Sampath Bank clinched the Gold Award in the category of CSR Brand of the Year at the 14th SLIM Brand Excellence Awards. Sampath Bank presented the success story of Sampath Saviya Entrepreneur Development program to win this prestigious award.
Sampath Bank won the Bronze Award at National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) 2015, for “Automated Teller Safe” in the In-house Application Category.
The Bank has won 13 NBQSA awards so far and this is the 8th time to receive an award at the NBQSA.
On October 07th 2015, Sampath Bank PLC opened its first Representative Office away from the Sri Lankan shores in Myanmar. With the obtaining of license from the Central Bank of Myanmar to operate a Representative Office, the Bank commenced operations in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar. The soft opening of the Representative Office was declared by the Chief Operating Officer of Sampath Bank, Nanda Fernando, together with the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Myanmar, His Excellency, Nimal Karunaratne.
The Representative Office is located in the modern office complex, Novotel Hotel Max, Room No 314,459, Third Floor Pyay Road, Kamayut Township, Yangon. Accordingly, Lakkhana Gooneratne assumed duties as the Manager of the Representative Office
Myanmar is a country blessed with Jade and Gems together with oil and many other natural resources. It also possesses a culture very close to that of Sri Lanka with the vast majority of the 51 million population of Myanmar consisting of Theravada Buddhists
In keeping with the vision of Sampath Bank, the Bank carefully selected a country in which the conditions are somewhat similar to Sri Lanka, but has a vast potential to develop in the industry of Banking with mutual benefits to both Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Sampath Bank identifies Myanmar as a location of great potential with which it could share the experiences of high tech banking pioneered by the national bank for the last 28 years
The primary functions of the Representative Office would be to provide advisory services and assist the Sri Lankan customers who would be engaged in a bi-lateral trade between the two countries. Further, the opportunities would also help Sri Lankan customers with their trading activities in the near future
With the gradual removal of existing sanctions on Myanmar, Sampath Bank is confident that this move into the new markets in South East Asia will open a new chapter in the history of Sampath Bank in order to take the bank to the next level. As a growing force in Sri Lanka’s finance sector, this novel expansion of service to foreign land is a strong depiction of Sampath Bank’s undying commitment and persistence to push barriers in order to reach new heights
Mr. Nanda Fernando, Chief Operating Officer Sampath Bank PLC & Sri Lankan Ambassador in Myanmar, His Excellency, Nimal Karunaratne ceremonially opening the Sampath Bank Representative office in Mynmar. Mr. Hemantha Swarnathilake, Minister in Sri Lankan Embassy in Myanmar and Lakkhana Gooneratne , Manager - Sampath Bank representative office in Myanmar are also present in the photograph.
Sri Lankan Ambassador in Myanmar, His Excellency, Nimal Karunaratne at the official opening ceremony. Mr. Hemantha Swarnathilake, Minister in Sri Lankan Embassy in Myanmar & Mr. Nanda Fernando, Chief Operating Officer Sampath Bank ,are also present in the photograph.
Sampath Bank was the Platinum Sponsor of the COYLE Sampath Bank Entrepreneurial Forum 2015 titled ‘Dare to Be Different’ which was held on 30th September 2015 at Galle Face Hotel Entrepreneurial Forum, presented a panel of exceptional entrepreneurs and impact leaders in the areas of shipping and logistics, pharmaceuticals, and manufacture and export. This year’s keynote speaker was Kumar Sangakkara, former captain of the Sri Lankan national team who has begun a series of projects ranging from social entrepreneurship to social responsibility.