DFCC iConnect has been making day-to-day financial operations for Sri Lankan corporates more efficient and convenient since 2018. Awarded the titles of ‘Market Leader in Cash Management Sri Lanka (Domestic Banks)’ and ‘Best for Services in Cash Management – Sri Lanka’ by the recently concluded Asiamoney Awards, DFCC iConnect sets the benchmark for corporate banking in Sri Lanka. DFCC iConnect has been servicing key businesses that contribute towards the local economy for over four years now, including Orel Corporation (Pvt) Ltd. and Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Orel Corporation is an adaptive manufacturing e-commerce led enterprise in Industry 4.0 with expertise in Building Infrastructure, Digital Infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Commerce, Healthcare, Education, IoT & Transportation. As a third generation, family-owned multinational company, Orel operates in 28 countries, across 6 continents and has an ambition to grow by 100 fold in the coming years. Orel maintains a good relationship with DFCC Bank as a priority customer and opted to onboard the iConnect app. Speaking on their experience with DFCC iConnect, Dinesh Karunaratne, Group Finance Manager said, “We received multiple benefits from onboarding the iConnect platform, it has many automated services that aided in conveniently taking care of our finances, ensuring that we don’t allocate extra time or personnel to the matter. The platform helps us to reduce unnecessary documentation, like moving away from manual cheque issuing and there is a significant improvement in our financial control aspects. Today, we have great confidence in the system that improves our functions effectively and efficiently, and find it quite user-friendly as well.”
Chief Financial Officer of Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka, Sarath Kumara Singhapurage, also testifies to the convenience of using DFCC iConnect in his daily financial operations. Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka is currently the sole franchisee for Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in Sri Lanka. The company owns and operates a chain of over 70 outlets island wide, and have been in business for over 25 years. Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka deals with DFCC Bank for both term loans and regular corporate banking. DFCC was the first bank to grant loans to Gamma for its store expansion plan in its initial stages of operation. Following this, DFCC Bank financed several major projects by Gamma and continues to maintain a healthy relationship with the company.
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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