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Orel Corporation in strategic partnership with Prime Residencies

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Officials from Orel Corporation and Prime Residencies, at the signing of the partnership agreement

By Ifham Nizam

Sri Lanka’s leading electrical goods manufacturer, Orel Corporation, on Monday announced a strategic partnership with Prime Residencies, a leading real estate company here, for their upcoming iconic project, The Palace Gampaha.

The partnership was officially signed recently which designates Orel Corporation as the primary contributor responsible for external electrical systems in this innovative development.Speaking to The Island Financial Review, on their target market group, Prime Director Noel Joseph said the Palace Gampaha is designed to cater to the discerning preferences of upper-middle-class individuals.

Joseph added: ‘The residences are situated in a prime location, suggesting easy access to essential amenities and a desirable neighborhoods.

‘The project emphasizes a balance between affordable living and sophistication, indicating that it aims to provide luxurious homes at a reasonable price.

“The residences come with premium features, likely including high-end amenities, advanced security systems, and quality finishes to meet the standards of the upper-middle-class demographic.

‘The mention of exclusive events suggests a focus on community building and social activities for the residents, fostering a sense of belonging and a luxury lifestyle.

‘The introduction of a revolutionary 1% per month payment plan is highlighted. This unique payment structure may make the dream of opulent living more attainable for potential buyers.

‘The project promises an unmatched lifestyle for residents, indicating that it goes beyond providing just a place to live and aims to create a unique living experience.

‘The project is positioned in the vibrant location of Gampaha, suggesting that it is part of a lively and dynamic community.

‘For those seeking refined elegance in their homes, The Palace, Gampaha aims to fulfil this desire, indicating a focus on aesthetics and luxury.

‘Overall, the description paints a picture of a high-end residential project that combines affordability with luxury, offering a distinctive living experience for upper-middle-class individuals in the vibrant city of Gampaha.

‘The real estate sector has experienced steady growth, driven by rapid urbanization and population expansion. This growth is likely fueled by an increasing demand for housing and commercial spaces in response to urban development.

‘Sales taxes, including Value Added Tax (VAT) and Social Security Contribution Levy (SSCL), are mentioned as contributing to the challenging environment. These taxes will add to the overall cost of a project and affect its financial viability.

Prashantha Hettiarachchi, Project Manager/Management Consultant Orel, told The Island Financial Review; “Our target market is developers, investors in the building sector and consultants in Building Services Engineering.

‘I am happy to say that we have achieved more than 10% of the market share in turnkey projects in the electrical sector in Sri Lanka within one year.

‘The key of the success of the Orel turnkey division is its ability to offer comprehensive solutions tailored to the unique needs of our clients. Whether it’s project management, design, procurement, installation, or maintenance, we have assembled a team of experts to ensure a seamless and hassle-free experience for our clients.

Pramuditha Gurusinghe, Assistant General Manager – Turnkey Projects from Orel Corporation stated; ‘’We are happy to join forces with Prime Residencies, Sri Lanka’s top notch real estate giant, embarking on a transformative journey to redefine the landscape of infrastructure development— and this marks a tremendous milestone for our turnkey projects’ portfolio. This strategic partnership in which we facilitate robust electrical infrastructure, reinforced by the pioneering spirit of Prime Residencies in the realm of building development, signifies our commitment to paving the path to a brighter and connected tomorrow’’.

Nalinda Heenatigala, Director Corporate Affairs of Prime Lands Residencies PLC, shared his enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “We are excited to introduce an exclusive investment opportunity for The Palace Gampaha to our valued clients. Our ground-breaking payment plan, a first of its kind in Sri Lanka, aims to provide a luxurious and accessible lifestyle to our investors. Committed to revolutionizing real estate investment in Sri Lanka, we aim to offer a unique and unparalleled experience for our clients.”



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Pan Asia Bank posts steady performance during FY 2023 –

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Aravinda Perera- Chairman & Naleen Edirisinghe - Director CEO of Pan Asia Bank

Profit before Tax increases by 258% amidst external challenges

Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC reflected a steady performance amidst multitude of adversities emerging from challenging macro-economic conditions as the Bank reported its financial performance during 2023, which showed judicious portfolio management and prudency exercised in dealing with possible fallout on its asset quality in challenging times.

The Bank reported a Pre-tax Profit of Rs. 2,328 Mn for the year ended 31st December 2023, which is 258% increase compared to corresponding period last year, supported by improved net interest income, increased trading gains from government securities and reduced exchange losses.

The Sri Lankan economy has experienced some positive signs of gradual economic recovery and a measure of stability in macro-economic factors compared to the previous year, with the appreciation of LKR against USD and the IMF bailout followed by the Domestic Debt Optimization (DDO) announcement. The multiple economic scenario models used regarding collective impairment in 2022 were continued in 2023 to ensure that adequate buffers were in place to absorb any potential credit risk that could arise in the future. The allowance for overlays applied in previous year was continued and maintained during 2023 too. Meanwhile, the Bank managed to end the year with healthy credit quality matrices due to improved credit underwriting standards and concerted collection & recovery efforts despite the contraction in the loan book during 2023 which impacted the Bank’s Stage 3 Loan Ratio adversely.

Furthermore, the Bank increased impairment provision buffers held regarding investments in International Sovereign Bonds of Government of Sri Lanka (SLISBs) further during 2023 with the expectation of possible adverse outcomes of the on-going government External Debt Restructuring (EDR) programme. The Bank recognised an impairment charge of nearly Rs. 2 Bn regarding International Sovereign Bonds during 2023.

The interest income for the year 2023 rose by 39% due to the high interest rates that prevailed during the period under review compared to corresponding period of the last year and the re-pricing effect of facilities in response to the market conditions. Further, the growth in interest income was supported by the increased interest income from Rupee denominated securities of the Government of Sri Lanka (T-Bills & Bonds) due to increased investments and high interest rates offered on such new investments compared to the previous year. Consequently, the net interest income increased by 9% in 2023 compared to the last year. (Pan Asia Bank)

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SLT-MOBITEL celebrates the season of love with exciting giveaways

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SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT Solutions Provider, celebrated Valentine’s Day with a series of heartwarming promotions and networking activities, spreading love and joy for customers across the country.

Connecting hearts from all around the world on social media, SLT-MOBITEL invited participants to share their loving memories for a chance to win movie tickets. Customers were also given the opportunity to dedicate romantic ringing tones to their loved ones by dialling special codes.

As part of the Valentine’s Day celebrations, SLT-MOBITEL also offered a special promotion, providing a special screening for the glamorous movie ‘Sihinayeki Adarey’, powered by SLT-MOBITEL. Furthermore, customers were treated to a surprise bonus of 10GB of free data upon recharging their SLT-MOBITEL mobile numbers with Rs. 500 or more through any banking app.

Taking love to the hill country, in a special engagement event at the Kandy City Centre, fans were able to participate in activities and interact with the ‘Sihinayeki Adarey’ cast including Hemal Ranasinghe, Sheshadri Priyasad, and many others.

Through these exciting promotions, SLT-MOBITEL helped spread love and joy this season while enhancing the customer experience with exclusive activities.

To discover more of SLT-MOBITEL’s Valentine’s Day promotions, visit https://www.facebook.com/SLTMobitel.

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Call for Proposals: Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2024

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The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) is inviting proposals for the Saman Kelegama Memorial Research Grant 2024. The grant is an annual, merit-based grant awarded to an outstanding undergraduate studying in a Sri Lankan university. It aims to promote policy entrepreneurs among undergraduates by encouraging policy-relevant, rigorous and innovative socio-economic research.

The grant was established in 2018 to honour Dr. Saman Kelegama’s legacy of independent research and public policy engagement in socio-economic development in Sri Lanka and the wider South Asian region. Dr. Kelegama was the Executive Director of the IPS from 1995 to 2017.

Fourth-year undergraduates studying economics or a related subject in a University Grants Commission approved university or higher education institution in Sri Lanka are eligible to apply. Proposals must be written according to the guidelines provided and emailed to tharakam@ips.lk on or before the submission deadline of 30 April 2024.

HOW WILL THE WINNER BE CHOSEN? The quality of the proposals will be judged for its policy relevance, feasibility, originality and creativity. Three finalists will be chosen and invited to present their proposals at the IPS, where the award recipient will be selected.

OUTCOMES OF THE GRANTS – The recipient will be expected to produce a Policy Discussion Brief within six months of receiving the grant. The research report can be written individually or jointly with an IPS senior researcher.

BENEFITS OF THE GRANT – The beneficiary will be awarded a one-time research grant of LKR 200,000 to carry out the proposed research and a three-month internship at the IPS. The recipient will be able to seek guidance from senior researchers and benefit from IPS resources to complete the proposed study during the internship. To enable students from all over Sri Lanka to benefit from this opportunity, the terms of the internship will be flexible. The internship can either be a fully in-house internship at IPS, or it can be an in-house plus online internship. In the case of the second option, the in-house component of the internship should be at least six weeks. To encourage research dissemination, an additional subsidy will be provided for presenting the research findings at local conferences and workshops.

Important Dates

30 April 2024 – Deadline for Submission of Proposals

01 June 2024 – Announcement of Finalists

23 June 2024 – Announcement of the Winner

Further information is available at: https://www.ips.lk/saman-kelegama-memorial-research-grant/

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