CNCI Achievers Awards 2009
The CNCI Achievers Awards for Industrial and Service Excellence is
regarded one of the most prestigious National Awards granted to the Sri
Lankan Industrial, Manufacturing and Service Sector. The Ceylon National
Chamber of Industries (CNCI) has organized the CNCI Achievers Awards
2009 for Industrial and Service Excellence grand award presentation for
the eighth consecutive year.
The award presentation for all provincial and National level
Industries is scheduled to take place on September 11, at the BMICH with
the patronage of Government Ministers, Foreign Diplomats, Government
Officials and a large sector of the corporate sector, industrial,
manufacturing and service organizations in Sri Lanka.
The Chief Guest at the CNCI Achievers Awards 2009 award presentation
is the Minister of Export Development and Internal Trade and the Acting
Minister of Post and Telecommunications Prof. G.L. Peiris.
The Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) annually offers the
Sri Lankan Industrialists, the manufacturing and the service sector to
vie for honours for their achievements. This opportunity is also offered
to Sri Lankan Enterprises operating in the SAARC countries, and for the
country specific nominees of the SAARC countries. This year nominees
from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives are eligible to
An interesting feature of this year's award competition is the
participation of many SME applicants from the newly liberated Northern
and Eastern provinces in Sri Lanka, including Jaffna, Batticaloa,
Trincomalee and Vavunia. The services of an eminent panel of Judges,
headed by Chartered Engineer Sunil Wijesinghe, comprising reputed
industrialist and an international award winner in quality and
management, supported by experts from management, finance marketing, S.L.
standards, engineering, consumer affairs, accreditation and banking
sectors were evaluated the applicants.
The principal sponsor of the 2009 award presentations is Sri Lanka
Telecom PLC, and the event sponsors are Ceylinco Insurance PLC, Chemanex
PLC. Bank of Ceylon and Sign-Tec while the ANCL - Daily News, Dinamina,
MTV, Sirasa TV and Sirasa FM Radio are the press media and electronic
sponsors for the eighth consecutive year.
Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry :
Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva being
greeted by SLCPI President Ananda Samarasinghe
The Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry elected Indoscan (Pvt)
Limited Chairman/ CEO Ananda Samarasinghe as its fifth President last
week at the Chamber's AGM held at the Ceylon Intercontinental Hotel.
The new President Ananda Samarasinghe who takes over from Adrian
Basnayake said that he has important plans especially to project the
pharmaceutical industry not merely in its production and distribution
sphere but rather as a contributor towards the healthcare of the nation.
"This industry is not all about molecules and generics, it's about
healing people. The pharmaceutical industry has been called various
names by its detractors in their attempts to mislead public perception,
but it needs to be understood that we are corporate bodies with social
responsibility; we are an integral and important part of the healthcare
sector. We are a part of the healing process for the sick not merely the
production and distribution route," he said.
Addressing the chamber membership and invitees present he said "We
need to identify our counterparts who in so many different ways
contribute to and are linked together directly or indirectly in the
process of healing - in the manufacturing, dispensing, hospital care and
distribution. We need to understand and stand together in facing
"If the Pharma Industry faces a challenge it will have a direct or
indirect effect on other industries such as Pharmacists, Pharmacies or
Private Hospitals, Manufacturers etc. Therefore it becomes necessary
that we build bridges through closer communications and better
interactions with these industries", he said.
Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was
felicitated and highly commended for his leadership in the healthcare
sector not only in Sri Lanka but also at WHO level for bringing much
fame to the country, while four other outstanding personnel, which
included two posthumous awards, were also felicitated at the AGM for
their noteworthy contribution to the pharmaceutical industry. This has
been an ongoing practice at SLCPI AGMs for the last two consecutive
The SLCPI's new Executive Committee headed by Ananda Samarasinghe as
President has Stuart Chapman and Vish Govindasamy as Vice Presidents,
Sudharshana Jayathileka as Secretary, Sajith Wijesekera, Asst. Secretary
and Adrian Basnayake as Immediate Past President and H.A.A. Priyantha as
First Guardian Equities featured on Bloomberg and CNBC
First Guardian Equities, a Sri Lankan stockbrokerage firm based at
Colombo's World Trade Centre, was recently featured on Bloomberg and
CNBC, two globally renowned media networks with regard to the thriving
stock market in Sri Lanka.
First Guardian Equities Director Ranjan Hulugalle, who was on a road
show in Singapore with the objective of generating awareness on
investment opportunities in Sri Lanka was featured on the Bloomberg
Edge, as well as CNBC news on August 17 discussing the rising investment
opportunities and future financial prowess in the post-war nation.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Hulugalle said that the Sri Lankan economy
reported a 1.5 percent growth in the first quarter, followed by a 28 per
cent increase in tourist arrivals in July this year. These were positive
signs for the Lankan economy in the first quarter, and with the Sri
Lankan Index being at 67 percent last week it was seen as initiating
much interest among foreign investors. The Bloomberg Edge went on to say
that investors such as Soros, Mobius and Rogers are among the investors
eyeing investments in Sri Lanka.
Hulugalle was also featured on another global network - CNBC which
rarely touches on frontier markets such as Sri Lanka. Talking to CNBC's
Oriel Morrison, Hulugalle was quoted saying that "despite a recent
run-up in Sri Lanka's stocks, there is huge upside potential in that
First Guardian Equities (Pvt) Ltd, is the country's only
internationally certified brokerage for systems standardisation and
offers clients investment research and cutting edge financial
Naturub Lingerie Accessories to expand apparel production
BOI Chairman/Director General Dhammika Perera presents the
certificate of registration to Naturub Group of Companies
Managing Director Tissa Eleperuma.
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka granted investment approval to
Naturub Lingerie Accessories (Private) Limited. Chairman/Director
General Dhammika Perera signed the agreement on behalf of the BOI and
presented the BOI Certificate of Registration to Managing Director of
Naturub Group of Companies, Tissa Eleperuma.
The investment agreement worth Rs. 140 million was signed with
Naturub Lingerie Accessories to manufacture high quality lingerie
accessories. These lingerie accessories would be supplied to
international brands such as Marks and Spencer, Victoria's Secret and
Liz Claiborne. Commercial production is expected to commence within
The venture will set up a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at
Panadura and is expected to generate employment for a workforce of 300.
The Naturub Group of Companies has been operating in the apparel
manufacturing and export sector for over 25 years with the BOI. The
group operates two ventures, Naturub Export International (Private)
Limited and Naturub Accessories (Private) Limited also under the BOI.
Eleperuma said that the global lingerie market has expanded, resulting
an increased demand for lingerie accessories exports. Managing Director
Tissa Eleperuma and Director S.C.R.A. Fernando signed the agreement on
behalf of Naturub Lingerie Accessories (Private) Limited.
New MD at Oriflame Sri Lanka
Pierre Martensson is the new MD of Oriflame Sri Lanka, a BOI approved
company. He comes with an extensive work history in the area of direct
sales. His last assignment was in Thailand prior to becoming a part of
the Oriflame team.
"I am glad to be here and from my first visit to the island, I was
sold on the destination and that was the beginning of my work with the
company and of course Sri Lanka" said Martensson.
Cosmetics are an ever evolving industry with constant changes in
areas such as innovation and marketing strategies. Oriflame natural
Swedish cosmetics constantly strive to keep abreast of the trends and
emerge as leaders in areas such as innovation and technology. Oriflame
has shown tremendous growth of 75 percent annually in markets in the
"I personally feel the present market conditions in Sri Lanka are
very strong as there is an increase in purchasing power in our target
segments. We are looking at areas for expansion and ways in which to
increase awareness while positioning ourselves to be able to meet
tougher competition" he said.
"We in Colombo are very excited as we plan on our expansion to Galle,
by the end of August and this would make our islandwide presence more
prominent", he said.
Fast Growth 100 List:
Virtusa in fast growth list
Virtusa Corporation, a global information technology (IT) services
company that provides business consulting, outsourcing, IT services, and
application outsourcing services through an enhanced global delivery
model, has been named to Everything Channel's Fast Growth 100 list.
Virtusa claimed the 33rd ranking on the list, which honours the
fastest-growing integrators in the industry.
"This independent recognition is a testament to Virtusa's solid
financial foundation and firm footing in the market, and our growth
reflects the business value we're providing to our customers," said
Virtusa Senior Vice President of Marketing Doug Mow.
"Companies today feel mounting pressure to reduce total cost of
ownership of IT operations while focusing on business results. Virtusa's
broad portfolio of IT services provides its customers with a complete
partnership able to handle complex projects end to end," he said.
A leader in IT consulting, systems integration and application
outsourcing, Virtusa helps their customers streamline the systems that
support their critical business functions. Virtusa's unique platforming
approach consolidates, rationalizes and modernizes core systems
resulting in an efficient, lean IT environment.
Virtusa specializes in business process management, data warehousing
and business intelligence, and enterprise content management.
Everything Channel, a division of United Business Media, selected the
honorees based on average revenue growth from 2006 to 2008.
Companies on this year's Fast Growth 100 list averaged 87 percent
revenue growth during these two years and turned in median annual sales
of $192.2 million.
"The companies included in this list are channel industry leaders,"
said Everything Channel Senior Vice President and Editorial Director
Robert C. DeMarzo.
Young HR Minds Awards 2009:
Amali emerges a winner
Amali Ferdinandes of Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Limited (CCBSL)
emerged a winner at the recently concluded Young HR Minds Awards.
Ferdinandes who functions as the Assistant Human Resources Development
Manager at CCBSL was one of the four winners in 2009.
This year the awards process included four steps which were the
initial submission of the research papers by the participants, the
independent evaluation by the panel, the selection of presenters for the
second round based on the highest average and finally the selection of
the best four presentations from the second round.
Ferdinandes was among the final four selected from the second round.
The four winners presented diverse and attractive topics at the
Ferdinandes' presentation was on the National Vocational
Qualification Initiative by Coca-Cola through which employees are given
the opportunity to commence tertiary education at Coca-Cola Sri Lanka.
She discussed the importance placed on continuous 'People
Development' at Coca-Cola and how employees have the opportunity of
acquiring the internationally recognised National Vocational
Qualification as a result of this.
The training programs which are conducted by the National Apprentice
and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) and the Tertiary and
Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) have been invaluable in providing
an opportunity for employees to gain internationally recognised
qualifications as well as to progress in their field of employment.
Hemas Southern Hospital launches Maathru
Hemas Southern Hospital Galle recently introduced ‘Maathru’.
Hemas Southern Hospital Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Sajeewa
Narangoda said, “Maathru” encompasses all the core elements that go into
a safe, secure and comfortable delivery, be it normal or Caesarean.
Giving birth at Hemas Southern Hospital Galle has been a special and
unique experience for almost 50 mothers who have already done so since
we launched operations in March this year.
Our trained, caring and experienced staff will ensure a safe and a
secure delivery for both mother and baby at the Hemas Southern
Hospital”. With its private father-friendly labour rooms for normal
delivery and its modern theatres for Caesarean deliveries, the Hemas
Southern Hospital Galle exudes a warm family ambiance which extends to
its clean and comfortable rooms.
Maathru also includes special anti-natal classes for mothers.
This has been identified as a critical area in the field of childcare
where new mothers are often unaware of the basics of how to handle their
Classes will be conducted by specialists in the field who will impart
their knowledge and long years of experience in childcare.
Maathru also offers a range of discounts on all investigations and
vaccines for the baby until he / she reaches 10 years of age.
Very often young parents are anxious at the birth of their first
child and relatively unprepared to face the experience.
‘Maathru’ now gives them the assurance of the total cost of the
procedure even before entering hospital while adding value to the first
ten years of the baby’s life.
Hemas Hospitals Chairman, Murtaza Esufally said that the introduction
of ‘Maathru’ at Galle, subsequent to its launch at the Hemas Wattala
Hospital, was yet again in keeping with the Hospital’s patient-centric
ethos. “Not only have we been able to enhance convenience and
dependability, but also to bring in a totally new and patient-friendly
experience at the Hospital.
The response we’ve so far got from patients has been very good, and
this augurs well for the future. Maathru would be the first of many more
patient-centric packages in the pipeline”, he said.
Brandix continues its commitment
Bathing facilities at Menik Farm:
Brandix has commenced the construction of bathing facilities for
internally displaced persons at the Menik Farm complex in northern Sri
Lanka, in one of its largest CSR projects this year.
One of the bathing stations under construction at Menik Farm
The Group, which has made water and sanitation the central theme of
its corporate social responsibility program, is building 50 bathing
stations, each comprising 20 bathing units, providing the camp with
bathing facilities for up to 1,000 people at a time.
“Facilities for water supply and sanitation are two of the most
critical needs of the IDP camps,” said Brandix, Head of CSR, Anusha
“These are areas in which the Group has extensive experience, as our
CSR projects are all motivated by the fundamental premise that water is
life, and involve building or improving water supply infrastructure and
sanitation facilities for needy people,” she said. Alles said the
project, expected to be completed by end September would be another
example of private sector involvement in assisting the Government in
efforts to provide sustainable living conditions to the thousands of
IDPs in the welfare villages. An important feature of the project was
that Brandix engaged the displaced persons to provide labour for the
construction, enabling them to earn some income and become closely
involved in the outcome.
Before work on the project commenced, representatives of the Brandix
CSR team carried out a survey of the site with the assistance of the
Water Supply and Drainage Board to identify the most suitable locations
for the bathing stations.
A cost-effective design that would minimize wastage of water was
used, and all bathing stations are incorporated with inter-built
drainage lines which are connected to the main drainage system to ensure
that the bathing facilities would remain hygienic.
The 50 bathing stations have been strategically located so that they
serve four zones of the welfare camp.
Separate stations have been designated for men and women and all
bathing areas have been fully covered to provide users with privacy.