Mar 15, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government will sign Statements of Corporate Intent (SCIs) with five state-owned enterprises: Ceylon Electricity Board, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Airport and Aviation Services (SL) LTD and Sri Lanka Ports Authority, at the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday.
The SCI is a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be signed by the Secretary to the Ministry of
Finance, Secretary of relevant line Ministry and the Chairman on behalf of the Board of Directors
of the respective SOBEs, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.
“The effectiveness of the SCI process will depend fundamentally on to what extent that the SCI will be used as their own management tool by the selected SOBEs and the line Ministries,” it said.
“The SCI would enable to contribute positively to the strategically important SOBEs towards achieving Sri
Lanka’s economic goals by enhancing the contribution making to the GDP of the country.”
“In achieving the set objectives of these SOBEs, the key expectations of the government is to encourage and to
facilitate these SOBEs to improve the operational and financial efficiency through improved corporate
practices, innovative financing, strong and prudent financial management, exposure to competitiveness
and international best-practices and effective human resource management while enhancing public
SCI includes key performance indicators link to Corporate Plan, Action Plan and Annual Budget of the SOBEs for three years’ time horizon stating from year 2017.
In addition, the impact of all non-commercial operations by the SOBEs are also taken in to account and included.
The CEB has identified its KPIs as improving quality of electricity to customer by continuously reducing System Average Interruption Duration Indicators (SAIDI), reducing System Average Interruptions Frequency Index (SAIFI), increasing electricity generation from renewable resources thereby increase Non-Conventional Renewable Energy (NCRE) generation composition by end of 2019.
The CPC has identified its KPIs as improving refinery efficiency (output) as a percentage of capacity, ensuring financial viability by reducing debt to assets and improving productivity and management efficiency through institutional structural changes.
The NWS&DB has identified its KPIs as increasing new water connections annually, reduce non-revenue water percentage, increasing more access to safe drinking water, enhance the efficiency of employees, improving operational efficiency and thereby reduce leak repairs cost per kilometer per month.
The KPIs of AASL are to improve infrastructure facilities to cater 15 million passenger handling, achieving transshipment cargo out of total aviation cargo, and improving airport performance in the regional ranking in terms of air traffic statistics and improving number of aircraft movements at the Airports of Sri Lanka.
The KPIs of SLPA have been identified as reducing Average Ship Turnaround Time (Hour), maintaining
Average Waiting Time of Container Ships (Hour) and to improve Gross Container Productivity per crane
On the success of the implementation of this Priority program, the government is expecting to extend this
move for the other State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), the statement said.
Altogether, there are more than 350 SOEs those can be identified as Corporations, Banks, Academic Institutions, Statutory Boards and Public Companies ect.
The Department of Public Enterprises is in the process of analyzing the results of these institutions in order to align its future path towards success.
Overall, the SCI provides more transparent and accountable information stream to the real stakeholders i.e. customers, employees, regulatory authorities, government agencies, general public and any other interested parties.