Business and Economics
St. Mary’s College Chilaw in Partnership with Seylan Bank PLC Launches Sri Lanka’s 1st Virtual OBA payment platform

Seylan Bank introduced a payment gateway facility, VOBA (Virtual Old Boys Association) at St. Mary’s College Chilaw, one of the oldest educational institutes in Sri Lanka. The school is the first in the island to be facilitated with the VOBA platform as a part of its process towards digitalization.

The platform is a multipurpose portal used by past pupils to connect with their former peers, track and manage the schools' ongoing development projects. Seylan Bank has now enabled the members to settle Old Boys’ Association (OBA) membership fees and make direct donations to the school’s account from across the globe via this payment platform. The portal can currently be accessed via web and mobile on both Android and iOS devices.

The service is now open to all schools with a past pupils/old boys association, Seylan Bank’s online payment platform will act as a game-changer directly contributing towards increasing the number of members across all the association's island wide.
Huawei ranks #6 among world’s most innovative companies 2020

Global leading ICT infrastructure provider Huawei has ranked No. 6 in BCG’s recent released list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2020, moved up by 42 places. This is the highest ranking for the tech giant since it first made the list in 2012.

According to the report by Boston Consulting Group, Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and Huawei occupy the top 6 spots in the new ranking, followed by Alibaba, IBM, Sony and Facebook.

The ranking is based on a survey of 2,500 global innovation executives and assesses companies’ performance on four dimensions of Global “Mindshare”, Industry Disruption, Industry Peer View and Value Creation.

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TISL launches Integrity Icon Sri Lanka 2020

Following the success of the Integrity Icon campaigns in 2018 & 2019, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for Integrity Icon Sri Lanka 2020 to “name & fame” honest public officials.

Initially conceptualised by Accountability Lab, a global organisation that seeks to support change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities, Integrity Icon was held in Sri Lanka in 2018 and 2019 under the theme “Honouring Honesty”. Globally, the Integrity Icon campaign is being held this year in Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Mexico amongst other nations.

The Integrity Icon campaign seeks to recognise public officials who carry out their duty with integrity notwithstanding external and internal pressures. A key component that differentiates the Integrity Icon award from similar campaigns is the element of public participation, where the public are called upon to nominate public officials whom they see as deserving of the title and are then given the opportunity to vote for their favourite amongst the five shortlisted integrity icons.

Nominations for Integrity Icon Sri Lanka 2020 can be submitted until 31 August 2020. The Integrity Icon handbook and nomination forms can be downloaded from the official website, or by contacting 0711 295 295 or

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