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    Online technologies in banking and financial sector encouraged

    September 05, 2019

    Sri Lanka annually spends around 1.5% of GDP to print, transport, distribute and maintain currency notes. Therefore the country’s entire financial system should moved into a techno-based platform, said Amarasri Kumaratunge Director Payments and settlements Central Bank of Sri Lanka on Wednesday at the LankaClear, annual Technnovation Awards launch.He said over 60% of transaction especially in the retail sector is still done using hard cash and this is now becoming a social issue as well since most of them do not have bank accounts.

    “The retail sector including three wheel drivers perform day to day business using ‘only cash’ and most of them do not have bank accounts. Due to this when they try to obtain capital for business expansion they are forced to go to ‘money lenders’ and then get in to a financial trap.”He, however, said that they now see increases in retail sector moving to the banking sector and this is a welcome move.
    LankaClear Chairman, Anil Amarasuriya said though it’s a very costly affair for banks to maintain ATM machines they still prefer customers using them. “When a customer comes to a bank, the manpower usage is more costly than a customer making a transaction from the teller machine.”He also said that there are around 65, 000 AMT’s in Sri Lanka but sadly in some areas (like Kegalle) there are around 10 ATM in one town where around 5 could do the job done by the 10 ATM machines.
    Sri Lanka also has 23 million bank accounts and some are dormant. “This is more than in USA where only 65% of the population have Bank accounts.”Channa de Silva - GM/CEO – LankaClear said that their third annual Technnovation Awards will be held on October 7 at Shangri La Hotel and it is Sri Lanka’s first and the only annual payment technology innovation awards.The Chairman of the Panel of Judges would be Wasantha Deshapriya, Former Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure who hve been instrumental to the success of this wards since its inception in 2017.

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