State Minister of National Policies & Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera launching the GICS, while CEO of CSE, Rajeeva Bandaranaike (left) and CSE Chairman Vajira Kulatilaka (right) look on

Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) today announced the adoption of the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) to classify its listed companies along with S&P/CSE co-branded sector indices.

The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) was jointly developed by Standard & Poor’s and MSCI Barra to meet the global financial community’s need for one complete, consistent set of global sector and industry definitions. The world’s leading financial professionals across all investment disciplines, including asset managers, institutional investors, consultants, and researchers have adopted GICS as the classification standard.

The CSE intends to consider GICS as an alternative classification of companies for a pilot period of one year during which period the current classification would also be maintained alongside the proposed GICS. This will provide adequate time for the stakeholders to be comfortable with GICS facilitating a smooth transition.

The pilot period commenced on Dec 02, 2015 and the classification of companies with market data can be accessed through

Chairman of CSE, Vajira Kulatilaka commented: “We believe that the adoption of GICS by CSE is very important step for sector investing and portfolio diversification. This globally accepted standard not only will enable foreign investors to analyze the sector diversity of the Sri Lankan equity market but also local investors to truly diversify.”

Rajeeva Bandaranaike, CEO of CSE, commented: “We are sure that the decision to adopt GICS would enhance the market infrastructure and help the investors to better understand the characteristics and change of industry structure. The gradual implementation of the project will help smooth transition from the existing classification to GICS.”