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Heineken Lanka Adjudged Great Place to Work



Maud Meijboon Van Wel, Managing Director, with the Heineken Lanka team.

HEINEKEN Lanka Limited, the Sri Lankan subsidiary of The HEINEKEN Company, has received recognition as one of the ‘Best workplaces in the Manufacturing and Production Industry of Sri Lanka for 2023’ by Great Place to Work, a globally recognised authority that identifies and studies the best workplaces in over 150 countries and territories.

The accolade was conferred upon HEINEKEN Lanka after a comprehensive survey of over 27,300 employees from 45 reputable organizations in Sri Lanka’s Manufacturing and Production industry. The survey aimed to identify the 15 Best Workplaces from this list of companies, and the results revealed that employees in the Best 15 companies scored highest on Pride in the organization, Good Facilities, and Employee Cooperation.

Maud Meijboom-van Wel, Managing Director of HEINEKEN Lanka Limited, expressed deep appreciation for the award, citing the company’s commitment to unlocking the full potential of its people, promoting diversity and inclusion, and supporting employee wellbeing, especially during turbulent times as the elements that made all the difference. Meijboom-van Wel said, “At HEINEKEN, our purpose is to brew the joy of true togetherness to inspire a better world, and it all boils down to the emphasis we have placed on caring for our people and our planet through our global EverGreen strategy, which we have actioned to achieve superior and balanced growth.”

HEINEKEN Lanka’s EverGreen Strategy is a game changer on a global level for HEINEKEN, accelerating the establishment of a fair, inclusive, and equitable company, and aims to increase female representation in senior management positions. In Sri Lanka, the company has a 32% female participation rate in its Senior Management cadre. Globally, HEINEKEN is recognised as a company that provides equal pay for equal work between female and male colleagues and runs several initiatives to level the playing field for women in leadership, including WIN (Women Interactive Network), HEINEKEN International Management Course (HIMAC), and the regional BOOST (Build Our Own Sustainable Talent) programme.

Despite operating in a heavily regulated dark market, which poses challenges that can limit women from working in Supply Chain and Sales, HEINEKEN Lanka has successfully created a fair, inclusive, and equitable workplace, says Paduma Subasinghe, Director of Human Resources. He went on to say that the company also faired extremely well on its global climate survey, recording a 91% overall employee engagement score. Notably, he said further, the company also scored 90% on the metric of being recognised as an equal opportunity provider for all to have a successful career, regardless of race, colour, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

A major factor behind the achievement is the company’s dedication to expose its talent to the best of opportunities available within the global HEINEKEN network. Through this approach, the company has secured both long and short-term exposure assignments in regional and global placements including Amsterdam, Greece, Malaysia and even New Caledonia for several of its team who comprise its 43% Manager-and-above top talent pool category. Simultaneously, the company’s Women in Sales initiative is also creating support programs and breaking gender barriers, with good practices and progress coming from different parts of the world. Moreover, HEINEKEN Lanka has committed to other programs such as the HEINEKEN Graduate Trainee program as well as ensuring that 100% of its people managers are trained on inclusive leadership.

Meijboom-van Wel said in conclusion, “The company’s initiatives are far-reaching and many, but employee wellbeing will always be an integral component of the culture we are nurturing. We encourage people to openly discuss and address their wellbeing, while embracing enjoyment of life. We intend to be relentless in continuing to make HEINEKEN a great place to work.”

As a wholly owned subsidiary of The HEINEKEN Company, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, HEINEKEN Lanka Limited is proud to be part of the heritage of HEINEKEN, being the world’s most international brewer and the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. A career at HEINEKEN offers great opportunities, both locally and internationally, for all its employees, as the company believes in attracting and retaining the very best in global talent.

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Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+




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Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.

Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.

Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.

The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.

Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.


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Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector



Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services receives the award

Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’

Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.

Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services ( has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.

“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.

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Direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake to commence from August



A special discussion between Turkish Ambassador – Demet Sekercioglu and Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva took place last week at the ministry office. The aim of the discussion was to seek authorization to commence direct flights from the Turkish Capital Istanbul to Katunayake, Sri Lanka. The Chief of Turkish Airlines’ South Asia Office Fathi Bozkurt was also present during the discussion.

Currently, Turkish Airlines connects with Sri Lanka through a route that includes a stopover in the Maldives, resulting in an additional travel time of one and a half hours. The delay caused by this routing is not favored by travelers, as emphasized by the Ambassador.

The Chief of Turkish Airlines requested for time and space to be allocated in order to initiate direct flights between Istanbul and Katunaike, thus providing convenience for Turkish tourists and travelers who prefer visit Sri Lanka.

The Minister announced that the request would be forwarded to the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited. The aim is to establish direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake starting from August this year.

Turkish Airlines, a renowned airline with a fleet of over 100 aircraft, offers flights connecting Europe’s Vancouver and New York. The Chief of Turkish Airlines said that the new service would not only benefit European travelers but also encourage them to travel to Sri Lanka.

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