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Janashakthi Life doubles industry GWP growth

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Janashakthi Insurance PLC recorded a 45% growth of Gross Written Premium for the financial year ended December 31st 2021, reaching a total income LKR 7.2Bn for the period under review. The Life insurer posted a profit before tax of LKR 1.2 Bn as at the end of the financial year, and an investment income of LKR 1.9 Bn for the same period. Meanwhile, net claims and benefits to policyholders during the same period was at LKR 4.7Bn.

“The praiseworthy achievement and viable financial growth that we attained during the financial year 2021 notwithstanding pandemic-triggered macro-economic challenges speak volumes about ability to navigate troubled waters using time-sensitive, insight driven strategies. As such, we have been able to meet the expectations of our stakeholders and grow in a sustainable manner during the year. We will continue to build on this steady platform to pursue growth opportunities in the post-pandemic market as a trusted Life Insurance provider,” said Prakash Schaffter, executive Deputy Chairman of Janashakthi Insurance PLC.

“The year 2021 will go down in the history of Janashakthi Life as one in which we not only successfully combatted the negative economic implications of a global pandemic but also outperformed the industry in key parameters of the Life Insurance industry whereby outperforming the industry; double the Gross Written Premium growth with quadrable achievement in First Year Premium and number of lives covered outperforming the industry over 100%. Our early and proactive identification of market and economic conditions, market sensitive approach to consumer insights and well thought out aggressive sales and marketing approach together with prudent financial management paved the way to outperform the industry key value drivers quite convincingly.” said Ravi Liyanage, Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Janashakthi Insurance PLC.

Janashakthi Life successfully achieved several great milestones in the year 2021. Some of the key achievements were receiving a record-breaking total income of over 7.2 Billion with a growth of 14% over the last year (6.2Bn in 2020) and a commendable Gross Written Premium growth of 45% over the corresponding period under review. For the first time ever in the history of Janashakthi Life crossing two consecutive billion milestones while also achieving strong market share growth which moved up by 1 market position against competition in new business during the year of 2021. Janashakthi Life also delivered outstanding performance across all KPIs surpassing all set targets, with a notable regular premium First Year Premiums (FYP) grow over 128%. Janashakthi Life also successfully produced over 100 MDRT achievers, aligning themselves in par with global standards. Also, partnership channel was able to doubled its business while new business expansion channel recorded a LKR 181 Million in its first year of operation surpassing the premium of any insurance company in Sri Lanka in its first year of operation.

A pioneering Life insurer, Janashakthi Life realigned its business focus solely on Life Insurance in 2018 with the strategic aim of pursuing viable growth. Proving the wisdom of this strategic decision the Company has been able to outperform the industry on many fronts amidst the pandemic and tough economic climate. This incredible growth momentum is a reflection of the strong work ethic and efforts to deliver the true value of an essential service ahead of its industry peers irrespective of the challenges faced. This achievement reinforces the organization’s professionalism and commitment and is testament to the hard work and commitment of the team to ensure that they continue to honour the trust of their loyal policyholders.

Over a span of 27 years, Janashakthi Life has continued to revolutionize the insurance industry and journeyed forward to become a force to reckon with delivering a service beyond Insurance to all its customers and stakeholders while remaining true to its purpose of uplifting lives and empowering dreams.Janashakthi Life has continued to gain and nurture the confidence of customers across Sri Lanka with ethical and transparent conduct in all business affairs along with exceptional focus on customer service. In order to facilitate seamless continuation of life policies and enhanced accessibility the company has introduced multiple ways of paying premiums through online platforms and bank transfers. The online payment portal is geared to facilitate multiple online transactions and has increasingly gaining momentum due to its accessibility and convenience.

Additionally, Janashakthi Life has launched several innovative insurance solutions and pathbreaking products including Life Unlimited which provides lifelong hospitalization, Janashakthi COVID Guard – a world’s first in providing financial protection from COVID-19 amongst other products. Janashakthi Life offers a range of Life Insurance solutions and services that cater to different stages of the life cycle of an individual from childhood to retirement including educational needs, savings and investments, health requirements and mortgage protection. Thereby ensuring that the policyholders enjoy a wholesome life with solutions that support their goals and lifestyles through every stage of life.



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Dialog Smart Home Enables Seamless Home Automation via Range of Intuitive Solutions 

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Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, introduced a range of convenient and integrated solutions via ‘Dialog Smart Home’ to enable intelligent automation and intuitive control of homes.

The newly introduced range of future-fit smart home solutions by Dialog Smart Home ranges from Home Automation, Home Security & Surveillance and Home Connectivity, and are designed to enable any home to work as one harmonious system where all elements work in tandem together to create a truly intelligent home.

The Home Automation solutions offer homeowners seamless and convenient control of their electronic appliances through their smartphones anytime, anywhere. With the Smart Touch Wall Switches, Smart Power Strips and Smart Fan Controllers, homeowners can take control of existing light bulbs, table fans, rice cookers, chargers, ceiling fans and more appliances. Additionally, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered TeDi Alexa Solution enables users to control connected smart devices including TVs, air conditioners, home security systems and more through voice commands.

Home Security & Surveillance solutions transform basic cameras into high-powered CCTV solutions. Baby and house monitoring smart cameras can be placed inside homes to keep a 360-degree eye on children and pets. The Indoor Security Camera has the ability to sound a siren and notify users if a stranger enters their home. Dialog Smart Home has also partnered with Singer to offer customers world-renowned Dahua CCTV solutions.

The Home Connectivity solutions offers consumers Wi-Fi extenders to facilitate uninterrupted internet connectivity across the house to fit the homeowner’s lifestyle and requirements.

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CBSL implements extraordinary measures to support banking sector

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, considering the prevailing macroeconomic conditions and its impact on the banking sector, has decided to implement the following regulatory measures to support the banking sector to facilitate effective financial intermediation and the flow of credit to the economy, whilst ensuring the soundness of the banking sector.

• Sri Lankan banking sector maintains a Capital Conservation Buffer (CCB) of 2.5% to ensure that banks have an additional layer of usable capital that can be drawn down during stress times. An industry wide flexibility is granted for banks to drawdown the CCB (up to 2.5%), if needed, subject to restrictions on distribution to shareholders/ repatriation of profits and submission of a capital augmentation plan to rebuild CCB during a period up to three years.

• The current deadline for licensed banks to meet the enhanced minimum capital requirement (31.12.2022) is extended up to 31.12.2023. Licensed banks which are unable to meet the minimum capital requirement by 31.12.2022, need to submit their capital augmentation plan, including plans to consolidate or merge with suitable financial institutions, by 31.12.2022 and these licensed banks too shall refrain from distribution of dividends/ repatriation of profits until the minimum capital requirement is met.

• Licensed banks are encouraged to move to approaches such as The Standardised Approach (TSA) or alternative TSA for computation of risk weighted assets for operational risk for the purposes of computing the Capital Adequacy Ratio, subject to supervisory review.

• Licensed banks are given the flexibility to stagger the unrealised mark to market loss on Government Securities denominated in LKR on account of the recent interest rate hike for Capital Adequacy purposes until Q2 of 2024, subject to conditions.

• Licensed banks are granted flexibility on the treatment for Other Comprehensive Income (OCI) for Capital Adequacy purpose in line with the International Standards.

• The deadline for licensed banks to submit the document on Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) for 2022, to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is extended by one month, until 30.06.2022.

• As a short-term measure to support licensed banks to adjust their liquidity profiles, licensed banks are provided with the flexibility to operate maintaining the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) and Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) not lower than 90% up to 30.09.2022. Furthermore, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, on 06 May 2022 decided to restrict certain discretionary payments of licensed banks, such as declaring cash dividends and repatriation of profits, until the financial statements for the year 2022 are audited by its External Auditor, engaging in share buy backs, increasing management allowances and payments to the Board of Directors until 31 December 2022 with a view to strengthening the liquidity and capital positions of licensed banks under these exceptional circumstances.

The above measures were introduced with the aim of providing the licensed banks with more flexibility and opportunities to operate in these challenging conditions and support economic recovery, while taking measures to improve their safety and soundness. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka will periodically review the implementation of these policy measures and expects licensed banks to avail these measures in the best interest of the customers and the economy at large, while supporting the banking sector to remain resilient.

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CEAT official tyre supplier for locally assembled Tata Ace HT 

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CEAT Kelani Holdings has been appointed as the official tyre supplier for Tata Ace HT series compact trucks which are assembled in Sri Lanka by DIMO in collaboration with India’s largest automobile manufacturer TATA Motors.

 CEAT RHINO PLUS TL tyres in the size of 155R12 8PR, manufactured at the CEAT Kelani plant in Kelaniya are used for the TATA Ace HT series vehicles, popularly known in Sri Lanka as “DIMO Batta” under this project. The locally manufactured CEAT RHINO PLUS TL tyre features a zig zag pattern on its circumference and ribs with lateral notches that contribute towards uniformity and better wear and tear on local roads.

 Commenting on this latest OEM agreement of the company, CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Mr. Ravi Dadlani said: “As a brand that has been at the forefront of local value addition in Sri Lanka, CEAT is excited to contribute further to the process through its association with this assembly operation. This is particularly relevant in the prevailing situation in the domestic market. We are able to provide high-quality tyres engineered for local conditions at competitive prices and ensure uninterrupted supply, while at the same time helping to conserve foreign exchange.”

In January this year, CEAT was appointed as an OEM for a range of heavy-duty trucks, tippers and light commercial vehicles assembled in Sri Lanka by Lanka Ashok Leyland PLC (LAL), a joint venture company of Ashok Leyland India. In November 2021 the brand was chosen as the OEM for Bolero City Pik-up vehicles assembled in Sri Lanka by Mahindra & Mahindra India in collaboration with Ideal Motors.

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