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HBL Connects Its Customers with LankaPay - Sri Lanka’s Largest Common ATM Network HBL achieves yet another milestone in bringing convenience to its customers by enabling them to access their HBL accounts to withdraw cash and check their account balance at any other bank ATM connected on the LankaPay network. 



The agreement being exchanged between Regional General Manager, HBL Sri Lanka & Maldives Arif M. Ali and GM/CEO of Lanka Clear Sunimal Weerasooriya.
 
Also present at the occasion,Khawar Mahmood, Country Operations Manager of HBL Sri Lanka, H.C.Perera–Head of Retail& Consumer Banking of HBL Sri Lanka, Yasir Maqbool, Regional Head Risk of HBL Sri Lanka and Maldives, Zaheer H. Meeran, Head of ITof HBL Sri Lanka, Harsha Wanigatunga - DGM IT & OperationsLankaClear,Mr. Dilantha Samarasinghe - Senior Manager IT LankaClear, Mr. Roshan Hettiarachchi - Senior Manager Operations LankaClear
 
Colombo, Sri Lanka – In a bid to position itself as the customers’ preferred choice among the foreign banks in Sri Lanka, HBL – a South Asian origin Global Multi-National Financial Institution has recently connected with LankaPay – Sri Lanka’s Largest Common ATM Network,operated by LankaClear (Pvt) Ltd.
 
With the LankaPaynetwork spanning over 2,500 ATMs across Sri Lanka, connectivity with LankaPaywill bring greater convenience to all HBL customers holding an HBL VISA Debit Card. LankaPayhas already connected ATM networks of 11 member banks namely, Bank of Ceylon, Cargills Bank, Commercial Bank, HNB, NDB, NTB, Peoples Bank, Seylan Bank,Standard Chartered Bank, Union Bank, and HBL thatallows customers of one bank to transact using an ATM of another member bank.

HBL plans to leverage its relationship with LankaPay and enable its Customers to make credit card payments to any other LankaPaymember bank as well as to send or receive fund transfers from customers of any othermember bank on a real-time basis, through its own ATMs and ATMs of any otherLankaPaymember bank. This facility will be introduced very soon.

The implementation of the LankaPaynetwork is a national initiative which supportsthe vision of a fully integrated banking and financial services industry, allowing greater reach, service offering and convenience to customers via a common payment platform. The facility also offers significant savings in foreign exchange to the country by virtue of every LankaPay transaction being channeled through a domestic network.  

While sharing his views at the signing ceremony, Mr. Arif Mahmood Ali, HBL’s Regional General Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives,added:“Connecting with LankaPay network will add great value to our existing as well as future planned products and services. HBL intends to be the preferred choice of customers among foreign banks in Sri Lanka. Among the 25 global locations that HBL is present in, Sri Lanka is one of the key growth markets for the bank. HBL has positioned itself as the best value and service provider for its customers through Corporate, SME, Retail/Consumer and Islamic Banking Products. The bank is opening a branch in Galle this month besides expanding its branch presence in Colombo as well, bringing our network across the nation to 6 branches. We will also be launchingstate-of-the-art technology products to further leverage benefits of these products for our customers”.
 
LankaClear’s General Manager and CEO, SunimalWeerasooriya, added “We are delighted to have HBL  connected  on the LankaPay network, I am certain the partnership will bring in the desired synergies in enabling HBL to extend next generation electronic payment related services to its customers thereby, propelling HBL towards its goal of being the leader amongst the foreign banks present in Sri Lanka.
LankaPay adds significant value to the economy through the provision of innovative, efficient payment infrastructure services, focusing on connecting individuals and businesses with ever more convenient, safe& seamless ways to transact. The exponential growth recorded on our network since the launch, is a manifestation of the trust and confidence placed by the Sri Lankan consumer and the banking community and this is an encouraging factor that will help us in moving towards an era of cashless payments, offering greater convenience and financial inclusion to all sectors of the Sri Lankan community.”
 
About HBL
HBLis a Licensed Commercial Bank in Sri Lanka. The bank commenced its operations in 1944, opening its first ever overseas branch in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1951 and has grown intoa Multi-National Financial Institution with a presence in 25 countries today. With over 1,700 branches across the world, the bank caters to a wide-array of needs of its customers ranging from Investment Banking, Corporate, Trade, SME, Retail, Consumer, Islamic and Technology Banking.
 
With strong financial performance over 6 decades, HBL is one of the soundest and fastest growing banks of the region. HBL will have a network of 6 branches in Sri Lanka by the third quarter of this year.
 
 
About LankaClear
LankaClear (Pvt) Limited,
is Sri Lanka’s national payment infrastructure provider and one of the country’s most successful public-private partnerships. The company is jointly owned by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and all Commercial Banks in the country. LankaClear’s product offering include the Cheque Imaging And Truncation System (CITS), “LankaPay” - Common Payment Network - Common ATM Switch and SLIPS Electronic Money Transfer Service,  LankaSign Certification Authority  and Bank CSIRT (Bank Computer Security Incident Response Team) among several other critical payment system infrastructure offerings. 
 


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