With the vision of becoming the preferred Digital Education partner for the academic institutions in Sri Lanka, Dialog Enterprise the corporate solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, recently partnered with Gateway College to further facilitate the school’s digital transformation journey.
On the threshold of building a digital education business vertical, Dialog Enterprise is changing the narrative of brick-and-mortar academic institutes by empowering them with fully-fledged e-learning products and services along with technical expertise and on-hand assistance to create a seamless digital transformation. Dialog Enterprise is planning to extend its expansive service portfolio to seven schools by upgrading each institute within the Gateway Group to a ‘Dialog DigiEdu Model School’.
Speaking on this occasion Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman, Gateway Group stated “As a school, our responsibility is and always will be to build curiosity, facilitate learning and thus support students from the time they walk through our gates until the time they take their place in society as responsible and multi-skilled citizens. The recent upgrading of all student licenses to Microsoft M365 A3 through H One (Private) Limited – a subsidiary of Dialog, strengthened our position further as the only Microsoft Showcase School in Sri Lanka and one among 325 in the world. It is in this background that we wish to collaborate with Dialog further, as a ‘DigiEdu Model School’ by incorporating the array of technologies and tools offered by them. We are aware that our choices, decisions and actions of today will be instrumental in shaping the ‘tomorrow’ of every pupil of ours.”
Speaking on this occasion Group Chief Executive Officer of Dialog Axiata PLC, Supun Weerasinghe stated “We are pleased to invest our expertise and solutions in esteemed academic bodies in Sri Lanka such as Gateway College. This partnership will be a cornerstone in providing the school with the necessary solutions to support the academic staff and students in efficiently navigating the evolving online learning environment and will not only help them continue their lessons without facing interruptions but will also better prepare and equip them to face the Digital Future. Today”.
Through this partnership, a series of initiatives will be conducted, including an inter-Gateway App challenge, where winners will be eligible to participate at the National App Challenge organized by Dialog. Additionally, the possibility to fund and provide support to TechEntrepreneurs who come up with monetizable products will be explored, the alignment of the school’s existing innovation and robotics programme with Digital Education Model School initiatives will be facilitated and Gateway students will be provided with access to Dialog’s Innovation foundry to pitch their ideas, where completed initiatives will be publicised via Dialog’s social media channels. Furthermore, the possibility of using the Hologo platform for teaching and learning will be explored and Dialog’s “Thuru” application and leader board will be introduced to the student body to motivate its students via gamification of the same, in-line with Gateway’s celebrations of its 25th anniversary in 2021. Dialog will also offer internships to students who are over the age of eighteen, based on merit and organisational policy.
Eco Tablet completes four years in Sri Lankan market
Eco Tablet, a successful solution to fuel standardisation with the use of nanotechnology, completes four years in the Sri Lankan market. Eco Tablet, which was introduced to the Sri Lankan market in 2019, has gained the trust of customers from all parts of the country, and has had a successful journey to date. Made with a combination of nano technology and organic ingredients, Eco Tablet is the world’s number one fuel booster. It can be bought under the name of ‘Eco Racing’ for petrol vehicles and under the name of ‘Eco Diesel’ for diesel vehicles. Eco Racing increases the octane value of petrol by five to ten while Eco Diesel increases the cetane value by two to five times.
Eco Tablet (www.ecotablet.lk) has the ability to properly standardise fuel in accordance with quality certifications awarded by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the only fuel standards organisation in the world. The fuel, which can be turned into ASTM condition by using Eco Tablet, is fully combusted in the engine and results in maximum fuel efficiency.
DIMO continues to lead as one of Sri Lanka’s premier workplaces
DIMO’s recent remarkable 11-year winning streak as a Top Great Place to Work in Sri Lanka under the Large-size Workplace Category and recognition as one of Asia’s Top 100 Workplaces by GPTW, are clear testaments to the strength of its employee value proposition, “making work enjoyable and rewarding.”
Executive Director and Chief Human Resources Officer of DIMO Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya said that maintaining such a winning streak requires more than just good HR practices, it necessitates a strategic approach to employee satisfaction and engagement while turning the company’s employee value proposition into a reality.
The company’s employees are the cornerstone of this achievement, and their testimonials on different aspects of the work culture reflect the vibrant work environment and the deep sense of belonging within the DIMO tribe.
Rakhita Gunasekera, Chief Operating Officer (Chemical Solutions) at DIMO, emphasized a ‘Great Place to Work’ as an environment that encourages people to give their best without compromising on values. “This leads to cohesive growth. DIMO is such a place”, he added.
Ravinesh Senaratne, Deputy General Manager – Marketing (Retail), who began his career as a Management Trainee at DIMO said, “DIMO didn’t just hire me, it invested in me and entrusted me with diverse brands, products, and services from Mobility to Retail Sectors. The organization always assists me to reach the next level of growth while facilitating my career elevation.”
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Urges global leaders to make debt restructuring less complex and more effective
Advocates increase in concessional financing through multilateral development banks
Delivering the opening speech at the Head of State Dialogue at the Berlin Global Conference on September 28, President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed the need for a comprehensive dialogue between Western nations and China, the United States of America and China and the European Union and China, as a critical component of a robust international plan capable of addressing the global challenges anticipated in 2024.
The President also highlighted that initiatives such as the ‘Belt and Road’ have led to increased scrutiny of countries like Sri Lanka, potentially impacting the economic prospects of nations in the Global South. Nevertheless, he emphasized that Sri Lanka has a history of engaging with countries like the United States, India, and China, making such interactions a familiar and essential part of international relations.
He also expressed gratitude for the support received from India and Bangladesh in addressing Sri Lanka’s recent economic challenges. He underlined the contrast between advanced economies, which possess buffers and reserves to weather these shocks, and developing nations that lack such resources. He emphasized that this disparity was the starting point for the sovereign debt crisis.
The President cautioned that without immediate corrective measures, the world could be on the brink of another crisis. He acknowledged that many developing countries are burdened with substantial debt, highlighting the inadequacy of existing mechanisms like the IMF to address this new situation. He shared Sri Lanka’s experience when declaring bankruptcy, which led to a halt in foreign funding and triggered a political crisis.
President Wickremesinghe praised Germany for its significant contribution to the Green Climate Fund, which has been instrumental in addressing climate change mitigation and debt restructuring challenges. However, he stressed that the current funding available is insufficient to meet the immense challenges.
The President called for utilizing the $100 billion with the IMF as a starting point, emphasizing that it is better than having no funds at all. He noted that the financing needs for climate prosperity and clean energy technology to achieve net-zero emissions are substantial, even for countries facing economic hardships.
He stressed the urgency of global coordination and leadership to resolve these challenges, which have not been sufficient to address their magnitude. He highlighted the need for a new international financial architecture to replace the existing one, designed nearly 80 years ago. The President urged ambitious action to reform the international financial architecture, making debt restructuring less complex and more effective.
He advocated for a significant increase in concessional financing through multilateral development banks, emphasizing the importance of broader accessibility, even for middle-income nations facing economic vulnerabilities. The president pointed out that the current IMF negotiation process is not tailored to address countries in crisis.
He urged for a comprehensive dialogue between Western countries, China, and other key global players. He emphasized that 2024 is the year to act, given the reduced leadership capacity of the United States due to its impending elections.
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