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Trade Finance Association of Bankers holds 22nd AGM


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Seated from left: K.R. Naguleswaran, DFCC Bank; Manjula Gunawardana; National Development Bank, Susantha Fernando, Seylan Bank; Shyam De Silva, Hatton National Bank; Lawrian Somanader, Commercial Bank of Ceylon; A.S.M.W. Kumarasiri, People’s Bank; Janath Ilangantileke, Hatton National Bank; Sanjeewa Jayasooriya, Standard Chartered Bank; Gaya Manamperi (formerly at Sampath Bank); Senaka De Silva, National Development Bank. Standing from left: Kasun Muthukuda, Nations Trust Bank; Niranjan Dabare, Deutsche Bank AG; Tharinda Amarasinghe, Sampath Bank; Indika Liyanage, Pan Asia Banking Corporation; Saroja Pathirana, Sampath Bank; Kanchana De Silva, Union Bank of Colombo; Rochelle Fernando, Bank of Ceylon; Neil Handapangoda, Citi Bank N.A; Imthiyaz Rajab, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation; Susantha Weerasinghe, People’s Bank; K.K. Susantha, Bank of Ceylon

The Trade Finance Association of Bankers at its 22nd Annual General Meeting held on 27 February at the Rainbow Room, Grand Oriental Hotel, elected its new Council for the year 2019/2020.

The Trade Finance Association of Bankers has from its inception, been actively engaged in imparting knowledge and the required skills to its members by conducting seminars, lectures, discussions, workshops etc., on a wide range of topics relating to international trade. Educating the Sri Lankan entrepreneurs who are engaged in International Trade is also an objective of the Association in order to assist them to keep abreast of the changes that are taking place in the industry.

The membership comprises almost all commercial banks operating in Sri Lanka. A number of senior bankers play major roles in conducting its activities towards the achievement of the goals and objectives of the association.

The association is backed by an Advisory Committee comprising four senior bankers and former TFAB Presidents A. Kathiravelupillai (Inaugural President), Michael Peiris, Nilam Jumat and Thushy David, all having extensive experience in the international banking business.

The following persons were elected as office-bearers of the Trade Finance Association of Bankers for the year 2019/2020 during the Annual General Meeting:

President: A.S.M.W. Kumarasiri, Assistant General Manager – Trade Finance, People’s Bank

Senior Vice President: Lawrian Somanader Chief Manager - Exports, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC

Vice President: Janath Ilangantileke, Assistant General Manager – Trade and Financial Institutions, Hatton National Bank PLC

Secretary General: Sanjeewa Jayasooriya, Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.

Treasurer: Shyam De Silva, Hatton National Bank PLC

Assistant Secretary: K.R. Naguleswaran, DFCC Bank PLC

Assistant Treasurer: Senaka De Silva, National Development Bank PLC

Immediate Past President: Susantha Fernando, Seylan Bank PLC

Other council members comprise: Gaya Manamperi (formerly at Sampath Bank), Manjula Gunawardana (National Development Bank PLC), Neil Handapangoda (Citi Bank N.A), Kasun Muthukuda (Nations Trust Bank PLC), Indika Liyanage (Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC), Kanchana De Silva (Union Bank of Colombo PLC), Susantha Weerasinghe (People’s Bank), Tharinda Amarasinghe (Sampath Bank PLC), Niranjan Dabare (Deutsche Bank AG), K.K. Susantha (Bank of Ceylon), Rochelle Fernando (Bank of Ceylon), Imthiyaz Rajab (The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd), Saroja Pathirana (Sampath Bank PLC).


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