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CSE set to introduce delivery vs payment mechanism to stock market

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The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced the introduction of a Delivery vs Payment (DVP) system for stock market transactions. The Go Live is scheduled for 26th July 2021 subject to a final round of testing and industry wide mock runs.

The objective of introducing a DVP system for the stock market in Sri Lanka is to minimize the Asset commitment risk of sellers. Under the DVP system the physical custody of shares will be transferred to buyers only on settlement date.

Presently the delivery of shares occurs immediately upon the execution of the transaction while fund settlement takes place 3 market days after the transaction date (T+3), thus exposing the seller to a 3-day settlement risk. Although stringent measures had been introduced to reduce settlement risk and the CSE has never experienced a settlement failure, the globally accepted mechanism for minimizing settlement risk is through a DVP system where the securities and funds are exchanged simultaneously on the settlement date.

The implementation of DVP, a much needed market infrastructure enhancement, will increase the overall credibility and integrity of the Sri Lankan stock market. Furthermore, the adaptation of the DVP settlement mechanism by CSE will be an additional qualification in obtaining the emerging market classification on international market indices.

Chairman of the SEC Viraj Dayaratne, PC stated that the SEC is pleased that they were able to fast track the implementation of DVP through the facilitation of the regulatory framework. He added that DVP is a critical risk management mechanism and it will also complement the efforts in attracting more foreign investor participation in the stock market. He further added that the industry should now commence work on a Central Counterparty System (CCP).

Director General of SEC, Chinthaka Mendis, stated that he is pleased to note how the SEC was able to secure technical assistance from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to advise the SEC to facilitate the launch of the DVP, which is in fact the most significant milestone of the CSE since the implementation of the Automated Trading System (ATS) in 1997. He further stated that this would contribute towards upgrading the CSE status in risk assessments carried out by international bodies and will enable the Sri Lankan market to better position itself within the spectrum of foreign portfolio investments.

Chairman of the CSE, Dumith Fernando said that he is delighted to see the introduction of DVP which was a long felt need for the Sri Lankan Stock Market. He commented that this is a result of a three-year long project and is a landmark achievement for Sri Lanka’s capital market made possible by a substantial amount of planning, hard work and resource allocation on the part of all stakeholders – the CSE, SEC and the Stock Broking community. While thanking the SEC for its support in approving the DVP framework quickly, he further expressed confidence in the fact that all stakeholders, had collaborated to develop a robust DVP model which suits the local environment and will be able to mitigate the asset commitment risk

CEO of CSE, Rajeeva Bandaranaike remarked that the introduction of a DVP mechanism is a milestone development. He said that with DVP the CSE is aligning itself with global market practices and strengthening the overall credibility and integrity of the market. He further appreciated the support given by all stakeholders who have collectively contributed to enable the CSE to transition to a DVP environment.

Significant upgrades have been made to the Automated Trading System (ATS), the Central Depository System (CDS) including the development of a Risk Management and Margining System. The technology at all Stock Brokering Offices has been strengthened and upgraded to include risk management in Order Management Systems (OMS) and Broker Back Office systems (BBO).

The SEC has granted the necessary regulatory approvals for the amendments to the CDS Rules, ATS Rules, Listing Rules and Stockbroker Rules of the CSE to facilitate the implementation of the DVP Settlement Mechanism and enhanced margining model. Subsequent to the successful completion of the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on the system changes, the CSE completed Market wide testing (Mock runs). The CSE will shortly commence the final round of Market wide testing which is due to be completed by 15th July 2021.

The Go Live of the DVP will mark a milestone in the history of share trading in Sri Lanka and pave the way to set up a Central Counter Party System (CCP), which has been a long-awaited necessity in the Sri Lankan capital market.



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Assetline Leasing recognised at SLIM People’s Awards

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Assetline Leasing Company Limited (ALCL) was nominated for “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the Year” category at the recently held SLIM People’s Awards 2021 at BMICH, Colombo.

As a specialized leasing company with a network of 53 branches located Islandwide, ALCL has been able to carve a name for itself as a leading financial services providers by continuing to fulfill the financial needs people from all walks of life with an innovative and reliable portfolio of leasing and loan products that are geared to improve the livelihood of individuals and families whilst enriching their lifestyles. Access to financial services, particularly by SMEs and entrepreneurs, has always been a key area of ALCL’s focus.

Commenting on the achievement, Ajantha Premasiri, Chief Marketing Officer, ALCL, said; “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our valuable and loyal customers, business partners and team Assetline for their unwavering support in securing this nomination in the category of “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the year”.

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DIMO forum focuses on youth skills for employment and entrepreneurship

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DIMO celebrated ‘World Youth Skills Day’ by shining the spotlight on the importance of equipping the youth with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, through a webinar titled ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’, held recently.

The keynote speaker at the webinar was a renowned expert in the industry, Mangala P.B. Yapa the Director General / CEO of Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, while the panel consisted of leading Human Resources professionals Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya the Chief Human Resources Officer of DIMO, Chinthaka Premaratne the Group Director Human Resources of Fairway Holdings and Ishan Dantanarayana the Group Chief People Officer of Brandix. The event was moderated by Yohan Thilakaratne the Head of Corporate Communications of DIMO. Vocational Training is a key attribute in DIMO’s sustainability agenda and the forum ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’ was the latest initiative of DIMO to empower the dynamic youth with the correct skills.

During his keynote address, Mangala P.B. Yapa stated, “Knowledge, skills and employment are 3 elements that are inter-connected in a complex manner. Today, knowledge has surpassed skills and therefore, receives prominence. However, I believe that knowledge which does not develop skills, does not do justice to society. Through vocational education, what we attempt to do is to develop both knowledge and skills.”

 

 

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CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards makes a comeback this year

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In its continuing determination to crown the most brilliant financial reports produced in the country, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will present the prestigious Annual Reports Awards competition this year, incorporating new concessions on account of COVID-19, whilst also automating the marking system for the first time in the competition’s history.

Applications for the 56th Annual Report Awards competition 2021 will be accepted from 15th August 2021 onwards. Organisations ranging from multinationals to blue-chip companies, conglomerates, small and medium businesses, state corporations, statutory bodies and even NGOs and NPOs which produce annual reports can vie for this year’s top honours.

Known to promote transparency, corporate governance, sustainability and social responsibility, the competition’s grand comeback this year was announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

The Annual Report Awards commands a history of over half a century, but following COVID, the Institute decided not to proceed with the competition last year on grounds that the competition would not yield the required benefits for the participating companies due to the challenges stemming from the pandemic and the related crisis.

Addressing the press conference, Jayesinghe said that as the sole authority to promulgate accounting and auditing standards in Sri Lanka, the Institute has taken every effort necessary to implement a world class accounting framework, which will result in long-term benefits to the country including bringing in vital investments such as FDIs.

He said that an annual report is recognised as the single most important document for readers and potential investors to understand the financial state of a company as well as its positive contribution not only towards the company’s bottom line but also to the country and society.

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