Leading private sector bank HNB PLC, partnered with CFA Society Sri Lanka, to launch its revolutionary Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled Visa Infinite Credit Card that doubles as a mode of identification at CFA Society Sri Lanka events.
Enabling simple, intuitive, contactless transactions and quick data transfers by simply tapping the card on specific consoles and screens, the co-branded card will offer members access to a slew of exclusive discounts and benefits. The combo cardholders will be eligible for a special retail banking and insurance package as well.
Senior members of HNB and CFA Society Sri Lanka, including President, Dinesh Warusavitharana, CFA, Vice President, Aruna Perera, CFA and Directors Ravindra Abeysuriya, CFA, Rasanja Perera, CFA, Rashmi Paranavitane, CFA, Deshan Pushparajah, CFA, and Travis Gomez, CFA were present at the ceremony held to launch the credit card.
"The partnership with CFA Society Sri Lanka has provided us with the opportunity to offer a credit card which performs the dual role of being a mode of payment and identification. We are delighted to take this opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind card in the financial industry and look forward to working with the CFA Society Sri Lanka to deliver such solutions," HNB DGM Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.
Cardholders are entitled to a wide range of exclusive retail banking packages from personal and housing loans, leasing facilities and investment products such as fixed deposits, HNB Salary Smart, HNB Savings Plus and children's accounts. Members can further make use of exciting discounts available across HNB's extensive merchant partner network. Additionally, customers are entitled to a lifetime annual fee waiver.
Commenting on the launch, CFA Society Sri Lanka President, Dinesh Warusavitharana, CFA said "We are excited to embark on this initiative with Hatton National Bank as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance member engagement and in particular because this is the first initiative to commemorate our 20th Anniversary. This co-branded card will provide significant value to our members through the wide array of benefits provided. Further, the card offered by the bank is a first of its kind among our peers as it serves the dual purpose of functioning as a mode of payment and identification”
All members of the society will also be invited to the exclusive HNB Priority Circle which offers its customers exclusive services from a dedicated travel concierge service, two complimentary airport lounge visits each year, exclusive life and motor insurance packages and many more.
Founded in 2001, CFA Society of Sri Lanka is an association of local investment professionals that promote the highest ethical standards and professional excellence within the local investment community. The society’s membership consists of over 230 members employed across industries such as portfolio management, equity markets, banking, Investment advisory and regulatory authorities. The society has strived to uplift the capital market industry standards while promoting value to its membership. CFA Society Sri Lanka marks its 20th anniversary of establishing operations in Sri Lanka this year.
CFA Society Sri Lanka is a member society of CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals that offers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. The CFA® credential is the gold standard in the investment industry. CFA Institute aims to promote best practices which contribute to the ultimate benefit of society through the sustainable value generated by efficient financial markets and effective investment institutions. With over 155,000 CFA charterholders worldwide, gaining over 300,000 candidates annually and having a network of 150+ CFA societies worldwide, it is the world’s largest association of investment professionals.
With 253 customer centers across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka's largest, most technologically innovative banks having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive forward a new paradigm in digital banking. In the recent past, the bank was ranked among the World Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine. HNB has a national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd.
HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020. The bank further won the Award for the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 11th time at the Asian Banker Awards 2020, in recognition of its sustainable growth and continuous improvements in processes, products and services amidst a challenging macroeconomic environment.