Standard Chartered Sri Lanka strengthens regional ties with Correspondent Banking Conference 2023

Standard Chartered Sri Lanka announced the conclusion of its Correspondent Banking Regional Conference for 2023, held at the Galle Face Hotel on November 23 and 24. Attended by senior representatives from more than 55 banks across the ASEAN and South Asian region, the event served as a pivotal platform for sharing insights, fostering collaboration, and advancing the landscape of correspondent banking.

The conference delved into a diverse range of topics, reflecting the dynamic nature of the industry. Discussions spanned the digitisation of global payments and trade, navigating the evolving compliance landscape, and exploring the latest global and regional macro-economic trends. Participants benefited significantly from the expertise of esteemed speakers and panellists, contributing to their continuous professional development.

Standard Chartered spearheaded the initiative to facilitate discussions on emerging trends in payments, trade, and compliance. Shivaraman Subramanian, Regional Head of Correspondent Banking, ASEAN and South Asia, Standard Chartered, expressed his sentiments at the event’s success, highlighting its broad participation by regional clients. “Standard Chartered, as one of the largest correspondent banks in the world, takes the initiative to share emerging trends in the areas of payment, trade, and compliance through the Correspondent Banking Conference. I am delighted by the success of the event, which was well participated by our regional clients,” he said.

The conference also featured an evening of fellowship on the first day, hosted by Standard Chartered at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. This provided participants with a taste of Sri Lankan hospitality and culture, enhancing the overall conference experience.

Praveen Karunaratne, Head of Financial Institutions of Standard Chartered Sri Lanka, emphasised the value of hosting such a significant regional client conference in Sri Lanka. He stated, “We are privileged to host such an important regional client conference in Sri Lanka, aimed at providing a platform to share knowledge, best practices, and ideas among regional correspondent banking clients.”

The conference’s highlights included an overview of Sri Lanka by Bingumal Thewarathanthri, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Sri Lanka, and a keynote speech on day two by the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe. Dr. Weerasinghe shared insights into managing Sri Lanka’s economic crises, achieving macro stability, and redirecting the country on a sustainable growth path.

In addition, Takafumi Kodono, ADB Country Director, shared his views on how ADB is partnering with governments and banks to enable sustainable development and trade in emerging markets, including Sri Lanka.

By hosting this global event, Standard Chartered reaffirmed its commitment to driving collaboration and enhancing its customer experience through innovation. The conference not only highlighted the bank’s regional presence, but also showcased its dedication to fostering meaningful dialogue within the correspondent banking community.

Standing from left to right: Shivaraman Subramanian – Regional Head of Correspondent Banking, Standard Chartered (ASA,  Bingumal Thewarathanthri – CEO, Standard Chartered Sri Lanka, Takafumi Kadono – Country Director, Asian Development Bank, Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe – Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Truong Thi Thu Ba – Executive Vice President, Bank of Investment and Development of Vietnam, Natasha Hay – Head of International Banking, Hatton National Bank Sri Lanka, Jahangir Kobir – Head of International Banking, Southeast Bank Bangladesh, Praveen Karunaratne – Head of Financial Institution, Standard Chartered Sri Lanka, Piyush Chaturvedi – Head of Correspondent Banking, Standard Chartered India.

Standard Chartered Sri Lanka

Standard Chartered Sri Lanka is one of the oldest international banks in Sri Lanka. Standard Chartered Bank is a limited liability company registered under the laws of England and Wales by Royal Charter 1853, having a branch office in Sri Lanka – Reg. No. F3/B. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, here for good. We support both individual and corporate needs to build wealth and drive commerce at every step of their journey. We do this by offering an entire range of financial services across Personal, Priority and Business Banking as well as our Commercial and Corporate Banking teams.

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