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It is with great pleasure that I send this message on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary Convention of the Association of Professional Bankers - Sri Lanka. I am proud & privileged to be the President, on this very special & momentous occasion.


Over the past 25 years we have endeavoured & I am happy to state we have been successful in being in the forefront of the Banking & Financial services sector in the country, providing a forum for learning, sharing knowledge & views, thereby enabling our professionals to reach their fullest potential, while being conscious of maintaining the highest principles of integrity & standards at all times.

The Annual Convention has become a much looked forward to event for us professionals, and without doubt it is one of the most prestigious gatherings, ranging from seniors who have contributed immensely by their rich experience in this field, those who now hold the top most positions and are responsible for steering their institutions in the right direction, and onto the new generation who will be at the helm of their institutions in the future.

It is a forum for acquiring knowledge and sharing new ideas amongst the best in the industry and is enriched with valuable insights garnered at both national & international level.

The theme of the convention this year "Beyond Growth – A Formula for Success” is  appropriate and topical, given that we as a country - a relatively new entrant to the ‘middle income category’, are pursuing a goal of reaching a per capita income of USD.4,000 by the year 2016. Our Association which marks a significant milestone this year has a greater responsibility in being a catalyst in fulfilling this onerous task.

The inauguration of the Convention will be graced by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka,
Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal as the Chief Guest, while Dr. Subbarao – Former Govenor – Reserve Bank of India, will be the Guest of Honour and has kindly consented to deliver the Keynote Address.

The technical sessions to be held on the 9th of October will focus on four topics which are very relevant & thought provoking, the sub themes being: ‘riding out the storm’, ‘positioning for growth/break from convention’, ‘where will technology lead us ?’, ‘implication of risk & compliance’ - presented by an eminent panel of speakers drawn from diverse spheres, followed by panel discussions to stimulate and share the participants’ views on these topics.

A Convention of this magnitude is feasible only through considerable team effort and planning and I would like to express my appreciation of the team effort of each and everyone of you who contributed to make this event a resounding success.

I also wish to record with gratitude the contribution made by our sponsors, without whose support this convention would not have been possible.

I extend a very warm welcome to all the distinguished invitees, eminent speakers and  participants and trust that we all make maximum use of this unique opportunity to and benefit from the session at the Convention.

I wish the Convention all success and the participants a fruitful and memorable experience.

President - The Association of Professional Bankers, Sri Lanka




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