At the outset I would like to thank the membership for the confidence placed in me by electing me as your President at the AGM on 7th March 2014 for the year 2014/15 and I pledge to serve the APB to the best of my ability.
We had a wonderful Silver Jubilee year lead by amiable President Aravinda Perera. Under his leadership the Council gelled well as a Unit. Although the Council members are all busy Executives they did their best to make the 25th year a memorable year. Several events were organized throughout the year including in some outstation cities such as Jaffna, Ratnapura & Hambanthota. I thank the President Aravinda and the 2013/14 Council for the excellent work done during the last year.
I am pleased that most of the Council members have been re-elected for this year as well. I am confident the new office bearers and the Council will extend me the same cooperation. Furthermore, our Immediate Past President Mr. Aravinda Perera has pledged his fullest support. We had a great start to the year and I very much look forward to making this another successful year for the APB.
HNB has had a rich association with APB and has had 4 Presidents, including the Founder President Mr. Rienzie Wijetilleke. I remember with gratitude Mr. Wijetilleke who recruited me to the Bank’s Project Finance Division and mentored me in my banking career.
It was Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah, Past President who encouraged me to join the APB Council and I was duly elected to the Council in 2008. Subsequently I was elected as the Secretary General, Vice President for 2 years and as Senior Vice President in 2013/14. My experience in working with several Presidents and in different capacities in the Council has made me better equipped to serve you in the current year.
It is pertinent to mention that my present MD/CEO Mr. Jonathan Alles extends his fullest support and encourages me to contribute to the banking fraternity as the President of APB.
Our Association has two primary objectives which are to disseminate information and transfer of knowledge especially to our members and to promote fellowship and understanding among members and with similar Associations.
Every year appears to be more challenging for us as Bankers than the previous year. The gold crisis last year adversely affected the financial services industry. Also the industry in Sri Lanka is undergoing rapid changes. Consolidation in the Financial Services sector, Adopting Basel III in 2014 and many other changes has created many challenges to bankers. We have already organized 3 evening lectures on Negotiating Skills, Consolidation and Innovation in order to assist our members in successfully facing these challenges.
Sporting and social events will be organized to facilitate fellowship and interaction among members. My team will work towards achieving these objectives and we will share with you our calendar of events in due course.
Our Annual Convention “RESHAPING BANKING FOR CHANGING TIMES” will be held on 16th & 17th October at the Cinnamon Grand. We also hope to complete the tasks undertaken by previous Councils especially the incorporation of APB as a statutory body by an act of Parliament.
We have identified that the following areas need improvement;
- Updating the contact details of our Membership where necessary to ensure that all communication reach you.
- Timely communication to ensure active involvement of our members in all our events.
I would like to make a humble request from you to
- Send us your contact details
- Send us suggestions for improvements.
- Favor us with your constructive criticism.
- Participate in all our events as far as possible.
- Contribute articles to our Journal and the Convention Volume.
- Assist in getting sponsors for our events.
- Get your colleagues to join APB and it is preferred if they join as life members
I look forward for your support to make it another successful year for the APB.
Association of Professional Bankers - Sri Lanka