Sri Lanka’s technological transformation is at the forefront of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision for the country. To strengthen the execution of this digital roadmap, three strategic new appointments have been made to the board of the Information Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA).
The new appointments are leading Sri Lankan tech personalities and include Virtusa Executive Vice President, CIO and General Manager Madu Ratnayake, Orange Electric Managing Director Kushan Kodituwakku and Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Director General Oshada Senanayake.
As the Group CIO and the Center Head for Virtusa Sri Lanka, Madu Ratnayake is responsible for Virtusa’s global digital strategy and Virtusa’s Sri Lankan operations. Virtusa is a US publicly-traded global information technology (IT) services company. He is an independent non-executive director of the National Bank (HNB) and Director of Sri Lanka CERT, the National Agency for Cyber Security. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee ICT/BPM at EDB, Member of the National Advisory Council of The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and Member of the Employee Federation Ceylon (EFC) Council.
Kushan Kodituwakku is the Managing Director of Orange Electric (Orel Corporation), a Sri Lankan market leader and the largest manufacturer of electrical wiring accessories, exporting to over 25 countries with regional offices in Australia, Singapore, India, Dubai, UK and the USA. His entrepreneurial drive has seen him awarded many times, including the ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. He is also a former chairman of the Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE).
Oshada Senanayake is the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and is a board member of SLCERT, Sri Lanka’s apex body for cyber security. He gained a wealth of experience by previously heading Pyxle, a premier IT and digital services company in Sri Lanka. Keen on shaping Sri Lanka’s young professionals, he is also a visiting lecturer for University of Bedfordshire at the Oxford School of Business for post graduate MBA students.
With these latest appointments, the ICTA board further strengthened its ranks of industry leaders, technology entrepreneurs, academics and public sector technologists to steer digital Sri Lanka. Along with the above-mentioned appointments, the ICTA board now consists of Co-Founder of IFS Sri Lanka Jayantha De Silva (ICTA board Chairman); former SLASSCOM Chairman and 99X Technology CEO Mano Sekaram; Prof. Lalith Gamage, CEO of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), one of the country’s most successful public-private
HNB joins CBSL to promote ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign in Kandy
HNB PLC once again joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to promote the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign to raise awareness and encourage the public in the Kandy district towards a cashless payment ecosystem.
HNB, together with other financial institutions and telecommunication partners, participated in the day-long event held at the Kandy City Center. The bank raised awareness regarding its LANKAQR integrated HNB SOLO payment app while onboarding merchants during the promotional campaign.
“During the early stages of the pandemic we witnessed many of our customers and members of the public seamlessly adopt our cashless and contactless payment app HNB SOLO. With COVID and the subsequent launch of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign the number of users of these types of systems have increased exponentially.
“Given that the mutual vision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and HNB is for a financially and technologically empowered Sri Lanka, HNB is proud to serve as an enthusiastic partner to roll out LANKAQR island-wide. The fact that we now have merchants in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka making this shift is another major milestone in this digitalization journey,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.
ComBank’s ATM network sets new records for cash dispensed during festive season
The automated teller machine (ATM) network of Commercial Bank of Ceylon dispensed a record Rs 8.818 billion on 9th and 10th April 2021, shattering the previous records for the highest and second highest cash disbursements for a 24-hour period, as Sri Lanka’s leading private bank facilitated the celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
The disbursements of Rs 4.498 billion on April 9 and Rs 4.320 billion on the following day represented a substantial increase over the single-day values recorded in previous years.
In total, Commercial Bank dispensed Rs 41.748 billion via its ATM network between 1st and 15th April 2021 at an average of Rs 2.783 billion per day, reaffirming the indispensable role it plays in the lives of Sri Lankans, as well as the reliability and robustness of the network. On seven of these 15 days the network dispensed more than Rs 2 billion a day, and on five days disbursements exceeded Rs 3 billion a day, the Bank said.
Comprising of 890 ATMs, the network processed 2.434 million transactions over the 15 days at an average of 168,988 transactions a day, while on 9th April, the number of transactions processed totalled 233,990 at an average of 9,749 transactions per hour or 162 transactions per minute.
The first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.
‘Ceylinco VIP Cyber Tharu’ to showcase Sri Lankan talent
Ceylinco General Insurance has announced an online competition with a novel concept to showcase Sri Lankan talent by providing a platform for them with the opportunity to win handsome cash prizes.
“This time, our effort is to organize an online competition that provides an opportunity for Sri Lankan people to display their talent and also to identify hidden talents whilst rewarding them. There will be five overall winners whose prize money will be over Rs. 1 million and each category winner will get Rs 100,000/-. Ten randomly picked voters too will receive handsome cash awards,” said Patrick Alwis, chairman CEO of Ceylinco General Insurance.
The guidelines and the criteria of the competition were announced recently through a dedicated website and other social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, twitter, You Tube as well as LinkedIn. Contestants can perform under five categories, namely, singing, dancing, instrumental performances, fashion modelling and funny videos / Standup comedy. Individuals over 18 years could perform under the individual category whilst the group category will have no age limit.
Under the group category either families or a group of friends could take part. Each entry will have to be specially recorded for this competition. Prior to recording the performance, they should download the image of the logo and have it displayed prominently in the background. Performances could be recorded using a smart phone or a video cam.
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