The government in consultation with the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) introduced the Special Deposit Accounts on the April 8, with the objective of increasing foreign currency inflows to the country and to aid in overcoming the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. DFCC Bank was one of the first banks in the country to launch the DFCC Special Deposit Account in compliance with CBSL guidelines with the objective of making a significant contribution towards the national cause of aiding Sri Lanka in this hour of need.
With the country’s economy still struggling to recover from this global crisis, DFCC launched the product and gained traction on various platforms including online, digital, and social media in order to encourage Sri Lankans residing in international territories to invest their funds back into the country.
Customers were able to place their funds in a fixed deposit for 6-month and 12-month periods in multiple designated currencies covering LKR, USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY, SGD, CAD and CHF. Promising unparalleled service to customers and the best interest rates possible, those who placed a fixed deposit for 6 months were entitled to received 1% above the normal interest rate and customers who placed fixed deposits for 12 months were entitled to receive 2% above the normal interest rate. The funds are also freely convertible and repatriable upon maturity with customers having the option of transferring the money back overseas through an outward remittance or withdrawing the funds in Sri Lanka at maturity.
Any Sri Lankan individual resident in or outside Sri Lanka including dual citizens, citizens of other states with Sri Lankan origin, and any person resident outside Sri Lanka including funds, corporate bodies, association and other well-wishers are permitted to open and maintain the Special Deposit Account. These accounts can be opened during a 6-month period from the 08th of April 2020 to the 08th of October 2020 with funds received from abroad to Sri Lanka via inward remittances through the banking system during the mentioned 6-month period. Foreign currency legitimately acquired and brought by the account holder to Sri Lanka with proper declaration after 01st January 2020 can also be placed in Special Deposit Accounts up to a predetermined limit. Ensuring that customers enjoy higher returns for their investments and simultaneously contribute towards aiding the Sri Lankan economy, the DFCC Special Deposit Account proves to be a valuable investment for both local and international customers.
DFCC Bank Vice President Liabilities & Trade Business Development, Mr. Anton Arumugam Stated, “The response has been very encouraging with many customers from different countries across the world opening SDA accounts with DFCC and investing their funds. As the first mover, we gained the advantage of generating more deposits from various countries due to the unparalleled customer service offered by DFCC Staff members. They have been working 24×7 to respond to customers who are living overseas by using digital communication modes and assisting them to open the accounts and remit the funds while complying with the relevant requirements.”
This is an excellent opportunity for customers to enjoy higher returns for their investment by opening DFCC Special Deposit Account and also contribute towards the national cause.
‘A supermarket in your pocket’
For large corporates, understanding the pulse of one’s stakeholders assures longevity and relevance. From serving a few to serving many, Cargills has undergone numerous changes as a corporate entity throughout its rich history of over 175 years. Reflecting on its journey thus far, Cargills transformed from a primarily wholesale and retail business to a pivotal player across multiple sectors within the food and beverage industry in Sri Lanka.
From introducing the first bona fide supermarket, Cargills Food City which revolutionised modern retailing in the country, to acquiring long-standing food brands and elevating them to new heights, Cargills has never shied away from diving into new ventures.
At its core is a deep intrinsic understanding of its stakeholders, from farmers to customers across all 25 districts. While the looming pandemic in March 2020 sought to disrupt the normal, this same understanding, a pulse if you will, directed a new norm.
Like many other businesses, Cargills was compelled to adapt. While it has a wide network of supermarkets across the island which were in fact operational during this time, there were no customers to be served due to the imposed lockdown. Almost overnight, the Cargills Rewards website was transformed to a new system for customers to order their groceries. It was a simple solution, that leveraged its supply chain to help facilitate hyperlocal delivery for customer’s within a 5km radius of its outlets.
Furthermore, container trucks carrying well displayed groceries were dispatched to neighborhoods, pioneering Asia’s first mobile supermarket, ‘Cargills 2 Home’. This ingenuity was driven by the top brass, who too feel the pulse of their stakeholders and so brought the supermarket experience to the customer’s home.
Raddella Holdings launches first biotech insulin manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka
Raddella Holdings introduce yet another revolutionary first with the launch of Sri Lanka’s first and only biotech insulin manufacturing plant. The recently concluded groundbreaking ceremony was held on September18, at the Koggala Export Processing Zone. The landmark event was attended by a host of dignitaries and guests including the State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply, and Regulation – (Prof.) Channa Jayasumana, Minister of Tourism – Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Plantation – (Dr.) Ramesh Pathirana, State Minister of Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Development – Thenuka Vidanagamage and many more.
The operation of the new plant will involve a joint venture between the Premium International Injectable Company (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of Raddella Holdings and the State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC). All new products manufactured as a result of this venture will be done under the SPMC brand name, with full government supervision.
The biotechnology manufacturing plant is a Rs. 3.5 billion, 100% local investment, which will employ over 200 specialized and highly trained professionals. All technology used in manufacturing will be state-of-the-art and conform to the highest tier of European standardization. This new plant has the capacity to meet 100% of projected local demand for next 15 years. The surplus produced thereafter will be exported and provide a valuable source of foreign revenue.
The new plant will utilize world famous SCADA systems to monitor and control the plant, all equipment, and the entire manufacturing process. This will guarantee the highest level of quality control, where all records of manufacture are completely automated and thus tamper-proof. Other quality control methods include adhering to the European Union Goods Manufacturing Practice (EUGMP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), while also complying with the strict standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The extensive planning for the plant happened over the last two years, in this time all designs, technology transfers, and specialist training have been completed, with all approvals and certification having been obtained. With construction completed soon, the plant will commence operations shortly.
AIA Insurance Platinum Sponsor of Sri Lanka’s Most Admired Companies
AIA Sri Lanka is proud to partner as Platinum Sponsor, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) in presenting ‘Sri Lanka’s Most Admired Companies Awards 2020’.
This is the third year of the prestigious Awards ceremony for which AIA has been the Platinum Sponsor. The awards are intended at recognizing companies that are a cut above the rest in terms of not just their financial performance but also on the value they create in a sustainable and ethical way for their employees, customers, investors and the general community.
Companies that have been in business for over 5 years as at June 30 2020 and are 30% or more of Sri Lankan ownership are eligible to enter this Awards competition which is open to both listed and unlisted companies in Sri Lanka. (AIA)
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