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Havelock City welcomes HSBC EDPL to Mireka Tower, Colombo’s much awaited office space

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(L-R): Overseas Realty (Ceylon) PLC Head of Leasing Kumi Miranda, Director Ralph De Lanerolle, and Group CEO/Director Pravir Samarasinghe with HSBC Electronic Data Processing Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Managing Director Niluka Fernando, Chief Administrative Officer Thariq Dole, Vice President & Site Lead for Banking and Communication Operations Anushka Biyanwila and HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives Country Head of Corporate Services Dyan Dunuwille

HSBC Electronic Data Processing Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (HSBC EDPL) is poised to relocate from Rajagiriya to Havelock City’s Grade-A office space, Mireka Tower. The highly anticipated office tower is set to open in mid-2022 and its opening has been further bolstered by the announcement of HSBC EDPL as its latest tenant.

HSBC EDPL consolidated the move by signing a lease agreement with Havelock City (Pvt) Ltd on 13 December 2021. HSBC EDPL will occupy eight floors within the coveted office space in Havelock City, which is lauded as one of Colombo’s most sought-after locations for work.

HSBC EDPL is one of HSBC’s key Global Service Centers (GSC) which operates from only eight countries, including Sri Lanka. It forms an integral part of HSBC Global Operations underscoring the importance of Sri Lanka to the world – from its office in Sri Lanka, HSBC EDPL’s employees deliver high quality financial and professional services for international clients around the world.

Commenting on Mireka Tower’s newest high-profile occupant, Pravir Samarasinghe, Chief Executive Officer at Overseas Realty said, “HSBC EDPL’s relocation from its existing office in Rajagiriya to Mireka Tower is a validation of the building’s high-end specifications and compliance with stringent international health and safety standards required by premium multinationals. It is an endorsement of Overseas Realty as a landlord reputed for its expertise in catering to the requirements of corporates with wide and complex local and international specifications for their office space and to the needs of their employees. Further, the move is also a marker of the centrality and ease of access of Mireka Tower’s location within the city. Mireka Tower’s design reconceptualises the contemporary office space. It prioritizes quality infrastructure and amenities and comes primed with unique features. We’re very pleased to welcome the HSBC EDPL Centre to Mireka Tower.”

With an exclusive corporate address, the distinctive 50-storey Mireka Tower features Grade-A premium and energy efficient office spaces built to the highest construction standards. The tower is a key focal point in the highly anticipated 18-acre Havelock City mixed-use development project. Occupants of the tower will be able to innovate, strategize and sculpt the businesses of Sri Lanka’s commercial future in expansive, column-free, and light-filled offices that offer spectacular cityscape views.

The office tower is adjacent to the Havelock City Shopping Mall providing easy access to medical, banking, and telecommunication services, as well as a variety of retail and food and beverage options. Commuters can access the building via bus and the proposed LRT stations, with the additional advantage of two basement levels of parking with over 800 vehicle spaces.

Mireka Tower is developed by Mireka Capital Land (Pvt) Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Overseas Realty (Ceylon) PLC, the owner, manager, and developer of the iconic World Trade Center Colombo. With over 20 years of successfully managing the World Trade Center in Colombo, Overseas Realty brings extensive expertise, domain knowledge and experience to its real estate developments, providing the highest standards of design, build quality, facilities and services.



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CSE Director Board appoints new chairman

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The Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Dumith Fernando who has served in this role since July 01, 2020, has informed the Board of his intention to retire by rotation on June 23, 2022 at the conclusion of his current term as a Director. Subsequently, at its regular monthly board meeting held on May 19th, 2022, the Board of the CSE has elected Director Dilshan Wirasekara to succeed Fernando as Chairman with effect from June 24th, 2022. Wirasekara is currently Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC.According to the Articles of Association of the CSE, it’s Chair is chosen from among the five Directors elected by the members of the CSE. The appointment of Wirasekara is in line with the CSE’s normal board succession practice.

The outgoing Chairman Fernando said that “We are very pleased with the advancement of the CSE in the last 2 years. The market has set records across capital raising, trading volumes and participation alongside significant wealth creation for investors. The CSE is also financially stronger than it has ever been, and I am pleased to hand over my role following the institution’s highest-ever profitability and capital reserves position. Credit for this is due to my fellow board members, management and staff as well as all those stakeholders who collaborated with us including our regulator the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and the stock broking and investor communities.”

Commenting on the appointment of his successor, he further stated “I have had the pleasure of serving as a Director with Dilshan for five years where he has been a critical and energetic member of the board. The board and I have full confidence that he will continue to work with all stakeholders to build on our recent efforts to transform into a modern-day multi-product exchange. I look forward to supporting Dilshan over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.”Wirasekara thanked both the outgoing chairman for his leadership of the CSE over the last 2 years and the CSE Board for the confidence placed in him. He further stated, “I hope to continue the good progress at the CSE and look forward to working with the Board and the CSE team together with the regulator and the industry to advance our ambitious capital market development plans.”

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SLIM Research Bureau embarks on a mission to promote fair trade in Sri Lanka

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As corporates and consumers globally are shifting towards best practices such as sustainability, inclusivity, and most importantly, equality to all, “fairness” has become a significant part of how business and buyer decisions are made.With this in mind, SLIM Research Bureau, the research arm associated with the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), recently signed an agreement with Fairtrade NAPP at SLIM Home, in aspiration of promoting fair trade and consumption of fairly traded products in the local market of Sri Lanka.Through this collaboration, SLIM Research Bureau and Fairtrade intends to launch a project – named “SRI-PROM” funded by AICS, the Italian Agency for Development Co-operation, and supported by Fairtrade Italy – that aims to contribute to the social and economic strengthening of rural areas in Sri Lanka, through the development of much more profitable eco-sustainable supply chains for small farmers.

Commenting on the partnership, SLIM President Mr. Nuwan Gamage stated: “SLIM is thrilled to enter into this milestone partnership with Fairtrade NAPP to instil globally accepted best practices within the corporate circle that help achieve fair, equitable trade relationships. The project will be the first step in inviting businesses across industries to become a trailblazer that sets an example both in Sri Lanka and around the world. We look forward to expand these efforts further in the days to come.”The modern concept of fair trade refers to the ethical and sustainable sourcing of products, where workers and farmers at the foundational level of supply and value chains are treated fairly. This, in turn, offers consumers a powerful opportunity to reduce poverty through their purchases.

Fairtrade International Programme Consultant for Sri Lanka, Standards Committee Chair, and Oversight Committee Asia-Pacific Representative Mrs. Iresha Sanjeewanie noted: “Fairtrade takes a 360-degree approach to address a number of different issues and developmental challenges faced by small-scale producers and workers. Though Fairtrade Standards are a glum eye-opener into the implications of unfair trade, in a broader sense, it advocates reform-oriented research and pushes to raise the bar in trade.”

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Bank of Ceylon sponsors Annual Sand Paving Ceremony at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple Anuradhapura

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Invoking the blessings of the sacred “Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi” situated in the historic city of Anuradhapura, on the country and on all its citizens, for peace, harmony and prosperity, the Bank of Ceylon conducted its annual ceremony of strewing fresh sand which is known as “weli Athirime Pinkama” in “Uda Maluwa” recently.

The ceremony took place with the participation of the Bank’s General Manager K.E.D. Sumanasiri, DGM Corporate and Offshore Banking Priyal Silva, DGM Human Resource Dhamma Wijeyawardhene, DGM Branch operations and Development Banking Nilantha Meneripitiyage, AGM North Central Province Mahinda Bandara, AGM Marketing Aruna Hettiarachchi, AGM North Western Mrs.Ruchindra Perera and other staff members. The event was organized by the Bank’s Assistant General Manager North Central Province (NCP) G.K.G. Mahinda Bandara and staff members of the NCP province with the guidance of the Atamasthanadipathi of Anuradhapura, the Most Venerable Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero.

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