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Top policymakers to speak at Sri Lanka Investment Forum 2021

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The Board of Investment, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Colombo Stock Exchange is all set to unveil the first ever virtual platform in Sri Lanka to attract foreign investments and Asia’s first and largest Virtual Investor Forum from 7th to 9th June 2021.

The event will provide an overall experience and comprehensive understanding on the FDI and Capital Market opportunities in Sri Lanka. Directed with this purpose, event schedule is enriched with 50+ sessions covering two time zones and expert insight from diverse industries.

Sharing perspective on policy and government, the event will carry addresses delivered by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The event will also see addresses by Ali Sabry, Minister of Justice, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms and Nalaka Godahewa, State Minister of Urban Development,Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness.

Day 1 will feature keynote speeches from Dr. P.B Jayasundara, Secretary to the President who will deliver a keynote address on the National Policy Framework. Prof. W.D. Lakshman- Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Sajith Attygalle – Secretary to Treasury will be part of a panel discussion on Charting Sri Lanka’s Economic Trajectory. Viraj Dayaratne Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission, Sanjaya Mohottala, Chairman BOI and Dumith Fernando, Chairman, CSE will also deliver keynotes during the Day 1 plenary sessions.

Day 2 will include speeches from Lalith Weeratunga Principal Advisor to the President, Suresh de Mel- Chairman EDB, Janaka Ratnayake- Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, Pasan Wanigasekara Director General, Board of Investment, Ms. Kimarli Fernando, Chairperson Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Mr. Oshadha Senanayake, Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka. Ms. J.M. Bhadranie Jayawardhana – Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Ananda Dharmapriya- Director General, Department of Commerce will join as panelists in a Deep Dive forum on Trade while Mrs Geethanjali Ranawaka –  ‎Director General · ‎National Intellectual Property Office will participate in a session focusing on the Intellectual Property Framework.

Day 3 will feature keynotes addresses by Prof. Lalith Gamage, Chairman, ICTA and Dr. (Mrs) A A I N Wickramasinghe, Director, Department of Foreign Exchange, Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Ms. Yvette Fernando – Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Jayantha Fernando -Director/Legal Advisor, ICTA will be part of sessions focusing on the Banking Sector and Cyber & Data Protection Frameworks respectively.

Further details can be found at www.invest-srilanka.lk .



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U.S. confident SL would ensure required facilitation for U.S. investors

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Sri Lankan government has pledged to address the pending policy issues and I am confident that once the pandemic subsides, concrete efforts will begin to improve ease of doing business and ensure the required facilitation for US investors, Martin Kelly, Charge d’ Affairs of the Embassy of the United States of America in Sri Lanka said recently speaking at the Sri Lanka Invest Forum 2021 held virtually through June 7-9, 2021

“Sri Lanka was among the first countries in the region to open its economy and offers the highest standards of living among other advanced indicators in South Asia. Over the last seventeen years, the country continued to transition from an agriculture commodity based economy to become world leader in textile and apparel, a major exporter of IT and communication related services and of course a world class destination for international tourists,” he said.

“Promoting trade and investment opportunities is one of the embassy’s top priorities, and a vital component of our efforts to encourage private sector led development and toward stronger ties between the two countries,” he said.

Kelly said that the government of Sri Lanka has promoted pro-business policies including tax benefits, to attract the U.S. and other foreign direct investments.

 

 

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ComBank donates ICU beds to Kegalle Teaching Hospital

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Commercial Bank Chairman Justice K. Sripavan and Managing Director S. Renganathan with representatives of the Bank and the Kegalle Hospital

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has donated three Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds to the Teaching Hospital Kegalle, which receives over 80,000 admissions and 350,000 clinic visits, annually. The donation was made following a request from the hospital and will help it to provide seamless healthcare services to prevent non-pandemic related morbidities and mortalities while also treating patients who are COVID-19 positive.

The CSR Trust of the Bank has already gifted medical equipment and gear including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits, face masks, surgical masks, hand sanitisers, Slit lamps, pulse oximeters, multipara monitors and oxygen concentrators to over 16 government hospitals. Commercial Bank also made a monetary donation to the National COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund set up by the government last year.

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Trading activity gets slower among retail investors

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Lankem Ceylon Rights Issue undersubscribed.

By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

Stock trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) was marginally positive yesterday and the number of retail investor participation was lower compared to previous trading days. Index heavy LOLC group which accounted for more than 30 percent of the turnover, contributed 20 points to the All Share Price Index, stock market analysts said.

Both indices moved upwards. All Share Price Index was up by 35.75 points and S&P SL20 up by 2.01 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.74 billion sans a single crossing. In the retail market top six companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were LOLC Rs 510 million (1.28 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 197 million (4.1 million shares traded), Melstacorp Rs 137 million (2.6 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 71.5 million (11.3 million shares traded), Windforce Rs 68.2 million (3.5 million shares traded) and Hayleys Holdings Rs 54.8 million (730,000 shares traded).

Index heavy LOLC, which contributed 20 points to the All Share Price Index, appreciated its share price by Rs 18.75 or 4.85 percent. Its share price started trading at Rs 386.25 and at the end of the day it moved up to Rs 405.

A pioneer in renewable energy, Vidullanka PLC has successfully completed raising additional capital of Rs. 253 million to fuel its expansion drive in the solar power sphere.

Lankem Ceylon Plc, Rs. 677 million worth Rights Issue has been undersubscribed. When the issue closed the Company managed to draw only subscriptions for 17.6 million shares worth Rs. 352.3 million. The original plan was to issue 33.85 million shares at Rs. 20 each aiming at raising Rs. 677 million. The basis was one new ordinary share for every one share held. Funds were to be raised to augment working capital requirements.

During the day 67.9 million share volumes changed hands in 17564 share transactions.

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