Mobitel’s First Regional Customer Care Contact Centre opens in
National Mobile Services Provider Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel
officially launched its first regional contact centre in Sooriyawewa,
Hambantota, expanding its capacity to serve its customers even better.
The Sooriyawewa Contact Centre was officially opened by Minister of
Telecommunication and Information Technology Ranjith Siyabalapitiya and
Chairman Hambanthota District Development committee, Member of
Parliament Namal Rajapaksa in the presence of Mobitel officials and
Telecommunication and Information Technology Ranjith
Siyabalapitiya and Chairman of Hambantota District
Development Committee and Member of Parliament Namal
Rajapaksa ceremoniously opening the Mobitel Regional
Customer Care Contact Centre in Sooriyawewa while Shamindra
Rajapaksa, CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel Lalith de Silva
The new contact centre is located in Sooriyawewa at the Mahinda
Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium Complex.
This is the first ever regional contact centre opened by Mobitel. Sri
Lanka Telecom Mobitel successfully reached the completion of this
project within a short span. As the National Mobile Services Provider,
Mobitel remains consistent in working towards the development of ICT in
rural areas of Sri Lanka.
With the proposition for an IT park in Sooriyawewa, Mobitel believes
that Sooriyawewa is a suitable location for a technologically advanced
customer care contact centre to establish its roots and support the
vision for ICT development in the nation.
The opening of the Mobitel Contact Centre in Sooriyawewa has
benefitted the residents of the area vastly as it has created a
significant number of job opportunities while additionally introducing
Mobitel technology to the region.
All employees of the Sooriyawewa Contact Centre has been selected
from the area and its adjacent towns and as a result, Mobitel now boasts
of a strong team of qualified and dynamic individuals who will
undoubtedly prove to be of great value to the company’s performance.
The Mobitel Sooriyawewa Contact Centre will act as a support system
to the Colombo based principal contact centre which presently caters to
customer care requirements of over 4.4 million customers.
This clearly demonstrates the capacity and capability of the Mobitel
infrastructure and technology in establishing a similarly able support
system in Sooriyawewa, which will now be utilized to support the Colombo
Speaking at the ceremony Minister of Telecommunications and
Information Technology Ranjith Siyabalapitiya said ”I would like to take
this opportunity to thank Mobitel for this very special initiative of
taking ICT to rural areas such as Sooriyawewa. This initiative would
contribute much to realizing the President’s expectation of making Sri
Lanka a knowledge hub in the region.
“Our ministry works towards empowering Sri Lankan youth with ICT.”
Addressing the gathering, Chairman of Hambanthota District
Development Committee and Member of Parliament Namal Rajapaksa said
“Mobitel today open the doors for educated rural youth to join hands
with them to serve the Nation.
This is a very rare opportunity given for the youth in Sooriyawewa.
Previously contact centre operations were limited to Colombo and
suburbs. Today Mobitel has created a new culture in call centre
operations by creating job opportunities for educated rural youth.
"I would like to invite Mobitel to consider Mullaitivu District to
start their next contact centre, opening doors to youth in the Northern
Province as it has now done in Sooriyawewa in the south. I would like to
thank Mobitel for this great initiative.”
Commenting on the expansion, Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka
Telecom Mobitel, Lalith de Silva said, “This is truly a momentous moment
for all of us at Mobitel as we open the first regional contact centre in
a celebrated city such as Sooriyawewa, which is significant to the
development of our nation.
As the National Mobile Services Provider, we wish to contribute
towards the nation’s development by developing the ICT landscape through
our service offerings and technology.
With the proposed IT Park, we believe our expansion into this area
takes place in an ideal setting as we prepare the community to embrace
the upcoming opportunities.”
He further added, “As a customer centric mobile services provider, we
strive to ensure that our services and customer care is provided
unimpeded to our customers and with the objective of enhancing our
capacity to serve them better, we engaged in this strategic expansion to
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel has extensive plans for further expansion
with the aim of amplifying its presence island-wide to ensure complete
The Mobitel Sooriyawewa Contact Centre will be utilized to support
and sustain customer care operations for the company’s customer base
while providing enhanced customer care from its contact centre
Nations Trust Bank opens at Aluthgama
Nations Trust Bank added an important milestone to the bank’s
expansion plan with the opening of the 50th branch in Aluthgama
recently. With the entry to this picturesque city customers of Aluthgama
will be offered innovative banking solutions coupled with 365 day
banking and extended banking hours.
To commemorate the 50th branch opening exclusive offers were made
available for customers in Aluthgama on Leasing, Personal Loans, Pawning
Services and the American Express Card membership.
Located at Galle Road, Aluthgama the new branch is based on their
proprietary design concept offering the ultimate in banking standards
and greater convenience and simplicity in banking.
Nations Trust Bank has been in operations for over 12 years and grown
in strength and stability. The Bank had its best year ever in 2011
posting an after-tax profit of Rs. 1.5 b, up 40% over 2010.
This was a significant uplift in earnings and also a stable balance
sheet recording a balanced growth in deposits and advances. Essentially
the bank was able to grow the business - advances up 39% and deposits up
38% - that resulted in a liquid and a well capitalized Balance Sheet.
The people of Aluthgama can now experience a range of products to
suit their individual as well as business requirements with the entry of
Nations Trust Bank to this locality. The ongoing Nations Saver Savings
account promotion across the branch network offers an array of
electrical household appliances to savers which could be won at every
branch each quarter.
This promotion will now be extended to the people of Aluhtugama
giving them an equal opportunity to participate by maintaining a minimum
balance of Rs. 5,000/- for the 3 months in their savings account. Each
additional Rs. 5,000/- saved in the account will add multiple chances to
the quarterly draws which will be held at every branch.
Apart from this the bank offers Foreign Currency Deposits and
Investment Services, a host of attractive Leasing packages for
registered as well as unregistered vehicles and machinery, Home Loans,
Personal loans and Vehicle loan facilities.
Nations Trust Bank is also focused on providing a wide range of
products to the Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SME). The opening of
“Nations Business Centers” in a number of locations has facilitated to
offer financial solutions to the diverse needs of the business community
across the country.
The branch network also offers Remittance services and a number of
global partners have been signed up to offer seamless transactions to
Pawning services is also another facility that is being promoted
thorough our geographic spread and customers could take advantage of our
benefit from our proposition of 365 day banking with extended banking
Singer in agreement with Dawlance
Dawlance, Pakistan's No.1 home appliances brand entered into a
strategic agreement with Singer Sri Lanka PLC. The agreement will
initially allow Dawlance to introduce its unique range of large capacity
direct cool refrigerators to a wider range of Sri Lankan customers
through Singer Sri Lanka's retail network and dealers across the
Ravi Katial, Director International
Marketing, Greene Ethics Fze, Export Division Dawlance Home
Appliances, Nasser Majeed, Marketing Director, Singer Sri
Lanka, Hemaka Amarasuriya Chairman, Singer Group, Bashir
Dawood Managing Director, Dawlance Home Appliances, Asoka
Pieris, CEO -inger Group, Mahesh Wijewardhana, Commercial
Director Singer Sri Lanka at the launch.
Speaking about this momentous achievement, Dawlance Managing
Director, Mr. Bashir Dawood said, “We are the largest Home Appliance
Company in Pakistan and have been able to keep this leading position for
over 15 years by practicing ‘Reliability’ in everything that we do.
Reliability is our core value, our vision is to be a Global Player
and it is with this vision that we have come to Sri Lanka. We plan to
continue following our core value of reliability in all our activities
in Sri Lanka and are confident that every year we will be able to gain
market share with the help of Singer and with the trust of the people of
this great country.”
The Dawlance direct cool refrigerators will standout among other
refrigerators due to their lower energy consumption and, therefore,
lower electricity costs.
The direct cool refrigerators will be available initially in three
models of refrigerators - D-9144M, D-9175WB-HZ and D-91996-HZ - and the
unique upright freezer with seven drawers, to suit the different needs
of Sri Lankan customers. Dawood continued, ‘Singer Sri Lanka is renowned
for trusted excellence, a reputation it has cultivated over many years
of identifying what Sri Lankan customer's need and then providing them
with the best products to fulfil that need. Through this agreement, the
Dawlance brand will stand to get optimum exposure to the Sri Lankan
market through Singer Sri Lanka's extensive island-wide retail network.’
the new Refrigerators
Nasser Majeed, Marketing Director, Singer Sri Lanka said, ‘At the
heart of our multi-brand retail strategy is an earnest desire to help
our customers embrace a modern lifestyle. Through our retail network, we
are able to offer Sri Lankans a wide array of world renowned brands with
latest technologies that help enhance their lives. The Dawlance brand is
among Pakistan's most renowned and comes with a reputation for
reliability and durability. Dawlance's direct cool refrigerators will
make for a worthy addition to our product portfolio.’
Since its inception 30 years ago, Dawlance has cemented its
reputation as Pakistan's premier provider of electronic home appliances.
The Dawlance brand is also among the country's most popular brands,
placing number 2 on Pakistan's favorite brands in 2011 according to
research carried out by AC Nielson Research.
Singer Sri Lanka brings its trusted excellence in products and
services to Sri Lankan customers through its widespread chain of retail
The retail network includes the large format SINGER MEGA electronics
and appliances department store, SINGER PLUS, SISIL WORLD, and SINGER
HOMES for a range of stylish furniture. Singer's outstanding after sales
service is available through seven regional service centers and more
than 100 service franchise agents.
CIMA – UK President visits Apex Business Academy
President CIMA – UK, Harold Baird and
Mrs. Baird, Managing Director of Apex Business Academy (pvt)
Ltd., Deshani Gamage, Coordinator CIMA Sri Lanka Division -
Southern Province, Pramudi Nanayakkara and management and
the staff of Apex Business Academy (pvt) Ltd.
The President of Chartered Institute of management Accounting (CIMA-
UK) Harold Baird and Mrs. Baird visited Apex Business Academy (pvt) Ltd,
Galle branch recently.
Apex Business Academy (pvt) Ltd is one of the leading tuition
providers in the Southern Province and is the only institute to conduct
CIMA – UK classes within the region, both in Matara and Galle.
Asiri Hospitals powers CCC House
The Asiri Group of Hospitals, best known for comprehensive, ethical
and high quality health care services, funded a full ward in Phase I of
the 140 bed Cancer Care Transit Home built at the Maharagama Cancer
Hospital by the CCC Foundation, epitomizing that a giant health care
business can also share philanthropic traits.
, Trustee CCC Foundation, Mrs. Damani Wimalasundera,
Director Administration Asiri Group of Hospitals, Ashok
Pathirage, Chairman Asiri Group of Hospitals, Michael de
Silva, Coordinator CCC Project (Ministry of Health and
Nutrition) and Dr. Ravindra Ruberu, Secretary Ministry of
Ashok Pathirage, Chairman of Asiri Hospitals PLC., proudly announced
that the Asiri Group made a generous contribution of Rs. 10 million
towards the construction of the CCC House.
The 140 bed transit home will enable the large number of patients who
only need the treatment but do not have to be resident to receive
treatment in a more effective manner. Out of approximately 1000 patients
who obtain treatment daily at the Maharagama Hospital, only a 850 enjoy
the comfort of a bed, whilst the rest literally camp on the floor. Most
of them have no access to accommodation nearby to the hospital,
traveling from far corners of the island. The CCC House, once completed
in mid 2012, will provide humane facilities to over 170 less privileged
patients who are already suffering with cancer.
“Each year the numbers of patients seeking treatment at the NCI for
various types of cancers keeps increasing. At present there are
facilities for approximately 850 patients and 500 attend outpatient
clinics daily. The bed strength of the hospital is insufficient to
provide a bed for all resident patients,” stated Dr Kanishka
Karunarathna, Director of the National Cancer Institute. “The CCC House
will not only give a comfortable bed for these patients forced to sleep
in corridors of the hospital (floor patients), but will also allow the
medical staff to focus on the newly admitted and critically ill
patients. This type of accommodation is ideal for patients undergoing
radiotherapy and day chemotherapy.
The CCC House will also improve the psycho-social environment for the
outpatient as well as the carers, making recovery more ideal in a homely
environment. A cancer patient's immunity is highly suppressed, they are
prone to infections. The floor is no place for them but lack of
facilities forces this to happen,” he further added.
According to Pathirage, the Rs. 10 million donations was made in line
with their vision to be a compassionate, efficient and dynamic private
health service provider in the country. “We have understood that
although the population of this country is on the increase, critical
health care has not grown to meet this demand.
The total bed strength in the health care sector is still minute. We
as a private health care provider have been constantly investing in
creating, greater and state of the art health care. But private health
care is not accessible to all and the least we can do to help the masses
of this country is to provide our resources to support projects like
this that will provide solace to them.
This will be a CSR initiative that is very compatible with our core
values. We had no hesitation in supporting the CCC Foundation in this
magnanimous project. With our contribution we will be able to fund a
whole ward in the CCC House and bring benefits to many patients who
require only day treatment but are staying with minimum facilities at
the hospital as they have no other option.”
Courage, Compassion and Commitment is what CCC Stands for and it is
what a patient needs when diagnosed with cancer. The CCC House with an
estimated cost of Rs. 170 million once completed will accommodate 140
patients and 30 carers in a comfortable and hygienic manner. The
donation from Asiri will be directed towards the construction of a ward,
which will be named accordingly. “ Pathirage's generous donation is an
inspiration for all of us who have been raising funds to make this
project a reality,” stated Suren Madanayake, Chairman, CCC Foundation
Sri Lanka. “They are a shining example of community philanthropy at its
finest. This should be an inspiration for people and organizations
throughout our country and abroad. We appeal to companies, clubs and
individuals in the community to humbly support our endeavor to make a
difference to those afflicted with cancer."
Amana Bank commemorates Earth Hour
Amana Bank marked Earth Hour 2012 at its head office in Colombo 3
with a large number of employees and their families gathering to pledge
their commitment toward combating climate change. At 8.30 p.m. all the
lights in the building were switched off, candles were lit and Chinese
sky lanterns were released to the sky, colouring the surroundings in
bursts of colour and aiming to create awareness among those who were
unaware of this impending threat.
The campaign at Amana Bank was spearheaded by the Bank's HR
Transformation Manager Elmo Francis, who is also a climate champion and
a veteran in the fields of combating climate change and planet
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Francis shared his experiences in
combating climate change and emphasized on how climate change affects
the lives of every living being in this earth.
He also stressed the need of going beyond the hour and urged the
participants to spread the message, implement this in their lives and be
responsible in order to protect the planet for our future generations.
The participants were also educated on how climate change occurs and
were treated to a host of videos regarding this major global issue.
Earth Hour led by the World Wildlife Fund is the world's largest
volunteer action to combat climate change. Earth Hour was initiated in
Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has grown to become a global activity
where millions of people switch off unnecessary lights for one hour on
the 31 March.
Amana Bank is Sri Lanka's first Licensed Commercial Bank to operate
in complete harmony with the principles of Islamic Banking. Guided by
its principles, Amana Bank presents a new way forward enriched with
Honour, Humanity, Stability and Uniqueness. As a part of its
responsibility to humanity, Amana Bank recognizes the importance of
educating the public on the impending effects of climate change and
measures to combat them.
YNB Holdings launches Arazyme
YNB Holdings (Pvt) Limited recently launched an array of Skin, Bath
and Body care products hailing from the innovative Arazyme Products
range in Korea. The colorful and glamour filled event held at the
Cinnamon Grand Atrium was attended by the media and a host of
celebrities and other distinguished guests that included the fashion and
beauty industry of Sri Lanka.
Seung Cheol Lee, C.E.O. - MCBE Co.,
Ltd, Bong Jun Kim, Executive Director - MCBE Co., Ltd, Dong
Yeoul Lee, Director - MCBE Co., Ltd, Mrs. Thanuja D. Lee,
Chairman - YNB Holdings Private Limited, Sungwook Bang,
Managing Director - YNB Holdings Private Limited, Y. Lee,
Executive Director - YNB Holdings Private Limited and Kwon
Jung, Director - YNB Holdings Private Limited.
The range all together consists of five products: Arazyme Facial Gel,
Arazyme Facial Powder, Arasense Black and Gold soap, B.A.L. Foot Care
Treatment and Dr. Scalp Hair Treatment. The unique attribute of these
products that sets them apart from others is that all products have
incorporated the enzyme called Arazyme - extracted from the spider -
with other natural elements. The name Arazyme combines the Latin word
?Ara’ for spider and enzyme to describe this Bio Tech product.
Accordingly comprised of only natural extracts and devoid of toxins, the
Arazyme Products relax and rejuvenate the skin and is suitable for
anyone, male or female.
Arazyme Facial Gel and Facial Powder makes the face vivid, pure and
healthy while dissolving the keratin layer of the face, naturally
promoting skin turnover. Arasense Black soap acts as a deep cleanser and
a keratin care blend while the Arasense Gold soap acts as an
anti-trouble and a moisture care blend. B.A.L. Foot Care treatment
revives the turnover of the skin cells of the feet making them smoother
and healthier. Furthermore, it also eliminates Athlete's foot fungi and
foot odor, cleansing the feet. Last but not least, Dr. Scalp Hair
Treatment is a shampoo that treats dandruff and cleanses the scalp and
pores while activating hair growth and preventing hair loss. Therefore,
in short this latest care range provides total care for the body.
“There are a lot of cleansers and soaps made from natural
substances,” said Lee, Executive Director of YNB Holdings (Pvt) Limited
elaborating on the product range.
“But this is very different, this is made from an insect, the spider.
The spider can isolate the impure and take in the pure substances making
it very clean.”
the products. Pictuers by Saliya Rupapsinghe
Lee also acts as the International Director for the Korean Model
Association in Korea and recently he was involved in the selection of
the Face of Sri Lanka - male and female - for the seventh Asia Model
Festival Awards, which was held last January in South Korea.
This transpired in his interest in cosmetics leading to YNB Holdings
launching the Arazyme Products range in Sri Lanka. Lee believes the
products are deal for people who live in tropical weather conditions as
they reduce the oiliness of the skin and revitalize hair that has been
damaged by the sun.
Equipped with the Certificate of Manufacturing Formula from the
Korean Government, Arazyme Products are marketed to 26 countries, where
the range also holds patents. The most prominent markets are Brazil,
Japan and USA, where orders span from 200,000 to 500,000 each month
eliciting very positive responses.
Therefore, YNB Holdings - the sole agent for Arazyme Products in Sri
Lanka - marked a new business venture by retailing the Arazyme Products
range and has shown trust and confidence in the market of Sri Lanka with
the intention of promoting good quality cosmetics for the Sri Lankan
The above mentioned range of Arazyme Products are currently available
at YNB Holdings located at Polhengoda, Colombo 5 and more information
about the range could be gathered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
'The Loft’ offers a cohesive retail experience
Browns Investments recent acquisition Royal Fernwood Porcelain Ltd.
(RFPL) recently announced that they are very excited about their concept
store ‘The Loft’ located at Havelock Road, Colombo 05, which offers a
cohesive retail experience for savvy consumers.
“It is an opportunity to express RFPL's artistry and make it
accessible and available to those who understand and appreciate it,”
stated Panduka Weerasingha, Senior Vice President-BCL. “We believe that
The Loft's aesthetic mirrors our clients’ own - clean, modern and
elegant, but with an edge. Our designs create a luxurious environment
and serving refreshments in RFPL's porcelain products give our clients
an all-over coveted and pampered experience.” The showroom displays and
constantly introduces high-quality porcelain ware that will not only
serve daily use but can also be displayed as works of art.
“The most advanced equipment is used to produce the highest quality
ceramic decals not only for Porcelain, but also for other ceramic
products such as Stoneware and Earthenware,” said the Senior Vice
President. “We envision bringing supreme quality standards to our
magnificent creations in tableware, which will be achieved through
superb craftsmanship and unique design creation that will give new
meaning to elegance and good taste.”
The Company is gearing itself to become one of the most sought after
producers of Porcelain available globally. As Sri Lanka's newest
tableware manufacturer, Royal Fernwood enters the market with a monthly
production of 550,000 pieces, employing a blend of modern technology
from Germany, Japan and the UK, while retaining traditional skills in
craftsmanship. The products are of such exceptional quality, that the
sheer whiteness of the porcelain far exceeds the accepted standards for
the porcelain industry. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant,
situated in Kosgama, 45km east of Colombo, covers a floor area of appx.
15,000 sq. meters. RFPL is currently exporting its products to over 35
This facility has allowed RFPL to come up with some of the most
innovative and popular designs to take the global Porcelain Market by
storm in the recent past - winning a range of awards including, most
recently, the gold award for the most outstanding exporter - industry
sector and the gold award for the best Sri Lankan brand exporter
conducted by the National Chamber of Exporters, Sri Lanka. RFPL emerged
winners at the National Quality Awards 2004, based on the US Malcom
Baldrige Awards Criteria and also the National Productivity Award.
David Pieris Motor Company introduces Boxer BM 150
David Pieris Motor Company Ltd – the country’s No.1 automotive
company introduces the Boxer MB 150. Every purchase of the Boxer BM 150
is now accompanied by a free bag, helmet and jacket in DPMC’s grand
seasonal offer. David Pieris Motor Company’s unbeatable island wide
service includes 37 Regional Centres and over 1500 Sales, Service and
spare-part dealers giving Boxer BM 150 owners the best after-sales
service in Sri Lanka.
The all-new Boxer BM 150 is a more powerful, newly-designed and
overall even more high-performing bike than its former model. High on
reputation and trusted as the best-performing bike for any workload, the
new Boxer BM 150 with its 150 cc 4-stroke Engine has a wide array of new
features that makes it the Number One investment for two-wheelers in its
class. Tough, durable and designed to overcome any terrain, the Boxer BM
150 has stylish new alloy wheels, wider front and rear tyres, high wheel
base and self-start giving the bike a contemporary, smart look combined
with greater riding ease. ExhausTEC and Strong SNS Rear Shock Absorbers
are also two features exclusive to the Boxer BM 150 compared to
competitors in its class.
The bike’s workload handling capacity is its key specialty: and in
this respect, the Boxer stands unsurpassed as the proven best performer
in every sphere of Sri Lankan life. The Boxer BM 150 with its sturdy,
extended rear steel luggage carrier, larger fuel tank and powerful round
halogen headlamp completes its profile as the best bike for any job on
Pulsar 220 SF – Unchallenged Power
The new Pulsar 220 SF, now comes with a two-tone colour combination
and aerodynamic short fairing which adds to its eye-catching muscular,
powerful looks. Top-of-the-line in its class, the Pulsar 220 SF is the
most powerful bike from the Pulsar stables and is an instant hit with
the heavy-bike, speed-loving riding enthusiast. Designed with a powerful
220 cc DTS-i air and oil-cooled engine with ExhausTEC for more power and
mileage, the Pulsar 220 SF leads the way in high-speed, high-comfort
riding. Comfort is enhanced with a clip on handle bar which provides
better maneuverability and easy riding posture. Hydraulic disc brakes in
front and rear and anti-friction bush in front supervision allow for
smooth, effective braking and a comfortable ride on any terrain.
The bike also sports wide 90/90*17 front and 120/80*17 rear tubeless
tyres for precision handling and enhanced safety, with 5-step adjustable
gas-assisted Nitrox shock absorbers enhancing the overall experience. A
gleaming, stainless-steel silencer and neat LCD digital meter panel
gives the bike a sleek finish that complements its muscular, powerful
Sold and serviced by David Pieris Motor Company Ltd – the country’s
No. 1 automotive company, each Pulsar 220 SF now comes with a free,
high-value Pulsar-branded Riding Kit inclusive of a Helmet, Jacket,
T-Shirt, Cap, Gloves and Pouch in the ‘Pulsar Power’ Grand Seasonal
Offer which runs until December 31 2011.
Financial institutions select Oracle FLEXCUBE solutions
A growing number of financial services organizations worldwide are
selecting Oracle Financial Services solutions, including Oracle FLEXCUBE
and Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications, to help them
innovate and achieve competitive differentiation, ensure regulatory
compliance and deliver more personalized service and greater value to
Nouvobanq has selected Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking Solution and
Oracle FLEXCUBE Direct Banking Solution to support the bank's growing
retail and corporate banking operations.
The bank's previous solution, used for the last 22 years, caused
bottlenecks due to technology limitations that could not meet modern
banking demands. “Financial services organizations around the globe
face a common set of business challenges as they seek new ways to better
serve customers, differentiate themselves in the market, expand business
intelligence and reduce overall organizational risk,” said Frank
Brienzi, senior vice president and general manger, Oracle Financial
“Oracle is dedicated to helping banks meet these challenges head on
through industry leading hardware and financial services-specific
applications that enable organizations to achieve new levels of
efficiency, insight and performance.ÓThe implementation of Oracle
FLEXCUBE will help create new efficiencies visible throughout the bank's
Leading pan-African bank, Ecobank Transnational Inc., has implemented
Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking and Oracle FLEXCUBE Direct Banking
solutions, as well as Oracle's Financial Services Risk Analytics, to
standardize its processing platform across its affiliates in 30
sub-Saharan African countries. Enabling Ecobank to service more than 7
million customers via more than 1,100 bank branches, this represents
Oracle FLEXCUBE's largest multi-country implementation in Africa to
Banque Pour Le Commerce Exierieur Lao Public (BCEL) is preparing to
implement Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking on Oracle Exadata Database
Machine to modernize its core banking system. BCEL's core banking
modernization project is a critical milestone in increasing the bank's
efficiencies around risk and growth management, while improving overall
profitability of the business in a highly converging industry. Ping An
Bank in China implemented Oracle FLEXCUBE.
The Big Deal Avurudu Lifestyle Fair a huge success
HSBC's Big Deal Lifestyle fair, recently held at the BMICH has
reportedly attracted over 17,000 visitors over three consecutive days.
The lifestyle fair that catered to a wide audience, offered great
discounts on various products by leading merchants along with products
new to the market at very affordable prices, making it a one stop shop
for seasonal shoppers.
Commenting on the overall success of the fair and association as
Platinum sponsor, Softlogic's Director Ms. Desiree Karunaratne, said,
“Much of HSBC's customer base makes regular visits to our stores
island-wide and it made sense for us to come forward and introduce
significant cost savings and attractive offers to all visitors. While
Softlogic carries a strong retail presence in the market, we were happy
to be able to showcase our range of world reputed brands such as
Panasonic, Samsung, Ford, Daihatsu, ZX Auto and Jonway. We are very
pleased about the opportunity and the outcome of our association as the
Platinum sponsor and commend HSBC on a job well done.”
Some of the
visitors at the event
The fair which sought to benefit both customers and merchants with
all kinds of lifestyle products on offer resulted in record sales being
generated for many merchants.
“Although our participation in this consumer fair was a last minute
decision, we were surprised by the magnitude of the event. We were able
to generate substantial sales through this fair. I thank HSBC for having
organised this fair in a timely manner as the exposure made this a very
special event for shoppers and all stall owners. We have no hesitation
in participating in such events should HSBC organise in the future”,
stated Mr Suresh Wijesinghe, Managing Director of Memory Technologies
Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., authorized distributors for Kingston products in Sri
Lanka since 1998.
Visitors were treated to early bird deals for Avurudu, while flexible
payment options were made available through the bank's 0% interest free
schemes, lifestyle loans and flexi plans on credit cards. A unique
feature was the auction held with many consumer durables, automobiles
and household goods being offered at amazingly low prices.
Customers also benefited from free automobile health checks, valued
at over Rs. 3,500 that resulted in over 200 vehicle owners receiving
tips on vehicle maintenance and clean ups.
Many travel partners who set up stalls at the fair saw great value,
as it provided them a channel for promoting a range of holiday packages
and travel deals to holiday makers who met their right target audience.
Commenting in this regard, Chanies Ratnayake, Senior Manager
Marketing of Classic Travel said, “The HSBC Big Deal Lifestyle fair was
most helpful in terms of creating awareness about Classic Travel and our
varied holiday packages, especially our star cruise packages. We
generated many inquiries for the upcoming holiday period and also for
travel later on in the year. The special offers for HSBC credit
cardholders were received favourably.”
Sampath Bank PLC celebrated their 25th
anniversary recently. In parallel with this significant
event, Kandy Dalada Veediya branch also organized a function
in Kandy. Bharana Jayawardana, Manager-Dalada Veediya branch
cuts the anniversary cake in the presence of other guests
and Kandy branch staff.
Saboor Chatoor Pvt Ltd has been in
existence for almost 100 years, and is one of the oldest
established exporters of spices and various agricultural
produce. The company is
one of the pioneers in the export of spices to various parts
of the world, and it was awarded the ISO 22,000 certificate
recently. Here Amyn Chatoor (right) – Director Saboor
Chatoor (Pvt) Ltd, receiving the ISO 22,000 certificate from
Kanchana Ratwatte (Left) – Chairman, Sri Lanka Standards
Institution. Extreme left is the Director, Sri Lanka
Standards Institution Gamini Dharmawardena, is seen with the