Business and Economics
Sri Lanka Ports Authority implements clearance through electronic methods

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has taken steps towards the clearance of all imports at the Port of Colombo through electronic payments via the Internet.

This allows port users to make payments from their homes or offices to clear goods from the Port of Colombo.

This was implemented on instructions of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General Daya Ratnayake, this special facility will enable port users to make their port payments easily without hassle.

In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, all terminals of the Port of Colombo have been made readily available with necessary arrangements towards required services for all stakeholders. At present, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and all other terminals of the Port of Colombo have also maintained all port operations with the implementation of a strategic crisis management plan.
Airtel becomes Sri Lanka's first telco to integrate Google’s Business Messages

Airtel Lanka announced its successful integration with Google’s Business Messages.

With the service now going live, the new feature enables a message button on Google Maps and Google Search, for anyone looking for support or information on Airtel.

This feature eliminates the time taken for a customer to lookup a number, call a contact centre for information, thus improving overall customer experience.

Access to these platforms will be further enhanced with the integration of a BOT which is anticipated to be rolled out in the near future.

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LOLC Al-Falaah clinches South Asian Regional Award at IFFSA

Al-Falaah, the alternate financial services unit of LOLC Finance PLC, one of Sri Lanka’s largest Non-Banking Financial Institution (NBFI), clinched three accolades at the recently concluded 5th Islamic Finance Forum South Asia (IFFSA) Awards 2019/20.

LOLC Al-Falaah emerged as the ‘Leasing Company of the Year’ winning the South Asian Gold award and the Silver award for the ‘IFFSA Quiz Competition’.

LOLC Al-Falaah also won the Bronze Award under the ‘Window of the year category’ competing with its South Asian regional counterparts.

The IFFSA awards is a much looked forward annual event by the Islamic Banking and Finance (IBF) fraternity in South Asia.

The 2019/20 awards encompassed a new element which was the IFFSA Quiz and LOLC Al-Falaah was able to take home the Runner-up Award.

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