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Work commences on project to establish a Central Counter Party system for the stock market

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Sunil Lankathilake,Chairman of the joint Committee

The project to launch a CCP system for equities was formally launched at a Joint Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) – Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) meeting held at the SEC recently.

The Chairman of the SEC Viraj Dayaratne PC who chaired the meeting said that he was happy that steady progress was being made on the continuous development of the market infrastructure. He emphasized that this project should also be completed on time in the same way the Delivery vs Payment (DvP) project was completed since this will significantly enhance the post trade risk management of the equity market. He further stated that the new SEC Act has all the enabling provisions to facilitate the implementation of a CCP mechanism.

The meeting was attended by SEC Commissioner Sunil Lankathilake who is the Chairman of the joint Committee, the Director General of the SEC Chinthaka Mendis, the Director Surveillance and Acting Director Capital Market Development SEC Prabash Wanigatunge and senior SEC officials. The CSE was represented by Chairman Dumith Fernando, CSE Directors Dilshan Wirasekera and Suren De Silva, Chief Executive Officer of the CSE Rajeeva Bandaranaike, the Chief Regulatory Officer Renuke Wijayawardhane and senior CSE officials.

The Chairman of the Joint committee Lankathilaka emphasised on the importance of studying the practices adopted in other jurisdictions in facilitating a CCP mechanism in order to identify the most suited model for the Sri Lankan market. Further, he stated that as the next step business model for a CCP system will be finalised based on which a project plan will be developed to ensure the successful implementation of the initiative within a specified time frame.

Chinthaka Mendis Director General SEC stated that the CCP business model should be developed in a cost effective manner which would benefit all stakeholders in the market.

Dumith Fernando Chairman CSE commenting on the initiative said that this was part of the plan agreed upon with the SEC to first introduce DvP and then establish a CCP and said that he was satisfied that both phases of the project are getting implemented as scheduled. He further stated that the business model has to be agreed upon and the inception report that was already prepared by the CCP consultants could be utilized for this purpose.

Rajeeva Bandaranaike Chief Executive Officer CSE made a presentation to the committee covering the overall scope of the CCP implementation.

A CCP can offer significant benefits to the Financial Market in Sri Lanka and can be considered as part of the critical Financial Market Infrastructure that is needed and is of national interest.



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CSE Director Board appoints new chairman

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The Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) Dumith Fernando who has served in this role since July 01, 2020, has informed the Board of his intention to retire by rotation on June 23, 2022 at the conclusion of his current term as a Director. Subsequently, at its regular monthly board meeting held on May 19th, 2022, the Board of the CSE has elected Director Dilshan Wirasekara to succeed Fernando as Chairman with effect from June 24th, 2022. Wirasekara is currently Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC.According to the Articles of Association of the CSE, it’s Chair is chosen from among the five Directors elected by the members of the CSE. The appointment of Wirasekara is in line with the CSE’s normal board succession practice.

The outgoing Chairman Fernando said that “We are very pleased with the advancement of the CSE in the last 2 years. The market has set records across capital raising, trading volumes and participation alongside significant wealth creation for investors. The CSE is also financially stronger than it has ever been, and I am pleased to hand over my role following the institution’s highest-ever profitability and capital reserves position. Credit for this is due to my fellow board members, management and staff as well as all those stakeholders who collaborated with us including our regulator the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and the stock broking and investor communities.”

Commenting on the appointment of his successor, he further stated “I have had the pleasure of serving as a Director with Dilshan for five years where he has been a critical and energetic member of the board. The board and I have full confidence that he will continue to work with all stakeholders to build on our recent efforts to transform into a modern-day multi-product exchange. I look forward to supporting Dilshan over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.”Wirasekara thanked both the outgoing chairman for his leadership of the CSE over the last 2 years and the CSE Board for the confidence placed in him. He further stated, “I hope to continue the good progress at the CSE and look forward to working with the Board and the CSE team together with the regulator and the industry to advance our ambitious capital market development plans.”

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SLIM Research Bureau embarks on a mission to promote fair trade in Sri Lanka

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As corporates and consumers globally are shifting towards best practices such as sustainability, inclusivity, and most importantly, equality to all, “fairness” has become a significant part of how business and buyer decisions are made.With this in mind, SLIM Research Bureau, the research arm associated with the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), recently signed an agreement with Fairtrade NAPP at SLIM Home, in aspiration of promoting fair trade and consumption of fairly traded products in the local market of Sri Lanka.Through this collaboration, SLIM Research Bureau and Fairtrade intends to launch a project – named “SRI-PROM” funded by AICS, the Italian Agency for Development Co-operation, and supported by Fairtrade Italy – that aims to contribute to the social and economic strengthening of rural areas in Sri Lanka, through the development of much more profitable eco-sustainable supply chains for small farmers.

Commenting on the partnership, SLIM President Mr. Nuwan Gamage stated: “SLIM is thrilled to enter into this milestone partnership with Fairtrade NAPP to instil globally accepted best practices within the corporate circle that help achieve fair, equitable trade relationships. The project will be the first step in inviting businesses across industries to become a trailblazer that sets an example both in Sri Lanka and around the world. We look forward to expand these efforts further in the days to come.”The modern concept of fair trade refers to the ethical and sustainable sourcing of products, where workers and farmers at the foundational level of supply and value chains are treated fairly. This, in turn, offers consumers a powerful opportunity to reduce poverty through their purchases.

Fairtrade International Programme Consultant for Sri Lanka, Standards Committee Chair, and Oversight Committee Asia-Pacific Representative Mrs. Iresha Sanjeewanie noted: “Fairtrade takes a 360-degree approach to address a number of different issues and developmental challenges faced by small-scale producers and workers. Though Fairtrade Standards are a glum eye-opener into the implications of unfair trade, in a broader sense, it advocates reform-oriented research and pushes to raise the bar in trade.”

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Bank of Ceylon sponsors Annual Sand Paving Ceremony at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple Anuradhapura

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Invoking the blessings of the sacred “Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi” situated in the historic city of Anuradhapura, on the country and on all its citizens, for peace, harmony and prosperity, the Bank of Ceylon conducted its annual ceremony of strewing fresh sand which is known as “weli Athirime Pinkama” in “Uda Maluwa” recently.

The ceremony took place with the participation of the Bank’s General Manager K.E.D. Sumanasiri, DGM Corporate and Offshore Banking Priyal Silva, DGM Human Resource Dhamma Wijeyawardhene, DGM Branch operations and Development Banking Nilantha Meneripitiyage, AGM North Central Province Mahinda Bandara, AGM Marketing Aruna Hettiarachchi, AGM North Western Mrs.Ruchindra Perera and other staff members. The event was organized by the Bank’s Assistant General Manager North Central Province (NCP) G.K.G. Mahinda Bandara and staff members of the NCP province with the guidance of the Atamasthanadipathi of Anuradhapura, the Most Venerable Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero.

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