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Genesis of a new era for Siyapatha Finance

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Ananda Seneviratne, Managing Director of Siyapatha Finance, at the inaugural event

Siyapatha Finance PLC, a fully owned subsidiary of Sampath Bank PLC, is one of the most trusted premier financial service providers in Sri Lanka. With over 16 years of industry experience and performance that is a testament to their commitment to customers across the country, Siyapatha Finance has consistently upheld its values of loyalty, openness, trust, and service excellence.

Growing from strength to strength, Siyapatha Finance has moved into its new head office branch building in a more centralised geological setting, located at No. 111, Dudley Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 8. This new state-of-the-art 13-storey building interlaced with modern technology will be the main hub of operations aiming to enhance the overall Siyapatha experience for all stakeholders. The new building is equipped with demarcated spaces and floors for financial services, ample customer parking, and an auditorium of superior quality for the purpose of in-house training, development programmes, and much more.

A consistent provider of flexible and creative financial solutions to customers, generating greater values for stakeholders while assuring corporate governance through an empowered professional team, Siyapatha Finance is now geared to focus on maximising customer convenience.

Expressing his sentiments at the inaugural event, Mr. Ananda Seneviratne, Managing Director of Siyapatha Finance, stated: “We are filled with new hope as we continue our journey in the new head office branch, here in Colombo. We hope that by relocating to a more centralised geological location, we will be more accessible to our customers and better able to assist them with all their financial requirements, upholding our strong priorities of providing our customers with the best service possible. This modern high-tech infrastructure expansion is definitely a boost to our identity as an organisation that sustains the trust and stability of our customers with highest respect. It also personifies the sustainability of our business, as we continue to grow as one of Sri Lanka’s leading financial organisations.”

Siyapatha Finance has stepped forward on behalf of their customers once again and aims at sustaining their efforts towards facilitating financial stability for the people of Sri Lanka, guiding them as they tackle their financial hurdles. The doors of Siyapatha Finance PLC are open and its hardworking team of experts is ready to assist you in your financial requirements.



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Seven factors of concern at upcoming Monetary Policy Review

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by Sanath Nanayakkare

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is scheduled to announce its latest monetary policy review on 20th January 2022, with all eyes on dwindling foreign reserves and foreign currency exchange in the country.

In this context, First Capital Research has named 7 factors of concern that could be taken into account at the upcoming monetary policy review. They are as follows.

* Foreign Reserves USD 3.1 billion – Dec 2021

* Inflation CCPI 12.1% – Dec 2021

* GDP Growth -1.5% – 3Q2021

* Private Credit LKR 60.5 billion – Nov 2021

* 03M T-Bill rate 8.38% as at 12.01.22

Liquidity and CBSL Holdings LKR -364.0 billion and LKR 1.42 trillion

Balance of Trade (BOT) and Balance of Payment (BOP) USD -6.5 billion and USD -3.3 billion for Jan-Oct 21

First Capital Research’s Policy Rate Forecast – Jan 2022-Apr 2022 notes that they believe the CBSL may highly consider tightening the monetary policy rates in this policy review but given the concerns over economic growth, there is a probability of 40% for CBSL to maintain its policy stance at current levels.

“With high frequent indicators improving in line with expectations, we have eliminated any probability of a rate cut. We expect a continued increase in probability for a rate hike in order to prevent overheating of the economy amidst the given fiscal and monetary stimulus,” they said.

As per First Capital’s view, CBSL either can choose to hike policy rates by 50bps or 100bps or hold policy rates steady, while a rate cut is off the table due to the high debt repayment and the high domestic borrowing requirement.

First Capital believes that there is a 60% probability for a rate hike due to the remedial actions required in achieving external stability.

However, there is also a 40% probability to maintain the policy rates at its current level in order to further improve the high frequency indicators.30%, they noted.

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Sri Lanka’s dash brand enters international markets

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Multichemi International Ltd, which manufactures and distributes a wide range of products under dash, one of Sri Lanka’s leading detergent and household care brands, has begun exporting its products to several international markets in Asia and Oceania, with plans also to enter Africa. The dash brand includes a wide range of products in car care, household care, home fragrances and laundry care sectors. Multichemi International Ltd, which has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification, is a Sri Lankan pioneer in environment-friendly cleaning products, having launched the country’s first biodegradable, safe cleaning products over 28 years ago.

Amila Wijesinghe, General Manager of the Company said,”Having conquered the domestic market, we are now ready to capture the international market. We are confident that our products which are of high quality will receive a good demand overseas as well. The feedback we have received so far from our overseas customers is extremely encouraging. We are dedicated to taking our products to the international market, to bring in foreign currency to the country and help uplift the economy”,

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Janaka Abeysinghe appointed SLT CEO

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Sri Lanka Telecom PLC has announced the appointment of Janaka Abeysinghe as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from February 1, 2022.

The incumbent CEO Kiththi Perera will be overseas on leave for a period of two years to pursue higher studies, according to a stock market filing by the company.

Abeysinghe joined SLT in 1991. In his present role, he leads the enterprise and wholesale business of SLT that provides integrated voice and data solutions to enterprises, government institutions, domestic telco operators and global wholesale carriers.

In his career at SLT spanning 29 years, he has held a number of senior positions, including general manager Enterprise and International Sales and has extensive experience in the areas of Enterprise Digital Services, Enterprise Communications Solutions, Data Communications, Business Development, Domestic and International Switching Operations and Global Wholesale Voice & Data Business.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Kansas, USA and a BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering with a First Class Honours from the University of Moratuwa.

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