Business and Economics
National Savings Bank begins 2023 on high note

National Savings Bank (NSB) ceremoniously commenced the first working day of the New Year, 2023 at the Head Office Premises of the Bank in Kollupitiya yesterday.

The events began with the Chanting of Pirith and Anushasana by the Venerable Members of Maha Sangarathne, which was followed by the invoking of blessings by the clergies of Christian, Hindu and Islamic religions. The occasion was graced by the Chairperson, Keasila Jayawardana, Director of the Bank, Gamini Laxman , General Manager/CEO, Ajith Peiris, Senior Deputy General Manager, K. Ravindran. Deputy General Managers and the Assistant General Managers and Senior Management and the entire staff of the Head Office were also present at the occasion.

General Manager/CEO of the Bank,. Ajith Peiris stated that even though the year 2022 was a year full of challenges, the Bank was able to achieve its targets successfully in many ways.
Acentura awarded for product excellence at National ICT Awards- NBQSA

Acentura, a transformational technology services provider, was awarded with two bronze awards and one special category award at National ICT Awards - NBQSA 2022. These awards are the recognition of organization’s product excellence proving the best quality deliverables to their customers. Acentura home grown product Athwela was awarded as Most Outstanding ICT Innovation Addressing National Disasters. Acentura Athwela is a high-quality, fast-responsive, and reliable information management system that captures information of needy people and connects them with those who are willing to help them.

This system helping to serve a million of people who are struggling to fulfil their basic needs in this time of economic crisis by providing real-time data of affected communities and reducing bottlenecks to help donors to get better understanding and respond to the exact needs of needy people, improving the response to the next one.

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Assetline Finance ‘Deshayata Jawayak’ enhances SME’s

Assetline Finance Limited, a leading non-banking financial institution, inaugurated a timely CSR initiative titled ‘Deshayata Jawayak’ centered around enhancing financial literacy among small and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs).

More than hundred SMEs from the Southern Province participated in this programme, the first of a series, which was held at the DPMC Auditorium in Kamburugamuwa, Matara.

The resource person, Chaminda Kumarasiri, a veteran SME Trainer, Senior Chartered Accountant, Chairman and Senior Consultant HCP Consulting (Private) Limited and Chairman of Asia Pacific Finance and Entrepreneurs Development Institute; highlighted the importance of nurturing and ensuring a strong network of small and medium-scale entrepreneurs, as they are the backbone of the economy. The small and medium scale entrepreneurs were presented with the opportunity to discuss the varied challenges they are facing in the current economic backdrop with Kumarasiri during a highly interactive question and answer session. Some of the participants voluntarily shared their success stories while elaborating on the milestones, challenges and strategies of their respective businesses. The highlight of the event was the active participation of over 50 ambitious female entrepreneurs thirsty for knowledge and insights to take their business to the next level despite many bottlenecks. Assetline Finance Limited Chief Marketing Officer Ajantha Premasiri said; “As a leading and responsible player in the non-bank financial institution sector in Sri Lanka, Assetline Finance has always strived to support small and medium scale enterprises. Going one step further, we have recently introduced Assetline ‘LIya Diriya’ an exclusive financial solution designed to ensure financial inclusion and empowerment of women.”

“The ‘Deshayata Jawayak’ programmes will be conducted islandwide for the next six months including the North and East and is hosted free of charge as a CSR initiative ” Premasiri added. Currently, Assetline Finance Limited, the financial services arm of the David Pieris Group of Companies, has fifty five branches islandwide providing financial solutions SMEs and individuals.

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