Business and Economics
Dialog Axiata Partners Gamata Sanniwedanaya Project Initiated by TRCSL

Staying true to its vision of Empowering and Enriching Sri Lankan Lives and Enterprises by connecting everyone and driving digital inclusion across the nation, Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog) partnered the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to launch the first phase of the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative in Ratnapura.

By facilitating the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative, the Company aims to enable all Sri Lankans to move forward as one digital society and support the distant-learning and working requirements in this new normal. This initiative was deployed by TRCSL with the pilot programme of implementing 37 new sites in the Ratnapura District, where 18 of these sites will be deployed by Dialog by July 2021. The next phase of the ‘Gamata Sanniwedanaya’ initiative will focus on expanding 4G coverage to deep rural communities in Kurunegala, Matara and more districts to achieve near 100% population coverage by the end of 2022.

Milo to provide Rs. 10 million to support 10,000 children

Milo is to provide Rs. 10 million worth of support to 10,000 children. This is via its latest campaign, in the form of laptops, tabs, reloads, scooters, bikes and more to help them learn remotely and stay physically active, at a time where many are shielding indoors from the pandemic and limiting the time spent outside their homes. The brand will be gifting 1,000 children every week via raffle draws between 18 February 2021 and 18 April 2021.
“Supporting and encouraging them to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle has been a big part of this, but we wanted to go one step further this year. We heard many stories of families struggling with remote learning and online classes, especially those with more than one child, as they didn’t have enough devices or data to cope. We also heard of parents worried about the lack of outdoor playtime and physical activity for their children.

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‘Economic and social statistics do not indicate SL anywhere in the dumps’

The global C-19 pandemic during its current generations’ lifetime caused panic and curtailment of normal activities. However, newly published economic and social statistics do not indicate Sri Lanka is ‘anywhere in the dumps’ but managing the affairs well in many ways compared to most countries in the world.

SLTMobtel, Chairman Rohan Fernando made these observations at the annual National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) Awards ceremony held at Shangri -La in Colombo under tight health guidelines. Over 80 Sri Lankan exporters who rendered an invaluable service to prosper the country’s economy received awards. A unique feature of the event was recognizing a differently able person by export oriented enterprises.

“Resilient exporters’ are the living proof that they have found the ways and means to stay in business. Sri Lanka has the best ‘crop’ of entrepreneurs who can steer the country towards prosperity and the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) is a cradle for these budding exporters,” Fernando noted.

He said it was the deeply embedded belief that for a country like Sri Lanka, exports were necessary for priming the economy and the NCE was responsible for driving this point home.

Speaking further, Fernando said he has a high regard for NCE as it has the ability and the encouragement to shape Lankan entrepreneurs as mentioned by the late Patrick Amarasinghe, a fearless proponent of market economy.

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