13th Annual General Meeting
Trade Finance Association of Bankers at its 13th Annual General Meeting, held recently at the Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo, elected the Council for the year 2010/2011. K. Nandasiri was elected the President of the Association for the ensuing year, and he took the Ceremonial Oath from the outgoing President Mr. Parama Dharmawardene who held the position for the last three years. And is presently the Deputy General Manager – Support Services at Bank of Ceylon. He is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. He counts over 35 years of service in banking with Bank of Ceylon with experience in the fields of Branch Banking, International Banking and Treasury. He has also served the Bank of Ceylon, Chennai Branch for over three years as its Country Manager. Mr. Nilam Jumat, Assistant General Manager (Trade Services), Hatton National Bank PLC, a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka was elected the Senior Vice President and Mr. Manjula Gunawardana, Head of Imports, National Development Bank PLC, was elected the Secretary General. Mr. Jayantha Newunhella, Assistant General Manager (Trade Services), Peoples Bank was elected the Vice President, Mr. Roshan Fernando, Manager – Exports, HSBC Bank, the Assistant Secretary, Mrs Manoji Hettigoda, Senior Executive Sampath Bank, the Treasurer and Mr. Susantha Fernando, Manager, Imports, Seylan Bank PLC, the Assistant Treasurer. The immediate Past President Mr. Parama Dharmawardene of Sampath Bank PLC was appointed to the Council ex-officio. Mr. Parama Dharmawardene delivering the welcome address noted that the Association had taken giant strides in meeting its objectives and being recognized by the trade finance community as a useful provider of knowledge & expertise relating to Trade Finance. Newly elected president Mr. Nandasiri in his address paid tribute to the outgoing President for his leadership provided in guiding the Association to greater heights.