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Views of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on the National Payment Platform

In response to the news articles circulating on Total Pay and ICTA, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) wishes to clarify matters to the public and provide an accurate account of events which transpired regarding the National Payment Platform (NPP), in order to deliver a holistic understanding of the prevailing situation.

The CBSL requested for more information about the NPP when it was presented on 13.05.2016 at the Central Bank, and the request was made in order to gather details on system development, operation manuals, system security, compliance with system standards and the external system audit framework. This request was made in an attempt to gather further knowledge regarding the NPP, so that CBSL could make an informed decision on its feasibility. However, there has been no response regarding these concerns from ICTA, to date. Therefore, CBSL is not in a position to comment on the viability of the NPP in the absence of a response from ICTA, as the concerns raised have an impact on customer, transaction and information security.

Regulatory Action on a Primary Dealer - Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC

The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on 14th August 2017, acting in terms of the Regulations made under the Registered Stock and Securities Ordinance and the Local Treasury Bills Ordinance, has decided to suspend business activities of a Primary Dealer of Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC (PABC) for a period of six months with effect from 10.00 a.m. on 15th August 2017.

Concessions on Loans Granted to Flood Affected Borrowers

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has permitted licensed banks to grant concessions to their borrowers who have been affected by the recent floods, adverse weather conditions and connected circumstances with a view to facilitating the recommencement of their businesses and normalization of their activities.

Accordingly, licensed banks can;

  • Grant a concessionary period of up to 3 months in respect of repayment of all performing credit facilities of such borrowers as at 25 May 2017, and
  • Waive the penal interest for this period

Based on the information received by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, many borrowers who have been affected by the recent floods are not aware of this concessionary scheme and therefore, have not received these concessions. Accordingly, such borrowers are informed to contact their bank branches in this regard.

The Financial Intelligence Unit-Sri Lanka enters into Memorandum of Understanding with the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Kingdom of Bhutan and China AML Monitoring and Analysis Centre

The Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (FIU-Sri Lanka) entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the China AML Monitoring and Analysis Centre and Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Kingdom of Bhutan at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), held in Colombo during July 17-21, 2017, to share financial information in facilitating investigation and prosecution of persons suspected of being involved in Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML and TF). Dr H Amarathunga, Director FIU-Sri Lanka signed the MOU with Ms Luo Yubing, Director General, China AML Monitoring and Analysis Centre and Mr Phajo Dorjee, Deputy Governor/Head of FIU, Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan on behalf of the respective institutions.

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