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Commercial Bank helps empower seaweed cultivators of north west The Commercial Bank of Ceylon recently extended its support to seaweed cultivators in the north west of Sri Lanka, as part of the bank’s ongoing initiative to empower small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and micro entrepreneurs with the technical knowledge and financial literacy required to develop their businesses.
The latest program organised by Commercial Bank’s Mannar Branch and the Bank’s Agriculture and Micro Finance Unit (AMFU) of Vavuniya and Mannar, benefitted 120 seaweed cultivators from the Silawathurai, Mutharipputhurai and Arippu areas. The program was conducted with the assistance of Hayleys Aquagri Ltd and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka – Northern Regional Office.
Commercial Bank has conducted similar programs for SMEs and micro entrepreneurs in areas such as Narammala, Galle, Monaragala, Wellawaya, Badulla, Passara, Bandarawela, Welimada, Weligama, Koggala, Karapitiya, Matara, Batticaloa, Ampara, Jaffna and Vavuniya in the recent past.
The Bank’s Agriculture and Micro Finance Units are located in Ratnapura, Narammala, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Kilinochchi, Bandarawela, Wellawaya, Hingurakgoda, Galewela, Atchuvely, Vavuniya and Tissamaharama. They identify and support people who need financial assistance for Agri/Micro businesses and provide guidance on how to improve their businesses and help resolve difficulties.
The only Sri Lankan bank to be ranked among the Top 1000 banks of the world for four consecutive years (2011-2014), Commercial Bank operates a network of 242 branches and 610 ATMs in Sri Lanka. The bank has won multiple awards as Sri Lanka’s best bank over several years and was adjudged one of the country’s 10 best corporate citizens by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and 2014. The bank has been rated the Most Respected Bank in Sri Lanka by LMD for the past 10 years, has been the second Most Respected Corporate entity in the country overall for the past four years, and been rated No 1 in Sri Lanka for Honesty in 2013 and 2014 by the magazine.

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