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Seylan Bank hosts webinar for SMEs on taxation and benefits

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Ranil Dissanayake- Assistant General Manager – Branch Credit – Seylan Bank

Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart, recently hosted its latest webinar for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) titled, “Taxation for SMEs and Reliefs Offered during COVID-19 Period”. Always focused on SMEs and with the wellbeing of the ‘backbone of the economy at heart, Seylan Bank continues to add value to the industry with this webinar, with an aim to support growth and provide holistic solutions for these businesses by enhancing their knowledge.

The seminar, conducted by Deepani Herath, Senior Consultant on Tax Services to Price Water House Coopers and former Deputy Commissioner General of the Inland Revenue Department, focused on educating SME customers on the importance of meeting tax obligations and assisting them in ascertaining their tax dues. It explained the provisions for relief within the system, enabling them to make use of tax reductions made possible by the authorities. Participating SMEs were also educated on the concessions provided to businesses in light of COVID-19, enhancing their understanding of tax liabilities and tax assessment, options to extend the period of payment for tax arrears and the extension of bank guarantees and non-refundable deposits. The session also covered maintaining the accuracy of financial statements, VAT compliance and other related areas.

Deepani Herath is a lecturer at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the University of Colombo and has lectured at Sri Jayawardanapura University, Sri Lanka Institute of Taxation and the Association of Accounting Technicians Sri Lanka. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colombo and a BA in Economics with a First Class from the University of Sri Jayawardanapura. Ms Herath contributed in preparing “Sri Lanka Tax Cases Volume IV”, and “Manual of Income Tax law 2000/2001.2001/2002,2002/2003”. 

“As a Bank that expanded to the outskirts of the country from its inception to support the small and medium scale entrepreneurs building businesses from the ground up, Seylan Bank has always been aggressive in its support of SMEs. As the Bank with a Heart, we are driven by a desire to share knowledge and enable businesses to transform. With current market dynamics, we decided to conduct this webinar to help SMEs understand their tax obligations and legitimate ways of reducing their tax liability so that they can succeed and contribute to the success of the nation.” said Ranil Dissanayake, Assistant General Manager – Branch Credit at Seylan Bank, explaining the bank’s commitment to small and medium enterprises.

Small and Medium Enterprises form the largest component of the formal economy and were some of the most affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout from it. However, they have also remained the most resilient and entrepreneurial in the face of adversity. The bank with a gamut of financial services, regional SME Hubs to expedite facility approvals and dedicated ‘SME Relationship Officers’ to support businesses not just in acquiring funds, but in managing and utilising them optimally, is fully geared to support this vital sector of the economy. 

Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart, operates with a vision to offer the ultimate banking experience to its valued customers through cutting-edge technology, innovative products, and best-in-class service. The Bank has a growing clientele of SMEs, Retail and Corporate Customers and has expanded its footprint with 172 branches across the country, 216 ATM units, 70 Cash Deposit Machines (CDM) and 83 Cheque Deposit Kiosks (CDK). Seylan Bank has been endorsed as a financially stable organisation with performance excellence across the board by Fitch Ratings, with the bank’s national long-term rating revised upward, from ‘A-(lka)’ to ‘A (lka)’. The bank was ranked second among public listed companies for transparency in corporate reporting by Transparency Global. Seylan Bank has also been named the Most Popular Banking Service Provider in Sri Lanka in Customer Experience by LMD consecutively in 2019 and 2020. These achievements are a testament to Seylan Bank’s financial stability and unwavering dedication to ensuring excellence across all endeavours.

 

 



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Rupee devaluation, high shipping rates hurt tea prices at Colombo auctions

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by Steve A. Morrell

The Sri Lankan rupee weakening against the US dollar coupled with surging shipping rates reflected adversely on tea prices at the Colombo auctions.

This contributed to regressive price trends in Colombo, Forbes & Walker (F&W) said in its weekly Tea Market report.

The average for April 2021 was Rs. 627. 41 in comparison to Rs. 689.18 the corresponding month in 2020, indicating a minus variant Rs. 61. 77.

Brokering sources collectively said such price trends could result in negative market conditions seriously affecting profits at producer levels.

The depreciation of currencies in importer countries also contributed to depleting prices in Colombo apart from other allied trading disruptions, they said.

Commenting on the National auction average for April 2021, JKH Tea Brokers warned that the declining trend caused by the fall of the rupee against the dollar would trigger further minuses that could be foreseen at future auctions as well.

They said all elevations showed minus variances with low growns recording a higher minus variance of Rs. 93.43 per kilo.

Nevertheless, commenting on positive results for flowery grades at last week’s auctions, they said these grades fetched prices ranging from Rs. 2,300 to Rs. 3,000. per kilo. Quantities, although relatively small, impacted on the overall prices for the week.

The better known garden marks in the Uva High catalogue showed quality trends setting in with prices of Rs. 800 or more. Some Nuwara Eliya garden marks as well were in the Rs. 950 range of the price table.

Comparing production in most tea producing countries, China, India and Kenya were among the first three in production position in the world. Sri Lanka, producing 278.7 million kilos, was fourth in line.

Tip world producers include Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Malawi, Uganda, and Tanzania, apart from Argentina supplying Tea to the US market.

Sri Lanka also exports to the US market but in irregular quantities.

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Mobiglotech Blockchain Corp seeks investment for EXIP Project

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To become a billion dollar company by 2025

The EXIP project, Mobiglotech Blockchain Corp’s flagship initiative in partnership with Dev Ceylon Holdings and Niftron, is looking for a US$ one million investment to become a billion dollar company by 2025.

The EXIP project, themed as ‘By Community for Community’, is expected to create independence on the internet and ensure it remains neutral of any political affiliations.

‘’EXIP ecosystem is custom built to the needs of any individual, private or government institution where they can have the ownership of their domain or TLD other than rent it from present service providers. In future, depending on the way the world is moving with blockchains and decentralizations, all aspects of the project will be decentralized and the community will control it without any monopoly”, says Shashi Meghawarna, the founder and CEO of Mobiglotech, the world’s first decentralized domain and TLD name service.

“We will build this project in such a way that all users have equal rights to access and anyone will be able to create domains and top-level domains whose ownership will be identified through Non fungible tokens’’, he added.

The internet transformed the way we carry out transactions, communicate, share information, promote business, entertain, study and so forth. Nevertheless, the internet was never properly designed for such a global role, he noted.

On the other hand, some organizations have the power to seize, revoke, dismiss, and permanently erase any domain from existence. Once the EXIP project is completed, the community would be able to decide all the major actions in the system based on their voting such as removing or banning a domain or a user, he further said.

EXIP is specially designed to decentralize the internet and overcome the monopolistic control over domains and TLDs. While providing the connectivity of an internet, it assures full security similar to an intranet.

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Contactless payments from Sri Lanka Insurance

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Sri Lanka Insurance the national insurer has facilitated an array of payment channels at this hour of need honouring customer needs while ensuring their safety and wellbeing.

Sri Lanka Insurance customers can enjoy uninterrupted service through an array of online service platforms without having physical contact during the current pandemic situation

SLIC policy holders can renew their insurance policies and make premium payments via Sri Lanka Insurance Customer Portal www.srilankainsurance.net and SLIC mobile App is available to download on Apple App Store and Google Playstore to fulfill various insurance needs.

Keeping in line mobile payment facilities including Genie, FriMi, mCash and eZ cash are available and further direct bank payments facilities are also available through Sampath Bank (Life – 092960000104 / General – 002960001543 ) , Commercial Bank (Life – 1484444444/ General- 1480020022), People’s Bank ( Life -014100120112337/General – 014100160112335), Bank of Ceylon ( Life -0000164657/General-0000000464), Hatton National Bank (Life -003010313831/General 003010011166 ),National Savings Bank (Life -100011141139) Nations Trust Bank ( Life -011106000275 ), Seylan Bank ( General -086433464695001) for the premium payments.

Established in 1962, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation is the largest government-owned insurance company in Sri Lanka, with a managed asset base of over Rs.212 billion and a Life fund of Rs. 117 billion, the largest in the local insurance industry. The company is also the first and only local insurer to secure Fitch Ratings AA (lka) rating for its long-term financial stability and sustainability and also Sri Lanka Insurance ranked as the ‘Most Valuable General Insurance Brand’, and ‘Most Loved Insurance Brand’ and the 3rd Most Loved Consumer Brand in the country by Brand Finance. The national insurer is on a mission of being a customer focused company which constantly innovates in providing insurance services to customers and is now serves customers through an extensive network of 158 branches.

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