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People’s Bank achieves LKR 92.7 billion in Consolidated Gross Income in Q1-2024


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Beyond Banking: People's Bank's 'Mahajana Mehewara' Creating a Positive Change


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Sri Dalada Maligawa and People's Bank join hands to launch 'Buddhist Welfare Scholarships Fund' programme


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People’s Bank and EDB Forge Strategic Alliance to Boost Sri Lanka’s Export Sector


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People’s Bank Celebrates 20 Years of Knowledge Enhancement with Annual Inter Branch/Department Quiz


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People’s Bank Re-Launches SPARK: Entrepreneurial Development Program to Boost Sri Lankan SMEs


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People's Bank and Hayleys Solar join forces to accelerate Sri Lanka's shift towards sustainable energy


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People's Bank Presents its 2023 Annual Report to the President


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People’s Bank facilitates over 17 million transactions worth over Rs.568Bn in the Avurudu Season


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People's Bank Triumphs at LankaPay Technnovation Awards 2024


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People’s Bank opens an ATM at Agarapatana Service Center


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People’s Bank ends 2023 with remarkable successes on several quantitative and qualitative fronts. Looks to 2024 with great optimism!


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People's Bank Announces Grand Winners of People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023 Draw


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People's Bank Receives ‘Excellence in Corporate Cards for Government Departments’ Award at Visa Commercial Solutions Client Forum Sri Lanka 2024


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People’s Bank named among the top 20 employers at the AICPA and CIMA Top Employers Awards 2024


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People’s Bank partners with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to strengthen MSME Customers and Women Entrepreneurs


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People’s Bank opens an ATM at Holuwagoda River Park


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People’s Bank CEO/ GM Clive Fonseka felicitated by Association of Professional Bankers


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People's Bank Vaasi Kotiyai 2023 Grand Draw Picks Millionaire Super Winners


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People's Bank Empowers Women Entrepreneurs


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People's Bank Walasgala Branch moves to an enhanced new location


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People's Bank Launches Exclusive Affinity Credit Card for Mahamaya Girls' College


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People’s Bank offers an iPhone 15 in an exclusive YouTube promotion


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People’s Bank Gold Partner for 34th APB Convention


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People's Bank Naiwala Service Centre moves to an enhanced new location


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People's Bank Champions Healthcare Improvement through 'Mahajana Mehevara' Initiative


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People's Bank and Hayleys Agriculture Form Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Advancement


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People’s Bank celebrates 76 years of Independence by offering gifts to Newborns


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Media Release (2024-01-24)


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People's Bank and George Steuart Solutions join forces to promote Solar energy in Sri Lanka


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People's Bank unveils 2024 calendar driven by AI technology


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People’s Bank celebrates Thai Pongal


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People’s Bank Ties up with ‘EXPORT BAHRAIN’ to Support SME Businesses Capture Global Market for Exports


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People’s Bank Becomes one of the Most Awarded Sri Lankan Banks in 2023


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People’s Bank welcomes 2024


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People’s Bank holds annual Christmas Carols


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People’s Bank powers youth tech skills programme to shape a digital economy for Sri Lanka


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People's Bank Donates to power 1990 Suwa Seriya Ambulance service


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People’s Bank Launches Export Hubs in Kandy and Kurunegala to Empower SME Exporters


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People’s Bank Offers a Payment Acceptance Solution for The Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms: A Leap into Digital Convenience


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People’s Bank Triumphant at ‘SLIM - Battle of Brain Champs’ – Marketers Quiz -2023


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People’s Bank’s forges ahead with optimism. Reports consolidated pretax profit of LKR 11.4 billion for 9M23


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People’s Bank Crowned Champions at Trade Finance Association of Bankers Quiz-2023


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People's Bank honours long-serving staff members


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People's Bank and Western Union Strengthen Their Commitment to Serving Sri Lankan Communities


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People's Bank Demonstrates Commitment to Sri Lankan Export Community as the Platinum Sponsor for the 25th Presidential Export Awards


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People's Bank Selects Millionaire Winners for August and September Months in People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023’ Draw


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People’s Bank Declares Open Colombo Outer II Regional Head Office


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People’s Bank completes the nation’s largest finance sector SD-WAN installation with Hayleys Fentons ICT


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Appointment of New Customer Service Assistants of People’s Bank


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People’s Bank maintains digital banking leadership with Over 2 Million Customer Registrations


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People’s Bank ranked among the ‘Most Admired Companies in Sri Lanka’, yet again


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People’s Bank Crowned Champions at Global Commerce Quiz


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People’s Bank shines at Bestweb.LK 2023 awards


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People's Bank conducts a Beach Cleanup as a part of its sustainability initiatives


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People's Bank celebrates world MSME Day with Biz fair 2002

Coinciding with World Micro - Small and Medium Scale Business Day, the small and medium scale business unit of People's Bank, recently organized a trade fair called 'Biz Fair 2022' at the third floor of their Head Office, Colombo 02.
This fair was held with the participation of several entrepreneurs who benefitted from the ‘People's Spark’ entrepreneurship development program along with other business clients. The exhibition consisted of stalls promoting clothes, confectionery items, dairy products, spices and related products, organic fertilizer, electrical items, ornamental jewelry and much more.
This Biz fair commenced with the patronage of the Chairman of People's Bank - Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer /General Manager - Ranjith Kodituwakku. Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment, Digital, Process Management & Quality Assurance) of People's Bank - K. B. Rajapakse, Senior Deputy General Manager (Overseas Customer Services) - Rohan Pathirage, Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) - Krishani Narangoda, Asistant General Manager (Small and Medium Enterprise) - Wickrama Narayana, other members of the corporate and executive management and other staff members also participated.

People’s Bank becomes the first bank to issue and acquire LankaPay Debit card

People’s Bank, Sri Lanka’s leading commercial bank, has stepped forward once again to strengthen Sri Lanka’s economy by saving valuable foreign exchange via a partnership with LankaPay to issue debit cards under the National Card Scheme (NCS). With this initiative, People’s Bank became the first bank in the country to simultaneously fulfill both issuer and acquirer functionalities of LankaPay Debit cards.
People’s LankaPay debit card provides customers with a range of benefits including the lowest ATM withdrawal fees of LKR 15/- per transaction via other bank ATMs. Customers can also use this Debit card for Point of Sales (POS) transactions at over 42,000 terminals island-wide. Increased usage of these cards would result in bringing down the current merchant commission (MDR) of around 3-3.5% to a much lower 1%, which will make card transactions more affordable, especially to SME merchants. This benefit is expected to be passed down to the customers as the smallest merchants currently add the MDR to the value of the goods/services, which has been a primary reason for the slower penetration of card payments in the country.
Another unique feature of the People’s LankaPay Debit cards issued this time is the dual functionality it holds where there is a stored value element in addition to the debit card feature within the same card. Partnering with the Central Bank, the Ministry of Transport, the National Transport Commission (NTC), Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and LankaPay, People’s Bank has already started a pilot project in the Southern expressway to issue transit cards. Using this capability, commuters will be able to pay their transport fare by simply tapping their cards on the ticket machine available with the bus conductor. After the successful pilot run, People’s Bank will further expand this Transit Card national initiative to other routes as well.
Commenting on the bank’s latest achievement, People’s Bank Chairman Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse stated “As a nation-minded entity, we are delighted to be a part of this national initiative, which saves valuable foreign exchange for the country in this hour of need. As the leader in introducing cutting-edge technology to the nation, we are confident that this solution will pave the way for many more futuristic value additions in the near future”.
People’s Bank’s Acting CEO/GM Clive Fonseka, expressing his views on reaching this milestone said “This is yet another perfect example of how modern technology can be used to offer viable and practical solutions that provide true value to the general public. Such achievements further re-affirms People’s Bank’s objective of becoming the country’s leader in the use of technology for the benefit of everyone.”
Under the guidance of the Central Bank, LankaPay launched the National Card Scheme in partnership with JCB International - an International Card Scheme headquartered in Japan, which is present in many territories including China, India, Indonesia and Thailand with over 150 million cardholders and over 41 million merchant points worldwide. Thanks to this partnership LankaPay Debit cards will be accepted overseas through JCB network. JCB is one of the six members of the EMVCo alliance. EMV® is a registered trademark in the U.S.A and other countries and an unregistered trademark elsewhere. The EMV trademark is owned by EMVCo, LLC.
LankaPay’s quest as the country’s national payment network has been to minimize the cost structure within the financial sector through a common infrastructure thereby reducing the cost to the banks, customers, and the country as a whole. LankaPay cards will route all domestic transactions locally and only overseas transactions will be routed via the JCB International network. This initiative will ensure that no foreign exchange outflow takes place for any local transaction unlike in the case of using other international card schemes. This could potentially save the country a large amount of foreign exchange for domestic/local transactions from the use of debit/credit cards issued under other international card schemes.
Peoples' Bank has the country’s largest customer base of over 14.5 million customers and also the largest branch network of 743 physical contact points to serve them. The bank also provides its services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year via its fully digital Self-Banking Units amounting over 280 across the island. The bank also has played a pivotal role in taking digital banking benefits to the masses and thereby has positioned itself as the leading digital banking service provider in the country.
Chairman of People's Bank Sujeewa Rajapakse presented First People’s LankaPay debit card to the Chairman of the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge at an event held at People’s Bank Head office in Colombo 02 recently.
Also present the location Chairman of LankaClear Dr. Kenneth De Zilwa, Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank Clive Fonseka, Director, Payments and Settlements Department of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Vasantha Alwis, GM/ CEO of LankaClear Channa De Silva, Consultant to JCB International (for Sri Lanka) Lakshman Liyanage, Deputy General Manager (Payment, Process Management & Quality Assurance) of People’s Bank Nilmini Premalal, Chief Information Officer Dhammika Dasa, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Head of Cards Jayanath Dias, Chief Manager (Cards) Prasad Marasinghe and Manager Cards Business Chalani Senanayake.

Felicitation Ceremony for People’s Bank Staff Cooperative Society members’ Children

A felicitation ceremony organized by the People’s Bank Staff Cooperative Society members in recognition of academic excellence of their children was held at Sri Lanka Foundation auditorium in Colombo 7 recently.
This Scholarship Award Ceremony recognized 218 children who have performed exceptionally well at the 2019 and 2020 Year 5 Scholarship Examination, Ordinary level Examination and Advanced Level Examination.
The event was marked by a variety of entertainment items and the keynote address of the event was delivered by Regional Manager of People’s Bank (Colombo Outer Region) Buddika Ranathungage.
This occasion was graced by Chairman of People's Bank Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku, Commissioner of Co-operative Development and Registrar of Co-operative Societies D. Keerthi Gamage, Deputy Commissioner (Co-operative Development) G.G. Dayasumana, Senior Deputy General Manager of People’s Bank (Payment, Digital, Process Management & Quality Assurance) K.B Rajapakse, Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) Krishani Narangoda, Deputy General Manager (Risk Management) Roshini Wijerathne, Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services) Nipunika Wijayarathne, Deputy General Manager (Human Resources) K.A Nihal, Additional Chief Law officer P.K Katulanda and executive management of the Bank, President of the Cooperative Society of People’s Bank J.D.J.P. Jayakody, Secretary of the Society N.A.A.D.R Nissanka, CEO/ GM of the cooperative Society Padma Mapalagama, Bank staff and the scholarship recipients.

People’s Bank opens an ATM at Holuwagoda River Park

People’s Bank recently declared open an ATM at the Serene River Park, Holuwagoda, Galle.

Through this ATM, customers can withdraw money 365 days of the year, 7 days of the week and 24 hours of the day.

Minister of Health and Industries Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Governor of the Southern Province Dr. Willie Gamage, Galle District MP Sampath Athukorala, People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Galle Regional Manager N.K Wimalasiri and Bank officials participated in the event.

Beyond Banking: People's Bank's 'Mahajana Mehewara' Creating a Positive Change

People's Bank's 'Mahajana Mehevara' corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme series has left a significant impact on communities by successfully completing various projects with the aim of addressing various social issues by leveraging the bank's vast resources and network, has become synonymous with the bank's commitment to community welfare.

A crowning achievement of the 'Mahajana Mehewara' CSR programme is the successful empowerment of seven under-resourced schools through the supply of electricity via solar power in rural areas together with Manusath Derana. This milestone marked a significant stride in enhancing educational facilities and opportunities for countless students across the country. The beneficiaries, including Meemure Galamuduna Junior School, Meegahakiula, Kalukele Junior School Ratnapura, Ayagama, Dumbara Ellagawa, Dumbara No.2 Tamil Vidyalaya, Kebethigollawa, Ellawewa Muslim School, Bambare, Solepura Primary School, Mannar Gauriamman Government Tamil Mixed School and Galle Pitadeniya Maha Vidyalaya, now have access to a vital resource that opens new horizons for learning and development.

Also People’s Bank is proud to power the ‘Empowering Tomorrow's Innovators: Youth Tech Skill Development Project’ in collaboration with Sarvodaya Fusion as the Implementation Partner.

Chairman of People's Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, expressed his pride in the bank's achievements, stating, "The 'Mahajana Mehevara' programme is a testament to our commitment to societal progress. We believe in not just banking but in making a positive impact on the lives of those we serve."

Underlining this commitment, People's Bank recently announced the sponsorship of a 1990 Suwa Seriya Ambulance, contributing to the 'Adopt an Ambulance' initiative by the 1990 Suwaseriya Foundation. Moreover, the bank had already donated three portable ultrasound scanners, valuing over 10 million rupees, to combat the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic in National Hospitals across Colombo, Kandy, and Jaffna.

The commitment to community welfare is further reflected in the completion of essential renovation works at De Soysa Maternity Hospital, Borella, and Castle Street Hospital for Women in Borella. These initiatives highlight the bank's focus on improving healthcare facilities for the comfort and care of patients.

CEO/GM of People's Bank, Mr. Clive Fonseka, emphasized the significance of these initiatives, stating, "As one of the leading banks in the country, we consider it our responsibility to support Sri Lankans in the areas of education, healthcare, environment and culture. Our commitment extends beyond banking, aiming for holistic community upliftment."

As a responsible financial institution, People's Bank takes a stride towards environmental sustainability. The bank actively participates in cleaning polluted beaches nationwide and contributes to making the planet greener by planting a sapling for every 100 Likes on its Facebook page.

In its unwavering support for cultural and religious events, People's Bank has yet again come forward to sponsor the historical Kandy Esala Perahera. The bank's engagement in meritorious deeds in Anuradhapura, including an Alms Giving (Heel Dāna) to over 25,000 devotees, showcases its dedication to cultural preservation and community well-being. Also People’s Bank Buddhist Association, Hindu Association, Muslim Majlis, and Christians Guild conduct various CSR activities.

The 'Mahajana Mehewara' programme extends to the bank's branches, actively carrying out various social service activities, further cementing People's Bank as a responsible financial institution deeply connected to the communities it serves. As People's Bank continues these CSR initiatives, the hope is to further enrich the lives of their customers and contribute positively to the well-being of the community. The bank remains steadfast in its commitment to being a strong and reliable partner for the people it serves.

People Bank Supports Colombo University Students’ Entrepreneurial Development

People’s Bank’s Enterprise Banking Department, which has launched multiple programs with the aim of supporting and development of small and medium enterprises, has initiated “People’s Spark”, a special entrepreneurship development program targeted at graduates. This program offers the opportunity for young graduates to start their own enterprises under guidance from People’s Bank. The bank also provides a special loan scheme and a feedback mechanism for these budding entrepreneurs.
People’s Bank aims to activate this program in association with the University system of the country to encourage graduates toward entrepreneurship.
As part of the initiative, a workshop was organised to study and discuss the practical issues and provide relevant advice on the business plans of the second-year students of the Department of Management and Organization Studies of the Colombo University’s Faculty of Management and Finance. Here the university students who had created business plans to present to investors, shared them with a panel of experts from the Enterprise Banking Department of People’s Bank, and received their advice.
Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank participated in this event, taking time to share his personal entrepreneurial experiences with the university students.
The event was attended by Krishani Narangoda, Deputy General Manager - Enterprise Banking and Wickrama Narayana, Assistant General Manager - Small and Medium Enterprise of the People’s Bank and Prof. B. Nishantha, Prof. R. Senathiraja, and Dr. Tissa Ravindra Perera of Department of Management and Organization Studies of the Colombo University’s Faculty of Management and Finance.
The Enterprise Banking division of People’s Bank works towards entrepreneurial development and is committed to the business and financial development of micro, small and medium businesses as well as commercial and large-scale business.

People’s Bank partners with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to strengthen MSME Customers and Women Entrepreneurs

People’s Bank, in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), is working towards strengthening the financial awareness and financial literacy of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and women entrepreneurs by coordinating a series of special customer awareness programs and women entrepreneurship development programs.

These programs were conducted in areas, including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Kalutara and Colombo, in February and March 2024. The training covered topics focusing on business plans during a crisis and on women empowerment and financial management”, which was exclusively catered towards women entrepreneurs.

The sessions were facilitated by Mr. Lalinda Wickramarathne, Master of Training for IFC, with the participation of respective Regional Managers, Senior Managers and Regional Credit unit staff of People’s Bank. This joint initiative aimed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with access to crucial resources including mentoring, training and financial support. In addition, the collaboration focused on facilitating access to finance for MSMEs and women entrepreneurs via innovative financial solutions.

People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint composed of 747 branches and service centers. With a history spanning over 62 years, the Bank benefits from a staff strength of over 7,300 who tirelessly and diligently serve over 14.7 million customers and over 19.0 million account relationships, which is by far the largest for any financial services provider in the country.

People’s Bank achieves LKR 92.7 billion in Consolidated Gross Income in Q1-2024

People’s Bank, Sri Lanka’s leading financial services provider, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024. The Bank reported total consolidated operating income of LKR 20.4 billion and post-tax profit of LKR 2.5 billion. Excluding the impact of exceptional adjustments in view of greater prudence considering current macro-economic circumstances, these figures on a normalized basis were otherwise LKR 28.4 billion and LKR 6.6 billion, respectively, reflecting a growth of 18.2% and 35.8%.

Consolidated net interest income roseto LKR 16.1 billion during the quarterfrom LKR 15.3 billion in the same period 2023. On a normalized basis, excluding the impact of any exceptional items, consolidated net interest margins improved to 3.0% from2.0% during 2023 reflecting the reducing term deposit cost of funding. Consolidated net fees & commissions amount to LKR 3.8billion - representing a 14.7% growthon a like for like basis. Total consolidated operating expenses amounted to LKR 17.6 billion (2023: LKR 14.4 billion).

Total consolidated customers deposits touchedLKR 2,808.3 billion (end 2023: LKR 2,745.2 billion)whilstnet loans amounted to 1,845.4 billion (end 2023: LKR 1,823.8 billion). The impaired loan ratioalso showed improvement relative to end 2023. Total consolidated assets reached LKR 3,264.5 billion at period end (end 2023: LKR 3,208.2 billion).

The Bank’s total Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy Ratios were 11.5% and 16.1%, respectively at March 31, 2024 (end 2023: 12.4% and 17.4%) whilst, on a consolidated basis, it was 12.9% and 17.2%, respectively (end 2023: 13.7% and 18.2%). The Bank’s solvency levels continue to remain sound. Further efforts to bolster its regulatory capital, including for the purposes of additional contingency, is currently in process.

Commenting on the results of the Bank and the Group, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, stated that:“We are pleased with the steadfast progressmade by the Bankon many fronts even amidst interim pressures stemming fromtheyet ongoing - and likely to be soon concluded - debt restructuringinitiatives of the Government of Sri Lanka.We reasonably expect that these pressureswill normalize in thenear term with the support of all key stakeholders. Notwithstanding, theBank has yet again demonstrated its strength, resilience and capacityto deliver positive growth across all core operating metrics even amidst such limiting circumstances

Looking ahead, whilst navigating the challenges which naturally exists in a reviving macro-economic context - we remain focused on innovation, collaboration, and the drive for forward movement across all aspects of our business, ensuring that we continue to play our leading role in any and every way possible in the countryeconomic revival”

Needless to say, all our successes stem from the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our employees and the unwavering trust and confidence of our customers. I take this opportunity to thank them all as we look forward with a great sense of hope and optimism!

Commenting on the results, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Mr. Clive Fonseka, stated that: In the face of unforeseen challenges, our team has once again demonstratedits resilience, adaptability, and unwavering commitment. Our first-quarter not only show cases our ability togrow amidst challenges butimportantly, thestrength and resilience of our business.

By prioritizing operational efficiency, enhancing customer experience, and investing in technology and talent, we have positioned ourselves for sustainable growth and long-term success.

Looking at the rest of the year, we will continue to focuson our strategic priorities whilst navigating the challenges which yet exists. Amongst others, we will also continue to innovate, collaborate, and drive for positive change at every instance so possible so to ensure we remain at the forefront of our industry. We look forward”

Director

Mr. A M P M B Atapattu

Mr. A M P M B Atapattu currently serves as a Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Food Security and he has over 28 years of work experience in Banking, Finance and Business Administration.

He graduated from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura with a BSc in Management (Public Administration) Second Class Upper Division Degree. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from Flinders University, Australia, and has completed two postgraduate diplomas: Economic Development from the University of Colombo and Development Economy from the Institute of Development Economies, Japan. His research topic for his Master’s Degree in International Development awarded by Flinders University in 2004 was “Rationalisation for Industrial Development in Sri Lanka”. In addition, holds a Licentiate Certificate from the ICASL, Sri Lanka.

Before assuming the current position he worked as a Senior Additional Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka and was assigned the duties of economic reforms in the section of Stabilisation Recovery and Growth of the economy. As the Director General, (Planning) of the Ministry of Education he was in charge of preparing the Capital Budget of the Ministry and monitoring the development projects of the Ministry. Further, as a Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, he was in charge of donor funding projects, implementation of trade and tariff policies of the Government, and monitoring of the national budget. Also, he has initiated the ‘Enterprise Sri Lanka Subsidiary Loan & Development Programme’ as a national budget proposal of the Government.

Mr. Atapattu has also functioned as Director General of the Department of Development. In that capacity, he has initiated warehouse receipts financing system for grain farmers and fertiliser cash subsidy scheme for farmers. Further, he has implemented Refinance Loan Schemes called “Small and Medium Enterprise Regional Development Project” (SMERDP) funded by the Asian Development Bank, “Small and Medium Enterprise Development Facility Project” (SMEDeF) funded by the World Bank, and “Small and Medium Enterprises Line of Credit (SMELoC) funded by the Asian Development Bank. In addition, he has executed the SME Development Programme funded by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) as well as the “Rooftop Solar Power Generation Line of Credit Project” (RSPGLoC) funded by the Asian Development Bank.

Mr Atapattu has also performed his duties as the Treasury Representative on the Board of Investments, People’s Bank, Sri Lankan Airline Limited, Sri Lanka Tea Board, National Lotteries Board, Sri Lanka Savings Bank, Lankaputhra Development Bank, Cooperative Wholesale Establishments, University of Vocational Technology and the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.

People's Bank Medamahanuwara Service Centre moves to an enhanced new location

People's Bank Medamahanuwara Service Centre was ceremoniously declared opened at a new and enhanced location recently.
The relocated Service Centre provides customers in the Medamahanuwara area with the latest digital banking services and an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which enables cash withdrawals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
People’s Bank Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Clive Fonseka, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) T. M. W Chandrakumara, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) Nalin Perera, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) I.K Indika, Kandy Regional Manager Kapila Dissanayake, Asst. Regional Managers, Teldeniya Branch Manager and Medamahanuwara Service Centre Manager, Government officers, bank staff and customers participated in the event.

People’s Bank named among the top 20 employers at  the AICPA and CIMA Top Employers Awards 2024

People’s Bank has been named among the top 20 employers among AICPA and CIMA members in recognition of the bank’s contribution to the growth of management accountancy in Sri Lanka. The award was presented at the AICPA and CIMA Top Employer 2024 Award Ceremony held on recently at the Shangri-La, Colombo.

The AICPA & CIMA Top Employer awards recognizes employers who have made a significant impact in the field of management accountancy and have demonstrated a commitment to the development and growth of the profession. The awards are based on a rigorous selection process that takes into account the employer’s contributions to the industry, as well as the professional development opportunities they provide to their employees. People’s Bank is honored to be recognized among the top employers in Sri Lanka and is committed to providing its employees with the training and resources they need to excel in their careers.

“We are proud of the team at Peoples Bank, this award is a testament to their professionalism, expertise and hard work. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the committee of the AICPA and CIMA Top Employer Awards 2024 for recognizing us.” Said the Chairman of People’s Bank, Sujeewa Rajapakse.

“Our victories are the result of our robust workforce, demonstrating resilience amidst challenges. This award not only acknowledges our contribution to management accountancy in Sri Lanka but also underscores our commitment to uphold the highest of industry standards. I am genuinely happy for this recognition, motivating us to continue fostering an environment where our employees thrive. Together, we'll persist in setting new benchmarks in the banking industry." - Clive Fonseka, CEO/GM, People's Bank.

People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint composed of 747 branches and service centers. With a history spanning over 62 years, the Bank benefits from a staff strength of over 7,300 who tirelessly and diligently serve over 14.7 million customers and over 19.0 million account relationships, which is by far the largest for any financial services provider in the country.

People’s Bank Declares Open Colombo Outer II Regional Head Office

People’s Bank’s 25th Regional Head Office was recently declared open in Piliyandala by the People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka.
The intention of creating the Colombo Outer II region is to streamline operations and provide and enhanced level of attention to the customers. The newly established Colombo Outer II Region consists of 14 branches and 20 service centers.
Regional Head Offices were introduced in 1973 in order to facilitate the administrative work of the People's Bank, and currently there are 25 Regional Head Offices across the country.

People's Bank’s Batticaloa Branch moves to a new location

People's Bank Batticaloa Branch was ceremoniously declared opened by People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku at its new location recently.
This branch was opened at No 88, Bar Road, Battocaloa with a range of value added banking facilities powered by state-of-the-art digital technology.
People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) R. Ravikaran, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardna, Regional Manager E.P.A. Sisira Kumara, District Secretary K. Karunakaran, Divisional Secretary V. Vasuthevan, Batticaloa Municipal Council Mayor T. Saravanapavan, People’s Bank Asst. Regional Managers W. Muthugala, N. Arulchelvan and Batticaloa Branch Manager N. Thineshkumar, including Bank staff participated in the opening ceremony.
People’s Bank is the premier financial services provider in the country with an island wide network of 743 branches and service centers with over 14.5 million customers and Rs. 3 Trillion in assets.

People's Bank Triumphs at LankaPay Technnovation Awards 2024

People's Bank, a leading Licensed Commercial Bank in Sri Lanka, continued its legacy of excellence as it clinched several prestigious awards at the recent LankaPay Technnovation Awards held at Shangri-La Colombo. The event celebrated innovation and technological advancements in the banking sector, where People's Bank stood out prominently, showcasing its commitment to providing cutting-edge digital banking solutions to its customers. Among the accolades bestowed upon People's Bank were the Gold Award for the Most Popular Digital Payment Product in the State Banks Category for Internet and Mobile Banking and Merit Awards for both Excellence in Customer Convenience and Financial Inclusivity in Category A’ and the Best Common ATM Enabler of the Year in Category A’, These awards highlight People's Bank's unwavering dedication to revolutionizing the banking landscape through innovative technologies and customer-centric initiatives.

One of the highlights of People's Bank's achievements is its groundbreaking mobile banking solution, the People’s Wave Mobile App. Since its inception in 2017, the app has garnered over 2.3 million downloads, making it one of the most sought-after retail mobile banking apps in Sri Lanka. Integrated seamlessly with the Bank’s core system, the People’s Wave Mobile App offers customers an extensive range of banking functionalities, including balance inquiries, loans, credit cards, bill payments, fund transfers, transaction history, pawning inquiries, and more, all accessible remotely.

Expressing his elation at receiving the award, Sujeewa Rajapakse - Chairman of People’s Bank, remarked, “We are immensely proud to receive these prestigious awards at the LankaPay Technnovation Awards. It is a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence and our commitment to leveraging technology to enhance the banking experience for our valued customers. These accolades further motivate us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation and delivering unparalleled banking solutions.”

Clive Fonseka - Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People's Bank, added, “Our success at the LankaPay Technnovation Awards underscores our commitment to providing innovative digital banking solutions to enhance customer convenience, accessibility financial inclusivity. These awards are a testament to how well our solutions have been accepted by actual users across the country.”

The People's Wave Mobile App stands out as a beacon of convenience and accessibility, enabling customers to conduct over 50 different banking transactions from the comfort of their homes or on the go. With over 2.3 million downloads and counting, it exemplifies People's Bank's dedication to fostering financial inclusivity and empowerment across Sri Lanka.

As a testament to its commitment to customer convenience and inclusivity, People's Bank has also been recognized with merit awards for excellence in customer convenience and financial inclusivity. These accolades underscore the bank's efforts to make banking services more accessible and user-friendly for all segments of society.

People's Bank remains committed to its mission to drive financial inclusivity and empower communities across Sri Lanka. Through its innovative digital banking solutions and unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, the bank continues to set new benchmarks for excellence in the banking industry.

People's Bank Receives ‘Excellence in Corporate Cards for Government Departments’ Award at Visa Commercial Solutions Client Forum Sri Lanka 2024

People's Bank was recognized at the Visa Commercial Solutions Client Forum Sri Lanka 2024, held recently at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. The bank was honored with the prestigious "Excellence in Corporate Cards for Government Departments" award, highlighting its exceptional commitment to providing tailored financial solutions.

Nilmini Premalal, Deputy General Manager of Payment, Process Management & Quality Assurance at People's Bank, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. The recognition, presented by Avanthi Colombage, Country Manager, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Visa, Shruti Gupta, Head of Commercial and Money Movement Solutions, India & South Asia, Visa and Qinwen Xiao, Head of Visa B2B Connect, Asia Pacific, Visa underscores the bank's dedication to excellence in serving government departments across Sri Lanka.

Shameela Loku Kaluge, Deputy General Manager of Treasury, Investment Banking and Financial Institutions of People’s Bank, Jayanath Dias, Head of Cards, Aruna Danthanarayana, Manager of Card Business & Marketing, and Chalani Senanayake, Manager of Card Business also was present at the occasion.

This accolade reaffirms People's Bank's position as a leading provider of corporate card services, trusted by government entities for its reliability and efficiency. The bank remains committed to advancing financial solutions that empower businesses and contribute to national development.

People's Bank celebrates world MSME Day with Biz fair 2023

Coinciding with World Micro - Small and Medium Scale Business Day, the Enterprise Banking unit of People's Bank, recently organized a trade fair called 'Biz Fair 2023' at the third floor of their Head Office, Colombo 02. In addition, the Bank also introduced a special loan scheme to assist Micro and SME entrepreneurs under the name "People’s Power".
This fair was held with the participation of over 40 entrepreneurs who benefitted from the ‘People's Spark’ entrepreneurship development program along with other business clients. The exhibition consisted of stalls promoting clothes, confectionery items, dairy products, spices and related products, organic fertilizer, electrical items, ornamental jewelry, sweets, Ladies and Gents shoes and much more.
This Biz fair commenced with the patronage of the Chairman of People's Bank - Sujeewa Rajapakse and Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Clive Fonseka. Senior Deputy General Manager (Overseas Customer Services) - Rohan Pathirage, Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) - Wickrama Narayana and other members of the corporate and executive management.
In addition, the branch network of People's Bank across the entire island held 22 trade fairs.

People's Bank’s Trincomalee Town Branch moves to a new location

People's Bank Trincomalee Town Branch was ceremoniously declared opened by People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku at its new location recently.
This branch was opened at No 295, Central Road, Trincomalee with a range of value added banking facilities powered by state-of-the-art digital technology.
People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) R. Ravikaran, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardna, Trincomalee Regional Manager N. Sriskantha, Acting Assistant Regional Manager S.M. Moganathas and Trincomalee Town Branch Manager M.M.M. Niyas including Bank staff and customers participated in the opening ceremony.
People’s Bank is the premier financial services provider in the country with an island wide network of 743 branches and service centers with over 14.5 million customers and Rs. 3 Trillion in assets.

Fitch Ratings reaffirms People's Bank's National Rating of 'A(lka)'/RWN

Global credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings has announced its decision to maintain People's Bank's National Rating of 'A(lka)' on Rating Watch Negative (RWN) this week.
In its comprehensive rating report, Fitch Ratings emphasized the heightened risks associated with the current operating environment despite which People's Bank, as a State-Owned Institution, has successfully drawn strength from its rich 62-year legacy. The bank has solidified its position as the leading commercial bank in the country, demonstrating exceptional resilience and unwavering stability.
At the forefront of digital innovation in Sri Lanka's banking sector, People's Bank has proved its commitment to the nation by extending its utmost cooperation to the government during the darkest hours. When the country was grappling with essential supplies and medicine shortages, the bank stepped forward unhesitatingly, considering it a national duty to ensure the smooth functioning of supply lines. As the economy gradually recovers and domestic foreign exchange constraints ease, the People's Bank continues to make remarkable progress on multiple fronts. The bank has swiftly addressed pressing issues within a short span of time, exemplifying its proactive management approach.
During the first quarter of 2023, People's Bank reported an impressive consolidated Profit After Tax of Rs. 4.8 billion, supported by a consolidated operating income of Rs. 24 billion. The bank's consolidated net interest income reached Rs. 15.3 billion during the period, driven by prevailing high interest rates. Moreover, the consolidated net fees & commission income amounted to Rs. 4.5 billion, reflecting over 40 percent growth when excluding one-off items from 1Q22.
With a steadfast commitment to customer-centric banking, People's Bank has witnessed a 2.6 percent increase in total consolidated customer deposits, reaching Rs. 2,513.1 billion. Meanwhile, consolidated net loans contracted by 4.2 percent, standing at Rs. 1,835.1 billion.
As Sri Lanka's premier licensed commercial bank, People's Bank boasts the largest banking footprint in the country with 745 branches/service centers and the expertise of its 7,300-strong workforce to serve over 14.7 million customers and nurture more than 19.0 million account relationships.

People’s Bank Ties up with ‘EXPORT BAHRAIN’ to Support SME Businesses Capture Global Market for Exports

As a leading State Commercial Bank, People’s Bank has identified the importance of the development of SME export sector in line with the government objectives. Accordingly, in the year 2023, the Bank implemented the novel concept of the establishing export sector specific SME Hubs (Export Hubs) which are provide both financial and non-financial assistance to the SME sector to harness opportunities in tge global market place. Under this initiative, SME customers are offered pre-shipment facilities, post-shipment facilities, Advisory services, special online Banking Services etc. The Bank has already established five export Hubs around the country

Driving the bank's mission to promote exports further, a senior team from People's Bank recently met with Export Bahrain; a strategic initiative of Bahrain’s national SME Development Board. Export Bahrain is a body designed to support and nurture the development of the export potential of businesses based in Bahrain through the creation and delivery of unique solutions designed to help businesses from Bahrain access trade opportunities in global markets.

“Export Bahrain” Chief Executive Officer Safa Sharif A. Khaliq, together with Zainab Matrook from Marketing and Promotions section of “Export Bahrain” met People’s Bank Chairman Mr. Sujeewa Rajapaksa and Mr. Clive Fonseka Chief Executive Officer/General manager of People’s Bank on 8 January 2024. This official meeting was initiated by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Bahrain H.M.G.R.R.K. Wijeratne Mendis.

Senior officials from the Enterprise banking Department of People’s Bank, and a group of SME customers from the export sectors of Ceylon including Tea, Cinnamon, Apparel, floriculture, processed food, spices and Coconut based products were also present at the meeting. The participants had a fruitful discussion to explore avenues and to promote trade and economic cooperation between Bahrain and Sri Lanka.

Safa Sharif emphasised Export Bahrain’s export-focused solutions open doors for international opportunities via targeted support in key areas such as export financing, export credit insurance, access to global data and actionable market intelligence, export facilitations, specialized educational tools, strategic assessment tools and how “Export Bahrain” supports micro and small scale companies through these initiatives to get an international exposure to cover all the critical steps for successful exporting transactions.

Further she explained the challenges faced by SMEs and how Export Bahrain create solutions that are in line with their current needs and are up to date with the ever-changing export market trends and regulations to the SMEs.

As one of the Main issue of many entrepreneurs is finding suitable international markets for their products; People’s Bank plans to tie up with “Export Bahrain” to get their valuable assistance to harness global market opportunities not only in Bahrain market but also to the entire Middle East Region for the exporters who already maintain their relationship with the bank and also new customers.

People’s Bank celebrates Thai Pongal

People's Bank recently conducted Thai Pongal celebrations at its Wellawatta and Kotahena branches under the patronage of Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank, Clive Fonseka.

A series of Hindu religious observances were held during the celebrations invoking blessings to the country, people, customers as well as the staff of People's Bank.

The Corporate and Executive Management together with the staff and a large gathering of customers of People’s Bank were present at these occasions. On a similar note, the People’s Bank branches were open for banking in several other areas largely populated by the Hindu faith.

People's Bank Naiwala Service Centre moves to an enhanced new location

People's Bank Naiwala Service Centre was ceremoniously declared opened at a new and enhanced location recently.

The relocated Service Centre provides customers in the Naiwala area with the latest digital banking services and an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which enables cash withdrawals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

E.P.A. Sisira Kumara - Assistant General Manager (Channel Management), G.R.S Kodagoda - Gampaha Regional Manager, R.P.S Dangalla, J.D.R Gnanathilaka - Assistant Regional Managers, Priyangika Samanmali Gunarathne – Veyangoda Branch Manager, Nadeeka Karunanayake - Naiwala Service Centre Manager including Bank staff and customers were in participation.

People’s Bank is the premier financial services provider in the island with an island wide network of 747 branches and service centres, over 14.7 million customers and over Rs. 3 Trillion in assets.

People's Bank opens a Service Center in Visuvamadu

People's Bank recently opened its newest Service Center at Visuvamadu Town.
The Service Centre provides the latest digital banking services including a Cash Recycle Machine (CRM) which enables both cash withdrawals and deposits and bill payments 365 days of the year 24 hours of the day.
People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) T. M. W Chandrakumara, Wanni Regional Manager A. Jayaasith, Principal of Tharmapuram Central College Kanthasamy Indeakanthy, People's Bank Wanni Region Asst. Regional Managers. S.P.Sooriyakumaran, S.V.G.J.Chelliah, Paranthan Branch Manager M.A.Francis and Visuvamadu Service Center Manager G. Jeyaganeshan, Government officers, bank staff and customers participated in the event.

Chairman

Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse

Mr Sujeewa Rajapakse is a Managing Partner of BDO Partners, a firm of Chartered Accountants. A Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCMA) and a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Mr Rajapakse holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura. During his professional career that spanned nearly four decades, he held the honorary positions of President, Vice President and Council Member (elect) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), Former Chairman of Auditing Standards Committee of CA Sri Lanka, President of Practicing Accountants Forum of Sri Lanka, Treasurer of Sri Lanka Cricket, Treasurer for Cricket World Cup 2011, Board Member and Technical Advisor to South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), Technical Advisor to Confederation of Asia Pacific Accountants (CAPA). Currently he is serving as the Board Member at Haycarb PLC, Dipped Products PLC, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd. and Lanka Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Also, he is a Council Member of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

He was the Chairman of People’s Leasing & Finance PLC. He has served in the directorates of National Development Bank PLC, NDB Capital Holdings Ltd. – Bangladesh, The Finance Company PLC (appointed by the CBSL under the restructuring programme) Unidil Packaging Ltd. & Unidil Packaging and Solutions Ltd., and Deputy Chairman of Softlogic Life Insurance PLC.

His expertise includes all accounting and auditing standards and practices, Government regulations related to financial disciplines and ethics, human resource management and overall management practices and principles in both private and public sectors.

People's Bank Vaasi Kotiyai rewards foreign remittance draw winners


31th March 2022, Colombo: People's Bank picked the third batch of winners of the People's Remittance ‘Vaasi Kotiyai, Ewannai Dinannai Draw 2022’ where the Daily and Weekly Winners for the first two weeks of March were selected. This event was held at the People's Bank, Overseas Customer Services premises at Colombo 10 recently. Accordingly, prizes of Rs. 10,000 each will be presented to 14 Daily Winners while the 2 Weekly Winners will be awarded 22- Karat gold sovereigns. People's Bank launched ‘People’s Remittance Vaasi kotiyayi’ Draw from 1st February 2022 to encourage and appreciate efforts Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country's economy and build a better life for themselves and their families. Under this promotion, the Grand Draw winner who will be selected at the yearend will be presented with a Grand Prize of Rs.10 million. Additionally, Rs.1 Million Monthly winners will be selected every month, 22K gold sovereign weekly winners will be selected 48 times, while in 10,000 daily cash prize winners will be selected 334 times until 31st December 2022. All customers who remit foreign remittances to People’s Bank accounts, to other bank accounts through People’s Bank and remittances collected over the counter at People’s Bank branches including WU, Ria or similar channels during the period from 1st February to 31st December 2022 are eligible for the draw. Customers can also increase their chances of winning by remitting more money. Mr.Rohan Pathirage - Senior Deputy General Manager (Overseas Customer Services), Mr. Lionel Galagedara - Deputy General Manager (Recoveries), Mr. Azzam A Ahamat – Head of Finance, Ms.Aruni Liyanagunawardana – Assistant General Manager (OCS), Mr. Mohamed Ruwaiz - Chief Manager (Audit), Ms.Renuka Arunasalam - Chief Manager (Overseas Customer Services) and Ms.Thilini Perera - Senior Manager (OCS) Mr.Vipula Warnakula - Senior Manager (IT) participated in the event.

People's Bank International Trade Operations division receives ISO 9001:2015 recertification for operational excellence

Colombo, Sri Lanka - People's Bank is proud to announce that its Trade Services - International Banking Division has been awarded the SLS ISO 9001:2015 accreditation for the third time by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI). This recognition highlights the bank's commitment to providing high-quality trade services and ensuring the security and efficiency of its import and export services for its customers.
The Trade Services Department of People's Bank offers a centralized processing mechanism for the country’s largest commercial banking network, with 743 branches and service centers. The bank is equipped with user-friendly systems that make transactions easy and accessible to over 14.5 million customers.
People's Bank's Trade Services - International Banking Division was initially accredited by SLSI in 2013 and was re-accredited in 2016 and 2018, after meeting the requirements of the SLS/ISO 9001:2008 and 9001:2015 standards. The division was audited once again by SLSI in 2022 and was declared qualified for recertification for the consecutive third time.
The Trade Services Division of People's Bank is dedicated to providing innovative and high-quality services to its customers. The bank strives to maintain its customer-centric approach and provide timely and responsive services through its competent and experienced staff. The bank also continuously invests in dynamic systems and technology to meet the rapidly changing requirements of its customers.
About People's Bank:
People's Bank is one of Sri Lanka's leading commercial banks, with a network of 743 branches and service centers. The bank offers a range of financial services to over 14.5 million customers, including trade services, personal and corporate banking.
In Picture: Official handing over of the recertification for the Quality Management System of ISO 9001:2015/SLS ISO 9001:2015 was recently held.
The certification was received by A.S.M.V Kumarasiri, Deputy General Manager (International Banking), Kamala Subasinghe, Chief Manager (Trade Services), Susantha Weerasinghe, Senior Manager (Trade Services) along with members of the ISO team from People’s Bank. Representing Sri Lanka Standard Institute were Dr Siddhika Senarathna, Director General, L.H. Karaliyadda, Senior Director and Smanthi Narangoda, Director of Systems Certification.

People’s Bank recognised by ‘The Next 100 Global Awards’ for Investment Banking

People’s Bank, Sri Lanka’s Premier Licensed Commercial Bank, was recognised as one of the ‘The Next 100 Global Companies’, by the Global Banking and Finance Review recently. This Award recognises institutions that have illustrated excellence in particular areas of expertise within the global financial community. The People’s Bank Investment Banking Unit was applauded for its ability to evolve and meet its customer's needs with a proper strategy that is progressive and innovative manner.
Speaking about their accomplishments Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank, said, “I must commend my team for being included among ‘The Next 100 Global Companies’ for the second consecutive year. It’s our ability to evolve as a bank that has enabled us to be recognised by many leading global organisations. With our group synergies and the strength of the bank, People’s Bank Investment Banking Unit has created a name for itself in the capital market. We have been identified as one of the best and most innovative solution providers, within a relatively short period. It is our strategic focus on creating value for our customers that have allowed us to reach these goals.”
Clive Fonseka, Actg. Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank, added, “People’s Bank is known as the Pride of the nation because we pride us on understanding the changing preferences of our customers. In 2011 we set up People’s Bank Investment Banking Unit, to focus on the rapidly growing economy of the country and its capital markets (debt and equity). We are proud to have successfully completed 28 debenture issues since the inception in which we have managed to generate more than 165 billion rupees for the issuers. Our investment banking unit provides a wide range of services to our customers, including financing and advisory services, initial public offerings, debt structuring, fixed-income security trading, loan syndications, custodian, trustee services and securitization. We are very proud of the achievements made by the team at People’s Bank.”
‘The Next 100 Global Companies’ awards highlight some of the most exciting, innovative, and promising businesses from around the world. It has over the years evolved and grown to include the following areas of finance and banking; foreign exchange, banking, insurance, hedge funds, pension funds, compliance, corporate governance, wealth management, Islamic finance, exchange-traded funds, project finance, binary options, technology, CSR and other relative areas. A wide range of criteria is used by the awards to shortlist entries these include, but are not limited to: leadership and team experience, quality, and track record Industry footprint regional/global social contribution and economic impact, level of expertise growth rate / Start-up growth stage Industry awards and recognitions Technological advantages Customer response and engagement Disruptiveness of the solution in its respective markets Impact on their respective industry.
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 743 branches and service centers located islandwide and over 14.5 million customers. The Banker Magazine (UK), identified People’s Bank as among the Top 1000 Banks in the World in terms of Consolidated Tier I. It is also honoured with numerous awards and accolades both locally and internationally, including the International ARC Awards 2022 - Specialized A.R: Integrated AR & CSR: Non-Traditional Format.

People's Bank Buddhist Society donates a New House to a needy family in Rambukkana

People’s Bank recently handed over a newly constructed house to a low income family in Kiriwallapitiya, Rambukkana as part of the celebrations of its 62nd anniversary, funded by its Buddhist Society and built with the support of the Sri Lanka Army.
The troops of 8th Battalion of Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, under the 611 Infantry Brigade provided the construction manpower for the home. The recipient of the house, K. A. Nilmini Dilrukshi had lost her husband to a sudden road accident and had to support her three school-aged children.
The event was graced by the presence of Senior military officers including Major General D M K D B Pussella, Commander of Security Forces Headquarters (West), People’s Bank’s Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services), Nipunika Wijayaratne, Kurunegala Regional Manager and President of the People’s Bank Buddhist Society, Rohan Perera, Kegalle Regional Manager, Lalani Adikari, Assistant Regional Managers and officer bearers of the Buddhist Society.

People’s Bank joins hands with National Investment Industrial Bank of the Russian Federation to offer convenient remittances to Sri Lanka

People’s Bank recently entered into an agreement with the National Investment Industrial Bank in Russia to facilitate anovel remittance mechanism that enables efficient and convenient fund transfers from Russia to accounts in Sri Lanka.
According to this arrangement, beneficiaries in Sri Lanka, especiallyservice providers, exporters etc. will be able to receive fundsquickly and cost effectively. Most importantly, Russian tourists will be able to remit funds to an account at People’s Bank in Sri Lanka prior to their visits, through the National Investment Industrial Bank in Russia without involvementof anintermediary bank. Upon arrival in Sri Lanka, tourists will be issued Debit Cards which can be used to make payments seamlesslyfrom the remitted funds.
Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank, speaking about the partnership said, “We are happy that People’s Bank could establish this arrangement with NIIB in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russian Federation. The introduction of this payment platform will be highly beneficial to Russian tourists visiting Sri Lanka to make hassle free payments during their tour. Our own network of 818 ATMs, 315 CDMs and 743 branches will allow them easy access across the island. We are delighted to enable this novel service which will also contribute towards growth of local tourism related businesses”
Ranjith Kodituwakku, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank, added, “People’s Bank will be able to offer this facility atsignificantly reduced banking charges for both tourists or any other party that wantto remit funds to Sri Lanka. A mainobjective of this collaboration is to increase inflow of valuable foreign exchange to Sri Lanka through a proper financial channel. This initiative will contribute towards enhancing the foreign exchange position of the country while boosting the attractiveness of Sri Lanka as one of the best and rapidlyemerging tourism destinations for Russian tourists. At People’s Bank, we are always looking for ways to empower our customers by providing seamless services and value additions.”
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with over LKR 3.0 trillion in assets. At present, the Bank has 742 branches and Service Centres located island wide and over 14.5 million customers. The Banker Magazine (UK), identified People’s Bank as among the Top 1000 Banks in the World.

People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai’ Remittance Draw of People’s Bank selects September and October Millionaires

The Eighth and Ninth millionaires of the People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai, Ewannai Dinannai’ Draw were selected for the months of September and October along with daily and weekly winners for the period of 20th September to 7th November 2022. This event was held at the People's Bank, Overseas Customer Services premises at Colombo 10 recently.
People's Bank launched "People’s Remittance Vaasi kotiyayi" Draw from 1st February 2022 to encourage Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country’s economy. Under this promotion the Grand Draw winner who will be selected at the year end will be presented with a Grand Prize of Rs.10 million. Additionally, a Rs.1 Million winner is selected every month, while 22K gold sovereigns are offered to 48 weekly winners. In addition, Rs10,000 cash prizes are offered to 334 daily winners until 31st December 2022.
All inward worker remittances sent through People’s Bank to any bank account are eligible for the draw. Further, the remittances collected over the counter at People’s Bank branches including remittances sent via WU, Ria or similar channels during the period from 1st February to 31st December 2022 are also eligible for the draw. Customers can increase their chances of winning by remitting more money.
Rohan Pathirage - Senior Deputy General Manager (TB & OCS) of People’s Bank, Rohini Madurawala - Assistant General Manager (Channel Management), Samanthi Senanayake - Assistant General Manager (Compliance), Aruni Liyanagunawardana – Assistant General Manager (OCS), Nalaka Wijayawardena - Head of Marketing, Mohamed Ruwaiz - Chief Manager (Audit), Thilini Perera - Senior Manager (OCS), Vipula Warnakula - Senior Manager (IT) People’s Bank and D.M.U.K. Ekanayake – Senior Tax Officer, Department of Revenue (Western Province) participated in the event.

People’s Bank Triumphant at ‘SLIM - Battle of Brain Champs’ – Marketers Quiz -2022

The People’s Bank team was crowned champions at the recently concluded ‘SLIM - Battle of Brain Champs’ – Marketers Quiz held at Marino Beach Hotel in Colombo. SLIM hosts this mind sporting event to test the knowledge of participants in the areas of marketing, strategy, branding, and general knowledge.
The Battle of Brain Champs featured five rounds, where each team was given ten intriguing questions covering varying areas including marketing essentials and concepts, consumer behaviour, brand fundamentals, international marketing, economics, business highlights and strategic thoughts. At the end of five rounds the People’s Bank Team reigned supreme where Quiz Teams from Ansell Lanka and Dialog Axiata were placed runner up and second runner up respectively.
The winning team from People’s Bank was represented by Pulasthi Gunasekara –Team Leader (Manager-Risk Management & Credit Control Department), Malaka Sanjeewa Wasala (Manager-Project Financing & Rehabilitation), Pasan Gunarathne (Manager – Treasury Back office), Chalani Senanayake (Manager- Card Business), and Amanda Pakianathan (Deputy Manager-Corporate Banking-1).

People’s Bank facilitates over 17 million transactions worth over Rs.568Bn in the Avurudu Season

People’s Bank, the leader in digital banking innovation possessing the largest customer base in Sri Lanka, proudly announced that during the Avurudu season between 1st to 15th of April, the bank had facilitated over 17 million transactions valued at more than 568 billion rupees, highlighting its pivotal role in the daily financial activities of the country.

Leveraging its extensive network, including 747 branches and service centers, the massively popular digital banking platforms and over 1,150 ATMs, CDMs, and CRMs, People’s Bank has successfully delivered unmatched convenience and accessibility to its customers. This vast infrastructure underscores the bank's commitment to enhancing customer experience and expanding its reach across the island.

The bank's innovative digital platforms, including People’s Wave, People’s Wyn, and People’s Pay, have set new standards in the digital banking sector in Sri Lanka. People’s Wave, the most downloaded banking app in the country, boasts over 2 million active users and offers digital access to more than 50 different types of financial transactions.

As the country’s second-largest financial services provider with nearly LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets, People’s Bank continues to strengthen its market position. Currently, it serves the largest customer base in the country, with more than 14.7 million customers.

"People’s Bank is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of digital banking to provide seamless and efficient services to benefit the entire society rather than selected few customer segments." said Mr. Naleen Pathiranage, Deputy General Manager-Channel Management of People’s Bank. "Our robust performance during the Avurudu season is a testament to the trust placed in our capacity and reliability by millions of Sri Lankans."

People’s Bank continues to demonstrate its resilience despite extraordinarily limiting circumstances

People’s Bank today announced the results for its year ended December 31, 2022 with total consolidated gross revenues, total operating income, and pre-tax profit amounting to LKR 391.2 billion, LKR 130.0 billion, and LKR 26.7 billion, respectively (2021: LKR 236.8 billion, LKR 110.7 billion and LKR 37.2 billion).
Primarily reflecting an extraordinarily high interest rate environment that prevailed - consolidated interest income rose by 58.0% during the year under review to reach LKR 351.4 billion whilst interest expenses soared by 107.5% to LKR 260.4 billion, reflecting the faster pace repricing of term deposits relative to loans. As typically seen throughout the industry, most term deposits at People’s Bank are with maturities of 12 months or less. In addition, in view of preserving and protecting its most vulnerable customer segments - the Bank and Group shouldered much of the interest cost increases - either by delaying or deferring any re-pricing of their loans. These collectively saw Consolidated Net Interest Margins slip by 6.0% to LKR 91.0 billion (2021: LKR 96.9 billion).
The Group’s non-funded income accounted for 30.0% of its total operating income during 2022 (2021: 12.5%) aided by an 81.1% increase in consolidated net fees and the extraordinary impact arising from the rupee devaluation. Excluding any one-off increases in fees on a Bank standalone basis, growth was still strong at 26.1% ultimately showcasing the Bank’s ongoing effort to consistently and very systematically improve its non-funded income sources year-on-year, more so in a highly volatile interest rate environment.
Reflecting high inflationary pressures during the year under review which peaked at close to 70.0%, total consolidated operating expenses rose by a measured 16.8% to LKR 59.0 billion (2021: LKR 50.5 billion); reflecting prudent cost control and efficiency improvements as exercised at every instance so reasonably possible. This compares well with most peers. As a result, the Bank and Group were able to successfully maintain its cost-to-income ratios at close to 2021 levels despite many limiting circumstances.
Relating to customer delinquencies and credit costs, the Bank assessed all its customers’ stress levels, including more importantly its larger key segments, and staged them on a preemptive and prudent basis. To its benefit, the Bank’s exposure to foreign currency investments subject to external debt restructuring was amongst the lowest with an aggregate amortized cost of only US$ 51.4 million at December 31, 2022.
Total consolidated customers deposits grew by 13.0% to reach LKR 2,450.1 billion whilst consolidated net loans contracted by 3.8% to LKR 1,915.8 billion reflecting the Bank’s and Group’s diligent approach to credit growth more so in a contracting macro-economic context, amongst other factors. Total consolidated assets crossed LKR 3.0 trillion to reach LKR 3,133.1 billion expanding by 10.6% from the end 2021.
The Bank’s Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy Ratios were 11.9% and 16.3%, respectively (end 2021: 12.6% and 17.8%) whilst, on a consolidated basis, it was 13.3% and 17.2%, respectively (end 2021: 13.4% and 17.9%). The Bank’s sound solvency levels reflected its efforts to augment its regulatory capital since the rollout of Basel III on July 1, 2017 with efforts to further bolster from current levels slated in the shorter term. In addition, the Bank met all key regulatory measures at December 31, 2022 without any exception or relief.
Commenting on the results, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, stated that: “From a macro-economic perspective, 2022 was the culmination of economic stresses and stress events over the last several years. It was a year that saw the country’s external reserve position falling to a level previously unseen, the rupee devalue by close to 80.0%, inflation soar to nearly 70.0%, policy rates increase in a manner unprecedented in view of curbing inflationary pressures and, all in all, resulting in the country’s credit rating fall to a historic low and the economy contract by close to 11.0% which is deepest seen since independence. 2022 was therefore not a year where the top-line or bottom line was the prime focus but safeguarding customer interests in their absolute time of need, strengthening liquidity and the overall risk management and the governance framework of the Institution for its long-term sustainability was and where improving efficiency and productivity at every instance possible was at the core of all conversations and decisions. All these considered, including the added burden shouldered as a responsible State Institution - we are pleased with our 2022 results both on a quantitative and, more importantly, a qualitative front. Looking forward - and as demonstrated over the last three years - we remain committed to being at the forefront of serving the country at every instance possible and meeting every reasonable expectation of all our stakeholders whilst taking requisite steps to strengthen every aspect of the Bank’s overall operations.
I take the opportunity to thank my fellow Board Members for their guidance and wise counsel, the retired and incumbent Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager and the entire Management Team for their leadership and the staff at all levels for their tireless efforts. Importantly, a big thank you to our valued customers for their continued trust and confidence in the Institution”
Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank, Mr. Clive Fonseka, stated that: “Like any Institution deep rooted in the country’s economic well-being, in line with the country’s fortunes, 2022 was also a year of lows for the Institution. However, what defines us is our ability to immediately impose stop gaps and emerge stronger by systematically resolving such limiting circumstances. Looking at 2022 - our success remains in our contribution to the country in its time of absolute need, the interest loss and cost absorbed for the long-term well-being of our most vulnerable customers, and our ability to strengthen the various aspects of the Bank’s business in these trying times. Our way forward is clear. Looking ahead, we will endeavor to further strengthen our foreign currency operations including developing our 900 plus global counterparty relationships, further strengthening our deposit franchise be local currency and foreign currency, exercising extra-vigilance in credit expansion with a focus on creating greater diversity in our exposures and, equally important in these times, ensure close monitoring of over-dues and continue to drive cost and efficiency improvements at every instance so possible including by way of further technology adoption. We look forward!”
People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint composed of 745 branches and service centers. With a history spanning over 61 years, the Bank benefits from a staff strength of over 7,300 who tirelessly and diligently serve over 14.7 million customers and over 19.0 million account relationships, which is by far the largest for any financial services provider in the country.

People's Bank’s 2021 Annual Report recognized at International SAFA Awards. Only Public Sector Bank from Sri Lanka to be podiumed

People’s Bank today announced that its 2021 Annual Report garnered yet another honour at the recently concluded South Asian Federation of Accountants (‘SAFA”) Annual Report Awards 2022, receiving Joint Bronze in the Public Sector Bank category. The Awards are conferred based on the criteria of improvement in transparency, accountability & governance and are selected from entries received from 8 countries in the South Asian region including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Most notably at this year’s awards, People’s Bank was the only Public Sector Bank from Sri Lanka to be placed amongst the top three in the said category.
Commenting on the most recent Award, People’s Bank’s Chairman Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse stated: “We are delighted to be the only Public Sector Bank from Sri Lanka to be podiumed at this year’s awards. This attests to our commitment to excellence in integrated reporting. SAFA’s Annual Report Award competition needs no introduction - it is one which draws entries from the best in class throughout the entire South Asian region and whose judging panel consists of some of the finest minds in the space of integrated reporting across transparency, accountability and governance aspects and issues.”
Commenting on the accolade, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku stated: “In a time of unprecedented challenge, clear and concise communication with all stakeholders is even more crucial, with the annual report being the single most important tool to do so. People’s Bank, as a leading bank in Sri Lanka, is changing the way we communicate with our stakeholders and, over the last several years, we have been very successful in producing award- winning annual reports. We are indeed very proud of this!”
Commenting on the most recent recognition, People’s Bank’s Head of Finance Mr. Azzam A. Ahamat stated: “The award is self-attesting to our standing from an integrated reporting standpoint not only locally but also regionally. For our 2021 Annual Report, this is just another in a series of recent wins both locally and internationally. We thank all our stakeholders both internal and external. Not complacent with any of our successes, we look forward to reasonably setting further benchmarks in the space of integrated reporting”
People’s Bank’s Annual Report 2021 was its seventh Integrated Annual Report and was designed under the theme "Multi-Faceted Brilliance". The Report provides insight into the Bank’s continuing efforts to support the country and economy during a period of unprecedented distress whilst safeguarding the interest of its stakeholders. In preparing its Reports, the Bank draws on concepts, principles, and guidance from The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Framework, Consolidated Set of Global Reporting Initiatives and Guidelines, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

People’s Bank Celebrates International Women's Day

People’s Bank celebrated International Women's Day and the 30th anniversary of the Vanitha Vasana account at a special event graced by People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Acting Chief Executive Officer / General Manager Clive Fonseka, at the People’s Bank Headquarters Branch on the 8th of March, 2023.
T M J Y P Fernando, Senior Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka was the Guest of Honour at the event, with Shyamalie Wijegunawardena, Co-Founder- Spring & Summer, Manel Rajkumar, Chairperson - Araliya and D&R Exports, and many other distinguished women entrepreneurs, professionals and customers attending the occasion.
The event saw the launch of ‘Vanitha Vasana High Interest’ savings accounts and handing over of ‘Vanitha Vasana Money Planner’ investment schemes, to select customers.
Further, a special panel discussion was held to share the inspiring stories of female entrepreneurs who are engaged in bringing foreign currency to the country via development of exports.
Also, an exhibition of products by women entrepreneurs was showcased at the event.
Rohan Pathirage, Senior Deputy General Manager –Overseas Customer Services, Renuka Jayasinghe – Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking) and other members of the Corporate and Executive Management teams of People’s Bank participated at the event along with bank staff. Similar celebrations of International Women’s Day took place at People’s Bank branches around the island.

People's Bank opens a Service Center in Ella

People's Bank recently opened its newest Service Center at Ella Town.
The Service Centre provides the latest digital banking services including a Cash Recycle Machine (CRM) which enables both cash withdrawals and deposits and bill payments 365 days of the year 24 hours of the day.
People’s Bank Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Clive Fonseka, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) T. M. W Chandrakumara, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) Nalin Perera, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) I.K Indika, Badulla Regional Manager Nalin Poththawela, Ella Divisional Secretary Indika Gayan, People's Bank Badulla Asst. Regional Managers K. Chandrakumar, S. M. A. P. K. Samarakoon, Manjula Perera, Bandarawela Branch Manager B.L Pushpakumara and Ella Service Center Manager K. A. T. S Karunaarachchi, Government officers, bank staff and customers participated in the event. People’s Bank is the premier financial services provider in the island with an island-wide network of 745 branches and service centers, over 14.7 million customers and over Rs. 3 Trillion in assets.

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People's Bank Matara Region Celebrates World MSME Day

People’s Bank, a pioneer in the Sri Lankan banking and financial services sector, celebrated World Micro - Small and Medium Scale Business Day (MSMSB) by organising a trade fair titled 'Biz Fair 2023'. This event which was held on the third floor of the bank’s Head Office, Colombo 02 was organised by the Enterprise Banking Unit of People's Bank. The Enterprise Banking Unit is committed to serving MSMSB of Sri Lanka, focusing on six areas of development including Commercial Credit, SME Credit, Micro Finance, Development Banking, Business Revival, and Project Finance.
In addition, the People’s Bank branch network also held a series of 22 trade fairs across the Island. The Matara Regional Head Office kicked off the trade fairs by organising an event at their premises and also granting 62 loans to assist Micro and SME entrepreneurs in celebration of the bank’s 62nd anniversary.
The Enterprise Banking Unit of People's Bank has played a crucial role in supporting businesses that were severely affected by the economic downturn. In addition, they have introduced “People’s Spark” programme, which is designed to equip recent graduates with the skills and resources needed to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. The event at the Matara Regional Head Office was held under the patronage of People’s Bank Chairman, Sujeewa Rajapakse, and was attended by People’s Bank’s Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking), Wickrama Narayana, Assistant General Managers (Channel Management), Nalin Perera and I. K. Indika, Chief Manager (Development and Micro Finance), Nilmini Gunawardana, Matara Regional Manager, Saman Rathnayake, Additional District Secretary – Matara, Kasun Wellahewa, Senior Manager – Regional Loan Unit, Nishani Pathirana, Assistant Regional Managers, Thushari Nammuniarachchi and Sujith Kumarasinghe, Branch Managers, Business Development Officers, Bank employees and customers.
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with over LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 745 branches and service centres across the country and over 14.7 million customers.

People's Bank and CA Sri Lanka join hands to launch a Mentoring Program for SME Exporters

People's Bank has partnered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) to provide a timely boost for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) customers of the bank through a mentoring programme.
The inauguration ceremony of this program was held recently at the People’s Bank Staff Training College. The occasion was graced by the presence of People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, CA Sri Lanka immediate Past President Manil Jayasinghe, CA Sri Lanka SME task Force Chairman Lakshman Abeysekara , CA Sri Lanka Council Member Saman Sri Lal, CA Sri Lanka SME Task Force Executive Committee Member Harsha Gunasena, Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce Sri Lanka President/ CA Sri Lanka Council Member Anoji De Silva, The National Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka President Nandika Buddhipala, CA Sri Lanka Asia Pacific Institute of Money and Entrepreneurship Chaaminda Kumarasiri, People’s Bank DGM (Enterprise Banking) Krishani Narangoda, AGM (SME) Wickrama Narayana, AGM (Off Shore Unit & Corporate Banking-1) D.M.D. Dasanayake, AGM (Commercial Credit) P.M Ariyawanse, AGM (Commercial Banking) Thushari Hewawasam, AGM (Corporate Banking (Relationship II) Nalin Perera, Regional Manager (Colombo North) S.L.M.A.S Samarathunga and Senior Manager (Project Finance and Rehabilitation) Chamari Perera.
The SME Task Force of CA Sri Lanka invited People’s Bank to join hands to promote SMEs in Sri Lanka through a mentoring programme for selected customers of the bank. Through this partnership CA Sri Lanka aims to help People’s Bank customers on a one-to-one basis by appointing Mentors on financial and other business related issues free-of-charge for a maximum period of one year. Accordingly, People’s Bank has selected export or ICT customers from its large base of SME customers spread across the country.
CA Sri Lanka has appointed Mentors for each customer and the People’s Bank Mentor coordinates with the customers (Mentees) and with CA Sri Lanka Mentors. The program commences after signing a formal tripartite MOU between CA Sri Lanka, the respective Mentee and CA Sri Lanka Mentor. Initially, the Mentees will be provided consultation virtually and subsequently they will be visited twice a month by CA Sri Lanka Mentors for closer cooperation and monitoring. The Bank’s Mentors are responsible for directing and guiding the respective Mentees continuously so that they are able to obtain the maximum benefit from the mentoring programme during the one year period. The Mentees will be provided relevant information in the form of reading material and booklets in Sinhala and English by CA Sri Lanka, which provides knowledge on financial and other areas of their business operations.
During the Mentoring Programme the Mentees as well as their company accountants will be provided consultations. CA Sri Lanka Mentors are supervised and evaluated by CA Sri Lanka continuously in order to ensure that the partnership benefits the Mentees and the required goals are achieved. If a Mentee requires the service from the CA Sri Lanka Mentor beyond the initial one year period, it can be continued based on a new agreement which will be made on new terms and conditions.
CA Sri Lanka is the National Professional Accountancy Organisation and known as the preferred destination for accountancy education in the country with 7,000 Associate and Fellow Members based both locally and globally. The portfolio of CA Sri Lanka members comprise of top management individuals who serve in leading corporate in Sri Lanka and abroad. The institute also has over 30,000 Student Members who are aspiring Professional Accountants.

People’s Bank Launches Export Hubs in Kandy and Kurunegala to Empower SME Exporters

People's Bank has tken a significant step towards supporting Small and Medium Exporters (SMEs) by inaugurating Export Hubs in Kandy and Kurunegala. The inauguration ceremonies were held at the Kandy Branch and Kurunegala Super Grade Branch, officiated by Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager, Clive Fonseka.

The Export Hub initiative, designed to consolidate essential services for SMEs, is set to be implemented across seven branches in seven regions throughout the country. This strategic move aims to provide SME customers with comprehensive financial solutions, all conveniently housed under one roof.

At the Export Hubs, SMEs will benefit from a range of services tailored to meet their unique needs. These services include credit facilities at preferential interest rates, export banking facilities, guarantee facilities, advisory services, supplementary services, and dedicated digital banking facilities such as Corporate Internet Banking specifically designed for exporters and importers.

The Export Hubs will play a pivotal role in fostering the growth of SMEs in the export sector by adopting a holistic approach to offering financial support. This initiative recognizes the importance of SMEs in contributing to the economic development of the country and aims to streamline their access to vital financial services.

Kandy District Secretary Chandana Tennakoon, People’s Bank’s Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) T. M. W Chandrakumara, Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) Wickrama Narayana, Assistant General Manager (Corporate Banking Relationship 11) Rohan Perera, Kandy, Kurunegala, Kegalle, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa,Trincomalee and Wanni Regional Managers, Bank staff and customers participated in the event.

People's Bank Rewards March Millionaire of “Vaasi Kotiyai” Remittance bonanza in Saudi Arabia

People's Bank's ‘People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai, Bonanza’ selected its second millionaire winner recently. W.A.I Sameera Gerard Perera, was picked as the March Winner and received his Rs.1 million prize from Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia - P.M Amza in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia recently.
People's Bank launched "People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai" Draw from 1st February 2022 to encourage and appreciate Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country's economy and build a better life for themselves and their families. Under this promotion, the Grand Draw winner who will be selected at the yearend will be presented with a Grand Prize of Rs.10 million. Additionally, Rs.1 Million Monthly winners will be selected every month, 22K gold sovereign weekly winners will be selected 48 times, while 10,000 daily cash prize winners will be selected 334 times until 31st December 2022.
All customers who remit foreign remittances to People’s Bank accounts, to other bank accounts through People’s Bank and remittances collected over the counter at People’s Bank branches including remittances sent via WU, Ria or similar channels during the period from 1st February to 31st December 2022 are eligible for the draw. Customers can also increase their chances of winning by remitting more money to their loved ones through People’s Bank. .

People’s Bank shines at Bestweb.LK 2023 awards

People’s Bank recently organized a special training session for its management and top corporate executives on the evolving card-based payments landscape and emerging technologies in the banking sector, focusing on the shift towards a digital-first approach. The session was led by Mastercard, a global leader in payment solutions.
During the session, the attendees were acquainted with the latest digital payment trends and how they can leverage various banking products to better serve their customers while increasing their fee-based income. The session featured in-depth discussions, presentations, and interactive workshops on enhancing customer experience in a rapidly transforming banking sector.
Commenting on this event People’s Bank CEO/GM Clive Fonseka said “People’s Bank remains firmly committed to using the best of cutting-edge technology to offer an enhanced banking experience to its customers. To effectively do this, it is important for us to continuously update our knowledge on the latest developments in technology. As such we highly appreciate this session which was organized by MasterCard which has given us a lot of inputs to fuel our innovative thinking”
“Mastercard is happy to have supported People’s Bank in conducting a highly insightful session on the changing payments landscape and the emerging technologies in the banking sector. The company is committed to supporting its partners by providing them not only with world-class products and services but also in-depth knowledge about the financial sector,” said Sandun Hapugoda, Country Manager, Sri Lanka & Maldives, Mastercard.

People's Bank Donates to power 1990 Suwa Seriya Ambulance service

People's Bank, Sri Lanka’s Premier Licensed Commercial Bank, announced that it has donated to sponsor a 1990 Suwa Seriya Ambulance under ‘Adopt an Ambulance’ initiative by the 1990 Suwaseriya Foundation.

Suwa Seriya was launched in 2016, to provide free emergency medical assistance by way of an ambulance service across the island. Under People's Bank's 'Mahajana Mehevara' CSR programme, this sponsorship was made as a part of the bank's continued commitment to the betterment of the Sri Lankan community and its dedication to supporting the country's healthcare system.

Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank speaking at the time of handing over the sponsorship to Chairman of the Suwaseriya Foundation , said, ‘People's Bank's sponsorship of this ambulance is a significant step in its efforts to support the Sri Lankan community in multiple ways. As a nation minded business organization, we understand the importance of having access to free emergency medical services promptly. This will help ensure that each Sri Lankans will receive quality healthcare services when he/she needs it the most, regardless of his/her financial capability.’

Mr. Clive Fonseka, CEO/GM of People’s Bank, stated, ‘Our commitment to the well-being of the Sri Lankan people goes beyond banking, and through our 'Mahajana Mehevara' CSR program, we aim to make a lasting impact on the communities we serve. The sponsorship of this Suwa Seriya Ambulance is a testament to our dedication to supporting critical services like healthcare.’

The 1990 Suwa Seriya Foundation introduced the ‘Adopt an Ambulance’ initiative to secure corporate sector funding to sustain the services it offers, as the government’s assistance for Suwa Seriya was impeded due to financial constraints brought on by the economic crisis in the country.

Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with over LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 747 branches and service centers located island wide and over 14.7 million customers. People’s Bank has 290 SBUs comprised of ATMs, CDMs, and CRM, allowing customers to bank at their convenience 24/7, 365 days a year.

As one of the leading banks in the country, People's Bank is committed to supporting Sri Lankans in the healthcare sector and had donated essential medicine and equipment worth over ten million rupees to the Castle Street Hospital for Women and the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children last year. People's Bank also donated 3 portable ultrasound scanners worth over 10 million rupees to treat patients infected with Covid-19, to the National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy, and the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Further People's Bank's facilitated the completion of a number of essential renovation works at the De Soysa Maternity Hospital, Borella at a cost of over three million rupees.

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People's Bank Rewards March Millionaire of “Vaasi Kotiyai” Remittance bonanza in Saudi Arabia

People's Bank's ‘People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai, Bonanza’ selected its second millionaire winner recently. W.A.I Sameera Gerard Perera, was picked as the March Winner and received his Rs.1 million prize from Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia - P.M Amza in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia recently.
People's Bank launched "People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai" Draw from 1st February 2022 to encourage and appreciate Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country's economy and build a better life for themselves and their families. Under this promotion, the Grand Draw winner who will be selected at the yearend will be presented with a Grand Prize of Rs.10 million. Additionally, Rs.1 Million Monthly winners will be selected every month, 22K gold sovereign weekly winners will be selected 48 times, while 10,000 daily cash prize winners will be selected 334 times until 31st December 2022.
All customers who remit foreign remittances to People’s Bank accounts, to other bank accounts through People’s Bank and remittances collected over the counter at People’s Bank branches including remittances sent via WU, Ria or similar channels during the period from 1st February to 31st December 2022 are eligible for the draw. Customers can also increase their chances of winning by remitting more money to their loved ones through People’s Bank. .

People’s Bank organizes blood donation camp to mark 62nd Anniversary

To commemorate the Bank's 62nd anniversary, People's Bank Welfare Department recently organized a blood donation camp at the Head Office in Colombo 2.
The event was attended by Sujeewa Rajapakse – Chairman of People’s Bank, Renuka Jayasinghe - Acting Chief Executive Officer / General Manager, Nipunika Wijayarathne - Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services), K.A Nihal –Deputy General Manager (Human Resources) and Ajith Rathnayake - Senior Manager (Welfare and Staff Loans).
Following the health checkup, the blood was collected from the donors under the strict supervision of the doctors of the Blood Bank. Through this annual programme People's Bank donates a significant amount of blood every year to the Blood Bank.

People’s Bank powers youth tech skills programme to shape a digital economy for Sri Lanka

As one of Sri Lanka’s most digitalized banks and a pioneer in digital financial inclusion, People’s Bank recognizes the growing importance of empowering youth in digital technologies and skills to take Sri Lanka to the next level as a digital economy. Marking a strategic shift in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approach as a leader in the use of cutting-edge technology in the banking industry, People’s Bank is proud to power the ‘Empowering Tomorrow's Innovators: Youth Tech Skill Development Project’ in collaboration with Sarvodaya Fusion as the Implementation Partner. The inauguration ceremony of this program was held recently at the People’s Bank Staff Training College, Colombo 05 and was graced by the presence of Clive Fonseka, Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank, Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, President of Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangayama (Sarvodaya Movement) and Maithree Malwattegoda, General Manager at Sarvodaya-Fusion By funding this project, the bank not only contributes to societal development but also positions itself as a catalyst for positive change and innovation in Sri Lanka. This project aims to provide scholarships for talented youth in the Diploma in Computer Science (DICS) programme, thereby addressing youth unemployment, bridging the skills gap and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Commenting on this landmark partnership, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Sujeewa Rajapakse said: “We see great potential in this country to develop an IT based export oriented economy. To realize this dream, we need to ensure that IT education is available for each and every young person regardless of their financial capability. That is why People’s Bank is pleased to champion the "Empowering Tomorrow's Innovators: Youth Tech Skill Development Project" as it represents a bold vision for the future of Sri Lanka's youth at a critical juncture in the nation’s history. We believe this project to enhance digital skills of the youth will transform their future by opening up new opportunities and making them globally competitive.”

Elaborating further, Clive Fonseka, Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank, Clive Fonseka said, “As a leader in digital banking in Sri Lanka, People’s Bank is proud to come forward to support this impactful project which will nurture local talent by providing scholarships for students to learn the latest digital technologies which are in demand in the workplace. We firmly believe that investing in a knowledge economy will pay great dividends over the time for our country. People’s Bank’s has a proven track record in commitment to community development and youth empowerment. Through this new project, the Bank will be able to enhance digital literacy, generate employment, ensure regional inclusivity by selecting youth from diverse provinces and enhance global competitiveness amongst youth.”

Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, President of Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangayama (Sarvodaya Movement) said: "Investing in the technological education of our youth is an investment in the future. Sarvodaya Fusion looking forward to be a part of this initiative, and I commend the efforts of People’s Bank in shaping the innovators of tomorrow."

The ‘Empowering Tomorrow's Innovators: Youth Tech Skill Development Project’ will provide 100 scholarships to school students aged 15-19 for the Diploma in Computer Science (DICS) programme, which covers various aspects of computer science, including programming, web development, networking, graphics, and computer mathematics. It spans nine months and is equivalent to NVQ level 4 , providing a solid foundation in computer science. Possessing this qualification empowers the diploma recipient to advance towards degree-level certifications at NIBM and various other higher education institutions.

Moreover, Year 1 of the project includes activities such as launching the programme, beneficiary selection through People’s Bank branches and the commencement of the DICS programme. The year concludes with a Hackathon and Graduation ceremony. Year 2 expands the project’s impact by offering funded higher education opportunities to the top 10 performers from the Hackathon.

By investing this project, People’s Bank is aligned with its vision of creating sustainable value model that has a lasting impact to benefit the nation and its youth.

People's Bank yet again ranked amongst the prestigious World’s Top 1000 Banks

People’s Bank, Sri Lanka’s leading Commercial Bank, was recently ranked once again amongst the World’s Top 1000 Banks by the prestigious Banker Magazine UK. The ranking cements People’s Bank’s position as one of the leading Banks on the planet. Founded in 1926 and read in over 180 countries, the Banker Magazine is a publication owned by the Financial Times in London. Its Top 1000 ranking is primarily based on Consolidated Tier I
Expressing his views on the ranking, People’s Bank’s Chairman Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse stated that, “These are extraordinary times facing the country with headwinds many fronts including the knock on effects following two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst such a challenging environment, People’s Bank being recognized amongst the World’s Top 1000 Banks yet again is an extraordinary feat. It underscores its consistent and robust delivery even amidst adversity and attests to its standing not only locally but also globally. Looking ahead, despite the many challenges, People’s Bank remains focused on taking every reasonable measure necessary to support the Government in their efforts and to help the country’s internal eco system move forward”
Commenting on the ranking, People’s Bank’s Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku stated that: “The challenges facing Sri Lanka and the Banking system are clearly unlike any seen before. That said, against such a backdrop, to be ranked once again amongst the World’s Top 1000 is testimony to People’s Bank’s inherent strength and its resilience even amidst out of the ordinary circumstances. Looking ahead, we have allocated greater resources to support Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and certain other economy critical market segments. On an operational front, we continue to invest in technology in all our core areas of our business and remain committed to continuously strengthening every aspect of the Bank’s platform”
The Banker Magazine’s World’s Top 1000 Banks are compiled annually from a database of over 5,000 of the world’s biggest banks and the ranking is considered to be one of the most comprehensive guides to identify the strongest banks in the world. The magazine analyses results by region, country and benchmark bank-to-bank while also using its best-performing bank methodology to help readers identify the banks’ strengths and weaknesses compared to its peers.
People’s Bank currently has close to LKR 3.0 trillion in total assets, LKR 2.3 trillion in total deposits and LKR 1.8 trillion in customer advances.
At March 31, 2022, the Bank’s Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy Ratio were, respectively, 11.04% and 15.72% which was the highest amongst peers(end 2021: 12.6% and 17.83%).
People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint composed of 743 branches and service centers. With a history spanning 61 years, the Bank benefits from a staff strength of close to 8,000 who tirelessly and diligently serve more than 14.5 million customers and close to 19.0 million account relationships, which is by far the largest for any financial services provider in the country. Established under the People’s Bank Act No. 29 of 1961, the Bank carries a National Long-Term Rating of “AA-(lka/Rating Watch Negative)”; by Fitch Ratings Lanka Ltd.

People’s Bank shines at Bestweb.LK 2023 awards

BestWeb.LK, the prestigious annual event organized by the LK Domain Registry, proudly celebrates its 13th edition, recognizing the outstanding achievements in web development within Sri Lanka. Amidst fierce competition, People’s Bank emerged as a standout winner, securing top honors in the "Most Popular Website" in the "Best Banking & Finance Website" categories.
BestWeb.LK serves as a platform to acknowledge the innovative, creative, and user-friendly websites that enrich the digital landscape of Sri Lanka. The event brings together industry leaders, web developers, and digital enthusiasts to showcase and celebrate the best in class websites across various domains.
People's Bank, a leading financial institution in Sri Lanka, has consistently demonstrated its commitment to delivering exceptional online experiences to its customers. As a Bronze Winner in the "Banking & Finance Website" category, their website has been recognized for its seamless user experience, comprehensive financial information, and cutting-edge digital services. In addition, their victory as the "Most Popular Website" further underscores the bank's widespread appeal and immense popularity among Sri Lankan internet users.
Commenting on the achievement, the Chairman of People’s Bank Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse stated that People’s Bank which has always been the most preferred bank in the country places great emphasis on offering the benefits of the latest technology in the form of added convenience and speed to its customers. “These accolades are a testament to our success in that endeavor” he concluded.
"We are thrilled to be recognized as the Most Popular Website and to receive the Bronze Award in the Banking & Finance Website category at BestWeb.LK 2023," said Mr. Clive Fonseka the CEO/GM of People's Bank. "These prestigious accolades reflect our unwavering dedication to providing our customers with an intuitive, informative, and secure online banking experience. We are truly honored to have our efforts acknowledged by the esteemed jury and the people of Sri Lanka."
The panel of esteemed judges at BestWeb.LK considered various parameters such as design, usability, functionality, content, and overall user experience to determine the winners in each category. People's Bank's website stood out from the competition, impressing the judges with its seamless navigation, interactive features, and responsive design.
LK Domain Registry expressed its appreciation for the participants and their outstanding contributions to the development of the Sri Lankan digital landscape. The event encourages all participants to continuously strive for excellence in web design and development to elevate Sri Lanka's online presence to new heights.

People’s Bank holds annual Christmas Carols

The Christian Guild of the People’s Bank recently held its annual Christmas Carols at the People’s Bank Head Quarters Branch, Colombo 02.

The staff representing branches located in Colombo, Puttalam, Kalutara and Wanni regions sang the carols.

The Christmas Carols was held under the patronage of Fr. Jude Freely Muthukudarachchi, Chancellor and Episcopal Vicar (Special Projects), Archbishop's House, Colombo-8.

At this event, Christian Guild of the People’s Bank donated school stationeries to the Kalaoya and Thanthirimalee Sunday Schools.

People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Clive Fonseka as well as Corporate and Executive Management, the bank staff and their families as well as retired employees of People’s Bank graced the occasion.

At the end of the Christmas Carols, gifts were distributed among children by the Santa Clause.

People's Bank Selects Millionaire Winner for May Month in People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023’ Draw

People's Bank's ‘People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023’ draw to select the millionaire winner for the month of May took place at the People's Bank, Overseas Customer Services premises at Colombo 10 recently.
In addition to that, the weekly winners for the period from May 14 to June 24, 2023, were also drawn at the event, and will be gifted Rs. 100,000 each.
Rohan Pathirage - Senior Deputy General Manager (Overseas Customer Services) of People’s Bank, Dammika Dasanayake - Assistant General Manager (Corporate Banking), Manjula Dissanayake - Assistant General Manager (Human Resources), Aruni Liyanagunawardana – Assistant General Manager (OCS), Shantha Gangabadage - Assistant General Manager (Audit), Renuka Arunasalam - Chief Manager (OCS), Thilini Perera - Senior Manager (OCS), Vipula Warnakula - Senior Manager (IT) People’s Bank and Nuwan Munasinghe – Senior Tax Officer, Department of Revenue (Western Province) participated in the event.
People's launched ‘Vaasi Kotiyai 2023’ Draw to encourage and appreciate Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country's economy and build a better life for themselves and their families.

People's Bank establishes Export Hubs for SMEs

People’s Bank, a pioneer in the Sri Lankan banking and financial services sector, celebrated World Micro - Small and Medium Scale Business Day (MSMSB) by organising a trade fair titled 'Biz Fair 2023'. This event which was held on the third floor of the bank’s Head Office, Colombo 02 was organised by the Enterprise Banking Unit of People's Bank. The Enterprise Banking Unit is committed to serving MSMSB of Sri Lanka, focusing on six areas of development including Commercial Credit, SME Credit, Micro Finance, Development Banking, Business Revival, and Project Finance.
In addition, the People’s Bank branch network also held a series of 22 trade fairs across the Island. The Matara Regional Head Office kicked off the trade fairs by organising an event at their premises and also granting 62 loans to assist Micro and SME entrepreneurs in celebration of the bank’s 62nd anniversary.
The Enterprise Banking Unit of People's Bank has played a crucial role in supporting businesses that were severely affected by the economic downturn. In addition, they have introduced “People’s Spark” programme, which is designed to equip recent graduates with the skills and resources needed to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. The event at the Matara Regional Head Office was held under the patronage of People’s Bank Chairman, Sujeewa Rajapakse, and was attended by People’s Bank’s Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking), Wickrama Narayana, Assistant General Managers (Channel Management), Nalin Perera and I. K. Indika, Chief Manager (Development and Micro Finance), Nilmini Gunawardana, Matara Regional Manager, Saman Rathnayake, Additional District Secretary – Matara, Kasun Wellahewa, Senior Manager – Regional Loan Unit, Nishani Pathirana, Assistant Regional Managers, Thushari Nammuniarachchi and Sujith Kumarasinghe, Branch Managers, Business Development Officers, Bank employees and customers.
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with over LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 745 branches and service centres across the country and over 14.7 million customers.

People's Bank Walasgala Branch moves to an enhanced new location

People's Bank Walasgala Branch was ceremoniously declared opened at a new and enhanced location recently.

The relocated Branch provides customers in the Walasgala area with the latest digital banking services and an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which enables cash withdrawals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

People’s Bank Matara Regional Manager Saman Rathnayake, Asst. Regional Managers Sujith Kumarasinghe, W.D.N Priyanath, Nishani Pathirana and Walasgala Branch Manager Tashika Karunasena, Government officers, bank staff and customers participated in the event.

People's Bank Announces Grand Winners of People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023 Draw

In a recent event held at the People's Bank Head Office, Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka presented the winning prize money to grand winners of the 'People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023'.

The winners of the 'People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023' draw are Mr. P.K.B. Niroshan Sanjeewa from Gampaha, who clinched the first prize of Rs.10 million, Ms. W.M.A. Nilani Buddhadasa from Middeniya, who secured the second prize of Rs.3 million, and Ms. S.G.U. Madurangi Jayasinghe from Mahiyanganaya, who received the third prize of Rs.2 million.

The event was attended by People's Bank Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Nalin Pathiranage, Assistant General Manager (Overseas Customer Services) Aruni Liyanagunawardena, Chief Manager (Overseas Customer Services) Renuka Arunachalam, Senior Manager (Overseas Customer Services) Thilini Perera, as well as Regional Managers, Branch Managers, and other bank officials.

The 'Vaasi Kotiyai 2023' draw was launched by People's Bank to honor and support Sri Lankan migrant workers who contribute significantly to the country's economy while striving for a better future for themselves and their families. Alongside the grand draw, 'Vaasi Kotiyai 2023' also rewards monthly winners with Rs. 1 million and weekly winners with Rs. 100,000, showing appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

People’s Bank Iftar program

People’s Bank Sri Lanka’s Premier Licensed Commercial Bank was once again recognised at the fifth edition of the LankaPay Technnovation Awards, held at the Shangri-La Colombo recently. At this event the bank was awarded People’s Bank Colombo South Region organized an Iftar program for its loyal Muslim customers at the Mandarina Hotel, Colombo 03 recently.
The Prayers were carried out by Ash -Sheikh Moulavi Sajidh Humaidhi during the event which was attended by People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Clive Fonseka and Corporate and Executive management, Colombo South Regional Manager, Assistant Regional Managers, Branch Managers and members of the Muslim Majlis.

People's Bank Empowers Women Entrepreneurs

Celebrating International Women's Day, People's Bank, a trailblazer in Sri Lanka's banking sector, proudly announced its commitment to women's empowerment through impactful initiatives.

In a strategic collaboration with Good Market, People's Bank recently conducted a Special Training Programme for women entrepreneurs at the People’s Bank Staff Training College in Colombo 05. Under this initiative, 12 entrepreneurs were seledcted from a pool of 30 participants within the western province and the training was conducted by Achala Samaradiwakara, Co-Founder of Good Market. The objective of the training was to focuson aligning their respective ventures with Good Market's quality requirements, ensuring a solid foundation for those businesses.

Good Market, a community advocating social entrepreneurship, ethical practices, and sustainable development, collaborates closely with Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. Their comprehensive business sandbox program equips businesses with tools for sustainable ventures and effective branding strategies.

This year's People’s Bank Vanitha Vasana Programmewas designed to empower women, aligning with the principles of women entrepreneurship. Emphasizing the bank's dedication to nurturing a supportive environment, People's Bank highlights a significant representation of women in senior management. This symbolizes a resolute effort to break the glass ceiling for women in the corporate world.

Beyond gender equality in leadership, People's Bank underscores its commitment to women's wellness with range of programmes ranging from career development to, women’s health, ensuring the well-being of women at People’s Bank and in the communities it serves.

People’s Bank Gold Partner for 34th APB Convention

People’s Bank proudly served as the Gold Partner for the highly successful 34th Annual Convention hosted by the Association of Professional Bankers (APB). The convention, held on February 14 at Hilton Colombo, brought together a gathering of banking professionals, industry leaders, and stakeholders.

Picture Shows, People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (International Banking) Thushari Hewawasam, presented a contribution to APB Chairman B.A.H.S. Preena. People’s Bank Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) E.P.A. Sisira Kumara and Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana look on. The event showcased the bank's commitment to fostering dialogue and innovation within the banking community.

People's Bank Vaasi Kotiyai 2023 Grand Draw Picks Millionaire Super Winners

The Grand Draw of ‘People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai-2023’ was held recently to choose the winners of the Rs. 10 Million,Rs. 3 Million and Rs. 2 Millionprizes at the People's Bank, Overseas Customer Services premises.

The weekly winners for the period from 10th December to 31st December 2023 and the millionaires for November and December were also selected at the event.

People's Bank launched ‘Vaasi Kotiyai 2023’ Draw to encourage and appreciate Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country's economy and build a better life for themselves and their families.

Clive Fonseka, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank,Azzam A. Ahamat, Head of Finance, Nipunika Wijayaratne, Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services), E.A.M Dissanayake – Chief Internal Auditor, Nalaka Wijayawardana, Head of Marketing,Aruni Liyanagunawardana, Assistant General Manager – Overseas Customer Services, Renuka Arunachalam, Chief Manager - OCS, Thilini Perera, Senior Manager – OCS, Vipula Warnakula, Senior Manager – IT, Nadeesha Tennakoon, Manager - FCAand Sudheera Samarasinghe, Senior Assessor, Department of Revenue - Western Province, participated in the event.

People's Bank Presents "Vaasi Kotiyai, Remittance Bonanza" Grand Prize of 10 Million Rupees

People's Bank, one of Sri Lanka's leading financial institutions, proudly awarded the grand prize of 10 million rupees to M.A. Suranjana Perera, as part of its highly anticipated "People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai, Bonanza" campaign. The lucky winner was selected through a draw and received the grand prize at a ceremony held at the bank's Head Office in Colombo 02.
The Chairman of People's Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, and Acting Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Mr. Clive Fonseka and Mr. Rohan Pathirage, Senior Deputy General Manager (Overseas Customer Services);presented the grand prize to Mr. Suranjana Perera, who expressed his gratitude and excitement at being chosen as the lucky recipient of this remarkable reward.
The event was also attended by Ms. Aruni Liyanagunawardena, Assistant General Manager (Overseas Customer Services); Mr. Nalaka Wijayawardana, Head of Marketing; and Ms. Thilini Perera, Senior Manager (Overseas Customer Services).
The "People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai, Bonanza" campaign was designed to appreciate the trust and loyalty of the bank's customers who participate in remittance services. By offering this grand prize, People's Bank aimed to showcase its gratitude and its unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional banking experiences.
The "People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai, Bonanza" campaign has now been extended to 2023 with even higher prizes, thus demonstrating the bank's dedication to providing unparalleled banking solutions and rewarding its customers for their continued support.

People's Bank Selects Millionaire Winners for August and September Months in People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023’ Draw

People's Bank's ‘People’s Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai 2023’ draw to select the millionaire winners for the months of August and September took place at the People's Bank, Overseas Customer Services premises at Colombo 10 recently.
In addition to that, the weekly winners for the period from August 13 to October 14, 2023, were also drawn at the event, and will be gifted Rs. 100,000 each.
L.U.LK Alwis - Assistant General Manager (Process Management and Quality Assurance), R. Ravikaran - Assistant General Manager (Channel Management), Aruni Liyanagunawardana – Assistant General Manager (OCS), F.N.D Nandani - Chief Manager (Audit), Renuka Arunasalam - Chief Manager (OCS), Thilini Perera - Senior Manager (OCS) and Nuwan Munasinghe – Senior Tax Officer, Department of Revenue (Western Province) participated in the event.
People's Bank launched ‘Vaasi Kotiyai 2023’ Draw to encourage and appreciate Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country's economy and build a better life for themselves and their families.

People’s Bank ends 2023 with remarkable successes on several quantitative and qualitative fronts. Looks to 2024 with great optimism!

People’s Bank today announced the results for its year ended December 31, 2023 reporting total consolidated operating income and pre-tax profit of LKR 96.8 billion and LKR 19.3 billion, respectively.

Reflecting high interest costs on term deposit funding, due to the high interest rate environment which prevailed during 2022 and early 2023 - and significant interest concessions extended to the customers for the ultimate benefit of the country - saw consolidated net interest income slip to LKR 67.8 billion during the year from LKR 91.0 billion in the year prior. However, the last quarter of the year showed a forward movement on this front as its interest expense continues to normalize with the current interest rate environment.

Consolidated net fees & commission income amounted to LKR 13.9 billion, reflecting a 11.0% growth over 2022 less extraordinary items during the said prior year. Despite inflation-pushed cost pressures, total consolidated operating expenses rose by only 5.5% to reach LKR 62.2 billion (2022 LKR 59.0 billion) ultimately reflecting stringent cost control and efficiency improvements which compared well with peers.

Total consolidated customers deposits and rupee loans grew by 12.0% and 1.4%, respectively whilst it’s all currency net loans contracted by 4.0% reflecting both the appreciation of the rupee impact on its foreign currency loan book as well as measured growth by both the Bank and the Group in the first half of the year considering macro-economic circumstances. Total consolidated assets stood at LKR 3,208.2 billion at period end (end 2022: LKR 3,133.1 billion).

The Bank’s Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy Ratios were 12.4% and 17.4%, respectively at December 31, 2023 (end 2022: 11.9% and 16.3%) whilst, on a consolidated basis, it was 13.7% and 18.2%, respectively (end 2022: 13.3% and 17.2%). The Bank’s solvency levels remain sound ultimately reflecting efforts made since the onset of Basel III on July 1, 2017. Further efforts to bolster its regulatory capital, including for the purposes of additional contingency, is currently in process.

Commenting on the results of the Bank and the Group, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, stated that: “Considering the added burden shouldered as a State Bank - amidst the most challenging set of circumstances over the last four (4) years, I am very pleased with the Bank’s overall performance on both quantitative and, even more importantly, a qualitative front. Taking on some of these challenges head-on, we have navigated the first phase of the Domestic Debt Optimization program with great success, converted our rupee liquidity stresses to now an all-time high excess, further augmented our regulatory capital amidst limiting circumstances and drive super normal growth across all our overall digital platforms - all of which whilst continuing to place national interest and serving our customers at the heart of all our decision making ahead of profitability”

“Looking ahead, with the economy showing signs of rejuvenation as expected, we remain focused and well geared to support the country in its next phase of its growth. As we have done so over the last several years, we reaffirm our commitment to play our role to foremost safeguard national interest. I take the opportunity to also extend my deepest gratitude to our shareholders, including the cooperative societies, our customers, our employees, and our numerous other stakeholders for their unwavering support and trust in us. Together, we have not only managed to overcome obstacles but have also laid the foundation for an Institution with enviable resilience and sustainable long-term growth potential” he further commented.

Commenting on the results, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Mr. Clive Fonseka, stated that: " In our pursuit of driving transformation, we have embarked on a new strategic direction during 2023 which focuses on rebalancing our business model, embracing technology integration, and intensifying the migration towards all our digital platforms. The year ended has witnessed notable success in each of these areas - the core of them being a proactive mindset, characterized by a constant search for innovation and adaptability.

Amidst these challenging times, it must be said that,our team has demonstrated steadfast commitment and admirable dedication. Their unrelenting drive to push the Institution forward is the force behind us.

Looking ahead, we will further our current path whilst also focusing on further streamlining our operations and enhancing efficiency across all parts of our business. Central to our approach is prioritizing customer satisfaction, ensuring that every decision and action is aimed at delivering exceptional value and experiences to our valued clientele. Through these concerted efforts, we are ready to not only meet the evolving needs of our stakeholders but also emerge as a leader in our operating landscape. With some of our most difficult challenges now behind us, we look forward with a great degree of hope and optimism”.

People's Bank Nawala Service Centre moves to an enhanced new location

People's Bank Nawala Service Centre was ceremoniously declared opened at a new and enhanced location recently. A ceremony to mark the occasion was attended by People's Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Clive Fonseka.
The Service Centre is located at No.134/A, Nawala road, Nugegoda with a host of services and modern conveniences backed by the latest technology. Through the Self Banking Unit available at the branch, customers can conveniently withdraw, deposit cash and make bill payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) T. M. W Chandrakumara, Head of Marketing N.H. Wijayawardana, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) Nalin Perera, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) I.K Indika, Colombo Outer Regional Manager Buddika Ranatungage, Asst. Regional Managers Chathurika Chanramali, H. Abayawickrama, Nugegoda Branch Manager Kusala Samanmali and Nawala Service Center Manager Udayangani Karunarathne, Government officers, bank staff and customers participated in the event. Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with over LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 745 branches and service centers across the country and over 14.7 million customers.

People’s Bank reports consolidated profit after tax of LKR 4.6 billion

People’s Bank today announced the results for its quarter ended March 31, 2023 reporting total consolidated operating income and pre-tax profit amounting to LKR 24.0 billion and LKR 7.2 billion, respectively (Q1-2022: LKR 42.6 billion and LKR 11.0 billion).
Similar to 2022, the quarter continued to be characterized by higher interest costs; due to the high interest rate environment which prevailed. This saw consolidated net interest income dip by 49.7% to LKR 15.3 billion during the period relative to Q1-22. This, in part, also reflected the Bank efforts to defer re-pricing of some of its loans to its more sensitive customer segments. Consolidated net fees & commission income amounted to LKR 4.5 billion which, excluding one off items during Q1-22, represented over a 40.0% growth on a like for like basis.
Reflecting inflation pushed cost pressures, much of which originated in the period after Q1-22, saw consolidated total operating expenses rise by 10.1% to reach LKR 14.4 billion (Q1-22: LKR 13.1 billion). This compared well with the industry and, in part, also reflected Group efforts for greater cost control at every instance so reasonably possible.
Total consolidated customers deposits grew to reach LKR 2,513.1 billion - i.e., by 2.6%, whilst consolidated net loans contracted by 4.2% to LKR 1,835.1 billion. The dip in net loans reflected a conscious effort on part of the Bank and the Group to control lending more so in a yet contracting macro-economic context. Total consolidated assets stood at LKR 3,072.2 billion at period end (end 2022: LKR 3,133.1 billion).
The Bank’s Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy Ratios were 11.8% and 16.2%, respectively at March 31, 2023 (end 2022: 11.9% and 16.3%) whilst, on a consolidated basis, it was 13.0% and 16.9%, respectively (end 2022: 13.3% and 17.2%). The Bank’s solvency levels remain sound ultimately reflecting efforts made since the onset of Basel III on July 1, 2017. Further efforts to bolster its regulatory capital, including for the purposes of additional contingency, is currently ongoing. In addition, the Bank successfully met all key regulatory measures during the said period.
Commenting on the results of the Bank and the Group, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, stated that: “Whilst the sector has, and continues to reel with many headwinds over the last several years. our first quarter results remains testimony to our continued strength and resilience, and adaptability even in the most adverse set of circumstances. Over the last several years, the Bank has successfully met the needs of its diverse stakeholders, leading from the front in many instances so to ensure the country is first prioritized, customer interest are safeguarded, government endeavors are supported whilst, at the same time, the Bank’s commercial interests are also met. Our top line growth during the quarter attest to the growth of our core banking operations whilst the high interest rate environment which prevailed has naturally led to the inevitable earnings pressure as seen throughout the industry. The quarter was however witness to several accomplishments from an Institutional standpoint both from a quantitative and qualitative front. This included, amongst other, our ability to successfully drive identified strategic growth areas, ensure sustained improvements in liquidity both from a rupee and foreign currency standpoint and instill further improvements from a risk management perspective. In addition, our digital investments continues to bear fruit, which augurs well for the Bank’s future growth prospects!
Looking ahead, with several positive developments seen on a macro-economic front including those stemming from the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility, we look forward to the future with a great degree of optimism. As we have done so over the last several years, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to play our role to safeguard national interest and those of our stakeholders. I take the opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued trust and confidence in the Institution!”
Commenting on the results, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager (Acting) Mr. Clive Fonseka, stated that: “Despite the many pressures, including those unique to a State-Owned Institution, we have continued to make noteworthy progress on several fronts and have addressed some of the most pressing matters within a short span of time. Our primary focus has, and continues to be, in further bolstering our liquidity, driving key areas of strategic importance, and managing our asset quality whilst supporting our customers navigate through these challenging times. We are currently also taking early steps to bolster our regulatory capital from current levels. The success of our delivery remains ultimately best reflected in the sustained improvements shown across several key performance indicators.
Relating to the recent news being circulated in select social media platforms on non-performing loan write-offs - I seek to confirm that there have been no such write offs. Our usual due process for recovering such loans are currently in process.
He further stated that: “The foundation of People’s Bank’s success primarily rests with our staff and that of our loyal customers. While the road ahead is likely to be filled with many more challenges, we look forward to facing them with confidence and vigor as we have done so over the last several years!

People’s Bank CEO/ GM Clive Fonseka felicitated by Association of Professional Bankers

People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer / General Manager Clive Fonseka was felicitated by the Association of Professional Bankers at their Annual Member Felicitation Ceremony held at the Cinnamon Grand recently.

The ceremony was attended by council members, Advisory Council Members and the Fund Management Committee of the Association of Professional Bankers Sri Lanka.

People's Bank Demonstrates Commitment to Sri Lankan Export Community as the Platinum Sponsor for the 25th Presidential Export Awards

Further Strengthening its unwavering support for Sri Lanka's export community, People's Bank recently came forward to be the Platinum Sponsor for the 25th Presidential Export Awards (PEA) organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).
The grand sponsorship was officially marked in a symbolic event held at the People's Bank Head Quarters, where the Chairman of People's Bank, Sujeewa Rajapakse and CEO/GM of People’s Bank Clive Fonseka had the distinct honor of presenting the Platinum sponsorship to the Chairman/CEO of the Export Development Board, Dr. Kingsley Bernard. This significant contribution underscores People's Bank's dedication to championing the growth and success of the nation's exporters.
People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse expressed his enthusiasm for this partnership, stating, "People's Bank has always been committed to the economic prosperity of Sri Lanka. Being the Platinum Sponsor for the 25th Presidential Export Awards is a reflection of our unwavering dedication to supporting and promoting our country's export sector in line with the government policy. We believe that this collaboration will further catalyze the growth of our nation's exports, driving economic development and innovation."
People’s Bank CEO/GM Clive Fonseka added, "The Presidential Export Awards are a celebration of excellence, and we are proud to be a part of this prestigious event. Our support as the Platinum Sponsor reflects our belief in the potential of Sri Lankan exporters to compete and excel on the global stage. This initiative aligns seamlessly with our mission to empower businesses, foster economic growth, and contribute to a thriving Sri Lanka."
The 25th Presidential Export Awards Ceremony, set to take place on Thursday, 23rd November 2023, at the prestigious Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), will be held under the esteemed patronage of the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Presidential Export Awards are the highest recognition bestowed upon exporters by the Hon. President, honoring their exceptional contributions to Sri Lanka's export sector and economic advancement. The awards acknowledge and celebrate those who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in fostering economic development.
This year's PEA Ceremony marks a significant milestone, with the EDB organizing its 25th edition. The event anticipates the participation of around 1500 esteemed invitees, including Hon. Ministers, Diplomatic corps, Government officials, well-wishers, and distinguished exporters.
In line with the Sri Lankan Government's new Policy Framework, the EDB has introduced innovative strategies to expand the country's exports substantially. The Overall Awards this year take into account exporters' initiatives in market diversification, product diversification, innovation, value addition, the introduction of indigenous brands to the world, sustainable export initiatives, and development in regional value chains, among other criteria.

People's Bank and Western Union Strengthen Their Commitment to Serving Sri Lankan Communities

Western Union delegates recently paid a visit to People's Bank, Wellawatta Branch, during their official visit to Sri Lanka on September 27. During this visit, they had the opportunity to meet some of the regular Western Union customers at the branch.
This visit underscores the ongoing commitment of both People's Bank and Western Union to serve Sri Lankan communities by enabling fast, reliable, and convenient money transfers. The collaboration between People's Bank and Western Union continues to play a pivotal role in supporting individuals and families who rely on remittances, further strengthening the economic ties between Sri Lanka and the rest of the world.
The esteemed Western Union delegation included: Mr. Jean Claude Farah, President, Middle East and Asia Pacific; Mr. Gaurav Yadava, Country Director, India and South Asia; Mr. S.S. Ramanathan, Senior Country Manager, South Asia; and Mr. Praveen Nanayakkara, Associate, Operations Support.
People's Bank has a longstanding partnership with Western Union, having become a sub-agent in 2001 and Principal Agent in 2006. Over the years, People's Bank has consistently worked towards providing exceptional customer service when facilitating inward remittances, which in turn, has contributed to the country's economy.

People's Bank and Hayleys Solar join forces to accelerate Sri Lanka's shift towards sustainable energy

In an alignment geared towards promoting sustainable energy adoption, People’s Bank and Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons Limited, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This collaborative effort aims to catalyse the widespread adoption of solar energy by facilitating access to better financing options.

People’s Bank will provide loans to customers seeking to invest in rooftop solar power for their homes or businesses. These loans will empower individuals and enterprises to embrace solar power, thereby reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner environment.

With the help of the introduced loan programs customers are given the option to go for an affordable loan instalment each month instead of continuing with the burden of a higher electricity bill. This monthly saving option is available for any system capacity and the savings amount will grow in relation to the capacity of each system. By availing of this option, customers can save on their monthly utility expenses and use those funds for other essential needs. In essence, customers will be making a one-time financial investment by replacing an expensive monthly expense with a more affordable one that will reap long term savings.

The occasion was graced by Chief Executive Officer/General Manager - Clive Fonseka of People’s Bank, Managing Director - Hasith Prematillake of Hayleys Fentons Limited, Executive Director/CEO – Roshane Perera of Hayleys Solar, Finance Director of Hayleys Fentons Limited -Pamudith Gunawardana, Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) Wickrama Narayana of People’s Bank, Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking) Mr. T.M.W Chandrakumara of People’s Bank, Kapila Jayaratne - Assistant General Manager,Channel Sales of Hayleys Solar, Srilak Sandaruwan - Assistant Channel Sales Manager, Chaminda Ihalakorala - Assistant General Manager (SME, Development and Micro Finance), Chamari Perera - Senior Manager (SME) and Chamedi Gunathilake - Deputy Manager of People’s Bank.

The collaboration between People's Bank and Hayleys Solar marks a pivotal step towards achieving Sri Lanka's renewable energy goals while fostering economic development. As the nation continues to prioritise environmental conservation and energy security, initiatives like this play a crucial role in driving the transition towards energy independence and a more sustainable future

People’s Bank Re-Launches SPARK: Entrepreneurial Development Program to Boost Sri Lankan SMEs

In an alignment geared towards promoting sustainable energy adoption, People’s Bank and Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons Limited, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This collaborative effort aims to catalyse the widespread adoption of solar energy by facilitating access to better financing options.

People’s Bank will provide loans to customers seeking to invest in rooftop solar power for their homes or businesses. These loans will empower individuals and enterprises to embrace solar power, thereby reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner environment.

With the help of the introduced loan programs customers are given the option to go for an affordable loan instalment each month instead of continuing with the burden of a higher electricity bill. This monthly saving option is available for any system capacity and the savings amount will grow in relation to the capacity of each system. By availing of this option, customers can save on their monthly utility expenses and use those funds for other essential needs. In essence, customers will be making a one-time financial investment by replacing an expensive monthly expense with a more affordable one that will reap long term savings.

The occasion was graced by Chief Executive Officer/General Manager - Clive Fonseka of People’s Bank, Managing Director - Hasith Prematillake of Hayleys Fentons Limited, Executive Director/CEO – Roshane Perera of Hayleys Solar, Finance Director of Hayleys Fentons Limited -Pamudith Gunawardana, Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) Wickrama Narayana of People’s Bank, Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking) Mr. T.M.W Chandrakumara of People’s Bank, Kapila Jayaratne - Assistant General Manager,Channel Sales of Hayleys Solar, Srilak Sandaruwan - Assistant Channel Sales Manager, Chaminda Ihalakorala - Assistant General Manager (SME, Development and Micro Finance), Chamari Perera - Senior Manager (SME) and Chamedi Gunathilake - Deputy Manager of People’s Bank.

The collaboration between People's Bank and Hayleys Solar marks a pivotal step towards achieving Sri Lanka's renewable energy goals while fostering economic development. As the nation continues to prioritise environmental conservation and energy security, initiatives like this play a crucial role in driving the transition towards energy independence and a more sustainable future People’s Bank is excited to announce the re-launch of its SPARK Entrepreneurial Development Program, aimed at bolstering young entrepreneurs and supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout Sri Lanka. Initially launched in 2022, SPARK has been redesigned with updated eligibility criteria to make entrepreneurial success more accessible than ever before.

The revamped SPARK program now welcomes applications from budding entrepreneurs aged 20-45, regardless of their educational background. This inclusive approach is designed to foster a wider range of business ideas and innovations, aligning with the government’s policy to strengthen the SME-driven economy.

Selected participants in the SPARK program will receive comprehensive guidance to develop robust business plans and essential business frameworks. Following this preparatory phase, entrepreneurs will be eligible for concessionary rate business loans to help turn their business visions into reality. Loans up to LKR 500,000 will be available at an annual interest rate of just 7%, while loans up to LKR 1 million will be offered at 10%. Higher loan amounts will also benefit from special concessionary interest rates.

“We believe in the power of entrepreneurial spirit and are committed to its cultivation across Sri Lanka,” said Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank. “The SPARK program is more than just financial assistance; it’s a launchpad for innovation and a testament to our dedication to the economic empowerment of our community which is what the government through its policy framework has been driving towards.”

Clive Fonseka, CEO/GM of People’s Bank commenting on the bank’s latest product offering said “ We have observed that Sri Lanka is not short of entrepreneurial spirit. However, there is a pressing need to support them by providing necessary technical skills especially when it comes to enabling them to access the required financing. We have curated the SPARK scheme specifically to address this gap and we trust young entrepreneurs will make maximum use of this support to pursue their business dreams.”

Applications for the SPARK program can be submitted online via the People’s Bank website at www.peoplesbank.lk. This initiative not only provides financial support but also equips entrepreneurs with the tools they need for sustainable business growth.

People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint composed of 747 branches and service centers. With a history spanning over 63 years, the Bank serves over 14.7 million customers with over 19.0 million account relationships, which is by far the largest for any financial services provider in the country.

People’s Bank offers main sponsorship for Kandy Esela Perahera

People’s Bank has yet again come forward as the main sponsor for the historical Kandy Esala Perahera.
The sponsorship cheque of the People’s bank was handed over to Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadane Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa by D.M. Kapila Dissnayaka - Kandy Regional Manager of People’s Bank. Kandy Branch Senior Manager Janaka Jayasinghe and Business Promotion Officer Thusitha Wathulanda were present at the occasion.
Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadane Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa expressed his appreciation to People’s Bank for offering this sponsorship towards the iconic cultural pageant culminating perennial customs and traditional dances.

People’s Bank refurbishes Kandy Regional Head Office

People's Bank Kandy Regional Head Office was refurbished and opened recently under the auspices of People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku.
Kandy Regional Head Office has been modernized with many facilities including a fully equipped spacious new auditorium and enhanced office space with addition of a newly constructed fifth floor.
To grace the occasion, People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Kandy Regional Manager Kapila Dissanayake, Colombo Outer Regional Manager Buddhika Ranatungage, Assistant Regional Managers Tissa Tennakoon, Shameera Kumarapeli, Assistant Regional Manageresses Shanthi Sivanathavel, Anusha Alahakoon, Senior Manager (Technical Services) Gayan Dissanayake, Kandy Branch Senior Manager Janaka Jayasinghe, Branch Managers and Manageresses of the region including bank staff were in participation.

People’s Bank celebrates 76 years of Independence by offering gifts to Newborns

People's Bank celebrated Sri Lanka’s 76thNational Independence at a modest ceremony held at their Head Office which was followed by a series of island wide initiatives.

People’s Bank’s ‘Birth of Freedom’ programme which commences on every Independence Day was carried out this year as well. Under this concept, People’s Bank gifts Rs.2,000/- worth of an ‘Isuru Udana’ Gift Certificate to every baby born between the 1st and 14th of February.

People’s Bank launched this programme in 2006 with the vision of instilling national pride and encouraging parents to plan for their children’s future. Parents or guardians can open an ‘Isuru Udana’ Children’s Savings Account at any People’s Bank branch using the gift certificate along with the child's birth certificate. The specialty of this programme is that the staff of People’s Bank visits the hospitals and gifts the certificates to the newborns in person.

People's Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse symbolically presented ‘Isuru Udana’ gift vouchers and other gifts at the Castle Street Hospital for Women and De Soysa Hospital for Women in Borella.

In addition, People's Bank handed over a cheque to facilitate the renovation of sanitary facilities at Castle Street for Women.

Director of the Castle Street Hospital for Women, Dr. Ajith Danthanarayana, Deputy Director of De Soysa Hospital for Women in Borella, Dr. K.M Nihal along with hospital staff, senior management staff of People's Bank and other staff members were also present at the event.

In line with the above all People’s Bank branches across the country initiated ‘Nidahase Upatha’ activities island wide.

People's Bank’s Muthiyangana Branch moves to a new location

People's Bank Muthiyangana Branch was ceremoniously declared opened by People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku at its new location recently.
This branch was opened at the commercial and banking complex, Post Office Road in the Sacred Badulla Muthiyangana, with state-of-the-art digital technology, and featuring exclusive services. In addition, a Self-banking Unit also has been installed here.
Simultaneously, a YES Account Promotion Program was held with participation of The Voice Teens Sri Lanka Season 2 winner Praneersha Thiagaraja and one of the finalists Russel Themindage.
To grace the occasion, Deputy General Manager(Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) T.M.W. Chandrakumara, Badulla Regional Manager Nalin Poththawela, Badulla District Secretary Damayanthi Paranagama, Deputy Chief Secretary (Human Resources Training) of the Uva Provincial Council M. M. Nandasena, Deputy Chief Secretary (Finance) M. E. Sumithra Silva, Deputy Chief Secretary (Planning) Ananda Vijitha Kumara Mapa, Badulla Provincial Secretary Lalith Hemantha Dissanayake, Asst. Regional Managers of the People's Bank K. Chandrakumar and S.M.A.P.K. Samarakoon, Asst. Regional Manageress Manjula Perera, Muthiyangana Branch Manageress A.I. Sooriyapperuma, including Government officers, Bank staff and customers were in participation.

People's Bank’s Hyde Park Corner Branch moves to a new location

People's Bank Hyde Park Corner Branch was ceremoniously declared opened by People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku at its new location recently.
This branch was opened at No 33, Parkland Building, Park Street, Colombo 02, with state-of-the-art digital technology, and featuring exclusive services. In addition, a Self-banking Unit also has been installed here.
To grace the occasion, Colombo Municipal Council Commissioner Badrani Jayawardana, People’s Bank Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment, Digital, Process Management & Quality Assurance) K.B. Rajapakse, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) Rohini Madurawala, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management) T.M.W. Chandrakumara, Colombo South Regional Manager Madhawa Kanakka Hewage, Asst. Regional Managers K.A Udeni Dharmasiri, T. Suthagar, W.G.P Damayanthi, Hyde Park Corner Branch Manager Lalith Hirimuthugoda, including Bank staff, Army and Police officers and customers were in participation.
As 25th branch of the People's Bank, Park Street branch had been opened on 02.11.1962. After establishing at Hyde Park Corner in 2006, it was called as Hyde Park Corner branch. Completing 50 years this year, again the branch was relocated to a new premises at Park Street. This was the specialty.

People’s Bank resilient amidst challenging circumstances

People’s Bank today announced the results for its six months period ended June 30, 2022 with total operating income rising by 54.9% to reach LKR 69.3 billion, whilst total operating expenses grew by 3.7% to LKR 20.8 billion reflecting sound cost control and efficiency improvements despite mounting inflationary pressures. Impairment charges rose by 319.9% to LKR 32.8 billion reflecting macro-economic stresses including those relating to its key customer segments. Pre-tax profit amounted to LKR 11.6 billion; representing a decline of 12.5% over the same period 2021.
Net interest income, which accounted for close to 75.0% of the Bank’s top line, grew by 30.5% to reach LKR 51.7 billion reflecting both asset growth and net interest margin improvements. Fee based income grew by 160.9% to reach LKR 9.8 billion; reflecting the Bank’s ongoing efforts to also improve its other non funded sources of income. From a cost to income perspective, primarily reflecting top line growth and cost control, the Bank’s cost to income ratio was 35.9% during H1-22 as compared with 53.0% during the same period 2021. Profit after tax was LKR 8.3 billion, dipping by 21.3% over the same period 2021
Total deposits grew by 12.6% to reach LKR 2,332.8 billion whilst net loans amounted to LKR 1,812.2 billion; contracting by a marginal 1.3%. Reflecting elevated levels of risk across select key customer segments, the Bank’s stage 3 loans as a function of total gross loans increased to 10.4% from 4.0% at end 2021. Total assets reached LKR 3,007.3 billion growing by 13.6% from end 2021.
Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy on a Bank standalone basis was 10.4% and 15.0%, respectively (end 2021: 12.6% and 17.8%) whilst, on a consolidated basis, it was 11.6% and 15.6%, respectively (end 2021: 13.4% and 17.9%). This was without any reliefs or other exceptional considerations and compared well industry peers
Commenting on the results, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, stated that: “Despite extraordinary challenges from a macro front, the Bank’s results provide some insight into its capacity to navigate through these circumstances. Needless to say, similar to most others in the industry, limited access to foreign currency is its key source of distress. As a responsible Domestically Systematically Important Bank with a broader national role - the Bank played a leading role post COVID 19 to support the Government and the country’s internal eco system function without any interruption by facilitating, amongst other, bulk of the country’s essential imports including petroleum products. To ease pressure from foreign currency front, several measures are currently being explored in coordination and support of its key stakeholders. We remain committed to supporting the country’s economic revival initiatives at every instance so possible”
The Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank, Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku, stated that: “With pressures mounting from an interest margin and credit cost perspective, we have used the opportunity to also strengthen our platform from a business, operational and risk management perspective. As a Bank with national interest at heart, we have allocated greater resources to support Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and certain other economy critical market segments. Conscious of the challenges ahead, we remain fully committed to serving our customers and preserving the interest of all our stakeholders”
People’s Bank being recognized amongst the World’s Top 1000 Banks yet again is an extraordinary achievement admits present challenging environment. It accentuates its consistent and robust delivery even amidst adversity and attests to its standing not only locally but also globally.
People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint composed of 743 branches and service centers. With a history spanning 61 years, the Bank benefits from a staff strength over 7,500 who tirelessly and diligently serve close to 14.5 million customers and over 19.0 million account relationships, which is by far the largest for any financial services provider in the country.
Looking ahead, despite the many tests, People’s Bank remains focused on taking every reasonable measure necessary to support the Government in their efforts and to help the country’s internal eco system move forward.

Electricity and water facilities provided to under resourced school through People's Bank 'Mahajana Mehewara'

People's Bank's 'Mahajana Mehewara' CSR drive commenced yet another project to provide electricity and water facilities to under resourced schools together with Manusath Derana on 10th of August.
Under this novel concept which combines sustainability with education, a 3kv solar power inverter system, a water motor and a water tank were provided to Galamuduna Junior School at Meemure in the education zone of Teldeniya in the Central Province.
This school which can be reached only via a 6 kilometre trek to the mountain top is to a great extent isolated from the outside world. Through this program, People's Bank expects the school facilities to be improved drastically in a sustainable manner without any cost to the school.

People's Bank opens a Service Center in Thihagoda

People's Bank recently opened its newest Service Center at Thihagoda. The Service Centre provides customers in the Thihagoda area with the latest digital banking services and an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which enables cash withdrawals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As a part of the opening day ceremony, loan facilities were granted for minor export crops, and gifts were offered to children who opened Sisu Udana and Isuru Udana accounts of the People's Bank.
Sujeewa Rajapakse – Chairman of People’s Bank, Ranjith Kodituwakku - Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank, Mahinda Premanath - Deputy General Manager, Nalin Perera – Assistant General Manager (Corporate Banking (Relationship II), I.K. Indika - Matara Regional Manager, Thushari Nammuniarachchi - Assistant Regional Manager, Nishani Pathirana - Senior Manager (Regional Loans Unit), Nirmal Samarasinghe - Chairman of the Thihagoda Pradeshiya Sabha, T. Dahanayake - OIC of Thihagoda Police Station, R.M.R. Bandara – Principal of Thihagoda National School, R. Dayan Padma – Kamburupitiya Branch Manager and J.P.D Nadeesha – Thihagoda Service Center Manager participated in the event.

People's Bank honours long-serving staff members

People’s Bank recently paid tribute to its dedicated staff members who have completed 25 years of service during the grand '25 Years of Service award ceremony', held recently at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo.
The awards ceremony was graced by People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka and members of the corporate and executive management.
A total of 886 staff members were recognized and presented with prestigious Gold Awards to commemorate their remarkable 25 years of service at People's Bank. In addition to these honourees, 52 senior staff members who completed a remarkable 40 years of continuous service received special commemorative gifts.
This service appreciation ceremony, which has been a tradition since 1986, stands as a testament to the dedication and hard work of People's Bank staff who have contributed tirelessly to position the bank as a cornerstone in the financial sector of Sri Lanka.
The award ceremony honoured 886 staff members who joined People's Bank between July 1, 1993, and September 30, 1998, and completed their service continuously between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2023.

People's Bank celebrates its 61st Anniversary

People’s Bank, a pioneer in the Sri Lankan Banking and Financial Services sector, celebrates its 61st anniversary on 01st July.
Instrumental in introducing the concept of banking to the general public in Sri Lanka, People’s Bank has continued with that responsibility further by providing digital banking services even to the most rural areas in the country, thereby enabling the entire nation to enjoy the benefits of cutting edge technology. Furthermore the Bank has played a pivotal role in driving the national socio-economic development since inception, thus earning the reputation as the pride of the nation.
People's Bank was established under Act No. 29 of 1961 with the aim of uplifting the co-operative business and rural banking systems. This Act was submitted to Parliament by then Minister of Trade, Food, Co-operatives and Shipping,T. B. Ilangaratne, under the leadership of then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Vincent Subasinghe who was a pioneer in providing banking services to the co-operative sector was the first Chairman of People's Bank.
In an era when banking services were limited to English speaking upper echelons of the society, it was the People's Bank that changed that phenomenon by commencing to conduct its operations in Sinhala and Tamil.
Right from the inception, the bank started working towards its mission to serve the masses. Accordingly, People’s Bank has introduced many firsts to the country such as agriculture loans, Pawning, SME loans, Women’s Savings Accounts and Children’s Savings Accounts to name few. Most of these product concepts were so widely embraced by the society that almost all the local commercial banks are now offering them under various brand names.
Currently, People's Bank is one of Sri Lanka’s largest financial institutions, boasting over Rs. 3 trillion in assets. Its network of 743 branches/service centers is the country’s largest. The bank also possesses a network of over 268 Self Banking Units operating 24/7 all 365 days of the year. This enormous network operating with over 8000 staff members, has enabled the people to get their banking done safely, securely and with ease of accessibility.
While the bank initially focused on rural sectors and cooperative movements, since then People’s Bank has evolved to cater to a wide range of customer segments including Retail, High Net Worth, Micro & SME and Corporate.
As a responsible state bank, People's Bank has not only provided financial services to its customers but has also made significant contributions to the socio-economic progress of the country. During the past 61 years the bank has provided financial assistance in the areas of exports, education, health, expressways, roads, tourism and infrastructure. In addition, People's Bank works successfully with over 900 banks worldwide to facilitate import and export trades by issuing Letters of Credit to private and State-owned enterprises. This function is invaluable to sustain normal lives of general public as it enables importation of essential items such as fuel, medicine, food and gas.
Adapting to the modern world, the People’s Bank launched a digital banking project in 2015, to ensure that their customers could transact easily, safely and efficiently. People's Bank was the first bank in the island that took steps to undertake a comprehensive digital transformation project covering major part of its operations. As a result, People's Bank now provides a world class digital banking experience to all its customers.
For example, People’s Bank has enabled customers to open an account paperless in as short a time as 10 minutes and obtain a personal loan within 24 hours. As another key component of the digitalization journey, People's Bank introduced People's Wave mobile banking app for customers to transact any time of the day using their smartphone without having to go to a bank branch and this has become the most downloaded app in Sri Lanka. In addition, a mobile app was specially introduced to institutional customers called People's Wyn. Online banking facilities targeting both retail and corporate customers were introduced in 2018.
Furthermore, People's Bank has introduced the People's Pay mobile app to support and promote digital payments within the nation.
The excellence of People's Bank has consistently earned recognition both locally and internationally. SLIM Nielsen People's Awards, National Business Excellence Awards and LankaPay Technnovation Awards are but some of the local accolades received by the bank. Internationally, People's Bank has been the recipient of awards such as Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Award, Asia Money Best Bank Awards, SAFA Awards, The Asian Digital Finance Forum and Awards.
Additionally, The Banker Magazine named People’s Bank as one of the Top 1000 Banks in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Multiple business magazines such as World Finance, International Business Magazine, Global Business Review Magazine, Global Banking and Financial Review Magazine of UK also have awarded the bank on several occasions.
ICCSL, CIMA, and Daily FT newspaper included People's Bank as one of the 10 best institutions in 2018, 2019,2020 and 2021 consecutively. People's Bank is also the only State bank which was awarded the ISO/IEC 27001- 2013.

People's Bank partners with Central Cultural Fund to offer an e-Ticketing Solution

People's Bank recently entered into a partnership with the Central Cultural Fund (CCF), which falls under the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, to provide an e-Ticketing Solution to be deployed at major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the partnership was inked and exchanged between the two institutions in the presence of People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Hon. Vidura Wickramanayaka at an event held at People’s Bank Head Office, Colombo 02 on 16th September 2022.
Somarathne Vidanapathirana – Secretary of Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Prof. Anura Manathunga – Director General of Archeology, Prof. Gamini Ranasinghe - Director General of the Central Cultural Fund and the other officials of CCF with the Board of Directors of People’s bank and K.B. Rajapakse - Acting CEO/GM of People’s Bank with the other corporate management members of People’s Bank were also present at the occasion.
The state-of-the-art solution will be designed, developed, hosted, and maintained by People’s Bank in response to a request made by the CCF. The new system will not only streamline the entire process but also will enable tourists to see the heritage sites virtually prior to visiting Sri Lanka. While providing the CCF with the opportunity to generate much-needed foreign currency and simplify internal processes, the solution also underscores the People’s Bank’s standing as the leader in digitalization in Sri Lanka’s banking industry.
The multi-lingual web-based solution will provide a Web app for purchasing tickets and Mobile apps for CCF for ticket verification. With the Internet Payment Gateway and Payment Solution integrated into the system, a variety of payment methods can be used for the payments. The solution will include the Ticket Servicing Module for the Admin and a Tour Agent Portal for authorized users. The Web App will also provide a virtual tour of the heritage sites using Augmented Reality (AR) and a marketplace for purchasing souvenirs and publications online.
Central Cultural Fund is the principal heritage management institution in Sri Lanka where they mainly generate income through ticket sales to tourists who visit the many sites under the CCF including Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and many others. For example, Sigiriya alone is visited by 2,000 to 3,000 tourists daily. CCF expects to further increase the tourist visits to these sites by offering them greater convenience and an enhanced experience, thus generating much needed foreign currency for the country.
People’s Bank, known as the Pride of the Nation, is the country’s premiere licensed commercial bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint comprising of 743 branches and service centers island wide. With a history spanning 61 years, the Bank serves more than 14 million customers maintaining 19 million account relationships which is by far the largest customer base for any financial services provider in the country.

People’s Bank commemorates 61st Anniversary by Donating Essential Medical Supplies to Castle Street Hospital for Women

People’s Bank, under the umbrella of its CSR program ‘Mahajana Mehewara’, recently donated essential medical supplies worth over Five Million Rupees to the Castle Street Hospital for Women in Borella to coincide with the 61st Anniversary of People’s Bank.
This event was held with the participation of Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku – Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank, Pradeep Wijesinghe – Director of Castle Street Hospital for Women, Dedunu Dias – Deputy Director of Castle Street Hospital, K.B. Rajapakse - People’s Bank Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment, Digital, Process Management & Quality Assurance), Rohan Pathirage - Senior Deputy General Manager (TB & OCS), Renuka Jayasinghe - Deputy General Manager (Personal Banking), Mahinda Premanath - Deputy General Manager (Channel Management), Nalaka Wijayawardena - Head of Marketing, S.M.T.A.R. Bandara – Administrative Officer of Castle Street Hospital for Women, P.A.S Chulangani, M.A.C. Wijesinghe – Nursing officers in Special Grade, Deepa Wewella, Kumari Hikgoda – Pharmacists.
Initiated with the intention of giving back to the community and uplifting the living standards of society at large, People’s Bank has launched a multitude of corporate social responsibility initiatives over the span of its 61 years history. The impetus for donating these essential items to the Castle Street Women’s Hospital was triggered by current challening situation in the country. However, this is not the first time the bank has reached out to help the medical services as People’s Bank donated mobile Portable Ultrasound Scanners valued at over Twenty Million Rupees to National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy as well as Jaffna Teaching Hospital last year to assist in the treatment of COVID patients in commemoration of its 60th anniversary.
In addition to the above, People’s Bank and the Peoples Bank Group have been instrumental in donating high value PCR testing units to the health sector in Sri Lanka. The bank also played a pivotal role in facilitating importation of COVID 19 vaccinations to Sri Lanka. As a responsible public bank with an asset value of over three trillion rupees, People's Bank does not stop at providing banking and financial facilities to its customers and will continue to contribute to the community I multiple CSR programs.

People’s Bank resilient amidst extra-ordinary distress

People’s Bank today announced the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 with consolidated total operating income growing by 51.9% to reach LKR 42.6 billion, whilst total operating expenses increased by only 0.3% to LKR 13.1 billion despite inflationary pressures; reflecting sound cost control and efficiency improvements being undertaken on an ongoing basis. Consolidated pre-tax profit amounted to LKR 11.0 billion; representing a growth of 9.8% over the same period of 2021.
Net interest income, which accounted for 71.4% of the Group’s total operating income during Q1-22, grew by 29.2% to reach LKR 30.4 billion reflecting both asset growth and net interest margin improvements to 4.1% from 3.6% in Q1-21. Excluding the LKR 3.4 billion in foreign exchange net gains recognized during the period as a result of the rupee devaluation, non-interest-based income accounted for over 20.0% of total consolidated operating income during Q1-22 as compared with 13.0% in Q1-21; reflecting efforts to also improve other sources of income. From a cost to income perspective, primarily reflecting top line growth and cost control, the Group’s cost to income ratio was 38.2% during Q1-22 as compared with 54.9% during the same period of 2021.
Consolidated impairment charges rose during the period reflecting macro-economic developments, including - amongst other - the negative impact arising from the rupee devaluation and the higher expected credit losses from key customer segments of the Group. Consolidated profit after tax was LKR 7.4 billion, dropping by 12.9% over the same period 2021 whilst, on a Bank standalone basis, profit after tax was LKR 5.5 billion up 1.1% over Q1-21. Consolidated return on assets was 1.48% during the period as compared with 1.42% during Q1-21.
Consolidated deposits grew by 6.2% to reach LKR 2.3 trillion with CASA maintained at close to 40.0% levels. Consolidated net loans reached LKR 2.0 trillion. Stage 3 loans as a function of total gross loans increased during the period both on a Bank standalone and consolidated basis reflecting stressed macro-economic circumstances. Consolidated assets reached LKR 3.1 trillion; expanding by 10.6% with the rupee devaluation adjusted growth being close to 5.0%.
Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy was 12.0% and 16.1%, respectively at end March 31, 2022 as compared with 13.4% and 17.9% at end 2021. On a Bank standalone basis, these were 11.0% and 15.7%, respectively (end 2021: 12.6% and 17.8%); either of which without any reliefs or other exceptional adjustments being considered.
Commenting on the results, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, stated that: “Times are extraordinary with the macro stresses clearly unprecedented. The Bank’s results however provide insight into its financial strength and capacity to navigate through these challenging circumstances. Needless to say, like for most other, the lack of foreign currency reserves in the country - is the Institution’s key source of distress. As a Domestically Systematically Important Bank with a broader national role - the Institution played a leading role post COVID 19 to support the Government and the country’s internal eco system function without any interruption by supporting, amongst many other, bulk of the country’s essential imports such as petroleum, pharmaceutical, coal and fertilizer. To ease pressure from the Bank’s standpoint, several measures are currently being explored in coordination and support of its key stakeholders”
The Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank, Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku, stated that: “The challenges are clearly unlike any seen in the past, which are likely to persists over the short term - at least. From both a business and operational standpoint, we have intensified our focus on few key areas. On a business front, considering the volatile interest rate environment and the inevitable pressure on net interest margins as now seen, we have increased our focus on non-interest-based income sources and, considering the country’s foreign currency shortfall, we are in the process of expanding our foreign inward remittances platform and footprint. In addition, as a crucial element to the country’s economic revival - we have allocated greater resources to support Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and certain other economy critical market segments. On an operational front, as part of our cost efficiency improvement initiatives - we are further investing in technology in all our core areas and, needless to say, to further strengthen the Bank’s platform in these challenging times, we are continuously enhancing our internal processes and overall risk management framework. Fully conscious of the challenges ahead, we remain fully committed to serving our customers and preserving the interest of all our stakeholders"
People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint comprised of 743 branches and service centers island-wide. With a history spanning 60 years, the Bank benefits from a staff strength of close to 8,000 who tirelessly and diligently serve more than 14.0 million customers and close to 19.0 million account relationships, which is by far the largest customer base of any financial services provider in the country. Established under the People’s Bank Act No. 29 of 1961, the Bank carries a National Long-Term Rating of “AA- (lka/ rating watch negative)”; by Fitch Ratings Lanka Ltd.

People’s Bank completes the nation’s largest finance sector SD-WAN installation with Hayleys Fentons ICT

People's Bank, taking yet another significant leap towards technological innovation, partnered with Hayleys Fentons ICT for a transformative SD-WAN project. This initiative covered 375 customer contact points across Sri Lanka, becoming the largest SD-WAN installation within the financial sector in the country. The project's astounding scale is a testament to the technological prowess and dedication of the Fentons ICT team, as they completed this multi-hub enterprise deployment in a mere 70 days.
SD-WAN, a cutting-edge networking technology, empowers organisations to securely connect users, applications, and data across multiple locations, enhancing speed, safety, and flexibility in the process. Key features of the deployment include a central SD-WAN Hub at People's Bank's head office in Colombo 02, fortified with Redundancy Disaster Recovery (DR) measures to ensure uninterrupted service.
Commenting on the achievement, Clive Fonseka, CEO/GM of People's Bank said "This is another important milestone in our journey to become the most technologically superior bank in the country. We remain steadfastly committed to use technology not only to offer an enhanced banking experience to our customers but also to increase our operational efficiency and revenue."
Dhammika Dasa, Chief Information Officer of People's Bank, enthusiastically praised the successful implementation, stating, "Hayleys Fentons ICT has played a pivotal role in modernising our network infrastructure. This SD-WAN project not only optimises our network performance but also enables us to provide island-wide support within 2 hours via support centers."
Hasith Prematillake, Managing Director of Hayleys Fentons, expressed pride in being the preferred technology partner for People's Bank stating that all 375 branches were seamlessly connected to the central hub through secure IPSEC tunnels, reinforcing security and reliability for the bank. “In addition, our team took proactive measures for the network’s resilience by installing a secondary internet connection for backup purposes. The successful deployment is a testament to the technological prowess and dedication of the Fentons ICT team.”
Yoosoof Ihthisham, General Manager of Hayleys Fentons ICT, emphasised that their solution not only modernised the bank's network infrastructure but also equipped them with tools to enhance security, agility, and cost-effectiveness. The central management system provides administrators with complete control and easy monitoring of network performance, ensuring secure communication between SD-WAN enabled and non-SD-WAN branches.
By adopting SD-WAN technology, People's Bank takes significant steps towards cost efficiency, optimising network traffic, reducing WAN circuit costs, and centralising management. This deployment aligns with the evolving technological landscape and solidifies People's Bank's position as the leader in digital banking innovation.

People’s Bank conducts multiple meritorious deeds in Anuradhapura in commemoration of Poson Poya

People’s Bank organized a series of meritorious deeds in Anuradhapura including an Alms Giving (Heel Dāna) to over twenty five thousand devotees who observed sil in front of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.
The Buddhist Society of the People's Bank Regional Office in Anuradhapura has been organizing this meritorious deed consecutively for over four decades, with contributions from the Bank and its entire staff. Furthermore, the staff of People's Bank staged a glorious performance of the ‘Poson Bodhu Gee Saraniya’ for the 16th time, in front of the Ruwanweli Maha Seya on the Poson poya day evening. The music was directed by the veteran musician Karunarathna Wijewardhana.
Under the patronage of Atamasthanadhipathi, The Chief Sanghanayake of Nuwara Kalaviya Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Thero, Chief Incumbent of Ruwanweli Maha Seya Ven. Ithala-Watunu Wawe Gnanathilake Thero, People's Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Clive Fonseka, Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services) Nipunika Wijerathna, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) T.M.W Chandrakumara, Chief Law Officer P.K Katulanda, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Assistant General Manager (Retail Banking) Indumini Rathnayake, Anuradhapura Regional Manager Asitha Dhanawalawithana, other Regional Managers and Manageresses, Asst. Regional Managers and Manageresses, Branch Managers, Govt. Officers, Officers of the Buddhist Society of People's Bank, Pensioners and many of the staff of People's Bank, were present at these occasions.

Appointment of New Customer Service Assistants of People’s Bank

Letters of Appointment were awarded recently to the newly recruited 500 Customer Service Assistants of People’s Bank. at an event which was attended by the State Minister of Finance Hon. Shehan Semasinghe, People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Member of the board of directors Manjula Wellalage and Chief Executive Officer / General Manager Clive Fonseka together with the corporate & executive management.

People’s Bank offers an iPhone 15 in an exclusive YouTube promotion

People's Bank, the trailblazer in digital banking in Sri Lanka, recently conducted a prize draw to select a winner from individuals who have subscribed to the bank's YouTube channel. The event, held at People's Bank Head Office, was graced by the presence of Nipunika Wijayaratne, Deputy General Manager - Banking Support Services.

The lucky winner of the Apple iPhone 15 was Sanduni Wathsala from Dummalasuriya. The prize was presented by Nalaka Wijayawardana, Head of Marketing at People's Bank.

Expressing her excitement, Sanduni Wathsala stated, ‘Having followed People's Bank Facebook page, I stumbled upon a post offering a chance to win an iPhone 15 by subscribing to the bank’s YouTube channel and uploading a screenshot. I immediately subscribed and still can't believe I won. I was always dreaming of owning an iPhone 15 and I'm thrilled that it has come true with this gift from People's Bank. I encourage everyone to subscribe to the People's Bank YouTube channel for a chance to win.’

The next draw features an Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max as the grand prize. The public can participate by subscribing to the People’s Bank YouTube channel and uploading a screenshot through the provided link on People's Bank Facebook page from February 15, 2024, to July 31, 2024. Subscribing to the YouTube channel is mandatory, while additional subscriptions/follows/likes on People's Bank’s Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn enhances chances of winning.

People’s Bank Introduces a range of new products on International Youth Day

In commemoration of International Youth Day which falls on 12th August, People’s Bank launched YES Digital Green Savings Account, a novel product introduced in line with its Green Banking initiatives of the bank.’ A special event marking the occasion took place recently under the aegis of People’s Bank Chairman, Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Clive Fonseka at the People’s Bank Head Quarters Branch, Colombo 02.
At the aforementioned event, the bank also launched ‘YES Executive Premier Plan’, which is an investment plan under the YES Digital Green Account scheme. Among the first customers to receive this plan were former Sri Lanka Cricket Test Captain, Marvan Atapattu and the Vice Captain of the Test team, Dhananjaya de Silva. Funds collected in these Green deposit products will be given priority when financing sustainability-related projects.
In addition, the Green Power loan scheme which was exclusively designed to support projects relating to sustainability was also launched during this event. The program which demonstrated the People’s Bank’s commitment to environmental sustainability was attended by members of the corporate and executive management, Staff members and Customers.

People’s Bank Crowned Champions at Trade Finance Association of Bankers Quiz-2023

After an exciting and intriguing mind sport competition, the People’s Bank Team-C was crowned champions at the annual Trade Finance Association of Bankers Quiz Competition-2023 (TFAB Quiz) held at Marino Beach Hotel recently.
The People’s Bank Team-C, having battled it out over 26 Quiz Teams from all leading Banks in the country and emerged victorious whilst HNB Team-B and Seylan Bank Team-A were placed second and third respectively. The Trade Finance Association of Bankers Quiz Competition is organized by the Trade Finance Association of Bankers.
The winning team from People’s Bank was represented by Pulasthi Gunasekara –Team Leader, Charith Malalasekara, Upeksha Vidanapathirana , Kalhari Wijesekara and Princy Antony.

People’s Bank offers sponsorship for Kandy Esela Perahera

People’s Bank has yet again come forward to sponsor the historical Kandy Esala Perahera.
The sponsorship cheque of the People’s bank was handed over to Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadane Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa by Nalin Potthewela- Kandy Regional Manager of People’s Bank. Assistant Regional Manager Janaka Jayasinghe, Kandy Branch Senior Manager Prasanna Karunarathne and Regional Business Promotion Officer Krishantha Kulasinghe were also present at the occasion.
Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadane Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa expressed his gratitude to People’s Bank for offering a sponsorship to strengthen this iconic cultural pageant which showcases and preserves invaluable customs and cultural practices.

Peoples Bank provides cutting-edge payment acceptance solutions to government institutions

Peoples Bank, a leading financial institution known for its innovative digital banking solutions, has embarked on a mission to transform the way government manages payments. By leveraging its expertise in financial technology, the bank has joined forces with government entities to establish fast, secure, and user-friendly payment acceptance systems. These solutions allow citizens to conveniently pay taxes, fines, fees, and other payments using multiple payment methods such as Credit/Debit cards via Point of Sale machines or internet payment gateways.
The collaborative effort between Peoples Bank and government entities has resulted in increased revenue collections and more efficient fund management for those institutions. The ease of making payments through multiple channels has encouraged citizens to fulfill their financial obligations promptly, contributing to a steady flow of funds into the government.
Automated payment acceptance systems have significantly reduced the administrative burden on government staff. With payments processed electronically, manual cash handling, data entry, and reconciliation tasks have been minimized, freeing up valuable time and resources for more important tasks.
Government institutions adopting the latest technology such as these have enabled citizens to experience a higher level of convenience when interacting with government services. The availability of payment options has led to shorter queues at physical payment centers, reducing wait times and enhancing overall service satisfaction.
In addition, the digital payment ecosystem generates valuable data insights that can be leveraged for informed decision-making. Governments can analyze payment trends, peak transaction times, and preferred payment methods to optimize their service delivery strategies.
The collaboration has introduced a higher level of transparency and accountability in financial transactions. Both citizens and government entities can access transaction histories and receipts, ensuring a clear record of all payment activities.
The success of Peoples Bank's collaborative effort with government entities serves as a model for future partnerships. As technology continues to evolve, opportunities for further innovation are abundant. The collaboration is being extended beyond payment acceptance to include value additions such as digital identity verification, online service portals, and personalized citizen engagement.
The collaboration between Peoples Bank and government entities exemplifies the potential of synergy between financial institutions and the public sector. As the journey towards a more digitally integrated society continues, such collaborations are poised to shape a more convenient and citizen-centric future.
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with close to LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 745 branches and service centers located islandwide and over 14.7 million customers. People’s Bank has 290 SBUs comprised of ATMs, CDMs, and CRM, allowing customers to bank at their convenience 24/7, 365 days a year.

People's Bank Buddhist Society donates dry rations to needy families

To commemorate the Vesak poya in a meaningful and impactful manner, the People's Bank Buddhist Society recently distributed dry rations among 50 low income families in Colombo North and South Regions at the 3rd floor of the People's Bank head office. Chairman of the People's Bank Sujeewa Rajapakse, CEO/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku, Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment,Digital,Process Management & Quality Assurance) K. B. Rajapakse, Deputy General Manager (Human Resources) Mr. K. A. Nihal along with members of the Executive Management and members of the Buddhist Society graced the occasion.

People’s Bank’s forges ahead with optimism. Reports consolidated pretax profit of LKR 11.4 billion for 9M23

People’s Bank today announced the results for its nine-months period ended September 30, 2023 with total consolidated operating income and pre-tax profit was LKR 67.6 billion and LKR 11.4 billion, respectively.

Due to the higher cost of term deposit funding - which stemmed from the high interest rate environment which prevailed during much of 2022 - consolidated net interest income slipped to LKR 44.6 billion during the nine-months ended September 30, 2023. Consolidated net fees & commission income amounted to LKR 10.8 billion which, excluding one off items during 9M-22, represented a near 9.0% growth on a like-for-like basis.

Reflecting rupee depreciation and inflation driven cost pressures, much of which originated since Q222, consolidated total operating expenses rose by 14.7% to reach LKR 45.9 billion. Relative to such upward cost pressures, this compared well also reflecting Bank and Group wide efforts for greater cost control and efficiency improvement at every instance so possible.

Total consolidated customers deposits grew to reach LKR 2,652.6 billion - i.e., by 8.3%, whilst consolidated net loans contracted by 5.4% to LKR 1,812.1 billion. This reflected both the impact of the rupee appreciation on its foreign currency loan-book relative to end 2022 levels and, more notably, the cautionary approach adopted by the Bank when extending new credit considering the yet stressed macro-circumstances. Total consolidated assets stood at LKR 3,131.7 billion as at September 30, 2023

The Bank’s Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy Ratios were 11.6% and 15.7%, respectively as at September 30, 2023 whilst, on a consolidated basis, it was 13.1% and 16.8%, respectively. The Bank’s solvency levels continue to remain sound ultimately showcasing efforts consistently made since the onset of Basel III on July 1, 2017. Further efforts to bolster its regulatory capital are currently ongoing. In addition, the Bank has successfully met all its core regulatory measures during the said period including, amongst other, its liquidity ratios which reached new highs across both rupee and foreign currency.

Commenting on the results of the Bank and the Group, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, stated that: "The country’s outlook currently hinges on the success of its external debt restructuring, fiscal consolidation and the success in implementing several key structural reforms. Despite the many uncertainties, both macro-economic and otherwise - our diversified portfolio and unique offerings have enabled us to positively contribute towards our overall performance during the first nine months of this year. One such example is our efforts to improve the overall foreign currency inward worker remittances for the benefit of the Bank and ultimately the country. Such initiatives rolled out since early 2022 has enabled the Bank to increase its market share to 18.0% from just 6.0% at end-2022 - which also testifies to the confidence placed in the Institution by that remit.

Looking ahead - by combining technological advancement, risk mitigation, customer-centric initiatives, and community engagement, we are confident that these strategies will help position our Bank for success in the years ahead. Our goal is simple and is to be the most resilient and customer-centric financial services provider in the country with an enviable strength"

Commenting on the results, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Mr. Clive Fonseka, stated that: "We are making continuous strides in executing our operational plan notwithstanding the many challenges posed by the external environment. Our digitalization strategy remains at the heart of every internal thinking and decision-making process. Substantial improvement in our liquidity profile during the year-to-date period is one of our key accomplishments and, with the economy showing positive signs of rejuvenation, we now remain focused on expanding our loan book in a measured manner. Needless to say, in doing so - as a responsible State organization - we will focus on all areas of economic priority.

Despite the present obstacles, and not complacent with any of our successes, we remain focused on consistently and very diligently improving every aspect of the Bank’s business - so the Institution’s interest is preserved at all times, and it is well positioned for long term sustained growth and national value added”


People’s Bank offers an iPhone 15 in an exclusive YouTube promotion

People's Bank, the trailblazer in digital banking in Sri Lanka, recently conducted a prize draw to select a winner from individuals who have subscribed to the bank's YouTube channel. The event, held at People's Bank Head Office, was graced by the presence of Nipunika Wijayaratne, Deputy General Manager - Banking Support Services.

The lucky winner of the Apple iPhone 15 was Sanduni Wathsala from Dummalasuriya. The prize was presented by Nalaka Wijayawardana, Head of Marketing at People's Bank.

Expressing her excitement, Sanduni Wathsala stated, ‘Having followed People's Bank Facebook page, I stumbled upon a post offering a chance to win an iPhone 15 by subscribing to the bank’s YouTube channel and uploading a screenshot. I immediately subscribed and still can't believe I won. I was always dreaming of owning an iPhone 15 and I'm thrilled that it has come true with this gift from People's Bank. I encourage everyone to subscribe to the People's Bank YouTube channel for a chance to win.’

The next draw features an Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max as the grand prize. The public can participate by subscribing to the People’s Bank YouTube channel and uploading a screenshot through the provided link on People's Bank Facebook page from February 15, 2024, to July 31, 2024. Subscribing to the YouTube channel is mandatory, while additional subscriptions/follows/likes on People's Bank’s Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn enhances chances of winning.

People's Bank Launches Exclusive Affinity Credit Card for Mahamaya Girls' College

People's Bank proudly launched an Affinity Credit Card for the past pupils of Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy coinciding with the 90th Anniversary of the college. The credit card was formally unveiled at the ‘Mayans Rhythm Night 24’ event held at the Grand Kandyan Hotel in Kandy, hosted by The Mahamaya Old Girls' Association.

The event was graced by the presence of S. Senadheera, Principal of Mahamaya Girls' College, together with People's Bank representatives Nalin Poththewela, Kandy Regional Manager, and Shameera Kumarapeli, Assistant Regional Manager (Business Promotion).

Nilanthi Ediriweera, a former student of Mahamaya Girls' College and staff member of the Kandy Regional Office, coordinated the introduction of this Affinity Card.

People’s Bank expands the quick digital loan processing facility to 300 branches

People’s Bank, the pioneer in Sri Lanka’s digital banking sphere, further expanded its digital loan processing enabled branch network to 300 by ceremoniously implementing its People’s Wiz Retail Loan Origination System (RLOS) in Gandara. People’s Wiz (RLOS) enables customers to obtain a personal loan conveniently within just 24 hours with minimal documentation. Prior to its implementation, the personal loan granting process was a 15-step procedure which used to take several days.
People's Bank remains focused on offering customers an enhanced banking experience using digital banking technology, keeping in line with modern banking practices. The Bank has introduced several digital banking initiatives, namely the Express Banking facility, People’s Wave app, Retail Internet banking facility, Corporate Internet Banking (CIB) web app, People’s Wyn mobile app, RLOS (Repay Loan Origination System), CLOS (Corporate Loan Origination System) and the People’s Pay app. All the bank’s digitalization projects ensure maximum security and convenience for customers.
People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku, Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment and Digital) K.B.Rajapakse, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Chief Digital Officer Mangala Kariyawasam, Matara Regional Manager I.K Indika, Asst. Regional Managers W.K.S Kumarasinghe, T.S Nammuniarachchi and Gandara Branch Manager D.C Mallikarachchi along with Bank Staff, and customers also participated in the event.
People's Bank embarked on its journey to revolutionize Sri Lanka’s Banking industry in 2015 by taking a pioneering role in digitalization and customer engagement. Since then, People’s Bank has successfully delivered a number of world-class digital banking solutions that have been readily embraced by its growing customer base due to the enhanced convenience, speed, efficiency and security offered by same.

People’s Bank organized a series of meritorious deeds in Anuradhapura for Poson Poya

People’s Bank organized a series of meritorious deeds in Anuradhapura. As a part of this program, People's Bank conducted an Alms Giving (Heel Dāna) to over twenty thousand devotees who observed sil in front of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and the Ruwanweli Maha Seya.
The Buddhist Society of the People's Bank Regional Office in Anuradhapura has been organizing this meritorious deed consecutively for over four decades, with contributions from People's Bank and its entire staff.
Furthermore, the staff of People's Bank staged a glorious performance of the ‘Poson Bodhu Gee Saraniya’ for the 15th time, in front of the Ruwanweli Maha Seya on the Poson pya day evening. The music was directed by the veteran musician Karunarathna Wijewardhana. For this event
Under the patronage of Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Thero and Viharadhikari of Ruwanweli Maha Seya Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Thero, Chairman of People's Bank Sujeewa Rajapakse, CEO/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Anuradhapura Regional Manageress Indumini Rathnayake, other Regional Managers and Manageresses, Asst. Regional Managers and Manageresses, Branch Managers, Govt. Officers, Officers of the Buddhist Society of People's Bank and many of the staff of People's Bank, were present at these occasions.

Director

Mr. Dushan Soza

Dushan Soza is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background in the BPO industry, banking sector, and community service. He served as the Managing Director of WNS Global Services Sri Lanka for 15 years, successfully building the business from scratch to over Rs 1 billion in revenue, serving marquee global customers. As a founding member of SLASSCOM, he played a vital role in shaping the IT/BPO industry in Sri Lanka.

Dushan has also served on the board of Softlogic Finance, chairing the IT and Risk committees. Currently, he runs BPMOne, a company specializing in transformation and process reengineering. His key skills in banking include core banking, workflows, FinTechs, and digital technologies. He has also made contributions in consumer affairs, serving on the Consumer Affairs Board.

Additionally, Dushan holds board positions in Phoenix Pvt Ltd and PrintCare Digital, and he advises the Port City Economic Commission. He is a dedicated member of the Rotary community, serving as the District Governor for Sri Lanka and Maldives and as a member of the Strategic Committee at Rotary International.

People’s Bank Triumphant at ‘SLIM - Battle of Brain Champs’ – Marketers Quiz -2023

The People’s Bank team was crowned champions for the second time in a row at the recently concluded ‘SLIM - Battle of Brain Champs-2023’ – Marketers Quiz held at Marino Beach Hotel in Colombo. SLIM hosts this mind sporting event to test the knowledge of participants in the areas of marketing, strategy, branding, and general knowledge.
The Battle of Brain Champs featured five rounds, where each team was given ten intriguing questions covering varying areas including marketing essentials and concepts, consumer behaviour, brand fundamentals, international marketing, economics, business highlights and strategic thoughts. At the end of five rounds the People’s Bank Team reigned supreme where Quiz Teams from Unilever Sri Lanka and 99X Technologies were placed runner up and second runner up respectively.

People’s Bank holds annual Christmas Carols

The Christian Guild of the People’s Bank recently held its annual Christmas Carols at the People’s Bank Head Quarters Branch in Colombo 02.
The staff representing branches located in Colombo, Puttalam, Kalutara and Wanni regions sang the carols.
The Christmas Carols was held under the patronage of Rev. Fr. Claude Nonis, Director of Faith Animation Mission.
At this event, Christian Guild of the People’s Bank donated school equipment to the Nattandiya, Tummodara Santhana Lama Niwasaya.
People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku as well as Corporate and Executive Management, the bank staff and their families as well as retired employees of People’s Bank graced the occasion.
At the end of the Christmas Carols, gifts were distributed among children by the Santa Clause.

People’s Bank Celebrates 20 Years of Knowledge Enhancement with Annual Inter Branch/Department Quiz

People’s Bank hosted its 20th Annual Inter Branch/Department Quiz at the Monarch Imperial, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, underscoring its commitment to staff development and knowledge sharing. This year's event saw enthusiastic participation from 148 teams across the bank’s network, reflecting the institution's dedication to fostering a culture of continuous learning among its employees.

The quiz was graced by the presence of Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank, and Mr. Clive Fonseka, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, along with members of the Corporate & Executive management.

The keenly contested competition concluded with the Treasury Front Office – Team C clinching the coveted CEO/GM Trophy. The team, composed of Upeksha Vidanapathirana, Sihanthi Mapatuna, Nadini Rasara Weerasinghe, Amanda Pakianathan, and Dulaj Nanayakkara, demonstrated exceptional knowledge and teamwork to secure the top position. Following closely were the teams from the Strategic Planning, Performance Management & Research Department as the 1st Runners-up, and the Commercial Credit Department, which took the 2nd Runners-up spot. The International Banking Division – Team A and the Ratnapura Regional Head Office were honored as the 3rd and 4th Runners-up, respectively.

Mr. Rajapakse commented on the event’s success, stating, “This annual quiz is a testament to our commitment to building a knowledgeable and well-informed team, capable of leading People’s Bank towards future challenges and opportunities.” Mr. Fonseka added, “The enthusiastic participation and competitive spirit displayed by all teams are indicative of our employees' dedication to personal and professional growth.” People’s Bank continues to invest in such enriching programs to ensure that its workforce is equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in an increasingly competitive banking environment.

People’s Bank welcomes 2024

A ceremony was held recently to usher in the New Year at the Head Office of People’s Bank during which the Bank Staff assumed duties by pledging the Government Service Oath.

The gathering was addressed by Sujeewa Rajapakse – Chairman and Clive Fonseka - Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank. A ceremonial chanting of Seth Pirith as well as multi-religious observances also were conducted on this day.

The event at the Head Office was attended by the Corporate and Executive Management, representatives of trade unions, representatives of religious organizations and other voluntary organizations all team members and pensioners. Simultaneously in branches all over the country similar events took place with staff members pledging the Public Service Oath in commemoration of the New Year.

Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with over LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 747 branches and service centers located islandwide and over 14.7 million customers. People’s Bank has over 290 SBUs comprised of ATMs, CDMs, and CRM, allowing customers to bank at their convenience 24/7, 365 days a year.

People’s Bank joins hands with HDFC Bank India to offer enhanced Banking services

People’s Bank, Sri Lanka’s premier licensed commercial bank has taken steps to further strengthen trade related services with India by opening an Indian Rupee (INR) account with HDFC Bank, India. This account will facilitate executing telegraphic transfers, performing foreign exchange transactions and result in expediting international trade transactions.
Speaking about the partnership, Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank, said, “We are very pleased to partner with the India's leading financial service provider HDFC Bank which has a branch network of over 6000. This will undoubtedly allow us to provide an enhanced range of international banking services to our clients who aspire to capitalize on the huge market opportunity our giant neighbor is presenting”.
Ranjith Kodituwakku, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank, speaking about the partnership said. “The INR account opened with HDFC Bank will allow us to provide all types of trade-related transactions including remittances and student payments to India. The trust that HDFC’s customers and providers of capital have placed in it over the years has almost become legendary in the Indian corporate world and we at People’s Bank are happy to provide the same service to our customer base that wants to reach the Indian market.”
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with close to LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 743 branches and service centers located island wide and over 14.5 million customers. The Banker Magazine (UK), identified People’s Bank as among the Top 1000 Banks in the World.

People's Bank Strikes Gold at Technnovation Awards 2023

People’s Bank Sri Lanka’s Premier Licensed Commercial Bank was once again recognised at the fifth edition of the LankaPay Technnovation Awards, held at the Shangri-La Colombo recently. At this event the bank was awarded two Gold Awards namely ‘the Most Popular Digital Payment Product (Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions - Internet Banking)’, and ‘the Best Common ATM Enabler of the Year - Category A’.
Commenting on this achievement Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank said, “We are once again honoured to be acknowledged by our peers at the Technnovation Awards. Our team at People’s Bank has been awarded the Gold Award in two prestigious categories and an overall merit award for implementing ‘Excellence in Interbank Digital Payment’ (Banking institutions). We as Pride of the Nation are constantly looking at ways to offer the benefits of the most cutting-edge technology to enhance the lives of the masses and achievements such as these act as strong encouragement for us in this endeavor.”
People’s Bank Acting Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Clive Fonseka stated, “We are proud of the banking facilities we provide, our team at People’s Bank is constantly looking at ways to provide an enhanced banking experience for our customers through our suite of digital banking products.. We are also pleased that users of most of our digital banking products are not limited to Western Province. For example one of our key online products, People’s Wave has over 70% of its active users outside the Western Province. As such, our digital banking products have made a significant contribution to the Bank’s mission of driving financial inclusivity.”
People’s Wave is the most downloaded finance app in Sri Lanka with over 1.6 million downloads since its launch in 2018. The app allows customers to carry out a wide range of banking transactions anytime, anywhere, without having to step into a branch.
People’s Bank also received the Gold Award for ‘Best Common ATM Enabler of the Year’ based on the number of transactions carried out through People’s Bank ATMs. The transactional volumes were measured annually from the 1st of April 2021 to the 31st of March 2022. People’s Bank ATMs are preferred because of the Bank’s digitization expertise and accessibility, being one of the widest single automated machine networks in the country. People’s Bank now has over 290 self-banking units and over 1,200 self-service automated machines across the country.
LankaPay Technnovation Award is Sri Lanka’s first and only Payment Technology Innovation Award ceremony. The event was witnessed by over 400 guests from the banking, non-banking financial institutions, fintech, policymakers and top government officials, etc. The awards ceremony was held under the patronage of Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe, as the Chief Guest. The keynote speaker was Neal Cross who is the former Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer of DBS Bank, Singapore popularly known as the World’s Best Digital Bank.
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with close to LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 743 branches and service centers located islandwide and over 14.7 million customers. The Banker Magazine (UK), identified People’s Bank as among the Top 1000 Banks in the World in terms of Consolidated Tier I.

People's Bank and Hayleys Agriculture Form Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Advancement

In a seminal move to fortify Sri Lanka's agricultural landscape, People's Bank, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd, a distinguished provider of agricultural machinery and vehicles. This strategic collaboration, designed to facilitate a joint promotional campaign, is poised to usher in a new era of financial accessibility and technological adoption for the country's agricultural community.

Under the terms of this alliance, People's Bank assumes a pivotal role by offering bespoke loan facilities to clients with specific requirements pertaining to agricultural machinery and vehicles. This financial framework aims to empower farmers, providing them with the means to invest in cutting-edge equipment that holds the potential to enhance overall agricultural efficiency and productivity.

Concurrently, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd, acknowledged for its premium assortment of high-caliber machinery and vehicles tailored for the agricultural domain, will complement this financial support by extending exclusive discounts to clients availing loans through People's Bank. This dual approach ensures a comprehensive and synergistic initiative that not only addresses financial aspects, but also lowers the barriers to entry for advanced agricultural technologies.

The collaboration stands as a testament to the shared vision of People's Bank and Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd to uplift and empower the agricultural community, contributing to the modernization of Sri Lanka's agricultural landscape and practices.

This occasion was graced by People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd Managing Director Jayanthi Dharmasena, Deputy Managing Director Lushan Abesekara, General Manager/SBU Head Sumith Herath, People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) Wickrama Narayana, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd Deputy General Manager Prasanna Wijewardana, Manager - Product Management & Marketing Aravinda Prasad, People’s Bank Assistant General Manager (SME, Development and Micro Finance) Chaminda Ihalakorala, Senior Manager (SME) Chamari Perera and Deputy Manager Mihirawi Weerarathne.

As the agricultural sector remains a linchpin of Sri Lanka's economic fabric, endeavors such as these highlight the efficacy of partnerships in driving substantive progress. The concerted efforts of People's Bank and Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd extend beyond immediate financial facilitation, fostering an environment conducive to sustainable agricultural development.

People's Bank recognized as one of Sri Lanka's most outstanding women Friendly workplace at WFWP Awards 2023

People's Bank was recognized as one of Sri Lanka's most outstanding Women Friendly Work Places at the Satynmag CIMA Women Friendly Workplace Awards 2023 for 3rd Consecutive year.
Women friendly workplace award is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka and is jointly pioneered by Satynmag.com and CIMA. The WFWP Awards have set a unique standard for capturing and augmenting the importance of creating a women friendly workplace culture; whilst also acknowledging specific measures and inclusive mechanisms that encourage women to achieve a higher level of success at work.
The Satynmag.com CIMA WFWP Awards have created a tremendous interest in uplifting the role of women in Sri Lankan workplaces and empowering them for organizational, societal and economic development. The Awards have fostered an enhanced awareness of the need for a women friendly, enabling, equitable and an inclusive workplace culture.
With a 61.6% representation of women across the organization, People's Bank, remains firmly committed to encouraging women to climb the ladder of success across various banking related fields of work.

People’s Bank and EDB Forge Strategic Alliance to Boost Sri Lanka’s Export Sector

In a landmark move aimed at propelling Sri Lanka’s export sector to new heights, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) and People’s Bank have entered into a strategic partnership. The collaborative effort was cemented through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Colombo. This partnership endeavors to invigorate the country's export landscape by identifying and supporting existing exporters, fostering potential market entrants, and catalyzing economic growth through amplified foreign exchange earnings and enhanced employment opportunities.

The event which marked a significant milestone in collaborative efforts took place on May 14, 2024 with the participation of Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank; Mr. Clive Fonseka, CEO/ General Manager of People’s Bank and Dr. Kingsley Bernard, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board. Under this partnership, People’s Bank will offer financial advisory services, funding facilities, and trade finance options, to enhance the export capabilities of existing exporters, nurture potential new entrants, and elevate indirect exporters to direct export status.

This strategic alliance aims to bolster the development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and integrate them into the global export market, aligning with the Government of Sri Lanka’s broader economic objectives. People’s Bank has already established Export Sector Specific SME Hubs (Export Hubs) across five strategic 7branches, leveraging its extensive network of 747 branches island-wide.

The collaboration will also focus on educational initiatives for People’s Bank staff, ensuring they are well-equipped to advise customers on export market requirements and opportunities, thus enhancing the bank’s foreign exchange portfolio.

Sri Lanka Export Development Board will contribute its expertise by identifying global market opportunities and facilitating the necessary prerequisites to promote exports from Sri Lanka.

During the MOU ceremony, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse stated “As a leading state bank People’s Bank remains firmly committed to develop the export income of the country by empowering SME entrepreneurs in line with the government’s economic policies. The collaboration with EDB is yet another example of the bank’s efforts to build greater synergies to support this drive.” Dr. Kingsley addressing the gathering said “Adopting an export-led investment approach is key to build economic stability and growth in the country. The collaboration with People’s Bank which has the largest customer base in the country is a great source of strength to our endeavors to diversify and expand Sri Lanka’s export capabilities”.

Also present at the MOU signing included were ; Ms. Anoma Premathilaka, Acting Additional Director General (Development) Ms. Sepalika Jayawardhana Director -Regional Development, Dr. Sanjeewa Rathnasekara, Director – Trade Facilitation & Trade Information Division at SLEDB; and Mr. Wickrama Narayana, Deputy General Manager of Enterprise Banking, Mr. Nalin Pathiranage, Deputy General Manager of Channel Management, Mrs. Thushari Hewawasam, Deputy General Manager of International Banking at People’s Bank.

This collaboration underscores the commitment of both People’s Bank and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board to driving sustainable economic growth, enhancing foreign exchange revenues, and creating employment opportunities in Sri Lanka.

People's Bank joins hands with the ETF to award scholarships to members’ children

For the 11th consecutive year, People's Bank joined hands with the Employees' Trust Fund (ETF) to reward 9,000 children of ETF members who had excelled in the Grade 5 scholarship examination. Under Phase 1 of this initiative, ETF Chairman Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne presented the cheque for this purpose to His Excellency the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and People's Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse at an official event held at Temple Trees recently. Foreign Minister G.L Peiris, ETF General Manager D.P.G. Fernando, People's Bank Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku and Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking, Process Management and Quality Assurance) Renuka Jayasinghe, together with ETF Deputy General Manager (Social Services) W.G.K. Ratnayake, Assistant General Manager H.G.D.N. Prasanna, Scholarships Officer W.L.D. Krishanthi, and S.A.D.R.T. Dissanayake of the Scholarships Division took part in the event.

People's Bank unveils 2024 calendar driven by AI technology

People's Bank, at the forefront of digital banking in Sri Lanka, proudly revealed its 2024 calendar infused with cutting-edge AI technology. In its relentless pursuit of delivering the most advanced digital banking services, the bank has launched this unique calendar with the purpose of offering yet another exceptional experience to its valued customers.

The People's Bank 2024 calendar, themed 'Our Ocean - Our Pride,' emphasizes the significance of conserving oceans and their diverse life forms. Featuring captivating images of blue whales, turtles, dolphins, and coral reefs, the calendar delivers a visual journey into marine beauty. By downloading the Overly App from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and scanning the People's Bank calendar, customers gain access to live videos enhanced by AI technology. This interactive experience allows users to explore additional information about the calendar's contents.

As one of the foremost financial institutions in Sri Lanka, People's Bank has successfully executed numerous initiatives, emphasizing banking and sustainability. The bank now extends an invitation to the general public to download its specialized AI calendar, crafted to raise awareness about ocean conservation and facilitate education for individuals and communities.

People's Bank is one of the pioneering banks in Sri Lanka with consolidated assets of over Rs. 3 trillion and consolidated deposits of over Rs.2.5 trillion. With an expansive network comprising 747 branches, service centers, and 290 self-banking units, the bank caters to a vast customer base exceeding 14.7 million.

Guided by its customer-centric approach, delivering a diverse array of financial services and special banking facilities, People's Bank relentlessly progresses as a responsible state bank fostering social and economic development for all Sri Lankans.


People’s Bank’s ‘Mahajana Mehevara’ Facilitates Renovations at De Soysa Maternity Hospital

People's Bank's 'Mahajana Mehevara' corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme series facilitated the completion of a number of essential renovation works at the De Soysa Maternity Hospital, Borella at a cost of over three million rupees. The renovation work included the painting of over 120 beds in the wards, repairing the roof, colour washing the corridors and wards and the installation of illuminated signages along the corridors. In addition, the bank handed over essential equipment to the hospital.
Present at the ceremony held at the De Soysa Maternity Hospital to mark the handing over of this project were People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Acting Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka, Director of De Soysa Maternity Hospital Dr. Pradeep Wijesinghe, People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services) Nipunika Wijerathna, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Colombo South Regional Manager M.S Kanakka Hewage, Town Hall Branch Manager Tiral Pradeep, De Soysa Hospital Administrative Officer H.P.K.P Kumari, Chief Special Grade Nursing Officer W.D.P.A Jeewandara and Ward Sister Chamila Ranathunga and hospital staff.
As one of the leading banks in the country, People's Bank is committed to supporting Sri Lankans in the healthcare sector and had donated essential medicine and equipment worth over ten million rupees to the Castle Street Hospital for Women and the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children last year. People's Bank also donated 3 portable ultrasound scanners worth over 10 million rupees to treat patients infected with Covid-19, to the National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy, and the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.

People's Bank and George Steuart Solutions join forces to promote Solar energy in Sri Lanka

In a strategic move towards sustainable energy solutions, People’s Bank and George Steuart Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. (GSS) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a pioneering initiative for solar solutions in Sri Lanka.

This groundbreaking partnership aims to make solar energy more affordable to customers by offering a comprehensive package that combines financial support and incentives. People’s Bank, a leading commercial Bank in Sri Lanka, will provide tailored loans for customers who are seeking to invest in solar systems. The financial patronage will enable the adoption of solar energy solutions by making them accessible to a broader segment of the public.

Partnering in this collaboration, GSS, a prominent solar systems provider in Sri Lanka, will play a pivotal role by offering exclusive discounts on their wide range of solar products. This synergy between banking and solar technology demonstrates a commitment to foster sustainable practices and encourage the drive towards renewable energy.

This occasion was graced by People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka, Director George Steuart Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. Manoj Pilimatalawwe, Director George Steuart & Co Ltd Sarva Amarasekera, People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) Wickrama Narayana, Engineer George Steuart Solutions (Pvt) Ltd Shakya Perera, People’s Bank Assistant General Manager (SME, Development and Micro Finance) Chaminda Ihalakorala and Senior Manager (SME) Chamari Perera.

This collaboration is a vibrant example of how the banking and renewable energy sectors could collaborate to create impactful initiatives. As this initiative gains momentum, it holds the promise to transform the renewable energy landscape and contribute to a brighter and greener future for Sri Lanka.

People's Bank Presents its 2022 Annual Report to the President

People's Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse presented the People's Bank's Annual Report for the year 2022 to President Ranil Wickremasinghe at the Ministry of Finance, Colombo 01 recently.
Also present at the event were People’s Bank Acting Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka and Head of Finance Azzam A. Ahamat

People’s Bank opens an ATM at Agarapatana Service Center

People’s Bank recently declared open an ATM at the Agarapatana Service Center.

Through this ATM, customers can withdraw money 365 days of the year, 7 days of the week and 24 hours of the day.

People’s Bank Nuwara Eliya Regional Manager H.D Gunarathne, Assistant Regional Managers Janaka Jayasinghe, W.M.U Wijekoon, Talawakele Branch Manager Asanka Sampath, Bank officials and Customers participated in the event.

People’s Bank’s 2021 Annual Report wins double gold at the Prestigious International ARC Awards 2022

People’s Bank, Sri Lanka’s Premier Licensed Commercial Bank, was once again bestowed Two (2) Gold Awards at the International ARC Awards 2022, as held in New York, United States for its 2021 Annual Report titled “Multifaceted Brilliance”. The ARC Awards are widely known as the Academy Awards for Annual Reports by the international financial community. Notably, People’s Bank was the only Licensed Commercial Bank from Sri Lanka to win two (2) golds at this year’s event.
During the event, the Bank’s 2021 Annual Report won a total 4 awards for:
 Gold for Written Text: Banks: National  Gold for Financial Data: Banks: National  Bronze for Cover Photo/Design: Banks: National  Honors - Specialized A.R: Integrated AR & CSR: Non-Traditional Format
Sharing his views on the wins, People’s Bank Chairman Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse stated that: “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and more so considering the stage on which it is achieved. ARC Awards are the World’s largest International Annual Report competition attracting over 1,600 submissions from over 30 countries and where the competition is amongst the best in class with awarding taking place pursuant to a multi-tiered evaluation process by over 100 distinguished subject matter experts from the world over. Recently, People’s Bank celebrated its 61st anniversary and like a precious diamond with multiple facets, the Bank over its six decades of operations has molded into a multifaceted financial institution catering to all segments of the country’s population of varying socio economic and demographic profile”
Expressing his views on the awards, People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku stated that: “The multiple wins reinforces’ our commitment to excellence across all aspects of our business operations. Stakeholder engagement remains fundamental to our activities, and the Integrated Annual Report serves as vital tool for this purpose. 2021 was a year which witnessed a continuation of the challenges that were triggered even before the pandemic, and, despite such prolonged setback, the Bank has forge ahead showcasing its resilience leveraging on its customer centricity and digital superiority whilst continuing to serve the needs of a nation in a time of extraordinary challenge and change”
Commenting on the outstanding winning streak of People’s Bank at the ARC Awards, People’s Bank Head of Finance Azzam A. Ahamat stated that: “The accolades are testimony to the Bank’s commitment to the Best in Class in Reporting and its endeavor to continuously provide a three sixty-degree view for the benefit of all its stakeholders from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective. In preparing its Reports, the Bank draws on concepts, principles, and guidance from, amongst other, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Framework, Consolidated Set of Global Reporting Initiatives and Guidelines and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With much of the creative and compilation being internal, we remain committed to continuing to set benchmarks in the space of integrated reporting”
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second largest financial services provider with close to LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets and accounts for close to 16.0% of Banking sector assets. At present, the Bank benefits from 744 branches and service centers located island wide and over 14.5 million customers - either of which the industry’s largest. As per the Banker Magazine (UK), People’s Bank is amongst the Top 1000 Banks in the World in terms of Consolidated Tier I. It is also the beneficiary of numerous awards and accolades both locally and internationally including for its digital initiatives.

People's Bank’s Embuldeniya Service Centre moves to an enhanced new location

People's Bank Embuldeniya Service Centre was ceremoniously declared opened at a new and enhanced location by People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku recently. While the Service Centre provides customers in the Embuldeniya area with the latest digital banking and savings solutions it also enables them to conduct most of their transactions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by using the Self Banking Unit available at the Service Center. People's Bank possesses the country's largest branch network of 741 outlets. Premalal Athukorala – Vice Chairman of the Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Municipal Council, K.B.Rajapakse - Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment and Digital) of People’s Bank, Mahinda Premanath - Deputy General Manager (Channel Management), Lalith Vithana - Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services), Lal Peiris – Colombo Outer Regional Manager, Assistant Regional Managers, Senani Rajapakse – Nugegoda Main Branch Senior Manager, S.B.K Gayathri - Embuldeniya Service Centre Manager and other bank officials as well as customers took part in the event.

People’s Bank unveils a Self-Banking Unit in Rattota

People’s Bank opened 279th Self-Banking Unit (CDM/ ATM) at Rattota Branch premises recently.
The Self-Banking Unit comprises of An Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and Cash Deposit Machine (CDM). With the installment of the new unit, People’s Bank customers in the area can enjoy a convenient and efficient banking experience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
Rattota Divisional Secretary F.R.M Riyaldeen, People’s Bank Matale Regional Manageress Lalani Adikari, Assistant Regional Manageress Nirodha Rambodagedara and K.L Manikarachchi, Rattota Branch Manager Dhammika Jayawardane, the bank staff and customers graced the occasion.

People's Bank opens a banking counter at Passport Office to add further convenience to migrant workers

People's Bank has stepped forward to support the Department of Immigration and Emigration by establishing a new banking counter at ‘Suhurupaya’, Battaramulla recently. This initiative was taken with the aim of supporting the Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s ongoing efforts to boost the country’s foreign reserves by offering migrant workers access to safe, official remittance channels from the time they obtain new passports or renew their passports in order to leave for jobs abroad. Chief Guest of the opening ceremony Ajith Nivard Cabraal - Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka commented, “A lot of Sri Lankans go overseas for jobs and send their hard-earned money to Sri Lanka. Sometimes they face issues when remitting money. So we thought we should provide the opportunity for them to open an account as they obtain their passports at the passport office which they can operate with greater ease and trust when sending money to their families from abroad. The Controller of Immigration and Emigration, his staff, the officials at the Central Bank and at other relevant banks worked in unison to establish their counters here just within a week. This shows that government institutions can collaborate with the private sector and quickly accomplish any task for the benefit of the country and its people. Our hard-working migrant workforce will enjoy the convenience and reliability of this service. As a result of it, more foreign money will flow into the country and the nation will reap benefits from it.” Remittances from Sri Lankan foreign workers have been a vital component of Sri Lanka’s foreign currency earnings, boosting the economy as well as the country’s ability to withstand external sector resilience. Statistics reveal that Sri Lankan foreign workers’ remittances have covered around 80% of the annual trade deficit over the past two decades. Strengthening foreign remittance inflows to the country brings significant socio-economic benefits including the steady supply of forex inflows to the formal banking system, which in turn helps in the smooth functioning of the country’s Banking Industry. Given the importance of foreign remittances to the country, in early November, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka established a new department named ‘Foreign Remittances Facilitation Department’ to facilitate and streamline workers’ remittances inflows to the country. People’s Bank Colombo Outer Regional Manager Lal Peiris, Battaramulla Branch Manager Lasantha Ranathunga, bank staff members and customers participated in the occasion.

People's Bank recognized as one of Sri Lanka's most outstanding workplaces for women at WFWP Awards 2022

People's Bank was recognized as one of Sri Lanka's most outstanding workplaces for women at the Satynmag CIMA Women Friendly Workplace Awards 2022. (WFWP Awards) 2022.
The award was received by People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking) Renuka Jayasinghe, Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking) Krishani Narangoda and Acting Deputy General Manager (Human Resources) K. Nihal at the award ceremony held recently at the Kingsbury Hotel. The award was given by the Chief Guest Melanie Kanaka, President CIMA, accompanied by Nayomini R Weerasooriya - Founder Editor - Satynmag.com and Zahara Ansary Country Manager CIMA.
Women friendly workplace award is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka and is jointly pioneered by Satynmag.com and CIMA. The WFWP Awards have set a unique standard for capturing and augmenting the importance of creating a women friendly workplace culture; whilst also acknowledging specific measures and inclusive mechanisms that encourage women to achieve a higher level of success at work.
The Satynmag.com CIMA WFWP Awards have created a tremendous interest in uplifting the role of women in Sri Lankan workplaces and empowering them for organizational, societal and economic development. The Awards have fostered an enhanced awareness of the need for a women friendly, enabling, equitable and an inclusive workplace culture.
With a 60% representation of women across the organization, People's Bank, remains firmly committed to encouraging women to climb the ladder of success across various banking related fields of work.

People's Bank donates another Portable Ultra Sound Scanner to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in commemoration of its 60th anniversary

As part of the series of CSR initiatives organized to mark People's Bank’s 60th Anniversary, a Portable Ultra Sound Scanner worth over Rs.7 million was donated to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital recently. This state of the art equipment which can be deployed to treat COVID-19 patients was funded by the People's Bank Staff Members by donating a part of their salaries. Ranjith Kodituwakku - Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager, People’s Bank, Dr.T. Sathiyamoorthy - Director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Dr. S.Sribavanatharaja and Dr. C.Jamunanantha – Deputy Directors, Nalaka Wijayawardana – Head of Marketing, People’s Bank, K.Kodeeswaran – Jaffna Regional Manager, M. Mathiyalagm -Assistant Regional Manager and P.Partheepan - Jaffna Branch Manager, Bank Staff and Hospital Staff were present at the event. Once the COVID-19 pandemic settles, the hospital expects to use this scanner for the benefit of other patients as well. Similar equipment were earlier donated to National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy, coutesey of the People's Bank staff.

People’s Bank’s quick digital loan processing facility expanded to 200 branches

People’s Bank, the pioneer in Sri Lanka’s digital banking sphere, reached yet another milestone when launched its 200th People's Wiz credit facility enabled branch in Athurugiriya on 27th December 2021. “People’s Wiz” Retail Loan Originating System (RLOS) is one of the Bank’s key innovative digital banking projects which enables bank to disburse personal loans within 24 hours with minimal documentation. Prior its implementation, loan Personal Loan granting process was a 15-step procedure which used to take as long as a month. People's Bank has always focused on offering a high quality customer experience using digital banking technology keeping in line with modern banking practices. Also, the Bank’s digitization projects were executed ensuring the maximum security and convenience for customer transactions. People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku, Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment and Digital) K.B.Rajapakse, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Chief Digital Officer Mangala Kariyawasam, Colombo Outer Regional Manager Lal Peiris, Chief Manager Nalika Liyanage, Asst. Regional Managers N. Arohana, Sudarma Subashini, M.Suriyapperuma and Branch Manager A.G Manori along with a Bank Staff, and customers also participated at the event.

People's Bank becomes the first bank to be an issuer and an acquirer of LankaPay National Card Scheme

People's Bank Joined LankaPay National Card Scheme becoming the first bank to be both an Acquirer and an Issuer of same. The agreement to this partnership was exchanged between People's Bank CEO/GM Ranjith Kodituwakku and LankaClearGM/ CEO Channa De Silvaat People’s Bank Head Office,recently. People's Bank Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment and Digital)K.B.RajapakseandHead of Cards Jayanath Dias;LankaClearDGM – FinanceRasika Galappaththy and Manager - Business Development Sashika Kaushalya; and Consultant to JCB International(for Sri Lanka) Lakshman Liyanage,were also present at the occasion of signing of the agreement. LankaPay National Card Scheme is the domestic card scheme of Sri Lanka adhering to international standards, introduced under the guidance and approval of the Central Bank in partnership with JCB international - one of the six leading International Card Schemes headquartered in Japan. People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking foot print comprised of 741 branches and service centers island wide.The Bank also possesses country’s largest customer base of more than 14.0 million. Established under the People’s Bank Act No. 29 of 1961, the Bank carries a National Long-Term Rating of “AA - (lka/ Stable)”; by Fitch Ratings Lanka Ltd.

People’s bank promotes LankaQR facility in Negombo

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka launched another Lanka QR promotional program in Negombo area under the patronage of CBSL Governor Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal recently and People’s Bank also participated in this program. Leading to the event, People’s Bank Gampaha Region conducted several special Lanka QR promotional activities throughout the month of December covering major cities in the Negombo area such as Kochchikade, Seeduwa, Ja-Ela, Maradagahamula, Pamunugama, Minuwangoda and Katunayake. This approach enabled People’s Bank to fully engage the local business community and other customers in QR facilities covering all cities of the area by the time the final event was held. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka introduced the Lanka QR, the unique payment system to revolutionize the payment culture in the country by introducing a fast, secure and low cost digital payment system Island wide. Mr. D. Kumaratunga - Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Mr. Lalith Vithana -Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services) of People’s Bank, Mr.Mangala Kariyawasam - Chief Digital Officer, Mr.Nalin Pathirage- Gampaha Regional Manager, Assistant Regional Managers, Branch Managers, Business Promotion Officers of the Gampaha Region and the staff of the People’s Bank Branches participated in this event.

Clive Fonseka appointed as acting CEO/GM of People’s Bank

Mr.Clive Fonseka has been appointed as the Acting CEO/General Manager of People’s Bank with effect from 1st January 2023.
Fonseka is a veteran banker with over 30 yearsof experience in local and global banks specializing in Treasury operations.Prior to joining People’s Bank he hasserved at Standard Chartered Bank and American Express Bank.
Fonseka has also been appointed by Central Bank of Sri Lanka on multiple occasions to serve as a member of several key committees to develop the banking and financial services industry which include; • Market Working Group on Domestic Financial Market Infrastructure Development • The Monetary Board Task Force to review the existing benchmark interest rates in the Sri Lankan Financial Market • Financial System Stability Consultative Committee • Committee to study and identify the gaps and future requirements of the existing payment and settlement infrastructure In addition, Clive Fonseka has served as the President of Association of Primary Dealers and currently is the Chairman of People's Leasing Property Development Limited. He also serves as a Director of Association of Primary Dealers, Lanka Pay (Pvt) Ltd, Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka (Alternate Director), People's Leasing & Finance PLC and Lankan Alliance Finance Limited (Bangladesh).
Fonseka is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He is also a Certified Member (CMA) of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia. Fonseka is a product of St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa. Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with close to LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 743 branches and service centres located island wide and over 14.5 million customers. The Banker Magazine (UK), identified People’s Bank as among the Top 1000 Banks in the World.

People’s Bank opens first ‘CRM’ equipped self-banking unit in Weligalla

Marking yet another milestone in its digital transformation journey, People’s Bank launched its first Cash Recycle Machine (CRM) equipped self-banking unit at the Weligalla Post Office Complex premises on October 11, 2022.
Attached to the Gelioya branch of People’s Bank, the CRM at the self-banking unit offers customers the ability to deposit Cash, withdraw Cash and pay bills at any time as it operates 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Gracing the occasion were COPE Committee Chairman, Udunuwara Regional Coordination Committee Chairman and Member of Parliament Prof. Hon Ranjith Bandara, People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Kandy Regional Manager Kapila Dissanayake, Udunuwara Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Gamini Thennakoon, Pradeshiya Sabha Opposition Leader U.G. Wijekoon, People’s Bank Assistant Regional Managers Tissa Thennakoon, Shamira Kumarapeli, Anusha Alahakoon, Gelioya Branch Manager Nashra Zuhair among bank staff, government officials, businessmen and customers.
As one of the leading banks in Sri Lanka, People’s Bank Bank launched its digital banking programme in 2015, under which the self-banking units were introduced in December 2016, with the aim of offering every banking service to customers with unlimited convenience. These units consist of automatic teller machines (ATM), cash deposit machines, (CDM) and bill payment kiosks.
The implementation of the self-banking concept has been a massive success for People’s Bank, as it has become extremely popular among customers since introduction. Currently, there are 281 self-banking units across the island, and the installation of CRM machines will further enhance customer convenience, by enabling them to withdraw and deposit funds, and paying bills in one place. People’s Bank aims to further increase its digital banking facilities while rapidly expanding this facility to cover other areas around the island in the near future.

People’s Bank welcomes 2023

A ceremony was held recently to usher in the New Year at the Head Office of People’s Bank during which the Bank Staff assumed duties by pledging the Government Service Oath.
The gathering was addressed by Sujeewa Rajapakse – Chairman and Clive Fonseka - Acting Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank. A ceremonial chanting of Seth Pirith as well as multi-religious observances also were conducted on this day.
The event at the Head Office was attended by the Corporate and Executive Management, representatives of trade unions, representatives of religious organizations and other voluntary organizations all team members and pensioners. Simultaneously in branches all over the country similar events took place with staff members pledging the Public Service Oath in commemoration of the New Year.

People’s Bank opens a Self Banking Unit at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Hospital

The latest Self Banking Unit of People’s Bank was declared open at the Utility Complex of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Hospital, Werahera.
This Self Banking Unit Consists of an ATM (Automated Teller Machine) for cash withdrawal and a CDM (Cash Deposit Machine) for cash deposits enabling customers to access a range of banking service 24 hours all 7 days of the week. Within the same premises, a People's Bank Service Counter also was established to offer other digital Banking Services.
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris, People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, CEO/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku, UHKDU Deputy Vice Chancellor – Defence and Administration Brig. Vipula Chandrasiri, Executive Director Dr. B Jayan Mendis, Director - Medical Service Brig. P.S Thilakarathne, Director – Admin Brig. L.W.S.R. Wettasinghe, Prof. Jayantha Balawardane, Consultants, Tri Services Officers, Medical Officers, Nursing and Other Staff of the hospital, People’s Bank Senior Deputy General Manager (Payment, Digital, Process Management & Quality Assurance), Renuka Jayasinghe - Deputy General Manager (Personal Banking), Mahinda Premanath - Deputy General Manager (Channel Management), Nalaka Wijayawardana - Head of Marketing, Colombo Outer Regional Manager Buddika Ranathungage and Bank officials participated in the event.
People’s Bank is the premier financial services provider in the island with an island wide network of 742 branches and service centres, over 14 million customers and Rs. 3 Trillion in assets

People’s Bank Offers a Payment Acceptance Solution for The Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms: A Leap into Digital Convenience

In a groundbreaking move towards modernization and convenience, Peoples Bank has proudly announced the successful implementation of a cutting-edge payment acceptance solution for the Ministry of Justice. This transformative initiative allows the public to pay fines imposed by courts seamlessly through digital payment methods such as Credit Cards and Debit Cards.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that solidified this innovative collaboration was signed on November 30th, 2023, during a ceremony held at the Ministry premises. The esteemed signatories were the Secretary to the ministry Mrs. Wasantha Perera, and the CEO/GM of People’s Bank Mr. Clive Fonseka. The event was attended by the Minister of Justice, Prisons Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Hon. (Dr.) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC, the State Minister Hon. Anuradha Jayarathne and People’s Bank Chairman Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse.

This collaboration between People’s Bank and the Ministry of Justice signifies a major leap forward in the realms of efficiency, transparency, and public service. The implementation of this digital payment solution aims to address the growing need for streamlined and user-friendly processes in the legal sphere, making the payment of fines a hassle-free experience for the public.

Key Features of the new payment solution:
• Digital Convenience: Individuals can now settle their court fines instantly and conveniently without carrying cash, using popular digital payment methods such as Credit and Debit Cards.
• Enhanced Transparency: The new system ensures transparency throughout the payment acceptance process.
• Efficiency: By leveraging digital channels, the payment solution significantly reduces the processing time for fine payments, contributing to a more efficient justice system.
• Secure Transactions: All transactions are highly secure, thus safeguarding sensitive financial information.
Minister Hon. (Dr.) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, speaking at the event said “We have ambitious plans to leverage on the latest technology to offer maximum convenience to the public when they interact with the judicial system. This collaboration with People’s Bank is a testament to that commitment and we have several similar initiatives that we hope to implement soon. We are also planning to introduce a redesigned space in courts to offer greater comfort to witnesses.”

People’s Bank Chairman Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse commented “Government institutions adopting the latest technology such as these have enabled citizens to experience a higher level of convenience when interacting with government services. The availability of payment options has led to shorter queues at physical payment centers, reducing wait times and enhancing overall service satisfaction. The success of People’s Bank's collaborative effort with government entities serves as a model for future partnerships and exemplifies the potential of synergy between financial institutions and the public sector.”

The Ministry Secretary Mrs. Wasantha Perera stated “After implementation of POS machines at courts to enable the public to make payments via Credit & Debit Cards, there are plans underway to enable online payments and QR code payment facilities for greater convenience of the public. This collaborative effort between Peoples Bank and the Ministry will ensure a more efficient fund management encouraging citizens to fulfill their financial obligations promptly”.

Commenting on the bank’s role in introducing this value addition, People’s Bank CEO/GM Mr. Clive Fonseka said “Peoples Bank, known for its innovative digital banking solutions, has embarked on a mission to transform the way government manages payments. By leveraging its expertise in financial technology, the bank has joined forces with multiple government entities to establish fast, secure, and user-friendly payment acceptance systems. This is yet another example of that drive which aims to enable citizens to conveniently pay taxes, fines, fees, and other payments using multiple payment methods”.

Automated payment acceptance systems significantly reduce the administrative burden on government staff. With payments processed electronically, manual cash handling, data entry, and reconciliation tasks have been minimized, freeing up valuable time and resources for more important tasks. In addition, the digital payment ecosystem generates valuable data insights that can be leveraged for informed decision-making. Governments can analyze payment trends, peak transaction times, and preferred payment methods to optimize their service delivery strategies.

Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with close to LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 747 branches and service centres located islandwide and over 14.7 million customers. People’s Bank has 290 SBUs comprised of ATMs, CDMs, and CRM, allowing customers to bank at their convenience 24/7, 365 days a year.

People’s Bank ranked among the ‘Most Admired Companies in Sri Lanka’, yet again

People’s Bank was yet again featured among the top 15 ‘Most Admired Companies of Sri Lanka’ for the 2022/23 financial year, organized by the International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ICCSL), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Daily FT.
Open for both listed and unlisted companies, the annual ‘Most Admired Companies of Sri Lanka’ Awards recognise companies that are a cut above the rest in terms of overall excellence. The winners are selected following a rigorous selection process conducted by an elite panel of local and international judges, where organizations are evaluated in terms of not just their financial performance but also the value they create for their shareholders, customers, employees, and the wider community in general.
People’s Bank has been repeatedly lauded for proving its mettle with consistency, authority, and sustainable growth, delivering an excellent overall business performance. Over 62 years, People's Bank has evolved from being a provider of financial solutions to the masses to a leader in the digital banking sphere that simplifies cutting-edge technology to benefit the entire nation. The Bank, with the country’s largest customer base and physical/digital network, has established itself in a unique position to successfully reach over 14.7 million customers.
Commenting on the accolade, People’s Bank Chairman, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse said, “We are immensely proud to be ranked amongst such great companies that have consistently generated excellent all-round performance in Sri Lanka. The fact that our entire team is driven, motivated, and bound by a common conviction that our contributions should fuel the nation's progress, has been the main reason for this achievement. Through a range of measures taken to uphold high service standards, we have proved that state-owned organizations can also be excellent customer-oriented competitive business entities as well. I take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders of the bank including customers and staff for their unstinted support without which this achievement would not have been possible”
Mr. Clive Fonseka CEO/GM of People’s Bank commented “Not resting on its laurels, People’s Bank has always been looking for novel ways to add value and convenience to its customers especially using cutting-edge technology. It also plays a unique role in the field of banking owing to its ability to combine sensitivity to the public aspirations that transcend mere profit motive. For example, our digital banking product offerings are among the best in the world and they also happen to be the country’s most popular. I wholeheartedly thank our valued customers and our most valuable asset, the staff members who made all this possible”
Peoples' Bank has the country’s largest banking customer base of 14.7 million and also the largest branch network of 747 physical contact points to serve them. The bank also provides its services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year via its Self-Banking Units amounting to over 290 across the island, enabling customers to conduct their transactions without having to visit a bank branch. The bank has also stamped its supremacy in the digital banking sphere with its mobile banking app People’s Wave being the country’s most downloaded banking app.

Media Release (2024-01-24)

We have observed that false information pertaining to a list of People Bank's non-performing loan write-offs discussed at a COPE hearing a few years ago is yet again being circulated in certain social media.

Periodical resurgence of this false allegation pertaining to an alleged write-off of Rs.54 Bn strongly suggests that this news could be a part of a malicious campaign designed to tarnish the image of the People's Bank.

To prevent the public from being misled by the aforementioned efforts, the Bank's Management wishes to strongly reiterate that none of the loans mentioned in the said false message has been written off.

People's Bank Rewards June Millionaire of “Vaasi Kotiyai” Remittance bonanza in Dubai

People's Bank's ‘People's Remittance Vaasi Kotiyai, Bonanza’ selected its June Month millionaire winner recently. The lucky winner was I.R Madusanka Jayaweera, who received his Rs.1 million prize from Nalinda Wijerathna - Consulate General of Sri Lanka - Dubai & Northern Emirates.
People's Bank launched "People’s Remittance Vaasi kotiyayi" Draw from 1st February 2022 to motivate Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country’s economy. Under this promotion the Grand Draw winner who will be selected at the year end will be presented with a Grand Prize of Rs.10 million. Additionally, a Rs.1 Million Monthly winner is selected every month, while 22K gold sovereign weekly winners and Rs10,000 daily cash prize winners will be selected 48 times, and 334 times respectively until 31st December 2022.
All inward worker remittances sent through People’s Bank to People’s Bank accounts, and other bank accounts are eligible for the draw. Further, the remittances collected over the counter at People’s Bank branches including remittances sent via WU, Ria or similar channels during the period from 1st February to 31st December 2022 are too eligible for the draw. Customers can also increase their chances of winning by remitting more money.

People’s Bank Charters a Toastmasters Club for Employee Development

People’s Bank, one of the leading banks in Sri Lanka, has launched a Toastmasters Club to provide its employees with an opportunity to develop their leadership and communication skills. The installation ceremony for the club was held at the staff training college auditorium on 22nd March 2023.
Toastmasters is a global movement headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, empowering its members to become better communicators and leaders. The People’s Bank Toastmasters Club will enable its members to enhance their soft skills, preparing them for future leadership positions within the bank.
Chairman of People’s Bank Mr Sujeewa Rajapakse was the Chief Guest at the ceremony which was graced by the Past International President of Toastmasters (for the year 2017/18), Toastmaster Balraj Arunasalam as the Guest of Honour. Acting Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank Clive Fonseka, other Toastmasters of D82 including other district officials, members of Toastmasters and members of the sponsor club, The Colombo Toastmasters Club were present at the ceremony along with several special invitees from People’s Bank Corporate Management and Executive Management.
Chairman of People’s Bank Mr Sujeewa Rajapakse addressing the gathering emphasized the importance of improving the soft skills of employees to develop them as the future leaders of the bank. While congratulating the Charter Members and the newly appointed Executive Committee Members of the club, he requested them to make use of this opportunity to improve themselves and other employees of the bank.
The Guest of Honour and the Keynote Speaker of the ceremony Distinguished Toastmaster Balraj Arunasalam the Past International President, in his speech on “Communication for Leadership”, enlightened the audience with the importance of appropriate communication skills to perform as an outstanding leader.
The elected office bearers of People’s Bank Toastmasters Club for the Toastmaster year 2022/2023 - TM Dhunisha Athulathmudali, President, TM Chamari Perera, Vice President - Education,TM Nadeesha Tennakoon, Vice President - Membership,TM Mangala Kariyawasam, Vice President - Public Relations, TM Indrani Rodrigo, Secretary, TM Maagha Senevirathne, Treasurer and the TM Ravin De Silva, the Sergeant At Arms. The People’s Bank Toastmasters Club is now part of the family of Toastmasters International, where leaders are made.

People's Bank Vaasi Kotiyai rewards foreign remittance draw winners

31th March 2022, Colombo: People's Bank picked the third batch of winners of the People's Remittance ‘Vaasi Kotiyai, Ewannai Dinannai Draw 2022’ where the Daily and Weekly Winners for the first two weeks of March were selected. This event was held at the People's Bank, Overseas Customer Services premises at Colombo 10 recently. Accordingly, prizes of Rs. 10,000 each will be presented to 14 Daily Winners while the 2 Weekly Winners will be awarded 22- Karat gold sovereigns. People's Bank launched ‘People’s Remittance Vaasi kotiyayi’ Draw from 1st February 2022 to encourage and appreciate efforts Sri Lankan migrant workers who work tirelessly to strengthen the country's economy and build a better life for themselves and their families. Under this promotion, the Grand Draw winner who will be selected at the yearend will be presented with a Grand Prize of Rs.10 million. Additionally, Rs.1 Million Monthly winners will be selected every month, 22K gold sovereign weekly winners will be selected 48 times, while in 10,000 daily cash prize winners will be selected 334 times until 31st December 2022. All customers who remit foreign remittances to People’s Bank accounts, to other bank accounts through People’s Bank and remittances collected over the counter at People’s Bank branches including WU, Ria or similar channels during the period from 1st February to 31st December 2022 are eligible for the draw. Customers can also increase their chances of winning by remitting more money. Mr.Rohan Pathirage - Senior Deputy General Manager (Overseas Customer Services), Mr. Lionel Galagedara - Deputy General Manager (Recoveries), Mr. Azzam A Ahamat – Head of Finance, Ms.Aruni Liyanagunawardana – Assistant General Manager (OCS), Mr. Mohamed Ruwaiz - Chief Manager (Audit), Ms.Renuka Arunasalam - Chief Manager (Overseas Customer Services) and Ms.Thilini Perera - Senior Manager (OCS) Mr.Vipula Warnakula - Senior Manager (IT) participated in the event.

People's Bank 'Ethera Sisu Diriya' Commence from Matara

The opening ceremony of the 'Ethera Sisu Diriya' which was initiated under the 'Mahajana Mehewara' CSR drives of the People's Bank was held recently at the Grand Navro Hotel in Matara under the auspices of Dr. Willie Gamage, the Governor of the Southern Province, Chairman of the People's Bank Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse and CEO/General Manager Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku.
'Ethera Sisu Diriya' had been launched by People’s Bank in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau, Ministry of Education, District Secretariats, Divisional Secretariats as a tribute to foreign employees who toil tirelessly to earn foreign exchange to provide a a better life for their loved ones and strengthen the economy of the country. The purpose of introducing this program was to assist their children's education in the absence of a parent, thus ensuring the child’s development into a good citizen.
Under this program, the details of those who leave for foreign employment will be shared with the People's Bank by Foreign Employment Bureau and Development Officers in District Secretariats. If such people have children of school age, the bank will coordinate with their teachers and school principals through the Ministry of Education to monitor the progress of those children. This will be done via a specially designed progress report which will be used to evaluate each child’s education, mentality and extra-curricular activities by the school. The bank reviews this report and connects with foreign employee’s families to plan for the child’s future development. “Ethera Sisu Diriya” covers all children from Grade 1 to 13. The uniqueness of this program is that, without limiting the progress evaluation to just education, it supports the child’s extracurricular activities too. Already all school principals of Matara District have been notified through the Ministry of Education in this regard and all District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries will be notified through the Foreign Employment Bureau. People's Bank expects to extend this program to all 24 districts in the country.
The launching ceremony of the program was attended by the Secretary - Southern Provincial Ministry of Education Ranjith Yapa, Matara District Secretary Y. Wickramasiri, Director of Education – Southern Province Nimal Dissanayake, Senior Deputy General Manager (TB & OCS) of the People's Bank Rohan Pathirage, Deputy General Manager (Personal Banking) Renuka Jayasinghe, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Mahinda Premanath, Asst. General Manager (Corporate Banking - 1) Nalin Perera, Matara Regional Manager I. K. Indika, Divisional Secretaries, School Principals of the area, foreign employment related officers in the district and area, Development Officers in-charge of foreign employment sections and members of families employed abroad.

People's Bank Presents its 2023 Annual Report to the President

People's Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse presented the People's Bank's Annual Report for the year 2023 to His Excellency the President Ranil Wickremasinghe at the Presidential Secretariat, Colombo 01 recently.

Also present at the event were People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka and Head of Finance Azzam A. Ahamat.

People's Bank launches Affinity Credit Card to celebrate Mahamaya Girls’ College 90th Anniversary

5th April 2022, Colombo: People's Bank launched an Affinity Credit Card for the past pupils of Mahamaya Girls' College in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the college. The credit card was formally introduced to the audience at the Annual General Meeting of the Past Pupils' Association of Mahamaya Girls' College held recently. The event was graced by the presence of Ms. S. Senadheera - Principal of Mahamaya Girls' College, together with People's Bank representatives Mr. Jayanath Dias – Head of Cards, Mr. Kapila Dissanayake - Kandy Regional Manager, Ms. Shameera Kumarapeli - Assistant Regional Manager, Mr. Janaka Jayasinghe - Kandy Senior Manager, and Mr. Aruna Danthanarayana – Marketing Manager Card Centre. Former student of Mahamaya Girls' College and Manager of People's Bank Delthota Branch Nilanthi Ediriweera coordinated the introduction of this Affinity Card. At the event, past pupils of Mahamaya Girls' College employed at People's Bank together with the Business Development team of the Kandy Branch carried out a credit card programme for the audience.

People's Bank strikes Gold at Technnovation Awards 2022

4th April 2022, Colombo: People’s Bank further illustrated its dominance in Sri Lanka’s digital banking sphere by winning two awards at the fourth edition of the LankaPay Technnovation Awards, Sri Lanka’s pioneering and the only payment technology innovation awards, held at the Shangri-La Colombo recently. People’s Bank mobile payment app People's Pay won the Gold award for ‘Best Mobile Application for Retail Payments via LankaQR (Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions)’ while the People's Wave bagged the Merit award for ‘Most Popular Digital Payment Product (Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions - Internet Banking)’. People's Bank was also bestowed with a special appreciation for its unwavering support towards the LankaPay National Payment Card. People's Bank was represented at the event by Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku, and Chief Digital Officer Mangala Kariyawasam. Sharing his thoughts, People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse observed, “Even before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, People’s Bank had set the benchmark in Sri Lanka for revolutionizing the use of digital tools and technologies in the Banking industry. The pandemic has certainly created challenges of unseen proportions and as the pride of the nation, it is the duty of People’s Bank to lead from the front when it comes to forging a path towards recovery by leveraging the power of digital technology. The Bank has already made significant progress in this regard as these accolades clearly demonstrate and we will always remain laser-focused on doing what is best for the nation and the people.” Commenting on the award wins, People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku stated, “We embarked on our journey to revolutionize Sri Lanka’s Banking industry in the year 2015 by taking a pioneering role in digitalization and customer engagement. Since then, People’s Bank has been consistently delivering a number of diversified, world-class digital banking solutions that have been readily embraced by our growing urban and rural customer base, primarily because they provided enhanced convenience, speed, efficiency and security. These latest accolades further reinforce our position as the country’s leader in digital banking. We are proud to have won these awards but we will not rest on our laurels. We continue to push the envelope when it comes to developing digital solutions of international standards and support the nation’s evolution into a digital society.”

Director

Mr. Udeni Samararatne

Udeni. K. Samarararatne is an experienced senior finance professional with a career spanning over 35 years. He has worked in senior finance positions in quoted companies such as Sri Lanka Telecom PLC. which is one of Sri Lanka’s largest companies where he worked as the Chief Financial Officer. He has also worked at leading local companies such as Lanka Ashok Leyland PLC., Kelani Tyres PLC. , ACME PLC., Richard Pieris PLC. and multinational companies such as Noritake of Japan one of the world’s largest porcelain ware manufacturers, Ferrero of Luxembourg one of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers, CEAT of India which is in a joint venture agreement for producing tyres with Kelani Tyres PLC of Sri Lanka.

He is qualified in ACCA U.K and CIMA U.K. He also holds an MBA from the Swiss Business School in Zurich Switzerland, a Higher Diploma in International Relations from the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies and a Diploma in Professional Diplomacy and World Affairs from the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute. He also holds a Master’s qualification from the Colombo University in Financial Economics.

People’s Bank Becomes one of the Most Awarded Sri Lankan Banks in 2023

Growing from strength to strength with each passing year, People’s Bank was bestowed with a multitude of international and local business excellence awards in the year 2023. The recognition is a testament to the Bank’s contribution to financially uplift its customers and to power economic development of the country throughout the past 62 years. Today, the Bank has a customer base of over 14.7 million and consolidated assets of over Rs.3 trillion, with a strong digital footprint and 747 outlets across the country - providing a full range of banking services to individuals and SMEs.

Amongst some of the most respected international awards, People’s Bank was awarded Best Domestic Bank and Best Bank for Diversity & Inclusion at the Asia Money Awards, organized to showcase excellence among leading banks in the Asia Pacific region. Further, the Bank also basked under the spotlight at the Global Business Review Magazine Awards 2023, being awarded Banking Service Provider of the year Sri Lanka, Best Consumer Digital Bank Sri Lanka, Best Digital Wallet App Sri Lanka - People’s Pay, Most Development Bank Sri Lanka, Most Sustainable Bank - Sri Lanka across considerations of customer support, digital banking and economic development. People’s Bank was also recognized as one of the ‘The Next 100 Global Companies’ at the Global Banking and Finance Review.

Setting benchmarks in integrated reporting, the Bank's success integrated annual report for 2022 was the only local bank to win a gold award at the well regarded International ARC Awards 2023 in the Bank: National category Including Gold for Printing and Production, Silver for Interior Design, Silver for Financial Data and a Bronze for Cover Photo/Design and Honors - Infographics. The ARC Awards represent the pinnacle of recognition for exceptional achievements in corporate communications, annual reports and investor relations materials.

Sustaining its award-winning momentum, People’s Bank went on to be crowned at the respected The European – Global Banking & Finance Awards 2023 with some key awards: Bank of the Year Sri Lanka, Best Digital Banking Solutions Provider Sri Lanka, ESG Bank of the Year Sri Lanka, Best Mobile Banking APP Sri Lanka and Best Financial Inclusion Program Sri Lanka - all for the year 2023.

In the local arena also, People’s Bank remains one of the most awarded banks. In 2023, the Bank won the coveted Gold Awards for Most Popular Digital Payment Product and Best Common ATM Enabler of the Year - category A’, along with a Merit Overall award for Excellence in interbank Digital payment at the highly anticipated LankaPay Technnovation Awards. The bank was also adjudged as the Runner-up at National Business Excellence Award – Banking Sector - for Excellence in Capacity Building. Gaining even greater recognition across other platforms, the Bank was selected as the Winner in the Government, Semi-Government and Authorities Category at the Best Management Practices Company Awards 2023.

Cementing its digital credentials further, the Bank won the prestigious Digital Payments Catalyst award at the Payment Partner Performance Awards 2023 – Daraz and the Business Excellence Award at Bizz Hybrid Awards. At the Best Web Awards 2023, People’s Bank won Most Popular Banking & Finance Website and Best Banking & Finance Website – Bronze.

As one of the most trusted and admired employer brands, People’s Bank was named a Top Employer by AICPA & CIMA and recognized as one of Sri Lanka's most outstanding Women-Friendly Workplace at WFWP Awards 2023. People’s Bank was yet again featured among the top 15 ‘Most Admired Companies of Sri Lanka’ for the 2022/23 financial year, organized by the International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ICCSL), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Daily FT.

Commenting on the accolade, People’s Bank Chairman, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse said, “The numerous global and local awards won by People’s Bank in the year 2023 gives us immense pride and satisfaction. Backed by a professional and dedicated team, the Bank has successfully outperformed peers across many categories. We, at People’s Bank, are especially proud of the consistent and significant socio economic contribution we were able to make to help the country emerge from the recent crisis. These awards serve to further cement our commitment to good governance and exceptional customer care. I would like to thank all stakeholders of the bank including customers and staff for their unwavering support which have enabled these achievements.”

Mr. Clive Fonseka CEO/GM of People’s Bank commented “People’s Bank has forged ahead despite the external challenges to serve the customers and the nation selflessly and this is evident in our award-winning streak in 2023, where local and international accolades have been abundant. We remain committed to go beyond business as usual to support local entrepreneurs and to offer our customers the financial support they need to enhance their lifestyles.”

People's Bank conducts a Beach Cleanup as a part of its sustainability initiatives

People's Bank, Colombo South Region recently organized a beach cleanup with the intention of rejuvenating the Wellawatte to Bambalapitiya beach stretch as part of its 'Mahajana Mehewara' social responsibility campaign. This commendable corporate social initiative was executed to coincide with the promotion of the bank’s 'YES Digital Green Savings Account'.
The event featured an engaging bicycle and vehicle rally, accompanied by the distribution of fruit saplings among bank's valued patrons. The beach cleaning drive, executed under the guidance of the Marine Environment Protection Authority, exemplifies the bank's steadfast commitment to community and nature.
People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka and Members of the corporate and executive leadership were present to take part in the initiative. Accompanying them were officials from the Marine Environment Protection Authority, including Assistant Manager (Operations) Prabhath Amaranayake, along with People’s Bank staff.
As a responsible financial institution committed to environmental sustainability, People's Bank will be conducting similar initiatives to preserve the cleanliness of beaches around the country.

People's Bank Champions Healthcare Improvement through 'Mahajana Mehevara' Initiative

In an exemplary display of corporate social responsibility, People's Bank has once again stepped up to make a significant difference in the community healthcare sector. Through its 'Mahajana Mehevara' program, the bank has facilitated essential renovations at Castle Street Hospital for Women in Borella, focusing on improving the sanitary facilities that are crucial for patient care and comfort.

The project underlines People's Bank's commitment to supporting healthcare institutions, ensuring they can provide the best services to the community. Castle Street Hospital for Women, known for its comprehensive care for women across Sri Lanka, has been the beneficiary of this noble initiative, receiving much-needed upgrades to its facilities.

The momentous occasion was marked by People’s Bank Chairman, Sujeewa Rajapakse, presenting a cheque to Dr. Ajith Danthanarayana, the Director of Castle Street Hospital for Women. This gesture not only symbolizes the bank's dedication to social welfare but also its role in leading by example in the corporate world.

This initiative is part of a series of actions by People's Bank under the 'Mahajana Mehevara' program, which aims to address various social issues by leveraging the bank's resources and network. By focusing on healthcare this time, the bank has touched on an area that impacts every segment of society, especially during times when the health sector is under tremendous pressure.

Renovating the sanitary facilities at Castle Street Hospital not only improves the hospital's infrastructure but also enhances the overall patient experience, ensuring a cleaner, safer, and more comfortable environment for women receiving care. It's a testament to how corporate entities like People's Bank can significantly contribute to societal well-being beyond their business operations.

People's Bank's initiative serves as a beacon of hope and a call to action for other corporations to support community projects. By working together, businesses can make a profound impact on public health and welfare, exemplifying the power of corporate social responsibility in building a better society for all.

People’s Bank Crowned Champions at Global Commerce Quiz

People’s Bank Team-A secured victory at the prestigious Global Commerce Quiz for the Governor's Challenge Trophy in 2023, which took place recently at Hotel Galadari. This remarkable achievement came after intense competition against 47 multi-sectoral teams. Seylan Bank Team-A and DFCC Bank claimed the second and third positions, respectively.
The Global Commerce Quiz is a distinguished event organized by the Shipper’s Academy International, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the International Quizzing Association (IQA) Sri Lanka. The event featured Ruwan Senanayake, the versatile Quiz Master, who also serves as the country representative of IQA.
The triumphant People’s Bank Team-A consisted of Pulasthi Gunasekara as Team Leader, along with team members Nipunika Wijayaratne, Charith Malalasekara, and Sachini Jayaweera.
In a moment of honor, Pulasthi Gunasekara, the Team Leader of People’s Bank Team, received the Governor's Challenge Trophy from Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. This remarkable occasion was also graced by the presence of Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People's Bank who is in the picture.

Director

Mr. Dushmantha Thotawatte

Mr Dushmantha Thotawatte was appointed to the Board of Directors with effect from 8 July 2022. Mr Thotawatte is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka with a Bachelor of Commerce (Special Degree) from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura & a Master in Financial Economics from the University of Colombo. He is an accomplished leader who has extensive experience in the field of Financial Management, Corporate Governance, Strategic Management, and Public Relations. He counts over 40 years of experience and possesses a successful track of holding positions such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Internal Auditor in many state-owned enterprises and private organisations.

People’s Bank maintains digital banking leadership with Over 2 Million Customer Registrations

People’s Bank, a pioneer in the Sri Lankan banking and financial services sector, announced a significant milestone in its journey towards the country’s digital banking supremacy. As of 31st August 2023, the bank has successfully enabled digital banking services through its internet banking, mobile banking app, and Wallet App for more than 2 million customers, revolutionising their banking experience and providing seamless access to a range of innovative financial solutions.
“In response to the evolving digital landscape in Sri Lanka and the changing expectations of our valued customers, People’s Bank is proud to play a pioneering role in meeting the digitalisation needs of the people while keeping pace with the ever-growing technological advancements. Having reached over 2 million customers our team continues to develop new initiatives aimed at enhancing customer convenience, security, and accessibility. This is why our user-friendly and intuitive online banking platforms and mobile apps enjoy such a high level; of popularity among the users” said, People’s Bank, Chairman, Sujeewa Rajapakse. The bank’s online and mobile banking solutions cater to the needs of both individual and corporate clients. While People’s Wave mobile app, People’s Web internet banking, and People’s Pay wallet app solution cater to retail customers’ banking requirements, People’s Wyn Mobile banking solution and People’s Web –corporate Internet banking solution cater to corporate customers.
People’s Bank also offers a comprehensive digital account opening facility that includes a bundle of digital features and services to enhance customer experience and convenience. People’s Wiz is a paperless digital account opening solution that allows customers to open a bank account with copies of photographs and KYC documents thus eliminating extensive paperwork. This system allows the People’s Bank’s Digital Agents to visit the customers and open the accounts seamlessly with the help of a tablet. In addition, People’s Pay Merchant Module simplified the “Lanka QR” registration process, which enables and encourages small businesses to adopt digital payment solutions.
Clive Fonseka, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank, added, “The overwhelming response from our customers, with over 2 million registrations within a short time period is a testament to the success of our digital banking strategy. We extend our gratitude to our customers for placing their trust in People’s Bank as their preferred banking partner. As we continue to embrace emerging technologies and strive for excellence, People’s Bank remains committed to creating an innovative and seamless banking experience for all our customers. We look forward to further enhancing our digital services and exploring more ways to cater to our customer's evolving needs.”
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with close to LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 747 branches and service centres located islandwide and over 14.7 million customers. People’s Bank has 290 SBUs comprised of ATMs, CDMs, and CRM, allowing customers to bank at their convenience 24/7, 365 days a year.

People’s Bank Gandara Branch Moves to New Premises

People's Bank Gandara Branch was ceremoniously declared opened by People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku at its new location recently.
Located at No.302C, Tangalle Road, Gandara, this branch will be offering cutting edge digital banking services to the people in the area. In addition, the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) established at the location will enable cash withdrawals 24 hours a day seven days a week. Furthermore, this branch is a model for the introduction of 5S to the Matara region.
The occasion was also attended by Mahinda Premanath, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management), T.M.W. Chandrakumara, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management), Ganga Senanayake, Assistant General Manager (Channel Management), I.K. Indika, Matara Regional Manager, Nilmini Gunawardena, Hambantota Regional Manager, Nilanthi Rubasinghe, Senior Legal Officer (Southern Region), Thushari Nammuniarachchi, Assistant Regional Manager, Nishani Pathirana, Senior Manager (Regional Loans Unit), Chief Inspector of Gandara Police Station Deshabandu Senaratne, Gandara Branch Manager Priyantha Ratnayaka along with the staff and customers of the branch.
People’s Bank is the premier financial services provider in the island with an island wide network of 743 branches and service centres, over 14 million customers and Rs. 3 Trillion in assets.

People’s Bank launched two curated banking services packages with Elegance and Excelsior

People’s Bank, Sri Lanka’s Premier Licensed Commercial Bank, launched two new product offerings titled, Elegance and Excelsior, providing its customers with a comprehensive range of banking solutions designed to match their lifestyle needs. Elegance is a private banking facility that will complement and add value to the lives of high-net-worth individuals. Excelsior is a banking services package designed for upwardly mobile salary earners.
Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank, speaking at the launch of the two products, said, ‘While staying true to our founding principles, we are nimble and sensible enough to adapt to changing times and customer expectations. The launch of our curated banking services packages Elegance and Excelsior marks an important milestone in our journey. Customers come to banks looking for convenience, flexibility, recognition and personalisation. That is why we at People’s Bank have invested heavily in superior technology, branding and service excellence’
Ranjith Kodituwakku, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of People’s Bank, speaking about the two new product offerings said, ‘Customers increasingly look for products and services that match their lifestyle needs. At People’s Bank, we have identified this and have created Elegance, a private banking proposition, and Excelsior a banking services package created for high-end salary earners. These two products are a clear indication of the commitment of People’s Bank towards the use of cutting-edge technology to support customer centricity. The bank remains firmly focused on providing the highest level of customer satisfaction in every facet of the operation. This is why we have started measuring our service quality at every touch point via various customer satisfaction programmes and embedded those measurements into our KPIs.’
People’s Bank’s Elegance product takes a holistic approach to serve the high net worth individuals’ banking needs. Accordingly, the Elegance customers will receive a host of benefits and privileges such as Personalized Debit Cards, Credit Card and a Cheque book along with free travel insurance, Airport lounge access, a dedicated Customer Relationship Officer and preferential rates and tariff for banking services. Further, they will be served at two exclusive Elegance Customer Centers in Colombo 7 and Ratnapura. Elegance customers will be attended to by the Bank Manager should they walk into any People's Bank branches.
With the Excelsior service offering, People’s Bank customers will be provided with personalization with a dedicated Excelsior Ambassador at every People’s Bank branch to serve them with fast and efficient service. They will also receive an Excelsior VISA Signature Credit Card and an Excelsior Debit Card with enhanced transaction limits. They also will receive a special Excelsior Cheque book when they open a current account in addition to a range of preferential rates on their banking transactions.
Both the Elegance and Excelsior customers will receive preferential rates over and above the published rates for vehicle and property insurance from People's Insurance.
Established under the People’s Bank Act No 29 of 1961, People’s Bank is the country’s second-largest financial services provider with close to LKR 3.0 trillion in consolidated assets. At present, the Bank has 743 branches and service centres located island wide and over 14.5 million customers. The Banker Magazine (UK), identified People’s Bank as among the Top 1000 Banks in the World.

Sri Dalada Maligawa and People's Bank join hands to launch 'Buddhist Welfare Scholarships Fund' programme.

Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, in partnership with People’s Bank’s CSR brand “Mahajana Mehewara”, has launched the 'Buddhist Welfare Scholarships Fund,' a significant social service initiative aimed at supporting the educational needs of children from low-income families across Sri Lanka regardless of their ethnicity, religion etc.

The launch ceremony was held at the People’s Bank Head Office in Colombo 2, with the participation of Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela, People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse, and Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Clive Fonseka.

Established initially in 1995, the Buddhist Welfare Scholarships Fund has been a pivotal element in Sri Dalada Maligawa and People’s Bank’s efforts to nurture the future leaders of Sri Lanka, providing substantial support to student monks and school children of all backgrounds. As of May 2024, the fund will deliver scholarships to 2,000 deserving students from grades 6 to 11, with plans to expand assistance to up to 10,000 students over the next five years.

During the event, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela remarked, "The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic not only serves as a place of worship but also spearheads numerous social initiatives like the Buddhist Welfare Scholarships Fund under 'Apey Sathkaaraya' to enhance the lives of our people. This fund, generously supported by Sri Dalada Maligawa with an allocation of Rs.500 million, is a testament to our commitment to the educational and moral development of our children."

People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse stated “People's Bank has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to empower and uplift the community. Our collaboration with Sri Dalada Maligawa epitomizes our dedication to the nation's future for which education is the key. As the official bank of the Maligawa and a sponsor of the annual Esala Perahera, our relationship is deep-rooted and extends beyond mere financial transactions."

CEO/GM Clive Fonseka emphasized the bank's broader social responsibilities, stating, "For over six decades, People’s Bank has not just been a financial institution but a pillar of community support through initiatives like 'Mahajana Mehewara.' Our new venture with Sri Dalada Maligawa is another step forward in our mission to support the educational aspirations of the nation’s children."

The event was also attended by key personnel from both institutions, including People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking) T.M.W Chandrakumara, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, Deputy General Manager (Channel Management) Naleen Pathiranage, Deputy General Manager (Human Resources) Manjula Dissanayake, Kandy Regional Manager Nalin Poththewela and Krishantha Hissella – Director Media and Special Projects of Sri Dalada Maligawa.

People’s Bank continues to maintain steadfast performance

People’s Bank today announced the results for its nine months period ended September 30, 2022, recording pre-tax profit of LKR 17.0 billion on a Bank solo and LKR 21.0 billion consolidated basis.
The total operating income rose by 41.3% to reach LKR 91.0 billion, whilst total operating expenses grew by only 9.6% to LKR 31.4 billion reflecting prudent cost management amidst a highly challenging macro-economic environment characterized by, amongst other, an 80.0% currency devaluation and primarily arising therefrom close to 70.0% inflationary pressure. The Bank’s cost to income ratio was 40.9% for 9 months period ended as compared with 52.3% during the same period 2021, reflecting both top line growth and controlled cost increases.
Net interest income grew by 12.7% to reach LKR 66.5 billion whilst interest expenses rose by 89.6% during the nine months 2022. As a result, net interest margins slipped to 3.12% from 3.27% in the same period 2021. Fees & commission income grew by 128.0% to reach LKR 12.8 billion as compared with LKR 5.6 billion in the same period 2021. Excluding extraordinary items, growth was close to 30.0%, reflecting the Bank’s ongoing effort to improve its non-funded sources of income, more so in a highly volatile interest rate environment.
Impairment charges rose significantly reflecting challenged macro level circumstances and the elevated level of risk across its key customer segments. Post tax profit was LKR 12.7 billion, dipping by 15.6% over the same period 2021.
Total deposits grew by 10.4% to reach LKR 2,286.3 billion whilst net loans amounted to LKR 1,811.0 billion, contracting by a marginal 1.3%. Total assets reached LKR 3,028.5 billion growing by 14.4% from end 2021.
The Bank’s Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy Ratio was 11.2% and 15.6%, respectively on a Bank solo basis (end 2021: 12.6% and 17.8%) whilst, on a consolidated basis, it was 12.4% and 16.3%, respectively (end 2021: 13.4% and 17.9%). The Bank’s solvency reflected its efforts to augment its regulatory capital since the roll out of Basel III on July 1, 2017 with further efforts in this connection ongoing.
Commenting on the results, the Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse, stated that: “All factors and circumstances considered, we are pleased with the Bank’s results. Irrespective of sector or nature of business, 2022 is not a year where performance is measured by top or bottom line but one of resilience, prudence, solvency without any regulatory forbearance and, more importantly, customer centricity in their time of dire need. During the last several years, People’s Bank has played a pivotal role by putting country first by supporting the internal eco system function without any disruption to the best of its abilities and has facilitated, amongst many other, bulk of the country’s imports relating to crude oil, coal, fertilizer, and essential medicine. We remain committed to serving the nation and are already in the process of implementing several additional measures to better equip the Bank meet the increasing needs of its various stakeholders”
The Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of People’s Bank, Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku, stated that: “With the economy set to contract this year, excluding the impact of the currency devaluation, most balance sheets are likely to contract. Whilst profitability is not the focal point, bolstering liquidity, strengthening capital, and bringing about productivity and efficiency enhancements in these difficult times through digital and other means are the key focus areas. Needless to say, whilst the process of recovery will be a long and arduous one and one which hinges on many moving parts, we remain optimistic that we are currently on the right path to recover. In all probability, the changes which have taken place, those currently taking place and, more importantly, those likely to take place will shape the country’s future for the better.
People’s Bank is the country’s Premiere Licensed Commercial Bank with Sri Lanka’s largest banking footprint composed of 744 branches and service centers. With a history spanning 61 years, the Bank benefits from a staff strength close to 7,500 who tirelessly and diligently serve over 14.5 million customers and over 19.0 million account relationships, which is by far the largest for any financial services provider in the country.