‘A Trillion Hat-trick’ from Bank of Ceylon


The Bank of Ceylon scored its third "Trillion" at the end of the year 2016. That is surpassing the Rs. one trillion mark in advances- another unique milestone in its 77-year journey as "the Bankers to the Nation" and becoming the first ,and up to now the only bank to pass this milestone in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s balance sheet has expanded, BOC press release said.

The release adds - ‘At an impressive scale since its first "Trillion" target was achieved in 2012 by accumulating over Rs. one trillion assets in the Bank’s balance sheet ,becoming the first business entity in the country to do so. Then by 2015 the Bank fully justified the trust placed in it by the public by announcing its second "Trillion"- Rs. one trillion deposits.

"The Bank of Ceylon has been striving towards these big goals whilst maintaining itself as the largest contributor to the national economy in so many different ways. "Being a state owned Bank and a key player in financial mechanism in the country every achievement of ours gets directly translated into country’s economic development. Being in line with the government initiatives towards Sri Lanka’s economic progress, we have managed a diverse lending portfolio that encompasses of almost all public and private organizationson different scales of operation and individuals from all walks of life.For the Bank it is always not the highest profit margin that matters, but always to look into sustainable growth of both the customer and the bank. Therefore, this announcement speaks of investment made in developing businesses and the people of this country. I wish to thank our customers, dedicated staff including those who have retired from the service for their contribution and all other stakeholders at this juncture." stated the chairman Bank of Ceylon, President’s Counsel Ronald C. Perera.

‘Moving onto implementing government-backed initiatives on catering to the unbanked segments in the country and building their confidence in the banking industry BOC has led many projects such as "SamataGinumak", Branch on Wheels, "BOC Mithuru" and many other financial inclusion programs. Many of these programs looked into entrepreneur development, women and youth development.

‘The Bank has moved into new-age banking with its digital infused transformation that has revolutionized banking operations overall. With this transformation BOC introduced many novel features internally and as well as for the Sri Lankan Banking industry that has enabled seamless banking transactions. Reiterating its commitment to all Sri Lankans, the Bank ensured that all benefits derived from these novel initiatives will stream down to every nook and corner of the country. Currently the Bank maintains 628 branches, 689 ATMs and 123 CDM network and 15 Regional loan centers within the country. Considering the importance of customer interfaces the bank has upgraded many of its key branches with "SmartZones"- a 24-hour digital banking self-serving lobbyand even converted Thissamharama, Kekirawa and Kilinochchi, branches as "Green Branches".

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