Dialog Axiata PLC partnered with Meta to launch text-only Facebook and Discover app to enable those who are under-connected due to affordability constraints to access a text version of Facebook and browse text on the internet without incurring data charges.
The text-only version of Facebook allows users to stay connected with friends and family, share updates, and access important information through their mobile devices, even when they run out of data. However, users will not be able to view videos or pictures on this version. Dialog customers now have the option to toggle between the text-only mode and the full version of Facebook (data mode) on their Facebook app. With the Discover mobile web and Android app, Dialog customers can browse websites across the internet without a data balance. To ensure sustainability of this initiative, Discover supports only low-bandwidth traffic when using free data, where video, audio, images, and certain other types of data-intensive traffic are not supported.
“At Dialog, we believe that access to the internet is essential for every Sri Lankan, and we believe this initiative would enable our 17 million subscribers to access basic internet services” said Supun Weerasinghe, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC. “In line with Dialog’s commitment to bridge the digital divide and facilitate affordable and accessible internet services to all, we’re pleased to offer our customers the ability to use Facebook and surf the web without having to worry about data charges on Discover, so they can stay connected and informed no matter where they are.”
Paul Kim, Meta’s Vice President for International Business Development and Operator Partnerships in the Asia Pacific region said, “We are pleased to partner with Dialog to help improve access to consistent and reliable connectivity for the people of Sri Lanka. This is a step forward as we work together to remove key barriers to connectivity.”
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.”
Current IMF negotiation process not tailored to address countries in crisis. President
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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