked whether the government wanted the people to believe there would be staff-level agreements before the release of each tranche.
Prof. Peiris said that the government should correctly identify the warning issued by the IMF. It would be the responsibility of the Wickremesinghe-Rajapaksa government to take remedial measures without further delay.
LPBOA demands bus fare hike
By Rathindra Kuruwita
Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) head, Gemunu Wijeratna on Monday (02) said they needed a five percent increase in bus fares following Sunday’s diesel price hike.
On Sunday, CPC, LIOC and Sinopec increased diesel prices by 10 rupees per litre.
Wijeratna said that the private bus owners had not increased bus fares when diesel prices were increased by 35 rupees per litre recently.
“With the latest price increase, short distance buses will lose Rs 1,000 a day. Long distance buses will lose Rs 2,500 a day. We can’t lose money like this. We want at least a five percent bus fare hike,” he said.
School transport providers have decided not to increase their charges.
Discourse on crisis in Lankan health sector at CSR
A discourse on the crisis in Sri Lankan health sector, under the theme ‘What ails the health sector? What solutions?’ is scheduled to be held at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday, 05 October 2023, at the Centre for Society & Religion (CSR) Auditorium, 281, Deans Road, Colombo 10, under the auspices of the Socialist Study Circle. The speakers will be Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, Consultant Community Physician, President, Sri Lanka Medical Association, Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, Consultant Physician, National Institute of Infectious Diseases and Ravi Kumudesh President, Academy of Health Professionals. The discourse is open to the public.
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