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SLT ranked among ‘10 Most Admired Companies’ of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has been recognised among the ‘10 Most Admired Companies in 2020’ for its continuous efforts in empowering Sri Lankans, spanning over 162 years. The prestigious title is presented to SLT for being a role model to other organizations and entrepreneurs through their remarkable financial achievements and their valuable contribution to society.

Commenting on this award, Rohan Fernando, chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom said, “It is an absolute privilege for SLT to be named amongst the most successful businesses in the island that have showcased excellence in leadership and integrity. It is crucial for our country to have companies that give back to our society and have a common goal of uplifting the nation through innovation. Throughout the years, SLT has launched countless initiatives and partnerships to support individuals, organizations, professional bodies, schools, and hospitals to have the necessary ICT infrastructure enabling national economic growth and development. Despite facing unforeseen challenges this year, SLT was able to remain resilient and committed to providing unparalleled connectivity solutions to enhance the lives of Sri Lanka’s future generations.”

The Most Admired Company Awards is an annual event hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) among others. The selection process includes a survey that requests the public to vote for the companies they admire. The companies are ranked upon a thorough evaluation conducted by an eminent panel of judges who asses the company in terms of financial performance as well as their impact on employees, customers, investors, and the community.

“As the national telecommunication service provider, we have a responsibility to deliver the best products and services to our community. It is both a humbling and rewarding experience to be part of the coveted ‘Top 10 Admired Companies’ in Sri Lanka. We played a significant role in connecting the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic through continued investments in infrastructure, and this recognition is a reflection of how SLT has been successful in enriching the lives of so many across the country.” said Kiththi Perera, Chief Executive Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom reflecting on SLTs recognition among the best companies in Sri Lanka.

With the purpose of bringing Sri Lankans together, SLT has successfully laid out fibre optic networks across the country for nearly 50,000 kilometers. SLT’s national backbone network and Data Centers also serves as a veritable asset in the country’s development by fulfilling the needs of all ICT operators in the country. Establishing its excellence beyond the country, SLT has also positioned itself as a key global player by connecting Sri Lanka to the world through international submarine cable systems through SEA-ME-WE cable consortium.



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Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan owned company to receive FAMI-QS certification

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Farmchemie has obtained FAMI-QS certification being the first Sri Lankan owned company certified with FAMI-QS. FAMI-QS stands for Feed Additive and pre-MIxture Quality System, which compromises the safety of animal feed and the quality of processed goods in accordance with European regulation no. 183/2005 on animal feed. Farmchemie is a BOI approved leading manufacturer and exporter of animal feed additives and nutritional supplements in Asia. Farmchemie is equipped with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility from Bühler, Switzerland to offer quality assured manufacturing services for world-renowned European brands as well as own brands under Farmstar. Farmchemie has already established their presence in numerous international markets such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, Lebanon, UAE, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mongolia, Cambodia and Uganda. FAMI-QS will enable them to expand their markets including the European and USA.

“We are honoured to announce that Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan-owned company to be certified with FAMI-QS in combination with ISO 9001: 2015 and Good Manufacturing Practices certification for animal feeding. By attaining FAMI-QS, we are able to anticipate the expectations of our clients for safe, high-quality goods by lowering the related risk and enhancing the quality of onsite feeds via a supply chain that is properly guaranteed. For that Farmchemie implements measures for Feed Fraud and Feed Defense according to FAMI-QS supply chain integrity module V2. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our customers and suppliers for their continued support and dedication. We look forward to elevating the firm to new heights in the coming months and years, as our aims will always be centered on quality assurance and innovative manufacturing.” Managing Director Uditha Wanigasinghe stated.

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Exports Gold Award for Textrip

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Textrip Pvt Ltd, the export arm of the Elasto Group, was recently recognized, as the gold award winner for rubber and rubber-based products, medium scale category at the NCE Export Awards ceremony held recently in Colombo. The Chairman and Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera accepted the award at the gala event held at Shangri La Hotel. The national export awards ceremony, organized by the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), recognizes and rewards Sri Lankan exporters on their performance in the international market.

“We always strive to manufacture high-quality rubber-based goods, using the latest technology, adhering to the highest international standards, and showcasing Sri Lanka on the global stage. I would like to thank our clients, locally and internationally for their continuous trust and my staff for their hard work and dedication. They are the pillars of our success,” Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera stated. Textrip products have obtained a number of national and international quality standards such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, CET, REACH and their products are designed to adhere to the ‘Wellness Wisdom’ theme. The company works with over 100 top sports and wellness brands and exports to more than 30 countries including European countries and the United States. TEXSTRETCH Progressive Exercise Resistance Bands is one of the most popular products of the company. The product is a great full-body workout solution for users of any level.

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Sri Lanka Tourism returns to Spanish market after pandemic

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Spain is one of the fastest recovery markets for Sri Lanka Tourism after the pandemic and participation in FITUR argues well for the much-needed exposure for Sri Lanka as an attractive tourism destination for Spanish-speaking countries, contributing in a substantive manner to its overall growth strategy. Sri Lanka Tourism made the presence with the 28 private sector companies at 43rd edition of FITUR International Travel Mart which was held from 18- 22 January 2023, Madrid, Spain. FITUR is the largest tourism event in the Spanish Market where all the sectors leisure, business and MICE tourism meet under one roof.

Sri Lanka Tourism stall was ceremonially opened by Mr.Chalaka Gajabahu ,Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Barcelona, Mr. Agustin Llana and representatives of the leading private sector members of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka was able to attract high level of attention from the trade and travel visitors attended at the event. The Sri Lanka pavilion highlighted many aspects of its potential culture, beauty, Ayurveda and many more which Sri Lanka would offer as a tourism destination. Sri Lanka stand optimized the “So Sri Lanka” and “Visit Sri Lanka” vivid sights to attract the potential visitor segments. At the Sri Lanka pavilion, Ceylon tea was served for the visitors with a view of promoting Ceylon tea in the Spanish market.

On the sideline of the FITUR travel fair, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Burau officials participated at the events organized by the UNWTO. During the events, SLTPB officials met with the Mr.Harry Hwang , Director of Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO.As a result of discussions, Mr.Harry Hwang has shown the interest to hold the UNWTO Joint commission in Sri Lanka in 2024.

Meantime, the SLTPB and Sri Lanka Embassy of France also took steps to arrange Business Meetings, exclusive media interviews, Air Line meetings at the FITUR 2023. The Media gathering conducted during the fair created the great opportunity to highlight the updates on the destination and create awareness on the destination.

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