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An impressive line-up of leading global and local experts in policy, business and financial markets are set to join Sri Lanka’s leading independent investment banking and wealth management firm, Asia Securities, at their upcoming 4th Annual Sri Lanka Investment Conference to share their insights. Titled 2021: The Investors’ Dilemma, this year’s conference to be delivered virtually, will take place in three individual sessions, from 15-17th of December. It will explore the outlook for the economic rebound and financial markets in the coming year.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, world-renowned as the father of both social business and microcredit and founder of Grameen Bank, will be tuning in from Bangladesh for day 2 of the conference. The recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize for peace will share his thoughts on taking a creative approach to rejuvenate low and middle-income countries in a post-pandemic world. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “One of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.” He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal.

On the same day, Jonathan Wilmot, Head of Macro Research at independent global advisory firm Aletheia Capital, Founder of WilmotML, and former Global Strategist at leading investment bank, Credit Suisse will take the stage to share his global market outlook for 2021. In his presentation, Mr. Wilmot will draw on his track record of predicting economic recoveries well ahead of market consensus, to discuss the market forces at play and how investors can capture the investment opportunities that arise. The Oxford-educated Mr. Wilmot has over 40 years’ experience analysing financial markets, including over thirty years with Credit Suisse as Chief Global Strategist for the Investment Bank and Head of Macro Investment in the UK Asset Management Business. Through his company WilmotML, he is combining world class macro research with advanced machine learning (ML) and AI technologies.

Mattias Martinsson, Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Tundra Fonder AB, a Swedish-based investment fund will discuss challenges and opportunities in investing in frontier markets on day 3. Having begun his career as an analyst and advisor in Russian equities at Hagströmer & Qviberg in 1996, Mr. Martinsson has long been an investor in the Sri Lankan stock market. He founded Tundra in 2011 as a specialist boutique asset manager, focussing on Frontier Markets and smaller Emerging Markets. Among Tundra’s early initiatives was to set up a specific research initiative for Environmental, Social & Governance analysis. Its detailed ESG-analysis of its portfolio companies remains a particular trademark for the company.

Dumith Fernando, Chairman of Asia Securities said “We have worked hard to channel the best of international expertise to investors in Sri Lanka. The overseas-based experts are of particular relevance at this year’s conference as the challenges and opportunities for markets in 2021 are closely related to global happenings.”

Asia Securities is a leading investment firm in Sri Lanka providing Investment Banking, Research, Equities, and Wealth Management services to local and international corporate, institutional, and individual clients. Day 1 and Day 2 are open to the public by prior registration. Day 3 is open to clients only, with limited space for the public. For all registrations, please email sabeeha@asiasecurities.lk.



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Hemas Consumer strengthens portfolio with L’Oréal partnership in Sri Lanka

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Hemas Consumer, the leading manufacturer and distributor in Sri Lanka’s beauty and personal care sector has strengthened its portfolio of offerings in a groundbreaking partnership with the world’s number one beauty company, L’Oréal. With this partnership Hemas Consumer obtains distributor rights to leverage its sales network and innovative marketing approaches in taking L’Oréal’s wide range of beauty and personal care brands across Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Managing Director, Hemas Consumer & Executive Director Hemas Group said, “We have spent over fifty years building successful and strong consumer brands in Sri Lanka. In keeping with our promise of consumer delight and trust, we are elated to partner a world-class cosmetics group like L’Oréal expanding our existing portfolio with the world’s most sought-after beauty and personal care products.

We are well equipped in our distribution process with island-wide sales channels to serve all parts of the country. I believe this partnership will revolutionize Sri Lanka’s beauty care industry and more prospects await as we continue to look ahead with L’Oréal.”

Sabrina Esufally, Director Business Development and Innovation at Hemas Consumer said, “This partnership will enable Sri Lankans to access the iconic brands and solutions created through years of research and innovation by L’Oréal. In the fast evolving and dynamic beauty industry, the combined strength of Hemas’s local heritage and penetration, and L’Oréal’s global technology and trust is the perfect recipe for consumer delight.”

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DFCC Bank supports industrial excellence by partnering CNCI Achiever Awards

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DFCC Bank PLC, stepped up once again for the 3rd consecutive year to partner with the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) as the principal sponsor and official banking partner of the CNCI Achiever Awards 2020.

The CNCI Achiever Awards was held for the 19th consecutive time to recognize the outstanding efforts of exceptional performers who have molded their respective industries with innovative solutions, while overcoming challenges and meeting the demands of their clientele. This year, the event was recently held under strict health guidelines at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. 

Commenting on the sponsorship, Chief Executive Officer of DFCC Bank PLC Lakshman Silva stated, “We are pleased to have partnered with the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI), as the Main Sponsor and Official Banking Partner of the 19th CNCI Achiever Awards 2020. DFCC is honored to partner in reconciling successful Sri Lankan businesses from various industrial sectors. Our partnership with this prestigious awards programme aligns seamlessly with our commitment to foster and reward industrial growth across the country and support local entrepreneurs in MSME & SME sectors.”

 

 

 

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Lanka SSL triumphs with National Gold and Top Ten Awards

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CNCI Achiever Awards 2020

Lanka Special Steel Limited (Lanka SSL), a trusted name in wires and a fully-owned subsidiary of E B Creasy & Company PLC, was recently awarded the coveted National Gold Award under the Extra Large category in the Manufacturing Sector at the Achiever Awards 2020 for Industrial Excellence.

The annual event organized by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) was held in March 2021 at Colombo, and celebrated some of the leading industrialists in the country for their tremendous and continued efforts in uplifting and promoting quality standards, productivity, growth and strategy, R&D, employee welfare and others whilst contributing to both the society and economy at large.

‘We are immensely proud to have been recognized with two very prominent awards at this year’s CNCI Achiever Awards. It is a huge leap from just winning a Merit Award the last time around, and this incredible achievement certainly reflects our highly ambitious plans to strive for continued excellence. We would like to thank our valued customers and all stakeholders. We are grateful to our hardworking and committed staff at Lanka SSL who have made this possible,’ said Pravin De Silva, CEO of Lanka SSL.

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