Marking an important milestone of its 60 years’ history, People’s Bank began construction of its all-new Head Office building. The Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated the construction by unveiling the ceremonial plaque digitally on May 28, 2021.
The ceremony to mark this event, which was held simultaneously at the Temple Trees and the building site linked seamlessly via digital connectivity, was attended by Ajith Nivard Cabraal – State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reform, Shehan Semasinghe – State Minister of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self-Employment and Business Development, W. D. Lakshman – Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, R. Attygalle – Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Gamini Senerath – Secretary to the Prime Minister, Yoshitha Rajapaksa – Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Sujeewa Rajapakse – Chairman, People’s Bank and members of the Board of Directors.
Ranjith Kodithuwakku – Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager, People’s Bank laid the foundation stone at the building site on Prime Minister’s behalf.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sujeewa Rajapakse, Chairman of People’s Bank stated that the bank is proud to be serving the country without being driven merely by profit motive. He also said that the new building will fulfil a long felt need of People’s Bank for a comprehensive Head Office building.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister acknowledged the pivotal role played by People’s Bank in country’s development by providing services to over 14 million customers which is the largest banking customer base in the country. He also stated that commencement of large scale constructions such as this is a testament to the state’s unwavering commitment to maintain the development drive despite challenges such as COVID 19 pandemic.
The new Head Office building will be constructed utilising state-of-the-art technology in line with the green building concept at No. 374, Dr. Colvin R. De Silva Mawatha, Colombo 02 will consist of 23 floors and 3 basement floors.