Litro Gas announced the launch of an App to leverage on technology as the platform to expand its customer outreach.
The Litro Gas App gives the customer the ability to be in control of the entire delivery process, enabling the customer to engage with the Company in an on-demand mode.
As the country’s leading supplier of domestic gas, Litro Gas has always strive to maintain a close relationship with its customers – that relationship acquired a new and tech driven dimension with the launch of the Litro Gas App, says Anil Koswatte, Chairman & CEO, Litro Gas Lanka Ltd & Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
“Our team is tech driven and utilizes state-of-the-art technology at every level of operations – from supply to storage and delivery through our various customer touch points”, he noted.
Technology is clearly an advantage to a Company with a turnover of Rs 45 billion – it drives every aspect of the business and empowers a strong and efficient team to deliver exceptional results to the customers, while ensuring that safety and industry best practices are heeded, he said.
“Providing domestic gas facility for our customers maybe a functional aspect of our business but it is utilized for a family centered purpose, one that is close to the heart of every family. We understand the importance of that interaction, reflected in our thinking in making use of technology to connect with our customers on a one-to-one basis”, Koswatte stressed.
The strength of Litro Gas in the market, achieved with a 75% market share and a customer base of four million and growing, translates into a wide outreach throughout Sri Lanka, giving the Company a unique advantage and an unparalleled access to consumers.
The Litro Gas customer delivery mechanism, activated through a strong customer centric approach at work across a network of 35 distributors located island-wide, 1,500 home delivery hubs and 11,000 point of sale locations, has entered a new phase of growth and access with the Litro Gas App.
“Harnessing of technology to get closer to our customers is a key function for us in everything we do”, Koswatte outlined.
“In an era when customers choose to use their smartphone or tech device to connect with the services they need, introducing the Litro Gas App adds tremendous value to our customer centric approach”, he added.
Litro Gas Lanka Ltd (LGLL) and Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (LGTL) owned by the Treasury through the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, has the distinction of functioning as a corporate entity with a clearly defined set of values that are based on achieving core competencies.
Litro Gas continues to champion standards that have driven its success story from the beginning – when Royal Dutch Shell was purchased by the Government of Sri Lanka in 1995. Over the years, the Company has grown into a powerhouse of potential and outstanding success, managed by a highly competent team of 234 employees.
He said as the government’s journey of prosperity and development gets under way, Litro Gas has a tremendous role to play in such a challenging national undertaking
“We have a mission to achieve in uplifting the living standards of the people who are not yet using LPG as a clean energy source. When they switch from firewood that causes indoor pollution to using gas for cooking, they are upgrading their way of life”, the Chairman further said.
This process is already empowering plantation communities where firewood has been replaced by domestic gas provided by Litro Gas. It’s an improvement to the community that captures the spirit of true development and progress, he added.
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Unlimited music streaming platform in Sri Lanka
SLT-Mobitel, the nation’s ICT and Telecommunications Service Provider recently partnered with Spotify, to mark their launch in Sri Lanka. Spotify is a paid premium music streaming app which allows subscribers to listen to music to their hearts content. Both, SLT-Mobitel Post-Paid and Pre-Paid customers will now be able to enjoy Spotify by activating a monthly recurring subscription or one-time subscription plan and access unlimited music streaming and downloading facilities.
The subscription charges will get added to the user’s customary billing, where payment will be deducted in real time. Starting from the payment date, the user will be able to access Spotify and download their favourite songs, for the next 30 days. Users who sign up for their first monthly subscription will receive an additional one month, courtesy of Spotify. The one-month subscription plan is not applicable with one-time subscription plans. SLT-Mobitel data rates, depending on the user’s respective broadband charges, will apply.
Spotify also has some exciting features that will provide SLT-Mobitel customers with the opportunity to listen to ad-free music, access millions of uninterrupted music under one platform, play any song they like, anywhere they go, and also be able to enjoy their music offline.
SLT-Mobitel customers can select their preferred premium package under four categories; Individual, Duo, Family, Student. Each category has recurring and non-recurring plans. After one month of free streaming, the package will activate once the offer period terminates. While both, the Individual and Student premiums are limited to one account user, the Duo package offers two accounts and the Family premium is accessible through six accounts. To view Spotify plans, users can log on to https://spoti.fi/3aLWvce
Sri Lanka using ‘sovereign power’ over economy: CB Governor
by Sanath Nanayakkare
Anyone conversant with the elements of a political economy would know that Sri Lanka is using its ‘sovereign power’ to manage the different dynamics of the economy in a sustainable manner, Professor W. D Lakshman Governor of the Central Bank said on Wednesday.
“Some critics are saying that we adopt a so-called modern monetary theory. That’s not the case. In fact, Sri Lanka is using its sovereign power in a number of economic aspects to honour its external debt repayment commitments as well as to reduce its debt burden in the medium term as well as achieve resilient growth in the medium to long term, he said.
“We make policy decisions to boost our gross foreign reserves, meet our external debt servicing, to facilitate monetary expansion, to boost our GDP growth, to strengthen our current account balance and manage our domestic and external economic variables in a sustainable manner. This is not a modern monetary theory. This is an age-old tool used by central banks around the world when the circumstances demand it, he said.
“Certain trade-offs will be necessary when dealing with an economy which has a big fiscal gap to bridge. There are efforts to push Sri Lanka towards the IMF again which would in turn have influence on our policymaking. We have taken policy measures to stabilize the economy and we have adequate reserve levels to meet our debt repayments. Meanwhile, we are in negotiations with overseas central banks and multilateral agencies to further boost our reserve level and it would materialise within a matter of weeks,” he noted.
“One of the tools the Central Bank has introduced is in respect of repatriation of export proceeds into Sri Lanka and conversion of such proceeds into Sri Lankan rupees in order to strengthen the foreign exchange situation of the country,” he said.
The Governor made these remarks while delivering the keynote speech at a webinar organised by the Veemansa Initiative led by its Managing Director Luxman Siriwardene – the former Executive Director of Pathfinder Foundation.
The webinar revolved round the topic ‘External debt situation in Sri Lanka: Are we heading for a resolution or crisis?’
Professor Sirimal Abeyratne, Prof. Sumanasiri Liyanage, Dr. Nishan de Mel and Dr. Ravi Liyanage were the other speakers on the panel.
CSE on the rebound; indices close positive
By Hiran H.Senewiratne
CSE produced signs of a rebound yesterday with both indices closing positive, though turnover remained low. Central Bank Governor W.D Lakshman’s recent statement on managing foreign reserves gave some boost to the market yesterday, stock market analysts said.
The index experienced a zigzag movement within the early hours of trading; thereafter, it recorded a slight up-trend as it reached its intraday high of 7,439. Later, the market witnessed a down-trend at mid-day, followed by a sideways movement and closed at 7,372, gaining 43 points during the month of February, market sources said.
It is said the banking sector dominated turnover with a contribution of considerable parcel trades in Sampath Bank, Commercial Bank and HNB.
Further, the Commercial Bank’s impressive quarterly results during the recent turbulent period also built investor confidence. Commercial Bank was able to register a18 percent net interest income when other banks were reporting a decline. Its share price increased by Rs. 3 or 3.5 percent. On the previous day, its shares started trading at Rs. 85 and at the end of the day they moved up to Rs. 88. Due to the positive growth results, the bank announced a Rs. 4.40 dividend per share, plus a Rs. 2 script divergent for every share.
Further, Sampath Bank shares also appreciated in both crossing and retail. In crossings its shares appreciated by Rs. 1.At the end of the day they moved up to Rs. 154.50. In the retail market, its shares moved up by Rs. 2 or 1.3 percent. Previously, its shares fetched Rs. 154 and at the end of yesterday they moved up to Rs. 156.
Amid those developments, both indices moved upwards. The All Share Price Index went up by 104.48 points and S and P SL20 rose by 67.78 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 3 billion with four crossings. Those crossings were reported in Sampath Bank, where 3.9 million shares crossed for Rs. 602.2 million, its share price being Rs. 154.50, HNB 375,000 shares crossed for Rs. 39.4 million, its shares traded at Rs. 105, Pan Asia Power 9.5 million shares crossed for Rs. 33.2 million, its shares traded at Rs. 3.50 and Access Engineering 1.2 million shares crossed for Rs. 28.2 million; its shares traded at Rs. 24.
In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Expolanka Rs. 450 million (10 million shares traded), JKH Rs. 205 million (1.3 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs. 199 million (34.9 million shares traded), Sampath Bank Rs. 191 million (1.2 million shares traded) and Dipped Products Rs. 137.7 million (2.8 million shares traded). During the day 101 million share volumes changed hands in 18046 transactions.
During the day, Expolanka, the biggest contributor to the turnover, saw its share price appreciating by Rs. 6.20 or 15 percent. Its share price quoted on the previous day was Rs. 41 and at the end of trading yesterday it moved up to Rs. 47.
Sri Lanka’s rupee quoted wider at 193.50/195.50 levels to the US dollar in the spot next market on Thursday while bond yields remained unchanged, dealers said. The rupee last closed in the spot market at 194.50/195.00 to the dollar on Wednesday.