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FriMi Marks 5 years of Revolutionizing the Sri Lankan Fintech Industry

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FriMi, the first fully-fledged digital bank in Sri Lanka powered by Nations Trust Bank PLC, recently marked 5 years of revolutionizing the Fintech industry in Sri Lanka. The mobile wallet and payments platform – wrapped up in one lifestyle app and packed with a multitude of innovative features to make life effortless – is set to celebrate their anniversary by rewarding customers through exciting promotions and activities throughout the month of July.

Offering ultimate convenience, FriMi allows customers to perform various tasks from making payments to moving money to saving money and even opening a bank account, 100% digitally via the app. Cashless payments include LANKAQR, Remote payments, Bill & Credit Card payments, Physical and Virtual Debit Cards, whereas Send Money, Cash Tokens and Fund Transfer options help move money seamlessly. The app also promotes saving in a meaningful and effortless way through features such as Saving Pots, Round Up Savings, Bucketlist and Digital Fixed Deposits – most of them being first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

Hemantha Gunetilleke, Director/CEO of Nations Trust Bank PLC commented, “This 5-year milestone is an achievement for both FriMi and the Bank as it is a true testament of our continued efforts to reimagine banking in the digital world. Disrupting the banking industry since 2017, FriMi has not only evolved with pioneering products and services but has also played an important role in championing and enabling contactless payments across the country. We’re proud to have been a part of various national-level initiatives such as the implementation of the digital KYC process with the Department of Registered Persons and the enablement of LANKAQR payments at all the Expressway toll pay points and we will remain committed to uplifting Sri Lanka towards a digital forward economy.”

The FriMi app has been internationally recognized by The Asian Banker as one of the ‘Top 30 Best Digital Financial Services Providers in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa’ and by the International Business Magazine Awards 2021 as the ‘Most Innovative Contactless Payments Application in Sri Lanka’. Locally, FriMi was recently awarded the ‘Online Brand of the Year 2021’ – Bronze at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2021 and has been named one of the ‘Top 10 E-Commerce brands of Sri Lanka’ by the LMD Brands Annual Report 2020.

“As the first lifestyle and digital banking experience in Sri Lanka, FriMi has been encouraging the behaviour of contactless payments and providing a range of unique services that go beyond banking, creating true value for the customer. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal FriMians, partners and merchants who’ve been onboard with us in the last 5 years and of course, the FriMi team who have supported us throughout our revolutionary journey in Sri Lanka’s digital payments landscape,” said Randil Boteju, Senior Vice President, Acquisition & Digital Banking of Nations Trust Bank.

“We really look forward to introducing more unique and revolutionary digital solutions to make our customer’s lives even more effortless, while also making a positive contribution to the digital ecosystem in Sri Lanka,” added Boteju.

FriMi is available on Android, iOS and Harmony OS and anyone in Sri Lanka above the age of 18 years can get on board FriMi by downloading the app. FriMi is powered by Nations Trust Bank PLC which is among the top 15 business establishments in Sri Lanka as ranked by Business Today and is strongly focused on digital empowerment through cutting-edge digital banking technologies.



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MN Group becomes the Best Business of the Year at Pinnacals Awards

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The MN Group won the Best Business of the Year Award at the Pinnacals Sri Lanka award ceremony at the Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. Managing Director of MN Group of Companies (www.mngroup.lk), Roshan Wewage accepted the award on behalf of the organization. MN Group of Companies has previously won many awards including Lanka Business Awards (LBA) and Shramabimani.

Customers can obtain any construction related service from MN Group at a reasonable price. The company is also willing to finish half completed houses and commercial buildings at agreeable terms. MN Group understands that the tough economic circumstances have placed great pressure on the people and the company is committed to understanding their needs and to provide a warm and professional service. Roshan Wewage invited those who need to renovate their buildings to reach out to them.

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Dilmah Adjudged Best Corporate Citizen for the Third Consecutive Year

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Dilmah was awarded ‘Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability’ in the category of Businesses with Less than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover, for the third consecutive year at the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability (BCCS) Awards organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; recognizing that Dilmah has successfully achieved a sustainable balance between social, environmental, and economic performanc, a company news release said.

Evaluated by an independent & expert panel of judges, the awards are Sri Lanka’s most prestigious, scrutinizing and recognizing ethical and sustainable businesses. Dilmah was honoured as one of ten ‘Best Corporate Citizens’ of Sri Lanka, won the Award in the Environment Beyond Business Category, and was lauded for continuous commitment to the environment surpassing the realms of business.

“The annual BCCS Awards is the premier corporate citizenship award, highlights sustainability champions in the national corporate arena. The awards promote corporate citizen sustainability ownership and initiatives that deliver social and environmental benefits while pursuing profits. This recognition validates Dilmah’s emphasis on delivering social and environmental impact by sharing earnings through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation,” the release said.

“In 1988, Merrill J. Fernando founded Dilmah, a family business, to serve humanity with kindness to people and nature, while sharing his passion for taste and goodness in tea. Over the years Dilmah has delivered over Rs. 7 billion for humanitarian benefit through the work of its charitable arm MJF Foundation and environmental arm Dilmah Conservation.

“Ensuring economic, social, and environmental sustainability exists at the heart of its operations and is integrated to every operational aspect of the business, Dilmah’s purpose is further extended through the work of the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJF Foundation) and Dilmah Conservation (DC) by driving life-impacting initiatives.

“The MJF Foundation works directly with estate workers and underprivileged communities to uplift lives and empower them to pay-it-forward to their communities. Some of its core initiatives are the countrywide MJF centres, small-medium enterprises with over 2,000 small entrepreneurs, ‘Empower’ Culinary & Hospitality School, and ‘disABILITY’ teletherapy app.

“The sustainable development of people goes hand-in-hand with the planet. Dilmah Tea is a carbon neutral product manufactured at a carbon neutral facility. Further, Dilmah has pledged to achieve zero-emissions for its manufacturing process by 2030 through science-based targets. Dilmah Conservation functions under three main categories: environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and education and awareness. As such, Dilmah Conservation initiatives range from butterfly to elephant conservation, climate research, adaptation and mitigation, rewilding tea gardens, conserving mangrove forests, and promoting nature-based entrepreneurship through seaweed cultivation and empowering agro-entrepreneurs.”

Winning the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 is considered a top honour in the Sri Lankan corporate field. Each year, submissions are evaluated by an eminent panel of local experts, thought leaders, and academics. Dilmah considers receiving the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 an important milestone in its journey as a truly sustainable brand with a purpose beyond profit.

Across the shores, Dilmah has been recognized for its attempt to take Ayurvedic wellness and goodness to the world with the help of tea. The Arana Range of Herbal Infusion Teas was voted the Product of the Year 2022 in Australia. Meanwhile, Dilmah on its 7th Consecutive Year was awarded Most Trusted Brand in New Zealand in 2022.

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DSI Tyres bags two awards at SLIM Brand Excellence 2022

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Sri Lanka’s premium tyre brand, DSI Tyres won two prestigious awards at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2022, held recently in Colombo. DSI Tyres, who has already made a mark in the international markets too, won the Silver Award under the Product Brand of the Year category and the Bronze Award under the Local Brand of the Year category. These mark another important milestone in the company’s journey spanning three decades. DSI Tyres has also remained within the top three brands in Sri Lanka for three consecutive years, a significant achievement in a very competitive arena.

DSI Tyres’ role as a leading local tyre manufacturing company that continues to promote its brand in an eco-friendly manner through the use of state-of-the-art technology and continuous research and development which enables them to identify customer needs in a timely manner is the key reason behind its continuous achievements. DSI Tyres has been able to place its products optimally among the local and international customers using the latest marketing strategies. The company also places great emphasis on sustainability and has been able to expand its local and international market share maintaining continuous customer loyalty even at the most difficult periods. DSI tyres are becoming increasingly popular in the online sphere as well, due to the facilitation of online orders at the convenience of customers as well as the use of attractive digital marketing. “DSI Tyres has a special place in the people’s hearts.

We have won the people’s trust and it is the highest award we can receive. It is a great privilege for us to receive these awards, which a mark of appreciation for the work we do to maintain customer loyalty,” Managing Director of DSI Tyres Kavinda Rajapaksa said. SLIM Brand Excellence Awards is the Sri Lanka’s premier celebration of Sri Lankan brands that rewards the outstanding efforts of marketers. This gala event for this year was held at Grand Monarch Hotel, Colombo. The Chairman of DSI Tyres, Ranatunga Rajapaksa received the two awards on behalf of the company. Previously, DSI Tyres had won SLIM Turnaround Brand of the Year, Product Brand of the Year, Local Brand of the Year and many SLIM DIGIs awards.

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