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166,284 Credit Cardholders in Sri Lanka on CRIB’s Blacklist

166,284 Credit Cardholders in Sri Lanka were placed on the Credit Information Bureau’s (CRIB) blacklist with Rs.16 billion in arrears by the end of Q12021, CRIB data showed. Defaulted Credit…

Sri Lanka’s FIU imposes financial penalties on DFCC Bank and Union Bank for non-compliance with AML/CFT rules

Sri Lanka’s regulator for Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) imposed financial penalties on Union Bank of Colombo PLC and DFCC Bank PLC…

Central Bank of Sri Lanka eyes to attract Singaporean Fintech players to its Fintech Sandbox

Sri Lanka – Singapore Business Council (SLSBC) headed by leading venture capitalist Prajeeth Balasubramaniam is facilitating cooperation between Sri Lankan and Singaporean authorities to support the Central Bank of Sri Lanka…

United States Provides $75 million to NDB Bank to Strengthen Sri Lankan Small and Medium Businesses

The United States is providing a welcome boost to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in Sri Lanka struggling with the impact of the pandemic.  The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation…

DFCC Bank’s incorporation of Google Workspace proves to be fruitful

In May of last year, DFCC Bank became the first in the country’s banking industry to join hands with Finetech Sri Lanka and implement Google Workspace (formerly known as G…

Delhi-Colombo-Beijing triangle undergoes another shift

By Professor Harsh V Pant Chinese Defence Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe was in Sri Lanka last week seeking to shore up support for Chinese projects at a time when new…

Bangladesh Offers $500M Lifeline to Sri Lanka ahead of $1B Dollar Bond Maturity

In a first for Bangladesh, the country has extended a lifeline of sorts to the beleaguered Sri Lankan economy, offering to top up the island nation’s depleting foreign reserves by…

Sri Lanka to Secure $200m currency swap facility from Bangladesh to maintain FX Reserve

The Bangladesh Bank board on Sunday approved in principle a draft $200-million currency swap deal with Sri Lanka, which is struggling to maintain a moderate foreign exchange reserve. The currency…

CBSL to Launch a New Mechanism to Monitor Foreign Exchange Operations through Banking Sector in 2022

The Central bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is in the process of operationalizing an International Transactions Reporting System (ITRS) that will monitor both cross-border and foreign currency transactions in the…

Sri Lanka’s Banking Sector’s MSME Lending Portfolio Among Weakest in Asia-Pacific

Despite much hype, Sri Lanka’s banking sector’s to Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) lending portofolio is one of the poorest in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of loan disbursements…