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.
HNB promotes cashless transactions; joins CBSL’s ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign
Chief Guest for the event Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal, CBSL Deputy Governor and National Payments Council chairperson Yvette Fernando, and CBSL Payments and Settlements Director D. Kumaratunge with HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo as he completes a transaction via HNB SOLO at a merchant stall
HNB PLC, partnered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to promote the Colombo-leg of ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign at Diyatha Uyana, to raise awareness and encourage the public towards cashless payments.
Having already linked LANKA QR to its digital payment app HNB SOLO, the bank was among other financial institutions and telecommunication partners in joining efforts to make cashless QR-code based payments the standard for mobile phones and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy Sri Lanka.
“We are entering a new era of financial technology, where almost all of our daily transactions will require no physical banknotes, but just a smartphone and internet connection with our bank account integrated to a digital payment app.
The Central Bank’s national directive for banks and financial institutions to adopt and integrate LANKA QR into their existing digital payment solutions has prompted an aggressive onboarding of merchants to the new payment solution across the country. With our extensive customer base, SOLO is no doubt a significant contributor to this innovative initiative,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.
The Colombo-leg of the ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign raised awareness regarding SOLO’s many facilities, including zero human interaction, efficiency, and eliminated risks that influenced many vendors to come on board.
Sri Lanka Insurance posts a staggering revenue of Rs. 55.2 billion during 2020
Amidst the turbulent and challenging year Sri Lanka Insurance has closed year 2020 on a positive note recording phenomenal revenue growth with exceptional service innovations.
Sri Lanka Insurance the premier insurer to the nation recorded stellar performance in 2020 to record Rs. 55.2 billion revenue for the year, a marked improvement on the Rs.48.6 billion in the year 2019, a press release said.
It adds – In the year of 2020 Sri Lanka Insurance reported 30 % growth in life insurance premium increasing to Rs.19.2 billion whilst general insurance reported 7% growth in premium grew to Rs. 20.1 billion. The company achieved a combined Gross Written Premium (GWP) growth rate of 17 % during the year. General insurance contributed 51% towards the total GWP whilst Life Insurance contributed 49 %.
‘In continuing with its tradition of leadership, Sri Lanka Insurance in 2020 surpassed its own record to declare a sum of Rs.8.2 billion as bonus to policyholders. The cumulative life insurance bonus paid out during the past 10 years tops a massive Rs.54 billion making the SLIC bonus payout unmatchable.
‘As the national insurer we have witnessed yet another challenging year and the consequences brought out by pandemic outbreak urged us to conduct our business operations in a more empathetic manner. SLIC has always taken the lead to protect the nation and during this difficult time Sri Lanka Insurance launched many initiatives to sustain country’s health defenses while ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted insurance service.
‘As the pioneering insurance company in Sri Lanka we are in the forefront to inculcate the importance of insurance to the masses as a national responsibility on our shoulders. We will further strengthen internal capabilities to serve the nation through innovative and affordable insurance solutions which cater to all Sri Lankans under the ‘Insurance for All” concept. Even though the times are defining we will continue protecting our nation turning obstacles into opportunities.’ noted .Jagath Wellawatta, chairman of SLIC.
Bank of Ceylon empowering nation with Lanka Q
The Bank of Ceylon in its mission to assist the government initiative to empower Sri Lanka through digital technology is joining the customer awareness campaign of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s Lanka QR digital platform.
Bank of Ceylon had its most recent major awareness programs in Borella and Maharagama along with the other branches in Colombo District in line with the Central Bank’s main program held in “Diyatha Uyana” with the participation of all Lanka QR certified banks on the same day.
Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has organized a series of awareness and promotion campaigns for popularizing Lanka QR with the participation of all Lanka QR certified financial institutions throughout the country with the aim of speeding up the customer adaptation process towards digital banking.
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