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.
Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan owned company to receive FAMI-QS certification
Farmchemie has obtained FAMI-QS certification being the first Sri Lankan owned company certified with FAMI-QS. FAMI-QS stands for Feed Additive and pre-MIxture Quality System, which compromises the safety of animal feed and the quality of processed goods in accordance with European regulation no. 183/2005 on animal feed. Farmchemie is a BOI approved leading manufacturer and exporter of animal feed additives and nutritional supplements in Asia. Farmchemie is equipped with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility from Bühler, Switzerland to offer quality assured manufacturing services for world-renowned European brands as well as own brands under Farmstar. Farmchemie has already established their presence in numerous international markets such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, Lebanon, UAE, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mongolia, Cambodia and Uganda. FAMI-QS will enable them to expand their markets including the European and USA.
“We are honoured to announce that Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan-owned company to be certified with FAMI-QS in combination with ISO 9001: 2015 and Good Manufacturing Practices certification for animal feeding. By attaining FAMI-QS, we are able to anticipate the expectations of our clients for safe, high-quality goods by lowering the related risk and enhancing the quality of onsite feeds via a supply chain that is properly guaranteed. For that Farmchemie implements measures for Feed Fraud and Feed Defense according to FAMI-QS supply chain integrity module V2. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our customers and suppliers for their continued support and dedication. We look forward to elevating the firm to new heights in the coming months and years, as our aims will always be centered on quality assurance and innovative manufacturing.” Managing Director Uditha Wanigasinghe stated.
Exports Gold Award for Textrip
Textrip Pvt Ltd, the export arm of the Elasto Group, was recently recognized, as the gold award winner for rubber and rubber-based products, medium scale category at the NCE Export Awards ceremony held recently in Colombo. The Chairman and Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera accepted the award at the gala event held at Shangri La Hotel. The national export awards ceremony, organized by the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), recognizes and rewards Sri Lankan exporters on their performance in the international market.
“We always strive to manufacture high-quality rubber-based goods, using the latest technology, adhering to the highest international standards, and showcasing Sri Lanka on the global stage. I would like to thank our clients, locally and internationally for their continuous trust and my staff for their hard work and dedication. They are the pillars of our success,” Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera stated. Textrip products have obtained a number of national and international quality standards such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, CET, REACH and their products are designed to adhere to the ‘Wellness Wisdom’ theme. The company works with over 100 top sports and wellness brands and exports to more than 30 countries including European countries and the United States. TEXSTRETCH Progressive Exercise Resistance Bands is one of the most popular products of the company. The product is a great full-body workout solution for users of any level.
Sri Lanka Tourism returns to Spanish market after pandemic
Spain is one of the fastest recovery markets for Sri Lanka Tourism after the pandemic and participation in FITUR argues well for the much-needed exposure for Sri Lanka as an attractive tourism destination for Spanish-speaking countries, contributing in a substantive manner to its overall growth strategy. Sri Lanka Tourism made the presence with the 28 private sector companies at 43rd edition of FITUR International Travel Mart which was held from 18- 22 January 2023, Madrid, Spain. FITUR is the largest tourism event in the Spanish Market where all the sectors leisure, business and MICE tourism meet under one roof.
Sri Lanka Tourism stall was ceremonially opened by Mr.Chalaka Gajabahu ,Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Barcelona, Mr. Agustin Llana and representatives of the leading private sector members of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka was able to attract high level of attention from the trade and travel visitors attended at the event. The Sri Lanka pavilion highlighted many aspects of its potential culture, beauty, Ayurveda and many more which Sri Lanka would offer as a tourism destination. Sri Lanka stand optimized the “So Sri Lanka” and “Visit Sri Lanka” vivid sights to attract the potential visitor segments. At the Sri Lanka pavilion, Ceylon tea was served for the visitors with a view of promoting Ceylon tea in the Spanish market.
On the sideline of the FITUR travel fair, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Burau officials participated at the events organized by the UNWTO. During the events, SLTPB officials met with the Mr.Harry Hwang , Director of Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO.As a result of discussions, Mr.Harry Hwang has shown the interest to hold the UNWTO Joint commission in Sri Lanka in 2024.
Meantime, the SLTPB and Sri Lanka Embassy of France also took steps to arrange Business Meetings, exclusive media interviews, Air Line meetings at the FITUR 2023. The Media gathering conducted during the fair created the great opportunity to highlight the updates on the destination and create awareness on the destination.
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