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Ceylinco Insurance ranked Sri Lanka’s Most Respected Insurer

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Ceylinco Insurance was ranked as the nation’s most admired and respected insurer as announced by the LMD magazine in its 16th 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 the market leaders in General and Life insurance respectively. Having climbed 14 positions from the previous year, Ceylinco Insurance remains in the 12th position among the Most Respected and admired entities in the country.

Ajith Gunawardena, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ceylinco Insurance PLC said, “An organization that practices innovation can elevate the entity to become a powerhouse of creativity, where pioneering ideas are born and given expression to become fully fledged products and services that enhance people’s lives. We are proud to be one such entity that has repeatedly set benchmarks and set trends for the rest of the industry to follow. 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 convenient channels such as mobile operators and the postal service.”

Rajkumar Renganathan, chairman of Ceylinco Life said: “The LMD-Nielsen survey covers a well-informed sample of 800 senior executives of listed companies. It is therefore a credible barometer of public perception, which is essential to business success. Ceylinco Life’s view of its business as ‘A Relationship for Life’ with policyholders is practised in every aspect of its engagement with customers as well as other stakeholders, and is, we believe, the foundation for its 16 consecutive years of market leadership in the Life insurance sector.”

Commenting further on the achievement, Mr. Patrick Alwis, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer said, “Ceylinco General Insurance is led by a strong customer-centric culture and this is a testimonial to this claim. Delivering protection and satisfaction to customers is the bedrock on which our company is founded. We will continue to deliver best-in-class insurance solutions to cater to every need of customers from all walks of life.”

Ceylinco Life Managing Director/CEO Mr Thushara Ranasinghe added: “Respect is based on trust, a truly precious attribute to any business, but more so for a company in the financial services sector. The trust that Ceylinco Life has earned from the masses over three decades is evident in the Company’s position as the vanguard of the industry, and our parent company’s latest movement up the LMD Most Respected Entities ranking is a reaffirmation that public trust in Ceylinco Insurance remains steadfast.”

Earlier this year, Ceylinco General Insurance and Ceylinco life Insurance were chosen as the ‘People’s Insurance Brand of The Year’ for general insurance and life insurance respectively at the 2020 SLIM Nielson People’s Awards, for an unprecedented 14th consecutive year. Similarly for the year 2018/19, Ceylinco Insurance PLC, reinforcing its dominance in the insurance industry, moved up to the 6th position amongst Sri Lanka’s top 30 companies.



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Aitken Spence invests in yet another renewable energy project in hydropower

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Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake – Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Aitken Spence PLC accepting the share transfer form from Harsha Abeywickrama – chairman Sunshine Energy Ltd; in the presence of Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena – Executive Director Aitken Spence PLC, Dr. Rohan Fernando – Executive Director Aitken Spence PLC, Ms. Nilanthi Sivapragasam – Chief Financial Officer Aitken Spence PLC and Leel Wickremarachchi – Managing Director of the power segment from Aitken Spence PLC. Shyam Sathasivam – Managing Director, Sunshine Energy Ltd. and Harin Udeshi – Director, Waltrim Energy Ltd.

Aitken Spence PLC recently acquired Waltrim Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Sunshine Holdings PLC for Rs. 900 million. The company contributes 6.6MW to the national grid via three mini hydropower plants located in the Nuwara Eliya district, namely of Waltrim Hydropower (Private) Limited, Upper Waltrim Hydropower (Private) Limited and Elgin Hydropower (Private) Limited. Waltrim hydropower draws energy from Kothmala Oya, Upper Waltrim hydropower and Elgin hydropower from Dambagasthwala Oya.

Aitken Spence expands its portfolio in hydropower in the pursuit of meeting rising energy demands, sustainable development, access to clean energy and lowering our national carbon footprint. This is the second hydropower plant which is owned and operated by Aitken Spence. Branford Hydropower (Pvt) Ltd. is the other hydropower plant with a 2.5MW capacity located in Matale. The company also owns and operates a wind power plant with 3MW capacity located in Ambewela.

“This is yet another investment made by Aitken Spence that shows our commitment to expand the power generation portfolio with renewable energy projects. Hydro power plays a key role in renewable energy segment in Sri Lanka and this initiative strengthens the country’s efforts to move towards cleaner energy sources and effective and efficient management of sustainable and affordable generation of energy supplied to the national grid,” commented Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

“Aitken Spence maintains highest environmental, safety and quality standards in the management of our power plants. These stringent management frameworks will be extended to the newly acquired power plants to meet compliance requirements as well as global benchmarks for cleaner production of energy,” added Leel Wickremarachchi, Managing Director of the power segment of Aitken Spence.

The Power segment of Aitken Spence is a leading player in the sector with a reputation for investing in pioneering technologies and has diversified into renewable energy by establishing hydro power and wind power plants to support Sri Lanka’s demand for energy. With their commitment to increase the country’s energy consumption from renewable energy sources, the company recently introduced Sri Lanka’s first waste to energy power plant that was officially launched in February 2021. Moreover, these initiatives are in line with the collective efforts of government and the private sector to produce clean energy sustainably.

 

 

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Best Woman Entrepreneur at Entrepreneur Awards 2020

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Christell Skin Clinic proved their mettle as industry leaders yet again, by clinching the three topmost awards at the recently held Western Province Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony 2020. The highly-anticipated annual event -jointly organised by the National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) and the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka- took place this year at the BMICH.

The event brought together industry leaders and newcomers with the aim to recognise and honour micro, small, medium and large sector entrepreneurs that have contributed significantly to Sri Lanka’s service sector over the past year.

The country’s leading aesthetics and wellness centre took home The Best Enterprise service sector trophy, as well as the Best Entrepreneur of the Year award – the most sought-after prize of the night. More notably however, the Best Woman Entrepreneur title was awarded to the director of the Christell Skin Clinic, Dr. Shanika Arsecularatne, in recognition of her inspirational journey to becoming one of the most successful businesswomen in the country, and also of her outstanding contribution to the field of cosmetology and wellness in Sri Lanka.

“I’m truly honoured to receive this recognition, especially because I believe that no one receives an award like this out of sheer luck, but rather in acknowledgement and appreciation of the hard work, sleepless nights and sacrifices we have all made, to be where we are today,” said Dr. Arsecularatne on accepting her award.

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Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete car park in Sri Lanka

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The car park of the Walgama Food City with its new “Paving with Plastic”

As a socially responsible corporate citizen, Cargills holds a strong commitment to serving the nation and preserving the planet for future generations. By partnering with AGC Innovate Pvt Ltd – one of the country’s leading innovative solutions providers – Cargills initiated the launch of “Paving with Plastic” as a means to address Sri Lanka’s plastic waste menace in an ecofriendly and pragmatic approach.

The benefits of plastic are irrefutable – this versatile material is ubiquitous in our everyday lives, due to it being cheap and convenient to produce as well as being highly durable and user friendly. However, once used and disposed, plastic lingers in the environment for too long and does not decompose.

As a result, the inherent problem of plastic pollution is a global crisis, with Sri Lanka generating approximately 7000 metric tons of mismanaged solid waste daily, with 6% accounting for plastic and polythene waste. Therefore, in the absence of a proper waste management system, non-recyclable plastic is dumped in large landfill sites. These sites are now exceeding their maximum capacity, and has led to pressing environmental and social concerns in the country.

As a first step to tackling this waste plastic problem, Cargills made a landmark decision to pave the Cargills Food City Carparks using Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete, partnering with AGC Innovate.

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