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Korean firm in talks to manufacture mobile phones in Sri Lanka

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Micro Electric International, local partner for joint venture

Renowned Korean mobile phone company, Lodule International Ltd., is in talks with the Lankan authorities to launch an international joint venture with a Sri Lankan counterpart to manufacture mobile phones in Sri Lanka, a press release from the Sri Lankan embassy in the Republic of Korea said.

The release adds-

‘The CEO of Lodule International Ltd. in the Republic of Korea, Byungchul Kim and Senior Director Donghan Shin called on the ambassador of Sri Lanka, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, at the embassy to further discuss the aforementioned international joint venture (IJV) and to find the most efficacious navigation of the proposed IJV in Sri Lanka. The international joint venture (IJV) partner in Sri Lanka is the reputed corporate Micro Electric International (Pvt) Ltd. headed and founded by Dhammika Samarawickrama.

‘The CEO of Lodule International Ltd., Byungchul Kim, and the Senior Director of the Company explained and expounded, in detail, to Dr. Mendis and senior officials of the Commercial Division of the embassy of their company and the functionaries of the company since its formation in 2004. Chairman Kim stated that most of the products and goods manufactured in Lodule International are being exported to other countries mostly to the ASEAN and China. He added that Lodule has a large facility in China, and along with the facilities in the RoK, they produce contactless thermometers, Android cloud tablets, iPhones & Smartphones mostly for the export market. During the meeting, ambassador Dr. Mendis and Commercial Division of the embassy had a zoom/virtual conference call with Dhammika Samarawickrama, Chairman of Micro Electric International in Sri Lanka, to discuss the stratagem to expedite the IJV in Sri Lanka. The two IJV partners from the RoK and Sri Lanka were, first, introduced to each other by the Most Venerable Katuwana Vijithawansha Thero of Sri Lankaramaya Temple in the city of Daegu in the RoK.

‘This would be the first ever occasion that state-of-the-art smartphones are manufactured, solely, in Sri Lanka. Micro Electric International, the Sri Lankan partner of the IJV, has been in operation for nearly three decades and chairman Samarawickrama has been engaged in a large number of charitable and philanthropic activities, mostly with regard to extending of employment opportunities to prisoners in prisons in Sri Lanka, apart from commercial and economic endeavors. The negotiations and discussions have been conducted on virtual/zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the zoom/virtual conference call at the embassy, with the intervention and intercession of the ambassador Dr. Mendis, chairman Byungchul Kim and chairman of Micro Electric International, Samarawickrama, discussed that the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) had to be agreed upon by both the sides and would follow up with an MoU, thus paving the way for the operation of the proposed IJV to manufacture smart/mobile phones in Sri Lanka.’



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Cabraal briefs Chief Incumbents on Port City Project Commission Bill

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On the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal on April 19 visited the Asgiriya Chapter, the Malwathu Chapter and the Chief Prelates of the Amarapura and Ramanna Maha Nikayas and briefed them on the relevant draft commission bill on Port City Project.

Cabinet Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte, Minister of State Kanaka Herath, MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara and MP Kokila Gunawardena were also present on the occasion.

 

 

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Growing importance of training for nurses taking care of patients with NCDs

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To keep pace with the rapid expansion and increasing complexity of elderly home healthcare, training needs of home healthcare nurses must be identified and subsequent training programs implemented. English Nursing Care conducts training sessions on a weekly basis covering a variety of care needs for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) record that NCDs are estimated to account for 75% of total deaths in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, according to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health “although people are living longer, they live more years suffering from disease and disability, mainly from NCDs; life expectancy at birth in Sri Lanka is 74.9 years but healthy life expectancy at birth is only 67.0 years.” This has a significant impact on quality of life.

English Nursing Care Sri Lanka works towards improving the quality of life of the elderly living with NCD’s by training nurses on the most advanced and developed methodologies brought through years of experience internationally and locally. Being responsible for the well-being of your loved ones is pivotal in the service they provide.

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SriLankan Airlines welcomes Indian delegation to Sri Lanka

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SriLankan Airlines in a bid to recommence Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka under the proposed bio-bubble tourist arrival concept successfully completed a familiarization tour for Indian media and travel trade professionals recently. A delegation of tour operators, agents, and senior editors representing influential media institutions concluded a familiarization tour in Sri Lanka.

The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota. The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.

The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept. Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.

During their stay here, the delegation was hosted for a virtual meet-and-greet with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales & Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon. The discussion focused on the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements between the two countries, current safety measures, and guidelines pertaining to the bio-bubble concept. They lauded the effort taken by officials to make their trip a memorable one.

The Indian delegation was highly impressed with the opportunities they were given to travel and explore the country and its exclusive holiday prospects for the enthusiastic traveller. This fam tour was a manifestation of the immense potential of Sri Lanka as a post-covid travel destination enticing the Indian traveller.

 

 

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