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Dialog in partnership with Sampath Bank launches tourist fuel pass

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From left: Susantha de Silva, Managing Director, CPC, Mohamed Uvais, Chairman, CPC, Shevan Goonetilleke, CEO, MillenniumIT ESP, Renuka Fernando, Group Chief Digital Services Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC, Ayodhya Iddawela Perera, Managing Director - Designate, Sampath Bank PLC, Mapa Pathirana, Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy, Supun Weerasinghe, Director/Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC, Hon. Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Power and Energy, Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Tourism and Lands, Hon. Indika Anuruddha, State Minister of Power and Energy, Hon. D V Chanaka, State Minister of Power and Energy, Manoj Gupta, Managing Director, LIOC, Chalaka Gajabahu, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Lasantha Senaratne, Assistant General Manager - Company Secretary, Sampath Bank

Dialog Axiata PLC on the invitation of Ministry of Power and Energy and Ministry of Tourism partnered Sampath Bank PLC, to launch the Tourist Fuel Pass (TFP) that would enable tourists visiting Sri Lanka to obtain fuel without the standard quota restrictions. The TFP is a NFC-based stored value card that can be purchased on foreign currency at any Sampath Bank outlet. The Tourist Fuel Pass is powered by the Touch Fuel Platform developed by MilleniumIT ESP and accessible at selected Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) and Lanka IOC (LIOC) fuel stations island-wide.

 Dialog Axiata was licensed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka as an Issuer of Payment Cards to facilitate issuance of single purpose stored value Tourist Fuel Pass cards. The Touch Fuel solution is available across 300 CPC and LIOC outlets and will be expanded to over 500 outlets by end-October 2022. Tourists can purchase the Tourist Fuel Pass for USD 5/- at any of the 229 Sampath Bank branches island-wide, including the outlet at the airport arrival. Tourists can access https://fuelpass.gov.lk/touristpass for additional information and contact the 24-hour hotline on 1393 for any card related queries. The Tourist Fuel Pass will be allowed a minimum of USD 50/- and a maximum of USD 300/- top-up value that can be paid in any accepted foreign currency, which will then be converted to LKR equivalent on the day’s prevailing forex rate and will be subject to a convenience fee deduction. The card is valid for 2 years from the date of activation. Further, any loss or damaged card can be replaced at any of the Sampath bank branches island-wide.

Commenting, Hon. Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Power and Energy said, “We are pleased to introduce the Tourist Fuel Pass to encourage overseas visitors to Sri Lanka who may be concerned about availability of fuel for their travel within the country. We are grateful to Dialog Axiata PLC, Sampath Bank PLC and Dialog’s Technology partner MillenniumIT ESP, along with CPC and LIOC for enabling the launch of this platform. The Government of Sri Lanka is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for all visitors to our beautiful country and the launch of TFP is one such initiative in that direction”.

 Sharing his thoughts on the Tourist Fuel Pass, Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Tourism and Lands said “With the influx of visitors arriving in the country following the tourist season, I am pleased to see initiatives of this nature come to fruition. We have deep-seated confidence in this platform as it is powered by Dialog Axiata and Sampath Bank, two of the leaders in new technology & innovation. I must also acknowledge the efforts taken by MIT, Ceypetco and Lanka IOC for facilitating the launch of the Tourist Fuel Pass. We must all come together to showcase the beautiful nation that we all love as the accommodating, hospitable, ultimate travel destination that it is, and I am grateful to all those present on this occasion who have done so”.

Speaking about the initiative, Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are thankful to the Ministry of Power and Energy and the Ministry of Tourism and Lands for their continued efforts and collaboration with the private sector to utilize digital platforms that would overcome challenges and accelerate growth. We are pleased to facilitate the ‘Tourist Fuel Pass’ solution and are thankful to our partners Sampath Bank, MIT, Ceypetco and Lanka IOC for enabling the launch of TFP on time for the upcoming tourist season”.

 Sharing his thoughts on the partnership, Nanda Fernando, Managing Director of Sampath Bank PLC said “We at Sampath Bank are pleased to collaborate with Dialog Axiata PLC and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on this new initiative as the exclusive banking partner for the new Tourist Fuel Pass. Introducing this scheme, guarantees an influx of foreign currency to the country as well as brings forth convenience and availability of fuel for tourists to travel around the island. As we thrive to support our country during these uncertain times, we are privileged to be on board with this project and to revive our nation”.

 Expressing his thoughts, Susantha de Silva, Managing Director, CPC said, “Ceylon Petroleum Corporation takes pride in having been able to energize the future tourism industry by timely initiating the Tourist Fuel Pass in collaboration with all stakeholders. It has been a challenge but a joy to explore practical and user-friendly avenues to make tourists feel unburdened and carefree during their stay in our beautiful island. We are grateful to all the entities which held hands with Ceylon Petroleum Corporation in this journey to launch a Tourist Fuel Pass. I sincerely wish that this measure will drive the future tourism industry into a new phase and open new doors to uplift the country’s economy.”

 Commenting, Manoj Gupta, Managing Director of LIOC said, “Atithidevo Bhava-A guest is akin to God. We are delighted to collaborate with Dialog Axiata PLC, Sampath Bank PLC and Dialog’s Technology partner Millennium IT ESP for this much awaited launch of Tourist Fuel Pass, that offers tourists fuel assurance at all LIOC sheds. As the travel and hospitality sector is witnessing increasing demand once again, we believe this Tourist Fuel Pass is coming at the right time for tourists looking at resuming their travel and enjoying their holidays in our island nation”.

 Speaking about the initiative, Shevan Goonetilleke, CEO of MillenniumIT ESP said, “We are pleased to be a part of this great initiative in facilitating the ‘Tourist Fuel Pass’ that will contribute towards encouraging travelers to visit Sri Lanka despite the ongoing crisis. This platform launch was made possible by the incredible partnership between public and private sector companies, The Ministry of power and energy, The Ministry of Tourism and lands, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sampath Bank PLC, Ceypetco, and Lanka IOC. And this is just another example of how technology can rapidly create ecosystems to mitigate a national crisis.”



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Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan owned company to receive FAMI-QS certification

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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.

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“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.

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Sri Lanka Tourism returns to Spanish market after pandemic

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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.

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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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