Sri Lanka’s No. 1 Bank, Bank of Ceylon (BOC), will mark its 83rd Anniversary today (Monday, 1 August)
The Bank will celebrate the occasion with a multi-religious ceremony at the Bank’s Head Office.
The event was held with the patronage of the Bank’s Chairman, Kanchana Ratwatte, Members of the Bank’s Board of Directors, the General Manager, K. E. D. Sumanasiri, and the Corporate and Executive Management and Bank officials.
In line with the ceremony, the branch network will also celebrate this important milestone at their premises with the participation of customers and well-wishers.
To mark this special day, BOC symbolically will launch the “My Health” account emphasising its innovative spirit in delivering novel value additions to customers. In addition, the Bank will also launch BOC Foreign Circle, a specialised unit geared to delivering superior quality to overseas-based customers.
Of further note is the opening of the newly refurbished Bank’s historically significant 1st branch at 41, Bristol Street, Colombo 1, known as the “City Office” on the same day.
Ratwatte said, “I believe it is a commendable achievement for a corporate brand to reach its 83rd anniversary in its journey. As a trailblazer in the industry and a dedicated corporate citizen, Bank of Ceylon (BOC) commemorates this day with humility.”
“Hence, innovation and developments towards digitalisation is an organic process within the bank.”
“Our Journey as the No. 1 Bank in the country has always been a challenging, yet inspiring one,” stated Sumanasiri.
“We have introduced new initiatives such as “SME Circle” and “Export Circle” by taking a step to further develop entrepreneurship within the local SME and export sectors. This was an extension of BOC’s decision to assist customers through specialised concessionary schemes to overcome continuous economic challenges that took place in recent times.”
From the inception of the Bank, with the opening of its first branch, the “City Office Branch”, Bank of Ceylon has increased its footprint to include a network of up to 649 branches, and 1,415 ATMs, CDMs and CRMs across the country. Its overseas presence includes branches in Chennai, Male, Hulhu-Male, Seychelles and a banking subsidiary in London.
Adopting the latest digital banking technologies, the Bank successfully embarked on green banking where it accommodated strategies to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its usage of renewable energy.
With many prestigious accolades and recognition under its belt, the Bank of Ceylon is geared to strive further to empower and enable the nation through excellence in banking.