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HNB enhances facilities to MSMEs in agriculture sector

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CBSL Deputy Governor H.A. Karunaratne with the first Micro Finance Customer Mahinda Abegunawardane of HNB Ambalangoda Customer Centre as (from left) HNB Regional Credit Head- Southern Shalindra Karunarathne, HNB Relationship Officer- Micro Finance Southern Region Chathuranga Welivita, HNB Head of Personal Financial Services Kanchana Karunagama, HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail & SME Banking Sanjay Wijemanne, HNB Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo, HNB Head of Micro Finance Vinodh Fernando, Head of Leasing Niluka Amarasinghe and HNB Manager – Micro Finance Southern Region Rohana Yagamuni look on.

In a bid to enhance growth opportunities available for agricultural Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), HNB PLC, launched the Micro Leasing facility anchored to a myriad of benefits and opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Working in line with initiatives drawn by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to strengthen the sector, HNB will ensure customers can further enhance their entrepreneurial capabilities. The facility will also provide customers access to an extensive range of deals and benefits from the bank’s wide portfolio of merchant partners.

“For Sri Lanka to achieve long term sustainable growth, it is vital that we empower the MSME sector, which contributes an estimated 52% to the GDP. As the regulator, we believe this can be done by equipping our entrepreneurs with the necessary capital while simultaneously improving their financial literacy.

“Therefore, I wish to thank HNB for the initiatives taken over the past few years through the Gami Pubuduwa campaign and for launching this facility, which will provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to grow their businesses in a sustainable manner,” CBSL Deputy Governor H.A. Karunaratne stated.

Working through its 175 strong microfinance officers stationed across the country’s grassroots, HNB has facilitated growth in the sector through its Gami Pubuduwa initiative. The bank will lend the same support for its leasing customers by organising curated sessions to enhance value chain development and capacity building skills in collaboration with skills development organisations.

Additionally, customers can use the bank’s flexible payment schemes, customised to their repayment capabilities.

HNB Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo, speaking at the event, said: “This is indeed a very proud moment for us as we are unveiling a new product for the agriculture sector. HNB has worked with over 10,000 MSME customers through the Gami Pubuduwa initiative and we hope to expand this supportive network to others through this new facility.

“We are looking forward to supporting and enhancing the capabilities of businesses affected by the pandemic and those created because of it by facilitating a common platform for our corporate clientele and the medium and small rural customers to establish and foster supply chains for an export-oriented economy. We are delighted to be launching this facility and hope to see our customers make use of this opportunity to grow their businesses during these challenging times.”

Notably, the bank will on-board all customers using the facility on its digital platforms such as HNB SOLO, MOMO and Appigo, improving the availability of convenient payment solutions in the sector. Furthermore, HNB offers a seamless one-day approval process supported by its state-of-the-art backend systems. Customers availing themselves of the facility are entitled to a free life insurance cover of Rs.4.5 million. The insurance is also anchored to discounted premiums from HNB General Insurance.

(HNB)



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INSEE Ecocycle to provide waste management solutions for Galle Analytical Lab

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Signatories to the agreement were Mrs. Dharshani Lahandapura, Chairperson and Dr. P.B. Terney Pradeep Kumara, General Manager, MEPA and Sanjeewa Chulakumara, Director of INSEE Ecocycle Lanka (Private) Limited together with senior officials from both organisations

INSEE Ecocycle, the nation’s pioneer in sustainable waste management has joined hands with the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), the apex body established to prevent, control and manage pollution in Sri Lanka’s marine environment, to provide Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Solution for the MEPA’s Galle analytical laboratory recently.

Prior to the agreement, no sustainable solution for analytical laboratory waste and chemical waste existed in the country. This hazardous waste was accumulated at laboratory premises or due to misconduct, was discharged into the open environment such as drains, soil or natural water streams etc. As a result, possible environmental impacts such as soil acidification or soil alkalization, eradication of aquatic plants and animals, possible ground water contamination, acid rains and ozone depletion could have taken place.

Similarly devastating human health impact such as skin cancers, liver damage, blindness, neurological disorders, adverse pregnancy outcomes and bioaccumulation were also a possibility.

Commenting on the agreement Sanjeewa Chulakumara noted, “INSEE Ecocycle is proud to partner with MEPA for analytical laboratory waste management and we highly appreciate the commitment and the passion of the senior management of MEPA for this collaborative sustainable initiative, which is a great example to other government institutions in the country as well.”

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94% of consumers in APAC considering the use of emerging payment methods: study

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As a result of the pandemic, enthusiasm for a broader range of payment technologies has accelerated in the Asia Pacific region as 94% of people say they will consider using at least one emerging payment method, such as QR codes, digital or mobile wallets, installment plans, cryptocurrencies, biometrics and others, in the coming year. This is according to the Mastercard New Payments Index conducted across 18 markets globally, including India, Australia and Thailand, which reveals that 84% of consumers in APAC already have access to more ways to pay compared to one year ago. Of note for entrepreneurs, 74% of respondents said that they would shop at small businesses with greater frequency if they offered additional payment options.

“Mastercard’s study finds that people in the Asia Pacific region haven’t just adopted new payment technologies—they’ve made deliberate shifts based partly on necessity, but also on considerations around personal safety, security and convenience, at a time when these concerns were paramount,” said Sandeep Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Products & Innovation, Asia Pacific, Mastercard. “Consumers in Asia Pacific have already gained recognition globally for their openness to new technologies and innovation, and these findings confirm that this trend is only set to continue as more digital payment options rapidly become mainstream in this part of the world.”

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ASPI skyrockets to reach 3 ½ weeks high

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Turnover recorded at a healthy level at Rs. 2.7bn

Bourse premiered the week shooting the index remarkably high to reach a 3 ½ weeks top. ASPI displayed a stepped upward trend and surged in the first hour of trading followed by a sideways movement during mid-day and ended with a gradual uptrend to close at 7,350 gaining 122 points.

Turnover was recorded at a healthy level at LKR 2.7Bn powered by the active retail participation. Food, Beverage & Tobacco sector dominated the turnover closely followed by the Capital Goods sector to generate a joint contribution of 50%. Foreign investors remained net sellers while recording low participation.

-First Capital Research

 

 

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