3 - Hatton National Bank
I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the 4,000+ family of HNB whose contribution and teamwork made this possible. We are pleased and humbled by retaining third place ranking for the second year in a row. We believe that the two companies ahead of us are true role models for all corporates and the banking industry. We will continue our game changer journey of digital transformation that we commenced three years back driving customer centricity in our branches and operational excellence at the centre. With people and technology at the heart of everything we do, I have no doubt our bold transformational vision we have for 2020 will propel us to become the Number One institution in the near future.
I would like to thank all our stakeholders, in particular, our customers, many of the corporate customers are here today if you're not already banking with us I'm sure we can strike up a conversation later on today, the two million plus depositors who place their faith in our institution day after day, and the hundreds and thousands of micro finance and SME customers spread across the country who are our true partners in progress. The HNB Team for their support, continuous improvement and changed journey and of course the board ably led by our chairman who has provided inspirational leadership to raise the bar every year.
Our goals are closely aligned with the nation, partnering infrastructure development, driving entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, reducing the informal economy through digital channels, flag bearer for green business, are key mutual strategic drivers. We are extremely optimistic of a prosperous future for Sri Lanka and we will continue to partner sustainable and inclusive growth.