මෙතෙක් කල් සැඟවී තිබූ එම බැංකු ශාඛාවේ ගිණුම් විස්තර වත්මන් ලංකා බැංකු සභාපති රොනල්ඩ් පෙරේරා මහතා විසින් ඊයේ රටට අනාවරණය කරන ලදී.
The Chairman of Bank of Ceylon (BoC) Ronald Perera said,
The BoC branch in Seychelles has 691 customers including Sri Lankans living there and residents and locals in the island. However, the Chairman confirmed that the BoC in Seychelles does not maintain accounts owned by anyone living in Sri Lanka.
The branch is now making operating profits – that is within two years of the opening.
In 2015 the bank earned Rs. 32 million as operating profits and plans to increase it to Rs. 46 million in 2016.
Perera also ruled out any possibility of wrongdoings or misusing the bank for illegal, unethical activities since the branch was opened in January 2014. “We have conducted thorough investigations and there was no evidence to confirm illegal activity or money laundering based on this branch ” he said.
Therefore, there is no reason to close down the branch.
There are eight foreign banks in Seychelles and the competition is growing.
“But it is not a tax haven for dodgers. There are strict banking regulations.” Three senior Sri Lankan officials work in the Victoria branch.
However, the chairman admitted that the adverse publicity in Sri Lanka has affected the business sentiments in the Seychelles branch.
“We have to convince our existing customers that we are going to be there for a long time and attract new customers to do banking with us in the future.
We plan to do a publicity campaign for that,” he said.
දේශ ද්රෝහීන් රට වනසන්නට පැතිරවූ බොරු කන්දරාවේ තවත් බොරුවක් ලැජ්ජා සහගත ලෙසින් මෙසේ අභාවප්රාප්ත වීය.
Sunday Observer 24th April