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SampathCards rolls out a wide range of additional discounts and benefits



Darshin Pathinayake, Assistant General Manager - Card Centre, Sampath Bank

SampathCards announced the roll-out of a wide range of additional discounts and benefits to deliver tidings of great joy to Sampath Credit and Debit Cardholders during the festive season.

Savings of up to 50% are on offer at leading partner outlets around the island, across diverse categories – from clothing, eyewear, footwear and kids wear to jewellery and watches to electronics, furniture, home care products as well as groceries and other everyday essentials, healthcare and insurance, online shopping, auto care and a whole lot more.

Adding to cardholders’ cheer during the holidays, the privileges on offer are part of SampathCards’ year-round efforts to thank cardholders for being card-wise with Sampath Bank and rewarding them for the same.

“Serving as the responsible choice, SampathCards has always strived to offer cardholders greater value all through the year by ensuring that our products, services and benefits are aligned with their evolving lifestyle and choices. Year after year, we have helped cardholders dial up the festivities during the holidays with additional offers at a growing number of partnering merchants around the country,” said Darshin Pathinayake, Assistant General Manager – Card Centre, Sampath Bank. “Thanking them for choosing SampathCards, we are delighted to extend an even wider range of discounts and privileges during this festive season. We invite all Sampath Credit and Debit Cardholders to avail these offers discounts and enjoy the holidays with their loved ones.”

Cardholders can up their fashion quotient with discounts of up to 40% being offered by SampathCards at country’s most loved fashion and retail brands including House of Fashions, Nolimit, Glitz, Shirtworks, Uptown Liberty Plaza, Diliganz, Kelly Felder, Fashion Bug, Spring & Summer, Cool Planet, Hameedia, Clarks, Asics, U.S. Polo Assn., Crocodile, Adidas, Under Armour .etc

They can also get the right footwear and eyewear to complete their look thanks to the savings of up to 25% on offer at Bata, DSI, DSI Premier, Genelle and Helanka and discounts of up to 30% at Albert Edirisinghe, DS Jayasinghe, Eagle Vision, Eric Rajapaksha, George Goonarathne, Samarasinghe Opticians, Techno Vision, and Wickramarachchi Opticians.

Please visit to view the complete list of offers or call 011 2300 604.

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Seven factors of concern at upcoming Monetary Policy Review



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



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



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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