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1. Trainocate: Transforming youth skills for the future13:51[-/+]
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International Youth Day is commemorated every year on August 12th, bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. According to a UN report released on July 14th, 2022, the proportion of young people not in employment, education, or training (the youth NEET rate) has remained stubbornly high over the past 15 years and now stands at 30 percent for young women and 13 percent for young men worldwide.

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2. Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO conferred with Doctorate in Interior Designing11:30[-/+]
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In recognition of his expert knowledge and significant contribution to the field of interior designing more specifically on pioneering modular kitchens and home interiors, Kitchen & Bedroom’s Dr. Mohammed Rushmi Sacquaff was conferred with the title of Doctorate in Interior Designing by the American National Business University, Delaware, USA.

The University awarded Dr. Sacquaff a Honoris Causa Doctorate based on his past experiences and knowledge through the route of Accreditation of Prior Learning. This achievement reflects the continued passion and dedication of Dr. Sacquaff in being updated with emerging and contemporary themes in the interior space, further strengthening his capabilities and competencies together with his academic rigor.

Dr. Sacquaff was instrumental in the success and growth of Kitchen & Bedroom, steering it to be one of the most sought-after interior planning and designing outfits that brings out the perfect blend of luxury, comfort and functionality complementing today’s living spaces.

‘I am very delighted to been awarded a Doctorate. I firmly believe that learning is a never-ending journey and the more you have an aptitude to gain knowledge with an open mind, the more you are able to take on risks and challenges and explore new horizons. Sri Lanka has an incredible pool of creative and talented designers and I am committed to doing the best I can to uplift our potential in the global arena,’ said Dr. Sacquaff.

In his capacity as the Group CEO, Dr. Sacquaff continues to mentor and lead a diverse team of highly qualified and talented interior designers, inspiring them with refined artistry and craftsmanship and reinstating the values and customer-centric approach to every project, together with his wife Fathima Zuhara who is also a Director of Kitchen & Bedroom.

Last year, Dr. Sacquaff was named ‘Best CEO of the Year’ under the Platinum- Medium Category at BIO Awards, was recently conferred as Master Project Manager (MPM) and designated as Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management (FAAPM). Dr. Sacquaff was also named an Ambassador for Peace by the Centre for Peace Studies (CPS).

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3. Umesh Perera of Ayozat shows Sri Lankans the power of effective leadership07:23[-/+]
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Sri Lankan-born Umesh Perera is showing his country men and women the power of effective leadership by making waves in the global music industry through his tech company Ayozat while balancing life as a single father.

When COVID-19 brought about multiple lockdowns, Umesh used the time to start up his company Ayozat, which he runs from a home office in his family’s extended Edwardian cottage. While being the Founder of a game-changing tech company, Umesh is also a single father to six children from the ages of 10 to 21 years. His typical daily routine starts with waking up at 5am, reading hundreds of emails, conference calls with his teams in India and Singapore from 6am onwards, school runs at 8am to three different schools, and back to office by 9am where he liaises with the European offices. By 1pm, he is in the kitchen making lunch for his family. His three older children work for Ayozat on various projects while two of them balance work and studies. By 3pm, it’s a break from work to do the afternoon school run to pick up his 3 younger children. Back at home, he works till evening before cooking dinner for the whole family to enjoy together. Such single-minded devotion towards meeting the needs of six children while running a highly-successful international company resulted in him being picked the Super Dad by the Daily Mail on Father’s Day 2022.

Umesh Perera was born in Sri Lanka and then moved to the United Kingdom at a very early age. After graduating from high school, he went to De Montfort and Middlesex University for further studies whilst nurturing his passion for mathematics, technology, and computing. Ayozat is a broadcasting, production, and distribution company founded by Umesh in 2019. Ayozat is currently revolutionising the music industry by presenting the opportunity for music fans to earn royalties by part-owning iconic songs from today to yesteryear. During a distinguished career, in the aftermath of the Kosovo war, Umesh was part of the effort to repatriate more than a million refugees, where he collaborated with globally-renowned organisations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft and the United Nations. Such efforts made NATO and the Ministry of Defence to call upon his expertise to handle other refugee crises.

As a proprietary technology company with a unique broadcast network, Ayozat owns intellectual property and applications that include OTT platforms, TV channels, compression technology, gaming and advertising platforms. With its rising engagement among its audience and huge network points, Umesh has managed to grow the company with its reach spreading out to three continents of the world.

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4. The Digital Marketing Association of Sri Lanka hosts 1st Annual General MeetingСр, 10 авг[-/+]
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New president and Exco elected

The Digital Marketing Association of Sri Lanka (DMASL), Sri Lanka’s national body of digital marketers hosted its 1st Annual General Meeting on the 4th of August 2022. Umair Wolid was ceremoniously inducted as the new President of DMASL for the year 2022/2023 at the event. Additionally, a new Executive Committee was also appointed during the course of the event.

The DMASL was formed in 2021 in an effort to drive the growth of the digital marketing industry. The association plays a pivotal role in recognizing, representing, and supporting Sri Lanka’s digital marketing professionals. Since its inception, the DMASL has implemented professional standards, ethical guidelines and ensured best practices for Sri Lanka’s digital marketing industry.

The newly elected President of the DMASL commented on the event: “I am truly honoured and grateful to have been selected as President of the DMASL. I look forward to working with the entire digital marketing fraternity to help uplift the digital marketing industry in Sri Lanka. The DMASL was created as a platform for individuals to expand their knowledge and provide guidance on running digital businesses in an ethical manner. I look forward to the upcoming year and all the opportunities and challenges it will bring”.

The newly elected EXCO committee for the year 2022/23 includes; Kabeer Rafaideen, Muhammed Gazzaly, Niranka Perera, Rajitha Dahanayake, Jaque Perera, Prasad Perera, Udara Dharmasena, Lalinda Ariyaratna, Infas Iqbal, Amitha Amarasinghe, Sanjini Munaweera, Umair Wolid, Gayathri Seneviratne, Arjun Jeger, Shalendra Mendis and Shehan Selvanayagam.

Over the next year, the DMASL is looking to improve upon its previous efforts and continue implementing training sessions, knowledge sharing, and networking activities which will bring together different sectors in the industry.. The association will also be looking into integration of digital marketing into businesses, as it is an important element in Sri Lanka’s economic recovery. Another key area of focus for the DMASL is working in tandem with selected Government Organisations to help strategize Digital firsts and Digital marketing driven projects.

Umair Wolid- DMASL President

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5. The Nation’s Laptop Provider Introduces a Unified Digital Experience in Reinvented Tech CareПн, 08 авг[-/+]
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-Peace of Mind Delivered Online by Abans IT, the ICT Subsidiary of Abans PLC

Tieng up long-standing loose ends in IT-related service delivery in the Sri Lankan market, Abans IT, the Nation’s Laptop Provider has taken a progressive step towards devising a unified digital experience in reinvented tech care. Announcing the launch of fully-fledged cyberspace to offer its customers an extensive range of premier laptops & IT products from HP, MSI, Acer & Lenovo, Abans has taken some serious measures into strategizing a foolproof mechanism to deliver convenient & sophisticated service solutions that have been missing for so many years. Brought into life by the vision of Chathura Jayawardana, the director of Abans Information Systems & a veteran marketeer in collaboration with in-house customer care agents, IT professionals & tech support experts, Abans has set up an intuitively configured service-centric ecosystem where even non-tech savvy individuals find it easy to navigate & figure out solutions to all their tech troubles.

Featuring an explicitly elaborative & comprehensive portfolio of services, the visitors are offered distinctive options from connecting online for remote tech support to making online appointments to visit the Abans service center for major repairs & upgrades. You’re also given the convenience of being able to track your job online in real-time & 24/7 customer care with AI-powered chatbot assistance for a humanlike experience in your conversations. To make it even more accessible for those with little or no experience in dealing with tech issues, a separate tab of DIY (Do It Yourself) video tutorials are available for frequently asked questions so you can just watch & learn how to sort out minor issues by yourself.

With over decades-long trailblazing in introducing innovative technologies & creative tech solutions to Sri Lankan consumers, Abans believes that the elevated step to extended functionality & accessibility for professional IT services would unlock a whole new level of convenience for consumers & help build trust in Abans that has been in question when it comes to after-sales services.

Today with all the import restrictions, skyrocketing inflation & heavy taxes imposed on electronics, there’s no way you can afford even an entry-level laptop without burning a hole in your wallet. So, such an investment comes with a heavy level of liability in the back of your head & what Abans has to offer in terms of the product quality backed by an extended warranty & the trusted assurance of reinvented tech care could help you put your mind at ease knowing that you’re just a click away from having a team of professional experts waiting to help you out any time of the day.

The unmatched confidence & ease of access at all levels enable users to feel optimistic about the future that beholds immense opportunities & everything that keep you from exploring a tech-driven world is now eliminated with personalized service solutions offered to you in real-time.

With a combination of both online & offline service handles, users from across the island are allowed to connect online for remote tech support to resolve minor issues & based on technical diagnosis, you can proceed to make an online appointment to visit the Abans Service Center for getting your laptop repaired with professional care. Unlike the old times, you can put an end to the endless calling for an update with an online job tracking option that lets you check the job progress from your mobile anytime in real-time. What’s more, you can chat 24/7 with an advanced AI-powered chatbot that makes you feel as if you’re speaking to an actual customer care agent with as much precision & humanlike interaction to help you with all your queries. Not to mention, the live support of real customer care agents is just around the corner when you need it & to top it all off, Abans IT has a dedicated video library of DIY tutorials to help you figure out answers to the most commonly faced tech issues.

All in all, Abans IT, in a mission to reinvent tech care, has established some solid service pillars offering the Sri Lankan market a fair share of responsive & unified digital experience bridging a long-stood dispute between a great product & exceptional service!

Chathura Jayawardana
Director – Abans Information Systems
General Manager – Abans PLC

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6. Avtra celebrates its 5th anniversary creating impactful solutions for millions of travelersПн, 08 авг[-/+]
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Avtra, a world leader in providing research-backed cutting-edge technology solutions for the aviation and tourism sectors, recently commemorated its fifth-year anniversary, bringing together the highly talented and diverse team based in Colombo on an excursion and making a pledge to revolutionizing travel in the next 55 years. This incredible milestone, and what’s yet to come, hints to the growing resilience and agility of Avtra amidst the many unprecedented disruptions to the industry.

Backed by industry professionals with decades of experience, Avtra’s solutions are some of the most modern, versatile and innovative technological advancements used by renowned airlines, airports and travel companies worldwide.

Avtra is now gearing up to expand its talent pool to cater to the increasing demand and are actively looking for creative individuals in the areas of software development, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, and application support, to complement and sustain its ambitious commitment and excellence to design and build competitive solutions from the ground-up that are robust, secure, scalable and responsive.

“To all our employees, customers, stakeholders and friends – I thank you for your continued commitment to Avtra. We look forward to celebrating more success stories as we continue our quest to become the global aviation solutions provider of choice, bringing about innovations and immersive user experience for not only airlines and travel companies but also for travelers everywhere.”, the Avtra’s Co-Founder Amir Hashemi added.

“It’s been a spectacular journey for all of us here at Avtra as we celebrate five years of progressive success by working together in reinventing and reshaping the future of the airline and travel industries. Our people are our heroes, and their relentless dedication and passion is truly outstanding. Sri Lanka undoubtedly holds immense potential with access to diverse talent and skills in the technology sphere,” commented Avtra’s Co-Founder Nasly Yoosuf.

Yoosuf added, “We are embarking on an expansion drive to take on challenges and conquer new horizons by creating meaningful and impactful solutions that are faster, sturdier and more stable, lightweight, and far more cost-effective.”

One of its most sough-after products is the new-generation Avtra Skaii Passenger Service System (Avtra PSS) which provides airlines of any size and business model with a seamless reservation experience to their valuable passengers, by providing optimum operational scalability and flexibility that best suits their specific needs, and giving them an instant platform to sell tickets through Avtra’s back-office portal integrated with various distribution channels.

In addition, Avtra also offers an integrated departure control system (Avtra DCS) as well as a frequent flyer program (Avtra FFP), enabling airlines to manage the entire journey and passenger customer relationship process, in a centralized and cost-effective way. Other solutions include Avtra CRM, Avtra Weight & Balance (W&B) and Avtra ConnectOTA.

Avtra was named the winner under the consumer segment in the media, tourism and retail category at the prestigious APICTA Awards 2020-2021, and earlier this year was awarded two Silver awards for its Avtra Skaii Passenger Service System and Weight & Balance solutions at the National ICT Awards organized by the Sri Lankan section of the BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT.

Avtra also donated a tailored reservations system to Air Serv as part of its global initiative to support humanitarian endeavors in June this year, which will help increase the efficiency of the humanitarian organization’s air operations going forward.

Avtra is a specialist IT provider for the airline industry, with a state-of-the-art R&D center based in Colombo and sales and marketing offices in UAE and Cyprus. Avtra today is a result of many years of dedication and hard work. It has been built from scratch, incorporating the latest open technologies- in a multitiered modular architecture- allowing for the delivery of end-to-end inventory control and distribution for airlines of all sizes and business models. For more information about Avtra, please visit www.avtra.com

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7. Aqua Dynamics among 50 Best Workplaces in Sri LankaПт, 05 авг[-/+]
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Proving its passion and relentless commitment to create employee-rich experiences and great working atmosphere, Aqua Dynamics, one of the world’s most versatile action sports leader in the leisure sector, was recently ranked among 50 Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka for 2022, a list compiled by the global authority and pioneer in evaluating workplace cultures, Great Place to Work Institute.

Aqua Dynamics is no stranger to the list, having been named among 40 Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka last year in addition to making to the Best Workplaces in Asia under Large Category. Its workplace is consecutively assessed and recognized with the annually recurring Great Place to Work certification which speaks volumes about the company’s intention in sustaining a high-trust, high-performance culture.

Frank Ulmer, Managing Director of Aqua Dynamics (Pvt) Ltd, said ‘We are honored yet again to be recognized as one of the best workplaces in the country. This achievement is dedicated to all our employees whose resilience, commitment and loyalty goes beyond what words can describe.’

During the unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak, the company continued to tighten its policies and measures in ensuring health and safety of employees and took proactive steps in reinstating their confidence and wellbeing amidst the many uncertainties and prioritized in instilling a sense of security and comfort, paying full salaries, bonuses and benefits without any cuts.

Aqua Dynamics focuses on actively upskilling and enhancing the knowledge and skills of its employees, and strongly encourages its employees to take on risks and challenges, acknowledging them to make mistakes and grow. It pursues an open-door policy enabling any employee to raise concerns and speak up with active discussions with the Joint Workers Council to address gaps between the workforce and the management, and fosters an inclusive work environment honoring their diverse ideas and suggesstions.

The strongest indicator in its annual survey conducted among employees is ‘pride’, with employees positively willing to put in extra effort to get the job done. ‘We strive to foster a stimulating, stress-free environment where every employee can pursue and reach both their professional and personal goals and we always empower them to participate and contribute in all our company-wide efforts,’ added Lalindra Fernando, General Manager.

With over 2,200 employees, Aqua Dynamics has a diverse workforce with industry best practices on equity and inclusivity and has a zero-tolerance policy in harassment and discrimination.

Established in 1988, Aqua Dynamics has evolved from a windsurfing sail manufacturer to a leader in manufacturing tens of thousands of big boat sails, windsurfing sails, paragliders, surf kites, tents annually including cutting, printing, and accessories at its state-of-the-art 30,000 sqm workspace. The company today has an average global market share of 25pct in the leisure sports sector with plans underway to expand its capacity.

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8. Rootcode wins Startup of the Year and People’s Choice Award at SAARC Startup Awards 2022Пт, 05 авг[-/+]
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Rootcode, one of Sri Lanka’s leading tech companies, recently took home the “People’s Choice Award” in addition to being bestowed with the “Startup of the Year” title at the SAARC Startup Awards 2022. This regional recognition marks a significant milestone for the Sri Lankan tech space and workforce. Rootcode’s mission to build great tech is well underway, and it is gaining traction faster than ever.

This is the first time a Sri Lankan tech company has made a name for itself in the regional competition, and it is a watershed moment that has focused the global spotlight on Rootcode’s distinct approach to fostering innovation in Sri Lanka. This is also the first time that a Sri Lankan company was able to take home two awards of those presented at the SAARC Startup Awards.

Global Startup Awards SAARC celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship and promotes bridging boundaries through innovation in its regions, which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, by recognizing them with its most prestigious awards program, attended by top-notch entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, and ecosystem builders from Nordic, Central Europe, SAARC, and ASEAN regions.

Every year, the SAARC Startup Awards bring together hundreds of South Asian startups, entrepreneurs, investors, co-working spaces, and accelerators to provide a platform to highlight trailblazers in the region’s startup world. Rootcode was chosen ahead of dozens of other regional tech startups in the competition.

Sri Lanka is a relative newcomer to the South Asian startup fraternity, and Rootcode’s ability to represent the country on the global stage not long after its inception is remarkable.

“We are extremely humbled and honored by the support shown to us at the SAARC Startup Awards 2022, and being recognized under two categories is a huge milestone for us,” said the CEO and Founder of Rootcode Labs, Alagan Mahalingam. “We have always been driven forward by excellence, collaboration, and integrity, which I believe is the reason why we have come so far and why Rootcode continues to grow every day.”

Rootcode is driven by its focus on helping businesses build great tech not just locally but globally, and its achievement at the SAARC awards stands as a testament to that. Despite the challenging times, this is a win for Sri Lanka.

One of Rootcode’s primary goals is to contribute to Sri Lanka’s economic development by empowering and nurturing the tech ecosystem while taking Sri Lankan ingenuity to the world. “We are happy to have been recognized as a successful startup working to shape a powerful and prosperous Sri Lanka. “Our community is always the driving force behind everything we do, we thank all our team members, customers, partners, and allies that inspire us to keep making a difference. Winning this award was a team effort made possible by our incredible Rootcoders”, said Mangala Perera, COO of Rootcode Labs.

Rootcode, a growing household name in the global tech space, offers innovative solutions to businesses in 29 industries worldwide, assisting them in adapting to the ever-changing realities of business and technology. Its technology has impacted over 79 million people by providing solutions in mobile apps, web apps, data analytics, UI/UX design, machine learning, AI, and cloud. Rootcode continues to grow its workforce of 95 team members to secure its standard of excellence on an international scale.

Rootcode recently launched its new divisions, Rootcode AI, which provides innovative AI solutions to brands, and Rootcode Studio, one of Sri Lanka’s first premium design studios, focusing on end-to-end design. While Rootcode’s products are primarily targeted at markets in Europe, the United States, and Asia, it has a larger vision to expand into diversified markets with a broader range of products and services.

Rootcode has expanded beyond its humble beginnings. Its headquarters is based in Sri Lanka, with corporate offices in Estonia and USA. Rootcode also hopes to expand its capabilities even further in the near future by collaborating with new industries through its new arms.

Rootcode is equipped with the potential to put Sri Lanka on the map of top-tier technological innovation. It provides great skill development and expertise to its workforce and leverages their skills to provide cutting edge solutions for its customers. The wins at SAARC Awards prove Rootcode’s commitment to positioning Sri Lanka as a great innovation hub and show that Rootcode is on its way to making greater things happen in the future.

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9. Embrace tranquillity at Granbell Hotel ColomboЧт, 04 авг[-/+]
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For all Sri Lankans seeking tranquillity, Granbell Hotel Colombo, which combines Japanese and Sri Lankan hospitality, is the new talk of the town as it welcomes all to a chic seaside escape. Walking distance from the Colpetty railway station, the hotel is ideal for all who face the many challenges of travelling.

The recently opened city hotel comprises 292 rooms with a mix of sea and city views. Built on a sustainable design concept with open-air corridors on each floor, the hotel offers a picturesque view to its valued guests at all times. Hence, creating the perfect escape from the chaos, together with its many available facilities.

Mr. Toshiyuki Hatanaka, the General Manager of Granbell Hotel Colombo, commenting on the unique experience offered by the hotel, stated, “We constantly explore avenues to offer the highest comfort to our valued guests. Hence, creating an ideal escape into paradise at our hotel. After all, a combined Sri Lankan – Japanese experience is the perfect getaway amidst the current chaos.”

All rooms are furnished with a bathtub, a rain shower, and state-of-the-art Toto wash closets, while the majority of them have a sea view, offering relaxation and excitement to the valued guests.

The hotel also offers a variety of amenities and services to its visitors, including a rooftop bar and an infinity pool, a restaurant serving all-day meals, a banquet hall, a gym, a dance studio, a spa, and a spacious location for yoga.

A key highlight of the hotel is the Japanese restaurant, Minori, which serves authentic teppanyaki cuisine and other Japanese specialties, orchestrated by its talented Japanese head chef, Mr. Hiroya Naga, and his team, along with an extensive selection of wines and signature cocktails.

The Granbell Hotel Colombo is owned and managed by BELLUNA Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese company listed on the Tokyo stock exchange. Belluna is a global property owner with holdings in Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Maldives.

Granbell has currently rolled out an attractive resident offer of 30%.

More details and reservation support available on granbellhotel.lk or can be obtained through 011 2 397 397 (Telephone) / 074 2 003 896 (WhatsApp) / DM Instagram and Facebook.

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10. The launch of ‘WE ARE ONE’ Volunteer Youth Corp – a firm step toward a World of PeaceЧт, 04 авг[-/+]
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Shincheonji launched ‘We Are One’ – the largest social service youth volunteer group in Korea with an astounding 90,000 (70,000 domestic and 20,000 overseas) youth members from Shincheonji Church of Jesus who partake in various social service activities, including blood donations.

Young people have taken the lead to show Jesus’ love for neighbors and a brighter future by setting a record number of 18,819 blood donations done over a brief time of 17 days, greatly contributing to resolving the blood shortage.

Shincheonji Church of Jesus, Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (hereafter mentioned as Shincheonji Church of Jesus) held their ‘We are One’ launching ceremony at the convention center of ‘The-K Hotel’ in Yangjae-dong, Seoul on the 30th of July. Over 1,000 representatives participated in the launching ceremony from the volunteer group along with people from all walks of life. The remaining volunteers who were not able to attend the ceremony highlighted their presence through a live broadcast and shared their investment in these activities.

The inauguration ceremony consisted of two parts.

Part 1 – Opening ceremony (performance, opening ceremony, greetings, congratulatory speech)

Part 2 – Inauguration ceremony (commemorative video, launch declaration, inauguration speech, special performance, commemorative photo shoot).

To commemorate the launch of ‘We Are One’ Volunteer Corps – on the 27th of August, 70000 volunteers from Korea will once again participate in a Blood Donation Campaign for three months at each blood center located in 17 metropolitan governments like Seoul, Busan, Incheon, and Daegu.

Jae-yong Eom, president of the Seoul Southern Blood Center of the Korean Red Cross Organization, who participated in the congratulatory speech, said, “Congratulations on the launch of the Shincheonji Youth Volunteer Group We Are One! Thank you for choosing to partake in a blood donation campaign as your first volunteer activity. This work will contribute greatly to deal with managing the re-spreading of Covid-19 during the holiday period. I wish you good health and good luck.”

At the event, Chairman Man-hee Lee said, “We are born in this age and have an obligation to illuminate and develop the are we live in. If God the Creator is with us, nothing is impossible… Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself… Let us all unite and make a better world.”

In addition to blood donations, We Are One Volunteer Corps established an activity plan to take the lead in resolving national challenges and global crises by practicing love for the social community and neighbors in four aspects:

? Support Service
? Creating a Sustainable Environment
? World Peace
? Education.

CEO of We Are One, Hong Junsu said, “We had in-depth discussions about the problems and solutions that young people face today. There are many members in the We Are One volunteer group with various talents, such as entrepreneurs, planning developers, designers, medical personnel, and social welfare experts. Together with them, we will solve the problems of the younger generation and take lead in creating a better world.”

*On this day, the inauguration ceremony was held in accordance with the quarantine rules such as the mandatory wearing of a mask, hand sanitizing and temperature measurement before entering, maintaining distance between people, and periodic ventilation. In addition, medical staff were dispatched to the site so that immediate action could be taken in case of an abnormal reaction.

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11. Pan Asia Bank upgrades customer security with Epic Lanka’s access control server solutionЧт, 04 авг[-/+]
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Further consolidating its advanced Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure and Applications required for optimal functioning, Pan Asia Bank announced the installation of a holistic security platform to combat frauds during Credit and Debit card transactions. The 3D Access Control Sever (ACS) solution was developed for the Bank by Epic Lanka, Sri Lanka’s pioneer Fintech and payment solutions with almost 25 years of experience. This latest version of the platform processes transactions in a frictionless manner by devising an intelligent risk-based decision scheme that decides if authentication is required or not. The authentication occurs in the backend without inconveniencing the customer. The solution is deployed and operational on Epic’s fully audited, PCI- DSS/PCI-3DS compliant and ISO 27001 certified infrastructure.

Pan Asia Bank, The Truly Sri Lankan Bank, always in the forefront of introducing latest technologies and ground-breaking products to fulfill Sri Lankan customers’ financial needs. In order to achieve this mission and to provide a seamless banking experience during 2021/22, Pan Asia Bank became the First Bank to integrate with the Lanka Clear, Common Interface of Lanka Pay Payment platform through Internet Banking – enabling customers to carry out government payments digitally. Existing customers were also empowered to open savings accounts and Fixed deposits through Internet Banking and to check their credit card balance through a missed call facility without having to reach the contact centre. The implementation of the new leasing system also added lot of value to the staff and leasing customers of the Bank.

The effort by the Bank and its Technology Team was recognized with a Global Award at the Finacle Innovation awards 2021 for Process Innovation (Runners up) for the ‘Customer Centric Delinquency Management Solution with Predictive Analysis’ solution. Moreover, in recognition of the commitment towards maintaining standards, it was awarded with ISO27001 certification for the third consecutive year.

Epic Lanka has introduced internationally certified and award-winning security encryption systems – not only to Sri Lanka, but to the APAC region. In addition to being the only locally developed ACS provider in Sri Lanka, it is also the first company in the world to be certified with EMVCo 3DS 2.2 certification and the first-ever Sri Lankan-based company to be certified by Visa, Mastercard and American Express for its 3D Secure ACS solutions.

At Pan Asia Bank, technology is an enabler and not an end in itself. The Bank prioritizes creating truly Sri Lankan customer experiences and leverages on digital platforms effectively to deliver the same to customers and to enhance operational efficiencies. As The Truly Sri Lankan Bank, Pan Asia Bank is always committed to bring the best technologies to enhance the banking experience to serve the Sri Lankan customers better.

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12. Pan Asia Bank Partners Union Assurance to Extend Protection and Healthcare to its Valued CustomersЧт, 04 авг[-/+]
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Pan Asia Bank recently signed an agreement with Union Assurance PLC to offer its valued customer base a wide range of Life, Health, and Investment insurance solutions. As part of this strategic tie-up, Union Assurance will work closely with Pan Asia Bank branches to provide comprehensive solutions to protect the lifestyles, dreams, and ambitions of Pan Asia customers.

Pan Asia Bank’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Nimal Tillekeratne stated: “Pan Asia Bank always strives to give customers, the best of convenience and value for money. Serving the nation as the Truly Sri Lankan Bank for almost 3 decades, we are happy to partner with Union Assurance to enhance the portfolio of products and services available to our valued customers through our branch network.”

The Chief Executive Officer of Union Assurance, Jude Gomes, said this strategic partnership would help narrow the Protection gap in Sri Lanka and empower the Sri Lankan dream while expanding the Bancassurance footprint. He asserted that it will enable them to offer the best value to customers of Pan Asia Bank. “They will benefit from a new-age insurance experience, with a focus on service excellence,” he added.

The signing and exchange of the agreement took place recently at the Pan Asia Bank head office, with the participation of senior leadership teams from both parties.

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13. Aqua Dynamics among 50 Best Workplaces in Sri LankaЧт, 04 авг[-/+]
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– Seen here are a few of the employees

Proving its passion and relentless commitment to create employee-rich experiences and great working atmosphere, Aqua Dynamics, one of the world’s most versatile action sports leader in the leisure sector, was recently ranked among 50 Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka for 2022, a list compiled by the global authority and pioneer in evaluating workplace cultures, Great Place to Work Institute.

Aqua Dynamics is no stranger to the list, having been named among 40 Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka last year in addition to making to the Best Workplaces in Asia under Large Category. Its workplace is consecutively assessed and recognized with the annually recurring Great Place to Work certification which speaks volumes about the company’s intention in sustaining a high-trust, high-performance culture.

Frank Ulmer, Managing Director of Aqua Dynamics (Pvt) Ltd, said ‘We are honored yet again to be recognized as one of the best workplaces in the country. This achievement is dedicated to all our employees whose resilience, commitment and loyalty goes beyond what words can describe.’

During the unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak, the company continued to tighten its policies and measures in ensuring health and safety of employees and took proactive steps in reinstating their confidence and wellbeing amidst the many uncertainties and prioritized in instilling a sense of security and comfort, paying full salaries, bonuses and benefits without any cuts.

Aqua Dynamics focuses on actively upskilling and enhancing the knowledge and skills of its employees, and strongly encourages its employees to take on risks and challenges, acknowledging them to make mistakes and grow. It pursues an open-door policy enabling any employee to raise concerns and speak up with active discussions with the Joint Workers Council to address gaps between the workforce and the management, and fosters an inclusive work environment honoring their diverse ideas and suggesstions.

The strongest indicator in its annual survey conducted among employees is ‘pride’, with employees positively willing to put in extra effort to get the job done. ‘We strive to foster a stimulating, stress-free environment where every employee can pursue and reach both their professional and personal goals and we always empower them to participate and contribute in all our company-wide efforts,’ added Lalindra Fernando, General Manager.

With over 2,200 employees, Aqua Dynamics has a diverse workforce with industry best practices on equity and inclusivity and has a zero-tolerance policy in harassment and discrimination.

Established in 1988, Aqua Dynamics has evolved from a windsurfing sail manufacturer to a leader in manufacturing tens of thousands of big boat sails, windsurfing sails, paragliders, surf kites, tents annually including cutting, printing, and accessories at its state-of-the-art 30,000 sqm workspace. The company today has an average global market share of 25pct in the leisure sports sector with plans underway to expand its capacity.

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14. Targeting Assistance: Electricity Consumption is a Superior MethodСр, 03 авг[-/+]
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The Verite Research Sri Lanka Economic Policy Group in their second public release, supported by a new research note, recommends using electricity consumption as a highly effective and efficient method for targeting cash transfers to the poor.

The analysis finds that Samurdhi only reaches about 40% of the poorest decile, while the criterion of electricity consumption under 60kWh would reach 81% of that group. Likewise, for the second poorest decile as well, the electricity consumption criterion would double the effectiveness of discovering the poor that are in need of assistance. When those that are not connected to the grid are added, it would further enhance the effectiveness of targeting.

In addition to huge improvements in effective targeting, the note highlights three other efficiency reasons for adopting this criterion. (1) Reduction in administrative costs (2) Reduction in patronage-based influence (3) Ease of implementation. Currently, the administration of the Samurdhi program eats up approximately Rs. 12 billion, which is a huge chunk (22%) of its cash-transfer budget; it is subject to politicization and is cumbersome to implement.

The administrative costs can be reduced because it does not require an additional infrastructure – verifiable cash-transfer vouchers can be delivered with the electricity bill itself. The patronage-based influence is reduced because the criterion is an objective, metered, auditable consumption record; instead of subjective third-party assessments. It’s easy to implement because 99% of Sri Lankans are connected to the grid with GPS and digital records of their location, including verified phone numbers for a large proportion of uses. It is also a dynamic criterion, which can capture movements in and out of poverty, in real-time.

Potential mistargeting by this criterion, to better-off households, can be reduced by removing households that have solar power and more than one meter in a single premise.

The government recently announced its intention to introduce a scheme to make monthly payments of Rs 7,500 to the households that are worst affected by the current economic crisis. Current inflation rates do warrant large cash transfers to support those that are fast falling into poverty. This electricity consumption criterion that has been evaluated by the Verite Research Policy Group, is a superior method for targeting this assistance at this time.

The Verite Research Sri Lanka Economic Policy Group was formed to contribute toward a workable, analytically evaluated, medium-term plan for economic recovery, which can generate both local and international confidence. The core group consists of four international and local economists. They are supported by an expanded team of local and international economists and researchers. The core group members are Prof. Dileni Gunewardena, Prof. Mick Moore, Dr. Nishan de Mel, and Prof. Shantayanan Devarajan.

The full research note laying out this policy is accessible online from Verite Research (https://www.veriteresearch.org/verite-research-sri-lanka-economic-policy-group/)

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15. Buy bicycles online on SahoGifts.comВт, 02 авг[-/+]
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Sick and tired of the endless fuel queues? Simply switch to an easier alternative by buying a bicycle on Sahogifts.com

Have you been on the lookout to purchase a brand new bicycle? With SahoGifts.com, you can now buy bicycles online! Purchase any bicycle in Sri Lanka from any part of the county and get it delivered right to your doorstep.

SahoGifts’s selection of bikes includes types that are suitable for all kinds of roads and terrains – including mountain bikes. Both men and women alike will be spoilt for choices and will have no trouble buying a bicycle suited to your needs. Their range also includes fancy Bicycles for kiddies in attractive colours as well! So, browse through the collection of mountain Bicycles and place your orders right away.

Switch to the most eco-friendly means of commute and evade the complicated situation now. If you are finding it difficult to use public transport and have minimal access to fuel, cycling is a much healthier alternative. Lots of people are converting and it is time for you to do so as well, sooner than later. SahoGifts.com makes it easy to purchase a bicycle in Sri Lanka, from whichever part of the country you are based in – all you have to do is log on to our website, place the order and get it delivered right at your home!

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16. The World Cities Summit 2022Пн, 01 авг[-/+]
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CHEC Port City Colombo Pvt Ltd is representing Sri Lanka at the World Cities Summit 2022 to be held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from the 31st of July to the 3rd of August 2022. This biennial global event unites city leaders and associates from across 90 countries under this year’s theme, “Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Emerging Stronger.”

Port City Colombo envisions itself as the most livable city in South Asia imbuing technology and sustainability with its Smart City concept to enhance living convenience. As the Platinum Sponsor of the event, the project company showcases the potential of Port City Colombo as a special economic zone and a future investment hub to representatives from Governments, thought leaders, experts and corporates from diverse industry sectors, who have converged at the World Cities Summit to inspire conversations about the future and forge new partnerships. The 3-day Summit is attended by Mr. Thulci Aluwihare the Deputy Managing Director at the CHEC Port City Colombo, where he will speak at the WCS track session on the topic, “How Can Partnerships Transform the Development of Cities?”.

As Sri Lanka battles several economic and political challenges, the project company focuses on crucial recovery efforts, pushing Sri Lanka towards the future by involving it in important discussions among global leaders and industry specialists. Port City Colombo iwill continue to work towards becoming an exemplary city providing the highest quality commercial, entertainment, medical, education and lifestyle opportunities, putting Sri Lanka on the map not only in South Asia, but as a global leader in sustainability.

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17. MAS Helps Sri Lankan Athletes Go For The GoldПт, 29 июл[-/+]
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MAS named Official Clothing Partner for Sri Lanka Athletics Journey to the Olympics 2024

MAS Bodyline (Pvt.) Ltd., a subsidiary of MAS Holdings, will be the official clothing partner for the Sri Lanka Athletics Association – SLAA, from 2022 till the Paris Olympics in 2024. At an event held on the 28th of July 2022, Dinesh de Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Bodyline, officially handed over the athletic kits designed by MAS to Major General Palitha Fernando, President of the SLAA.

MAS is South Asia’s largest apparel manufacturer, designing and developing high-quality products for international sportswear brands. Through this partnership, MAS will provide Sri Lankan athletes with kits designed using the latest in apparel technology, to support their training and performance at international events leading up to the Paris Olympics in 2024. A contingent of 20 athletes who toured India in June this year was the first group to receive game day and training kits designed by MAS.

“The talent we see in our young Sri Lankan athletes is truly inspiring. But it is not an easy journey for them. Our athletes face many difficulties outside their training and put in a lot of hard work to be here.” said SLAA President, Major General Palitha Fernando.

“When underprivileged and talented athletes come from rural areas of this country to reach the doorstep of the international arena, this support is a great strength for them. On behalf of every athletics enthusiast in Sri Lanka, I appreciate this huge step taken by MAS Holdings. This will support Sri Lankan athletes who are going to the international level to make our motherland proud.” he stated.

“We at MAS are changemakers,” said Dilshan Mohamed, Director Marketing and Business Development at Bodyline. “And this time we wanted to make a change for Sri Lankan athletics by helping them elevate their game through performance wear that uses a very light breathable fabric, with moisture wicking capabilities and a soft feel for augmented comfort” he stated.

“Not only are we excited about providing game day and training kits to our teams, but as the official clothing partner for SLAA, we are excited to work with our national athletes in product co-creation, carrying out studies that contribute to enhancing and innovating better, more superior products.” said Dinesh de Silva, CEO of Bodyline Pvt Ltd.

The agreement between MAS and SLA was signed by the President of Sri Lanka Athletics, Palitha Fernando and Dinesh de Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Bodyline Trading (Pvt) Ltd.

About MAS:

The largest apparel tech company in South Asia, MAS Holdings is among the most recognised design-to-delivery solution providers in apparel and textile manufacturing. Home to a community of over 115,000 people, today, MAS’ manufacturing plants span across 15 countries, with established design locations placed in key style centres across the world. Catering to the demands of a dynamic and ever-changing industry, the MAS portfolio has expanded exponentially; into brands, wearable technology, FemTech, start-ups and fabric parks worldwide.

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18. Quickee.lk empowers Sri Lanka Schools’ Rugby 2022Пт, 29 июл[-/+]
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Quickee.lk, Sri Lanka’s favourite online marketplace and innovative delivery solutions platform, has stepped forward to reenergize Sri Lanka schools’ rugby and help develop the sport in the country by powering leading schools in the ongoing rugby season. The schools are S. Thomas’ College – Mount Lavinia, St. Peter’s College – Colombo 4, Royal College – Colombo, St. Joseph’s College – Colombo 9, Isipathana College – Colombo 5, St. Anthony’s College – Kandy and Lumbini College – Colombo 5.

As schools’ rugby returns from a long hiatus triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Quickee.lk is set to build on its reputation as a game-changer by setting the foundation for the next generation of young tuskers to showcase their rugby skills as they battle to come out on top during the grueling schools’ rugby season. Up to 92 schools across the country are set to participate in this year’s U20 competition. Teams will be split across 3 divisions and segments based on their rank in the most recent concluded season, which was in 2019.

The game of rugby displays a variety of skills that align perfectly with the attributes portrayed by Quickee.lk as the company surges forward as the go-to digital commerce platform for Sri Lankans locally and internationally. Elements such as speed, agility, responsiveness, positive mindset, and delivery under pressure are all part and parcel of both the game of rugby and the way Quickee.lk approaches its operations, thereby making this the perfect partnership.

Quickee.lk is excited to be a part of schools’ rugby in Sri Lanka and to be presented with the opportunity to help young Sri Lankan athletes shine as the much-loved game returns after two years. The company appreciates the wonderful efforts made by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) in trying to revive the sport after the long break caused by the pandemic.

Quickee.lk is tightly integrated with its own delivery fulfilment service, redefining its business model with a new and improved brand promise and service commitment to local households and Sri Lankans living overseas, as a trusted partner that caters to the needs of their loved ones living in Sri Lanka. The expanding Quickee.lk product portfolio includes pharmaceuticals, automobile spares and accessories, electronics and electronic accessories, homeware appliances, cakes and flowers, baby care items, toys, food delivery, fashion products and more. During its transformation to becoming a genuine One-Stop Shop digital commerce solution, Quickee.lk has introduced an unparalleled suite of services such as the “Quickee Concierge”, “Late Night Dining”, “Gifting for Loved ones”, and “Quickee S.O.S”, together with print solutions, pharmaceuticals, express deliveries, and island-wide deliveries on demand 365 days a year, from 9.00am to 3.00am. Quickee.lk has its own fleet of riders, thus ensuring the safe delivery of products, as well as its own Call Centre that delivers outstanding service with a human touch. Through a smooth shopping experience, Quickee.lk continues to bring buyers and sellers closer together.

About Quickee.lk

Quickee.lk commenced operations in 2013 and is a fully owned subsidiary of Expolanka Holdings PLC. A leading operator in the convenience-led online retail and delivery economy, the company has now been further transformed to be an innovative giant in Sri Lankan digital-commerce, ready and capable of serving its customers.

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19. Daraz Buy1Give1 reaches out to more than 1000 families in vulnerable communitiesЧт, 28 июл[-/+]
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Image 1 – Mr. Rakhil Fernando, Managing Director of Daraz Sri Lanka, officially handing over a token pack of essential items to Mr. Kushil Gunasekera, Founder and Chief Trustee of Foundation of Goodness

Image 2 – Over 8,000 essential grocery products and toiletries being handed over to the Foundation of Goodness for distribution amongst families in vulnerable communities islandwide

In response to the crisis in Sri Lanka, Daraz launched a “Buy1Give1” program in May 2022. The aim of Buy1Give1 was to provide some relief to vulnerable communities, while enabling consumers to transform everyday activities like buying groceries into high-impact, meaningful actions. Daraz is committed to creating a world full of giving, and to further strengthen this effort, Daraz partnered with the Foundation of Goodness to identify families in need and distribute goods collected through this initiative.

Commenting on this effort, Mr. Rakhil Fernando, Managing Director of Daraz Sri Lanka, noted: “Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented crisis, and we need to work together to figure out new ways of empowering each other and lifting each other up. The Buy1Give1 model is practiced in other parts of the world, as a means of transforming everyday actions into something meaningful, and that is what we are trying to do in Sri Lanka during this time. We also did not want to put any unnecessary pressure on our consumers and developed a way for them to be part of our initiative while meeting their own daily needs. We are also delighted to partner with the Foundation of Goodness on the distribution, because it enables us to ensure that the items collected goes to families who need them the most.”

On 18th July 2022, Daraz officially handed over 8,800 goods worth USD 10,000 to the Foundation of Goodness. These goods will be added to the Foundation’s “Feed the Hungry” program and “Goodness Boxes”, which have already reached 23,000 families in Sri Lanka. The Foundation of Goodness estimates that at least 1,000 families will be able to benefit from the Daraz Buy1Give1 campaign.

Mr. Kushil Gunasekera, Founder and Chief Trustee of Foundation of Goodness, said: “We are extremely privileged to have Daraz on board to donate items towards the Feed the Hungry program through their Buy1Give1 promotion at a time when it is needed the most. Any gift that is unconditionally granted, especially unasked, is always a superior act of generosity and compassion. We value immensely the kindness shown to alleviate the struggles and hardships encountered and applaud this magnanimous gesture. Daraz has demonstrated their community care by helping 1,000 families access meals and that depth of generosity is the real test of humanity.”

Daraz will continue to initiate new ways of supporting and building the Sri Lanka community through its e-commerce platform.

Daraz Sri Lanka is the largest online shopping marketplace in Sri Lanka and is home to a collection of wide-ranging products featured under groceries (Daraz Mart), consumer electronics, home appliances, fashion, sports goods, pet supplies, and much more. Daraz Sri Lanka is a part of South Asia’s premier online shopping marketplace Daraz, which has an active and growing presence in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar. Supported by cutting-edge technology, tailored marketing, data, and service solutions, Daraz Sri Lanka hosts a growing base of 2.5 million users, over 125,000 registered sellers, and at any given time, over 4.5 million products are being advertised and sold on the platform. Daraz’s logistics company, DEX, delivers more than 50,000 packages to consumers every day, and a majority of those 50,000-plus packages are sold by local sellers that operate on the platform. Daraz is focused on delivering excellent customer experiences, ease of purchase, comprehensive customer care, and a hassle-free shopping and returns experience. Supported by the strength of the Alibaba Group, Daraz is transforming into the fastest growing e-commerce platform in the region.

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20. SLT-Mobitel – Digitally Ready For A System Change In Sri LankaСр, 27 июл[-/+]
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Announces national proposal for future-focused technology and digitally empowered citizens to usher change and growth

SLT-MOBITEL, the leading communication and technology service provider in Sri Lanka announced a national proposal to enhance critical services and sectors, and digitally empower citizens.

SLT-MOBITEL, one of the most powerful players in the telecommunications and technology sector, cites archaic legacy systems, inefficiency, corruption, heavy operational costs and waste in critical sectors and services to be the main reason to expedite a system change in the country.

The new system change proposed by SLT-MOBITEL places digitally empowered citizens at its foundation, with digitalisation of identities and strong digital security and privacy. This will serve as the building block for new technological innovations that can strengthen Digital Commerce and E-Governance in all aspects of operations critical to the county. SLT-MOBITEL has identified healthcare, education, transportation, agriculture, tourism, judiciary and banking and finance as critical services and sectors that can thrive under this new system, more efficiently and transparently.

Elaborating on this new system change for the country, Rohan Fernando, Group Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom said, “Much like Singapore did, Sri Lanka has the potential to transition to a Smart Nation, making innovative technology the backbone of every sphere of activity. By doing this, key issues currently facing the country can be addressed and critical sectors and services can be transformed into highly efficient, transparent, and profitable systems which in turn can transform people’s lives. Our vision is to move the country towards E-Governance and Digital Commerce. We have the broadest presence across the value chain and unparalleled capacity to meet the needs of tech companies, large corporates, public and state institutions. With our capabilities and strong infrastructure across the country, we believe we are fully geared to undertake this challenge and bring about the change the people of this country want to see.”

SLT-MOBITEL which began over 160 years ago as a state-owned national communications service provider, transformed itself over the years into a highly profitable and efficient publicly listed conglomerate, offering technology and connectivity solutions, ready-to-go technology platforms, advanced network backbone services and digital infrastructure.

“The brand unification initiative of SLT-MOBITEL in 2020 brought together the best services of fixed and mobile technology. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as the same year saw a dramatic increase in the need for technology and connectivity solutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing this surge and understanding the demand of the future, we extended our fibre network to 65,000km across Sri Lanka, offering fast and accessible broadband services to boost the digital capacity in the country. The SLT Group has the largest data centres in the country, and our longstanding partnerships with global tech giants like Microsoft, Oracle and VMware mean we are fully equipped to provide the most secure hosting services for public and state institutions, as well as large corporates and foreign investors. As we continue to invest in infrastructure, our efforts are now focused on developing technological solutions for the challenges the country is facing today and will face tomorrow. SLT-MOBITEL is digitally ready for that system change we all want to see in Sri Lanka,” said Mr. Fernando.

Under this system change proposition, SLT-MOBITEL will focus on Healthcare, Education, Transportation, Agriculture, Tourism, Judiciary and Banking and Finance.

E-Healthcare

Access to healthcare is a basic need. However, the healthcare sector is facing many challenges today which inhibits citizens from accessing services and data. The proposal by SLT-MOBITEL aims to digitalise the healthcare sector and will revolutionise the industry. It offers access to real-time information, remote patient monitoring, preventative care, timely assistance, healthcare analysis, and overall better patient care with data privacy and security. Digitalising the sector will give healthcare practitioners and citizens access to information anytime, and also improve efficiency and return-on-investment for the industry.

Online Education

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent economic challenges, access to continued education has become another national priority. These macroeconomic factors have left children and teachers no choice but to move towards online education. However, rural areas have limited access and teachers require training in digital technology and eLearning solutions. eLearning and Smart Classrooms need to be actively promoted as the future of education.

With these factors in mind, SLT-MOBITEL has outlined the steps to digitalise Sri Lanka’s education sector. The 10,000+ schools in the country can be provided high-speed internet access through the company’s expansive fibre network, processes can be automated through the introduction of digital tools and technology, while libraries can be digitised for inclusive and continued access. Further, teachers and students will be introduced to Learning Management Systems (LMS) to build a more agile and effective education sector.

E-Transport

With the increasing urbanisation of the country, transportation and the congestion caused by it has a direct impact on the economy. Loss of time while travelling, excessive fuel consumption, increased wear and tear of automobiles and higher cases of road accidents all lead to a negative impact on national productivity.

SLT-MOBITEL proposes the digitalization of the country’s transportation sector. From multi-modal tour plans, online ticket reservations, tracking apps for public transportation such as buses and trains, providing onsite WiFi and enabling cashless payments, Sri Lanka’s transportation sector has tremendous potential to be more efficient and productive.

E-Agriculture

Sri Lanka’s food security has become a national priority in light of a multitude of issues faced by local famers, inhibiting their ability to meet demand. The current agriculture value-chain is affected by obstacles at each stage – irregular climate patterns and the onset of pests and diseases affect yield; price volatility, lack of accurate information on demand and supply affect farmers’ profitability; and distribution can be inefficient and disorganised leading to high-wastage.

SLT-MOBITEL is driving the digitalization of Sri Lanka’s agri value-chain with the Helaviru Digital Economic Centre, a platform that will provide farmers easy access to information and insights, as well as a trading platform for transparent transactions. The company is also accelerating digital adoption of farming communities through capacity building programmes and by introducing smart farming solutions.

E-Tourism

Tourism is a critical sector for Sri Lanka, especially in bringing in much needed foreign exchange. However, the industry is currently struggling due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as recent global and local economic challenges. Data analytics and insights will be key in identifying Sri Lanka’s competitive advantage against other countries in the region and rebuild a thriving tourism industry.

SLT-MOBITEL is currently developing a single web portal for all potential tourists to digitally enable the country’s tourism sector. This platform will be a centralised tourism hub, providing tourists with the information they need to plan their own stays or connect them with tour operators who have pre-planned options. This platform will also provide much needed data and insights on the visiting tourists, which can be used to further develop the industry.

E-Judiciary

Justice delayed is justice denied – the main issue plaguing Sri Lanka’s judiciary at present. From the high number of court cases to the time taken to serve a verdict, the limited access to information, outdated systems needing multiple physical documents and lack of integration within the judiciary, all lead to delays in the process, making it inefficient.

SLT-MOBITEL’s proposed solution is to fully digitalise the Sri Lankan judiciary system. From establishing a digitised record keeping process, to an automated platform to set hearing dates in commercial high courts, a virtual solution for court hearings when logistics become an obstacle, and the digital integration across other entities (i.e. Police) will lead to a more efficient judiciary system in the country.

Banking & Finance

In a world where more people are working, playing, living online, a world of opportunities await Sri Lankan businesses and entrepreneurs. Connectivity speed and access is critical for this future. SLT-MOBITEL’s vision in transforming the current banking and finance sector to meet the demands of this future will see the digitalisation of this critical sector, so it is able to support cashless transactions and become a catalyst to promote e-commerce in Sri Lanka.

The post SLT-Mobitel – Digitally Ready For A System Change In Sri Lanka appeared first on NewsWire.



 
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