Sampath Bank Becomes First Bank to Accept Alipay Payments in Sri Lanka
Mr. Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank PLC exchanging the agreement with Dr. Cherry Huang, General Manager of Alipay Cross-Border Business, South and South East Asia (SSEA) in the presence of representatives from Alipay, Interblocks and Sampath Bank.
From left - Niroshantha Punchihewa, Manager - Electronic Banking, Sampath Bank PLC; Dushyantha Dassanayake, Chief Manager - Electronic Delivery Channels, Sampath Bank PLC; Rajendra Ranasinghe, Assistant General Manager - IT Business Development, Sampath Bank PLC; Shashi Kandambi Jassim, Senior Deputy General Manager - Corporate Banking, Sampath Bank PLC; Tharaka Ranwala, Senior Deputy General Manager - Consumer Banking, Sampath Bank PLC; Melvin Ooi, Country Manager, Alipay; Nanda Fernando, Managing Director (MD), Sampath Bank PLC; Dr. Cherry Huang, General Manager - Cross Boarder Business, South East Asia (SEA), Alipay; Dinesh Rodrigo, Managing Director (MD) / Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Interblocks Ltd.; Mr. Tissa Nanayakkara, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Universal Payments (a subsidiary of Interblocks Ltd.); Dilruckshan Hettiarachchi, Business Development Manager, Interblocks Ltd.; David Chen, Technical Support Adviser, Alipay and Nuwan Wickeramanayake, Manager – System Administration, Sampath Bank PLC
Sampath Bank, one of Sri Lanka’s most innovative banks, has become the first bank in the country to partner with Alipay, the world’s largest online and offline payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group.
This latest partnership will allow Sampath Bank’s local merchant partners to tap in to the multitude of incoming tourists from China and the considerable number of Chinese nationals living and working in Sri Lanka. It will also provide Chinese nationals in the country with greater convenience as they will be able to use Alipay to pay for goods and services in Sri Lanka.
“At Sampath Bank, we continue to leverage emerging technologies to transform the Sri Lankan banking landscape with innovative solutions and offer greater levels of convenience to both businesses and consumers. In line with this, we are delighted to be the first Sri Lankan bank to partner with Alipay and bring their suite of payment solutions to this market. This partnership offers the growing number of Chinese nationals visiting and residing in Sri Lanka a secure and convenient means to pay for their purchases in the island, thereby helping local merchants boost sales volumes and earn more,” said Ajith Salgado, Group Chief Information Officer (CIO),