Statement of Directors’ responsibility

The responsibility of the Directors in relation to the Financial Statements of the Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (Company) is set out in the following statement. The responsibility of the Auditors in relation to the Financial Statements is set out in the Report of the Auditors given on pages 135 to 138..

These Financial Statements are prepared in compliance with the requirements of the following rules, regulations, and guidelines.

  • Companies Act No. 07 of 2007;
  • Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011;
  • Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Act No. 15 of 1995;
  • Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange;
  • Code of Best Practice on Corporate Governance issued jointly by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka; and
  • Directions, Rules, Determinations, Notices, and Guidelines issued under the Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011 by the Department of Supervision of Non-Bank Financial Institutions of Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

In preparing these Financial Statements, the Directors are required to ensure that –

  • The appropriate accounting policies have been selected and applied in a consistent manner and material departures, if any have been disclosed and explained;
  • The Financial Statements are presented in accordance with
    Sri Lanka Accounting Standards (SLFRSs/LKASs);
  • Reasonable and prudent judgements and estimates have been used so that the form and substance of transactions are appropriately reflected;
  • These Financial Statements provide the information required by and otherwise comply with the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007, Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011 and the Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange.

In terms of the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007, the Directors of the Company are responsible for ensuring that the Company keep proper books of accounts and prepare Financial Statements that give true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company as at the end of each Financial year and of the Statement of Income of the Company for each financial year and place them before the General Meeting.

The Financial Statements comprise the Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Comprehensive Income, and Statement of Changes in Equity, Cash Flow Statement and the Notes to the Financial Statements. The Directors have taken reasonable measures to safeguard the assets of the Company to prevent and detect frauds and other irregularities. Accordingly, the Directors have taken steps to establish appropriate systems of internal controls comprising of internal audit reviews, risk assessment tests and financial and other controls to mitigate, prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.

Further, the Board of Directors wishes to confirm that the Company has met requirements under the Section 7 of the continuing Listing Requirements of the Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange where applicable.

The Board of Directors also wishes to confirm that, as required by the Sections 166 (1) and 167 (1) of the Companies Act, they have prepared this Annual Report in time and ensured that a copy thereof is sent to every shareholder of the Company, who have expressed desire to receive a hard copy or to other shareholders a soft copy each in a CD containing the Annual Report within the stipulated period of time as required by the Rule No. 7.5 (a) and (b) on Continuing Listing Requirements of the Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange. The Directors also wish to confirm that all shareholders in each category have been treated equitably in accordance with the original terms of issue.

The Company’s External Auditors Messrs KPMG were reappointed, in terms of the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007 and in accordance with a resolution passed at the last Annual General Meeting. They carried out reviews, and sample checks on the system of internal controls as they considered required and appropriate and necessary for expressing an opinion on the Financial Statements and internal controls. They were provided with every opportunity to undertake the inspections they considered appropriate.

The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge, all taxes, duties and levies payable by the Company, all contributions, levies and taxes payable on behalf of and in respect of the employees of the Company, and all other known statutory dues as were due and payable by the Company as at the reporting date have been paid or where relevant, provided.

The Directors further confirm that after considering the financial position, operating conditions, regulatory and other factors, reasonable expectation that the Company and its subsidiaries have adequate resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, we continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Financial Statements.

By Order of the Board,

J R A Corera

W P C M Nanayakkara
Managing Director

10 June 2021