Enterprise Technology Solutions Provider launches CSR arm in lieu of the company’s completion of 25th year milestone
MillenniumIT ESP, Sri Lanka’s leading Enterprise Solutions Provider, launched its very own CSR arm ‘MillionPaths Foundation’, as a Guarantee Company, to officially carry out volunteering work and focus on making the world a better place for both humanity and mother nature.
Goodwill and the nature of giving is not new to MillenniumIT ESP, a company of over 25 years’ standing, with a culture of supporting social causes and leading CSR programs. The formation of the Foundation has been an initiative to commemorate the company’s journey thus far as one of the first local IT companies in Sri Lanka to achieve a silver jubilee anniversary.
Having being launched recently, the MillionPaths Foundation is the vehicle that formalizes the company’s CSR initiatives. It adopts a more structured and focused approach in implementing charity projects. In addition, the Foundation intends to provide a platform for MillenniumIT ESP to conduct these volunteering activities on a larger scale and in more impactful ways, by collaborating with their principals and customers.
As a company that provides customized technology solutions to organizations across multiple industries, enabling them to reach their digitization goals and business strategies, MillenniumIT ESP’s vision for forming the Foundation arose from realizing that there are multiple ways, probably a ‘million’ different ‘paths’, an entity could take to create a positive impact in society and help multitudes of people who are deprived of basic needs, thereby deriving the Foundation name itself.
Focusing on the pillar of education as an overall theme for the formation of the MillionPaths Foundation, its vision is to “Embrace the pinnacle of knowledge for an empowered and enriched tomorrow”. With this in mind, the Foundation will be focusing on four main objectives: To provide technology solutions and use digitization for the betterment of the society; To empower the future generation with education; To protect the environment; and To contribute towards poverty alleviation.
Moreover, the MillionPaths Foundation aligns its objectives with the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) laid down by the United Nations to “promote prosperity while protecting the planet”, including: No Poverty (SDG 1), Quality Education (SDG 4), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9), Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), Climate Action (SDG 13), and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).
Commenting on the establishment of the Foundation, Shevan Goonetilleke, Director/Chief Executive Officer at MillenniumIT ESP stated, “We are elated to establish the MillionPaths Foundation to drive our CSR and sustainable initiatives to the next level. As an organization, we are indeed passionately driven to support and uplift society through various initiatives. While focusing on the most critical needs, we will continue to support such ventures on a continuous basis in a prudent and sustainable manner.”
Driven by the company’s employees, who form the nucleus for the numerous CSR initiatives carried out by MillenniumIT ESP since its inception in 1996, the Foundation Team has already completed 3 successful projects in the short span of 2 months since their formal operations: providing sports equipment to the Peramaduwa Vidyalaya in Kantale, Trincomalee; renovating the Udadompe Vidyala in Badulla; and equipping the IT Lab of the Kalundawa Saranankara Maha Vidyalaya in Kurunegala. Further information on these worthy causes as well as the Foundation itself can be found on the Foundation’s new website at
Sri Lanka’s economic confidence index plummets
‘No one has rated Sri Lanka’s economic condition as excellent. 1.8 % rated it as good and 1.3 % rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022, a wide ranging Verite Research public opinion survey reveals.
Key findings of the survey:
Government approval rating drops from 10% to 3%
The second round of the Gallup Style “Mood of the Nation” poll was conducted in June by Verité Research. It assessed the approval, satisfaction, and confidence of the nation in relation to the government, the country, and the economy.
The poll was conducted as a part of the syndicated survey instrument by Verité Research. This instrument also provides other organisations the opportunity to survey the sentiments of Sri Lanka.
1. Government approval rating | 3% | To the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the current government is working?” only 3% said they approve. In January 2022 this rating was at 10%.
2. Sri Lanka satisfaction | 2% | To the question, “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in Sri Lanka?” only 2% said they were satisfied. This rating was at 6% in January 2022.
3. Economic confidence | negative (-) 96 | Multiple choice questions on the condition and trajectory of the economy are used to generate an economic confidence score. The score can range from negative (-) 100 to positive (+) 100. A score above zero means more people see the economic conditions positively rather than negatively. If everyone thinks the economy is in either excellent or good condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting better, the score will be (+) 10. If everyone thinks that the economy is in a poor condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting worse, the score will be a (-) 100. No one rated the economic condition as excellent. 1.8% rated it as good; and 1.3% rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022.
Implementation of “Mood of
The poll is based on an island wide nationally representative sample of responses from 1,052 Sri Lankan adults, conducted in June 2022. The sample and methodology was designed to ensure a maximum error margin of under 3% at a 95% confidence interval. The polling partner was Vanguard Survey (Pvt) Ltd.
Decline in share market in the wake of rate hike reports
By Hiran H.Senewiratne
CSE trading activities began on a positive note yesterday but during the latter part of the day the market experienced a dip on account of the overall supply chain economy being subjected to a contraction, stemming from the fuel crisis. Consequently, CSE activities were relatively low keyed, market analysts said.
“We are reverting to the negative. There is uncertainty on all fronts, from the political to the economic. Therefore, we are expecting a rate hike on Thursday. This is creating a bit of a cloud and we may see this continuing further, a top market analyst said.
Even if top level decision- making is happening in Sri Lanka the impact is not felt at the grassroots level. This has resulted in unrest in the country, the analyst said.
Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All- Share Price Index went down by 97.9 points and S and P SL20 declined by 34.3 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.3 billion with one crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH, which crossed 600,000 shares to the tune of Rs 73.2 million, its shares traded at Rs 122.
In the retail market, the top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Lanka IOC Rs 611 million (7.3 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 173.9 million (one million shares traded). LOLC Holdings Rs 47.4 million (120,000 sha4es traded), Hayleys PLC Rs 46.5 million (697.000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 46.3 million (6.4 million shares traded), JKH Rs 21 million (173,000 shares traded) and Softlogic Holdings Rs 20.5 million (794,000 shares traded). During the day 109 million share volumes changed hands in 15000 transactions.
The International Monetary Fund said last Thursday its talks with crisis-hit Sri Lanka had been “constructive”, thereby raising hopes it would soon grant preliminary approval for a desperately needed financial support package, observers said.
Meanwhile, the Colombo Consumer Price index rose 54.6 per cent year-on-year in June against a 39.1 per cent rise in May, according to the Statistics Department.
Yesterday the US dollar rate was Rs 360.73, which is now being controlled due to the prudent fiscal and monetary policies of the Central Bank.
Dialog Club vision members receive access to an exclusive screening of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’
In a bold and breath-taking new global adventure, the epic conclusion to the Jurassic film franchise ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ hit theatres across the world on June 10. Just a day after its global premiere, Dialog Club Vision Red members and their loved ones received special access to an exclusive screening of the film at the Kandy City Centre Multiplex on June 11.
The explosive end to the Jurassic era sees two generations of the film’s franchise unite for the first time with Hollywood’s Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard joined by Oscar winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. Dialog Club Vision members were some of the first to witness the utopian world where Dinosaurs and humans co-exist.
With the best interests of its members and their loved ones at heart, Dialog Club Vision continues to deliver a world of exclusivity and privileges such as personalized care, exclusive discounts and offers, lifestyle and entertainment events and more. To explore more exciting offers available for Dialog Club Vision members, and to learn more about Sri Lanka’s premier loyalty programme, customers can visit the MyDialog App or visit dialog.lk/club-vision
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