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Aparajitha Corporate Services Private Limited, India’s no. 1 company for Compliance in association with 3W, a leading Transformational Consulting and Training Company in Sri Lanka, organised its 2nd Global Compliance Webinar recently.

Aparajitha Corporate Services Private Limited introduced its Global E-Governance & Compliance Platform – ‘Compfie’ in Sri Lanka in association with 3W Consulting headquartered in Colombo, last year. This move to position ‘Compfie’ in Sri Lanka’s compliance market marked a major development for the strategic country partnership between Aparajitha and 3W.

The virtual webinar session was about understanding compliance management and the role technology & digitisation can play in transforming financial compliance for organisations.

Speaking on the importance of the session, Mr. Nagaraj Krishnan, Managing Director, Aparajitha Corporate Services Private Limited said, “With increased regulatory changes and the ‘new normal’ brought forth by COVID-19, One major trend in corporate compliance to watch out for in 2022 will be the substantial increase in digital transformation in terms of automation and simplification of compliance-related processes. Any e-compliance architecture needs to be designed to provide complete visibility and a bird’s eye view of the compliance status across the country, state, and unit levels. It is equally important for experts to provide round-the-clock support in updating country-wise Industry-specific laws and auto-configuring the software with an appropriate domain covering laws under Labour, Fiscal, Corporate, Commercial, EHS, and industry-specific catering to large global organisations, medium and small firms,” adds Krishnan.

“Sri Lankan Companies today have rapidly prioritised Compliance, as Boards have stepped up their commitment to Corporate Governance driven by SEC, Market and regulatory dynamics. Since the outbreak of the Pandemic, Corporates have faced the challenge of facilitating “Work from Anywhere” and operating through Hybrid Models has further compounded the risk of non-compliance. Companies are required to comply with Regulatory Standards, around the value chain in their operating model covering Fiscal, HR, and Environment Functions. A Board can keep track of the Compliances spread across the different Business Functions and different job responsibilities through our Compliance solution “Compfie”; a fully integrated online Compliance Management tool designed to Global Standards with a dynamic Country, Industry, and Corporate Legal Knowledge Management System embedded. This Legal KMS in Compfie also caters to specific Sectors, Industry Compliance Standards, and requirements,” said Mr. Stefan Moraes, Managing Director, 3W Consulting.

Some of the major aspects discussed in the session included; how digitization can help businesses in…

Mitigating Operational Challenges in Tracking Compliances for Multiple Location / Multiple Regulatory Compliances – Department of Registrar of Companies (DRC), Inland Revenue Department (IRD), Central bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC), Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (IRCSL) and Sri Lanka Customs (SLC)

Complying with all applicable laws and management responsibility as per Sri Lanka Auditing Standards (SLAuS 250)

Preventing and detecting Money Laundering & Financing Risks while dealing with customers through Financial Transaction Reporting Act (FTRA), Designated Non-Finance Business (DNFB), and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Regulations

Keeping an organisation up-to-date with proactive alerts on the changes in the applicable laws and regulations together with relevant guidelines, determinations, directions, notices, and circulars by regulators (CBSL, IRD, DRC, IRCSL, FIU, SEC, etc.)Avoiding the risk of missing any important Financial Compliances – Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Compliance Obligations, Customer Due Diligence, and United Nations Sanctions, Outsourcing Regulations, Basel III and Sri Lankan Financial Reporting Standards (SLFRS)



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Seven factors of concern at upcoming Monetary Policy Review

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by Sanath Nanayakkare

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is scheduled to announce its latest monetary policy review on 20th January 2022, with all eyes on dwindling foreign reserves and foreign currency exchange in the country.

In this context, First Capital Research has named 7 factors of concern that could be taken into account at the upcoming monetary policy review. They are as follows.

* Foreign Reserves USD 3.1 billion – Dec 2021

* Inflation CCPI 12.1% – Dec 2021

* GDP Growth -1.5% – 3Q2021

* Private Credit LKR 60.5 billion – Nov 2021

* 03M T-Bill rate 8.38% as at 12.01.22

Liquidity and CBSL Holdings LKR -364.0 billion and LKR 1.42 trillion

Balance of Trade (BOT) and Balance of Payment (BOP) USD -6.5 billion and USD -3.3 billion for Jan-Oct 21

First Capital Research’s Policy Rate Forecast – Jan 2022-Apr 2022 notes that they believe the CBSL may highly consider tightening the monetary policy rates in this policy review but given the concerns over economic growth, there is a probability of 40% for CBSL to maintain its policy stance at current levels.

“With high frequent indicators improving in line with expectations, we have eliminated any probability of a rate cut. We expect a continued increase in probability for a rate hike in order to prevent overheating of the economy amidst the given fiscal and monetary stimulus,” they said.

As per First Capital’s view, CBSL either can choose to hike policy rates by 50bps or 100bps or hold policy rates steady, while a rate cut is off the table due to the high debt repayment and the high domestic borrowing requirement.

First Capital believes that there is a 60% probability for a rate hike due to the remedial actions required in achieving external stability.

However, there is also a 40% probability to maintain the policy rates at its current level in order to further improve the high frequency indicators.30%, they noted.

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Sri Lanka’s dash brand enters international markets

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Multichemi International Ltd, which manufactures and distributes a wide range of products under dash, one of Sri Lanka’s leading detergent and household care brands, has begun exporting its products to several international markets in Asia and Oceania, with plans also to enter Africa. The dash brand includes a wide range of products in car care, household care, home fragrances and laundry care sectors. Multichemi International Ltd, which has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification, is a Sri Lankan pioneer in environment-friendly cleaning products, having launched the country’s first biodegradable, safe cleaning products over 28 years ago.

Amila Wijesinghe, General Manager of the Company said,”Having conquered the domestic market, we are now ready to capture the international market. We are confident that our products which are of high quality will receive a good demand overseas as well. The feedback we have received so far from our overseas customers is extremely encouraging. We are dedicated to taking our products to the international market, to bring in foreign currency to the country and help uplift the economy”,

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Janaka Abeysinghe appointed SLT CEO

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Sri Lanka Telecom PLC has announced the appointment of Janaka Abeysinghe as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from February 1, 2022.

The incumbent CEO Kiththi Perera will be overseas on leave for a period of two years to pursue higher studies, according to a stock market filing by the company.

Abeysinghe joined SLT in 1991. In his present role, he leads the enterprise and wholesale business of SLT that provides integrated voice and data solutions to enterprises, government institutions, domestic telco operators and global wholesale carriers.

In his career at SLT spanning 29 years, he has held a number of senior positions, including general manager Enterprise and International Sales and has extensive experience in the areas of Enterprise Digital Services, Enterprise Communications Solutions, Data Communications, Business Development, Domestic and International Switching Operations and Global Wholesale Voice & Data Business.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Kansas, USA and a BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering with a First Class Honours from the University of Moratuwa.

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