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CIPM launches CMI UK Diploma in Professional Consulting

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Left to right: Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri – Programme Lead, Council Member, U.A.C. Obeyesekere - CEO, G. Weerathunge - Director Professional and Academic Affairs, Jayantha Amarasinghe – President, Ken Vijayakumar – Vice President, Priyankara Seneviratne - Secretary

CIPM Sri Lanka – the Nation’s leader in human resource management, having been appointed as an Approved Center of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) UK launched the CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting programme at a ceremony held at CIPM’s head office “HR House” in Colombo 5 recently with the participation of Jayantha Amarasinghe-President, CIPM Sri Lanka, Ken Vijayakumar – Vice President, CIPM Sri Lanka, Priyankara Seneviratne-Secretary, CIPM Sri Lanka, Council members of CIPM Sri Lanka, U. A. C. Obeysekera-CEO, CIPM Sri Lanka, G. Weeratunga-Director, Professional and Academic Affairs, staff of CIPM together with the online participation of Zain Munir-Head of Division International, CMI UK.

“We are pleased to partner with CMI UK which enables us to offer world recognized professional training and development programmes to enhance the knowledge and skills of our HR professionals as well as professionals of other disciplines” said Jayantha Amarasinghe-President, CIPM Sri Lanka.

“We are delighted to appoint CIPM Sri Lanka as CMI UK’s Approved Center in Sri Lanka. The CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting programme launched in partnership with CIPM Sri Lanka is CMI’s very first professional consulting course to be launched in Sri Lanka and the Asian region,” said Sain Munir-Head of Division International of CMI, UK.

The CMI Diploma in Professional Management Consulting programme has been designed for practising or aspiring senior management consultants wishing to formalize or develop their learning and progress to be qualified as a Chartered Management Consultant (ChMC) of CMI, UK. It is an 8-month (33 weeks) programme with 200 learning hours which will be expertly facilitated by lead facilitator Prof Ajantha Dharmasiri-Past President of CIPM Sri Lanka and management guru. The programme, conducted in English, will be delivered in a hybrid model with both physical and online delivery and learning. The course is targeted for professionals from any discipline – HR Managers, Consultants, Finance Managers, Marketing Managers, Production Managers, Engineers, Scientists, etc, practicing management consultants seeking to acquire a world-renowned qualification in consultancy, aspiring senior management consultants, professionals closer to their retirement age and looking forward to working as consultants, and anyone interested to develop their career in consultancy.



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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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