Asia Miles programme successful
Cathay Pacific Airways' Asia Miles programme, launched in 1999,
has quickly established itself as a winner in Asia reaching 1.5
million members worldwide in just over three-and-half years.
is continuing to grow rapidly and we expect membership to hit the
two million mark by the end of 2003," said Ron Mathison, General
Manager Cathay Pacific Loyalty Programmes. Asia Miles is Asia's
leading Travel Reward Programme with over 150 partners in 13 categories.
The 14 airline partners are Cathay Pacific Airways, American Airlines,
British Airways, Qantas, Asiana Airlines, Aer Lingus, Japan Airlines,
Japan Asia Airways, Dragonair, China Eastern Airlines, Swiss, Finnair,
Iberia and Lan Chile.
trains managers for CIAM qualification
Twenty-eight senior managers of Ceylinco Life recently completed
a Managers Skills Seminar, one of the steps leading to the Chartered
Insurance Agency Manager (CIAM) designation awarded by the Life
Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA) of USA.
This is the
first batch of insurance professionals in Sri Lanka to complete
this training, which forms a component of the highest internationally
recognized qualification for agency managers in life insurance,
the company said.
The group comprised Regional Sales Managers, Business Development
Managers and designated trainers of Ceylinco Life.
gets ISO 14001 status
Garments Ltd, established in 1977, recently received the ISO 14001
certification of environmental management system from the Sri Lanka
one of the leading garment manufacturers in the world and part of
the world famous Esquel Group, is the first garment factory here
to receive this certification.
The Esquel group
is a top cotton apparel manufacturer producing five million dozens
of garments and $ 500 million in turnovers. It has a 44,000 strong
multinational workforce and 20 manufacturing facilities and sales
offices in countries including Sri Lanka.
telecasts to Europe, Middle East
Vision International Pvt Ltd has signed a contract with an Italian
TV company to broadcast Sri Lankan programmes through satellite
transmission services covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East
for two hours per week for a year.
said it would be producing 104 programmes during this duration on
the country's history, culture, places of interest and other issues.
It said this was a good opportunity for companies to get publicity
on production and services of Sri Lankan origin in Europe and other
UK trade mission
mission organised by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
and led by its deputy chief executive Peter Bishop will be visiting
Colombo from November 25 to 29, the British High Commission said.
is an interesting market for British companies and furthermore through
the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement, Sri Lanka has created increasing
interest as a gateway to the burgeoning India market," Bishop
was quoted as saying.
delegation covers a wide range of goods and services like tractors,
electronic data logging equipment, textile industry equipment, electrical
goods, trucks, electronic de-bugging equipment, wastepaper and aviation
formed XeSol (Pvt) Ltd, an Alliance group company, has recorded
impressive sales of Xerox office automation products for the first
six months of operation at Rs. 20 million.
Xerox Harish Menon said the sales figures achieved by the company
is encouraging and "it is good to know that Xerox - a well
known product in the past - is still a force to be reckoned with."
Xerox will in
December launch the PHASER 6200 series Colour Printers, which is
an A4 laser printer. Menon said that they were determined to re-establish
Xerox as the market leader in Sri Lanka and would soon be expanding
operations to other major towns.
NIC policy holders under one umbrella
(JIC) recently handed out its 120,000th Janaratha Motor Insurance
Policy, the company said.
It said JIC
is launching its entire motor insurance portfolio including that
of the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) - which it recently
acquired - under the Janaratha brand name, bringing both businesses
under one umbrella brand which will benefit both NIC and JIC policy
holders through the extensive network islandwide.
has not only won new customers but ensured that they remain with
the company in continuingly improving service standards. These along
with prudent management and good corporate governance have enhanced
its image as a socially responsible company whilst delivering greater
and consistent value to customers, employees, shareholders and the
country at large, the statement added.
for the new economy
Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA) will conduct a workshop
on December 9 in Colombo on the topic "IT strategies for the
A critical analysis
on how to integrate technology, process and people to meet the expectations
of the new economy will be the focus of the workshop. M.S. Jayaraman,
a senior consultant specialising in IT Strategies and BPR, will
conduct the workshop. He is Chennai-based and is currently a consultant
(IT strategies and Telemedicine).
Institute of Marketing is currently enrolling the second batch of
students for its new Postgraduate Diploma in Apparel Marketing.
The course, launched in July, is conducted by the CIM in collaboration
with the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters' Association.Enrolment for
the second batch has been expanded to 100 students because of "an
overwhelming interest in the programme from those employed in the
industry", they said in a statement.
Lion aims for
higher ISO certification
Registry of Quality Assurance has recommended that the Lion Brewery
Ceylon Limited (LBCL) be awarded the next level of ISO Quality Certification,
a subsidiary of The Ceylon Brewery Limited (CBL), is presently certified
under ISO 9002:1994.
point of the present certification has been the ensuring of performance
improvements through processes and system enhancements that directly
result in greater customer satisfaction," said E. Vinayakarajah,
Manager, Quality and Product Development of Lion. Lion, which has
over 150 years of brewing experience in Sri Lanka, exports its products
to the USA, UK, France, Switzerland, Lebanon, Maldives, Japan and
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