NTB rec­og­nized at Global SME Fi­nance Awards

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FINANCE -

Na­tions Trust Bank (NTB) has won an award at the re­cently con­cluded Global SME Fi­nance Awards in Madrid, Spain.

The bank was ranked amongst the top five banks for SME Bank of The Year – Asia Cat­e­gory out of over 100 en­tries from banks and fin­techs around the world.

The Global SME Fi­nance Awards is con­ducted by In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion, which is a mem­ber of the World Bank Group and is the largest global de­vel­op­ment in­sti­tu­tion fo­cused on the pri­vate sec­tor in emerg­ing mar­kets.

NTB was rep­re­sented at the pres­ti­gious Global SME Fi­nance awards cer­e­mony in Madrid, Spain by NTB Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent SME Bank­ing Bandara Jay­athi­lake.

The Global SME Fi­nance Fo­rum and Awards was at­tended by a record 675 at­ten­dees from more than 275 in­sti­tu­tions in 80 coun­tries and cov­ered the dig­i­tal­iza­tion of SMES and ex­plored how innovations in tech­nol­ogy, reg­u­la­tion and part­ner­ships can help SMES tran­si­tion from the in­for­mal sec­tor to the for­mal econ­omy. The panel of judges for the awards con­sisted of lead­ing and re­spected per­son­al­i­ties from all over the world, rep­re­sent­ing global fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, in­vestors, fin­tech com­pa­nies and de­vel­op­ment banks.

Speak­ing about the ac­co­lade, Jay­athi­lake said, “The Global SME Fi­nance awards cel­e­brate the best-in­class fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and fin­techs that have achieved re­mark­able re­sults in their SME prod­uct or ser­vice of­fer­ings through in­no­va­tion. Thus, we are hon­oured and grate­ful to have had our work rec­og­nized at such a high level and on such a global plat­form.”

Bandara fur­ther said, “We have achieved this by be­ing in­no­va­tive, seek­ing to not just be a fi­nan­cial ser­vices provider but an in­volved, re­spon­si­ble bank­ing part­ner to our clients. We share in­sights and data with our clients that help them ma­noeu­vre their busi­nesses to achieve sus­tain­able growth and prof­itabil­ity.

Through pro­grammes such as Na­tions Busi­ness Sem­i­nars, we have reached out to SMES and pro­vided mean­ing­ful ed­u­ca­tional and in­spi­ra­tional ma­te­rial, en­abling them to reach higher and go fur­ther and faster than they could have imag­ined. We have stayed true to our val­ues and through our part­ner­ships with our SME clients, built a plat­form on which we can all share knowl­edge and grow to­gether. Thus, this ac­co­lade gives us con­fi­dence and adds to our mo­ti­va­tion to keep chal­leng­ing the norms and mov­ing boldly for­ward along with our cus­tomers.”

From left: SME Fi­nance Fo­rum CEO Matthew Gamser, Na­tions Trust Bank Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent SME Bank­ing Bandara Jay­ati­lake and Spain’s In­dus­try and SMES Sec­re­tary Raul Blanco Diaz

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