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No double standards please, on govt’s vehicle import ban: CMTA

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Meanwhile, on June 9, The Island published its front page lead story ‘Covid time bonanza: Luxury SUVs for MPs coming after all- LCs opened before Cabinet rescinded its own decision’.

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) has expressed its concerns on the decision the government has taken to import 400 vehicles – including 227 luxury SUVs – to a value of Rs. 3.7 billion through the Bank of Ceylon. The Government reversed its earlier decision to cancel the order, citing the fact that the Letters of Credit (LCs) had been already opened and “as the opening of Letters of Credit meant guaranteed payment, Sri Lanka faced the prospect of being blacklisted if a unilateral decision was taken” as per Minister Keheliya Rambukwella’s explanation to the press.

The CMTA notified the government of the same issues and repercussions on international trade as a result of unilaterally dishonouring 216 LCs of its members that had been opened prior to the import ban in March 2020. Totalling Rs. 5.2 billion, these include a considerable number of vehicles ordered by permit holders such as doctors and government officials who are at the forefront fighting the pandemic, some of whom had already sold their existing vehicle, anticipating their new vehicle to arrive shortly. Is it fair to keep these permit holders on hold indefinitely while new luxury SUVs are imported for MPs during the import ban?

Due to these LCs being dishonoured, a total of more than 14,000 vehicles comprising 10,780 Motorcycles, 2640 trishaws and 537 Cars specifically ordered for Sri Lankan market conditions were prohibited from being imported.

The vehicle import ban imposed last year has taken a toll on vehicle buyers by constricting the market at a time when the need for personal transportation is more acute. To make matters worse, the resulting imbalance of demand vs. supply has caused prices of used vehicles skyrocket within a short time span, and has led to unscrupulous activities at the expense of the consumer, such as odometer tampering.

Speaking on behalf of the CMTA, Chairman Yasendra Amerasinghe said, “Considering the rampant increase of COVID-19 cases at this time, with various potent variants of the virus spreading throughout the island, personal mobility represents the safest option for citizens who have no choice but to travel. The CMTA very much agrees with Minister Rambukwella’s statement that cancellation of confirmed LCs will affect the credibility of our banks and country. We strongly urge the government to apply the same standard to LCs for vehicles for government servants including doctors, and the general public as it has applied for luxury SUVs for MPs. We hope that there would be no double standard.”

Furthermore, the CMTA mentioned that it had been reminding the government of a proposal for Quota that It had submitted in March, at the request of the President’s Secretariat, to which no response had been given. This proposal was based on a minimum volume of vehicle imports for the industry to survive until the import ban is lifted.

Concerns were also raised as to how this purchase had been carried out without an open tender, with queries as to whether it complies with government procurement guidelines.

Founded in 1920, the Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) is affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and is widely accepted as the voice of the Sri Lankan Automotive Industry.



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ICC’s Oceanfront Galle completed on time amidst Covid-19 restrictions

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Oceanfront Galle structure constructions have been completed on time, amidst the restrictions imposed by the authorities to contain COVID 19 pandemic. Nevertheless, ICC has taken initiatives to apply for COC in the beginning of June 2021.

The home owners and potential investors were invited to inspect on the construction progress of Oceanfront condominiums in Galle while experiencing the beautiful sunset by the Galle coast. ICC has conceptualized OFC Galle to have a view of the clear ocean from all possible angles featuring a fully equipped gym, a double floored spa and “Sunset” restaurant with beautiful views of the ocean.

Allowing investors to seamlessly enjoy the returns of OFC, ICC has introduced an all-inclusive rental management system which offers end-to-end solutions.

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Major-value stocks decline,three companies prop up ASPI

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Stock trading activities in the Colombo Stock Exchange(CSE) was subdued throughout yesterday as all major value-stocks declined in prices. Three companies; namely LOLC Development Finance (NIFL) Carsons and Bukit Darah kept the All Share Price Index positive, stock market analysts said.

Hence both indices showed mixed reactions. All Share Price Index was up by 16.98 points up and S&P SL20 down by 40.86 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.94 billion with a single crossing. The crossing took place in HNB (Non Voting), which crossed 330,000 shares to the tune of Rs 36.3 million and its share price traded at Rs 110.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were Expolanka Rs 247 million (4.9 million shares traded), Bukit Darah Rs 156.7 million (450,500 shares traded), LOLC Rs 145.5 million (365,000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 128.5 million (21 million shares traded) and HNB (Non Voting) Rs 109.3 million (993,000 shares traded).

When Bukit Darah share price appreciated by 25 percent or Rs 51.25 from its initial trading price of Rs 279.50 to Rs 355, its holding company Carson Plc  share price also appreciated in parallel to its. Carsons Plc share price appreciated by 18 percent or Rs 52. Its share price started trading at Rs 293 and at the end of the day it shot upto Rs 345.

Further, NIFL being a low float company its share price increased by 25 percent or Rs 51.25. Its share price started trading at Rs 205 and at the end of the day it moved to Rs 256.25. These companies positively contributed 75 points to the All Share Price Index. Carsons contributed 28 points, Bukit Darah 28 points and NIFL 19 points to the All Share Price Index.

NIFL or LOLC Development Finance Company  has emerged as the most valuable finance company in terms of market capitalization. During the last seven sessions it’s share price appreciated by 261 percent or 3.6 times. The share price staryed trading at Rs 71 seven days ago and today it has moved up to Rs 256.25.

 

 

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People’s Bank Dankotuwa branch moves to new premises

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Opening of the People’s Bank Dankotuwa Branch at the new location which offers added convenience to its customers

 

People’s Bank Dankotuwa Branch moved to a new location recently. The opening ceremony of the new premises was attended by People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku.

The new spacious premises offers added convenience to customers along with a full range of services backed by the latest digital banking technology.

People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Recoveries) Lionel Galagedara, Regional Manager(Puttalam) K.A.A.S Peiris, Assistant Regional Manager S.A.M.L Sirimanne, Dankotuwa Branch Manager D.M Liyanage, customers, also participated at the event.

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