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HNB supports CBSL in promoting ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ in Matara

HNB Head of Marketing, Chammika Weerasinghe completing a transaction via HNB SOLO at Silk Republic with HNB Regional Business Head - Southern Region, Rajitha Wijenayake

Supporting the Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL) ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign, HNB conducted an activation programme to encourage the public from the Matara district towards a cashless payment ecosystem, while onboarding merchants in the district to its digital wallet SOLO.

Working in collaboration with financial and telecommunication partners, the Bank participated in a day-long event held at Sanath Jayasuriya Grounds in Matara. Teams from HNB conducted a promotional campaign for HNB SOLO and its many facilities leading up to the event.

“During the early stages of the pandemic, we witnessed an unprecedented shift from customers and merchants, many of whom seamlessly adopted QR-based payments. The launch of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign only hastened the move to a cashless and contactless digital payment ecosystem,” HNB Head of Marketing Chammika Weerasinghe said.

During the promotional period, HNB introduced customers to SOLO and its many facilities, including the option of zero physical contact and increased efficiency on all transactions.

Launched in 2019, SOLO has witnessed a consistently growing customer base with continuous improvements made to the app’s features and functionality by refining its user interface, enabling customers to experience intuitive, easy-to-use and QRbased payments.

Commencing in Matale district last year, the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign has held promotional events in Colombo, Galle and Kandy. The QR- based system allows banks, financial institutions and telecommunication service providers to facilitate fast, secure and affordable digital payments to any merchant or service provider through their digital payment app or platform.

With 252 customer centres 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. Over 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, in addition to winning the coveted Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka Award 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.


HNB SOLO merchant Manoj Rathnapriya presented with a QR code by HNB Matara Customer Center Manager, Duminda Hannagala, as HNB Senior Banking Associate- Matara Customer Center Lakshan Rathnayake looks on.