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Nations Trust Bank American Express integrates with Mastercard Payment Gateway Services

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From left to right: Safraz Razeek - Senior Manager - E-Commerce Cards (NTB), Ashan Wikramanayake - Assistant Vice President - Cards (NTB), Niluka Gunatilake - Senior Vice President - Cards & Consumer Assets (NTB), Sandun Hapugoda - Country Manager, Sri Lanka and Maldives (Mastercard), Chamara Perera – Group Head of Information Technology (Srilankan Airlines Ltd), Shashi Madanayaka – Manager, Account Management (Mastercard), Priyanga Weeraratne -Manager Passenger Services & Cargo Systems (Srilankan Airlines Ltd).

Offers flexible payment solutions to meet merchants’ needs across channels and markets

Nations Trust Bank American Express today announced the acceptance of American Express, Diners Club and Discover cards on the Mastercard Payment Gateway Services (MPGS) platform for the first time in Sri Lanka. The MPGS technology platform enables convenient and safe payment options to all cardholders whilst providing amazing benefits to merchant partners.

The tie up with MPGS increases the acceptance network of American Express, Diners Club and Discover on local e-commerce platforms. This means that Nations Trust Bank American Express Cardmembers can now benefit from enhanced digital security as well as the added convenience of wider access to merchants and channels, which becomes increasingly relevant in the current backdrop of predominantly online transactions.

Niluka Gunatilake, Head of Cards at Nations Trust Bank commented on the partnership. “Our partnership with Mastercard Payment Gateway Services (MPGS) adds value for both our merchant partners and cardholders, bringing them convenience and safety. Cardholders will be exposed to elevated, secure, reliable and fast digital payment processes whilst e-commerce platforms will enjoy improved stability and security with the range of value-added services covered by the MPGS platform. As a Bank that stays abreast of the latest technologies and advances in the field, we are proud to continue to bring timely cutting-edge technology for our cardholders and partners,” he said.

Merchants partnering with Nations Trust Bank are able to provide a seamless, enhanced user experience for their customers with a wide range of features driving digital payments and increasing reach and revenue. Tokenization and recurring payments, API integrations, Batch Process Payments, along with SDK implementations for Mobile Apps, Express checkout, Lightbox features and 3DS 2.0 capabilities for card authorization on API transactions are among the benefits merchants will receive.

Commenting on this partnership, Sandun Hapugoda, Country Manager – Sri Lanka & Maldives, Mastercard said, “As acceptance of digital payments continues to grow across the country, Mastercard remains committed to support its partners by offering innovative solutions that not only enhance the customer experience, but also further strengthen the partnership itself. Mastercard Payment Gateway Services enable merchants to accept digital payments quickly, safely, and conveniently, thereby helping support the Government and Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s vision of accelerating digital payments across the island.”

Nations Trust Bank, driven to simplify banking for customers, offers digital banking experiences designed to transcend difficulties. With the exponential growth of e-commerce and online transactions, the Bank has invested heavily in a best-in-class platform, online security and cutting-edge technology to cover the entire customer journey. It is this insight that enabled Nations Trust Bank to successfully respond to the pandemic giving customers a host of options to bank from home, maintaining social distance.

Chamara Perera, Group Head of Information Technology of SriLankan Airlines commented “We’re excited to be one of the first partners to go live with the Mastercard Payment Gateway System at Nations Trust Bank, allowing an enhanced user experience for our passengers when they book flights using their American Express, Diners and Discover cards. These value-added features will not only increase convenience but also provide our passengers with an additional layer of security and safety to their digital transactions.”



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Wing Commander (Retd.) D. Pradeep S. Kannangara elected president, Industrial Security Foundation

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The Industrial Security Foundation (ISF) which acts as the sole organization in Sri Lanka to represent the Private Security industry having incorporated by an Act passed in the Parliament, Act No. 51 of 1999, elected Wing Commander (Retd.) Pradeep Kannangara as its President for the years 2022/2023 at its 30th annual General Meeting which was held at the PIM Auditorium in Borella. Wing Commander Pradeep Kannangara was appointed President while 14 other members were appointed to the Executive Committee, strengthening the ISF in order to drive and uplift the standards of the private security industry in Sri Lanka.

He has served on the ExCo consecutively since 2012 under four different presidents where he held the positions of Senior Vice President during the last three consecutive years. He has also been a committed member of the ISF and was awarded prestigious coveted FISF title due to his many valuable contributions to the organization and the Private Security Industry in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Wing Commander Kannangara’s journey into private security began after a successful career in the Sri Lanka Air Force for over 24 years where he served in many capacities finally being the Officer Commanding of the Special Air Borne Force. A recipient of the Ranasura Padakkama (RSP) Gallantry award for his bravery, sacrifices and service to the nation by the President of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in 1990. He holds a Master’s in business management from the Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia too and serves as a Board Director in AB Securitas (Private) Limited in Sri Lanka and AB Securitas Bangladesh Limited.

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Kitchen & Bedroom reaffirms its partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka

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(L-R) Pawan Singh- General Manager Sales & Marketing at Hafele Sri Lanka, Jurgen Wolf- Managing Director Hafele South Asia, Dr. Sacquaff- Group CEO Kitchen & Bedroom, and Manish Mahajan, Director Sales Hafele South Asia

Kitchen & Bedroom, a name synonymous in the interior designing and furniture sector in the country recently celebrated its long-standing partnership with Häfele Sri Lanka during the latter’s 12th year anniversary celebratory event, reaffirming its ambitious plans to further strengthen and explore the numerous opportunities available here.

Häfele Sri Lanka, part of Häfele India which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hafele Global network, is a technology partner for various projects and initiatives of Kitchen & Bedroom. Both the companies operate in the interior design space, sharing their cumulative knowledge and expertise to provide extensive and personalized solutions catering to domestic requirements.

‘We take great pride in our association with Häfele Sri Lanka having exchanged and collaborated on many projects both commercial and household. We share similar values such as providing high quality, sustainable, functional and customized solutions to our customers, and most importantly to guide them through every aspect and step of the project and how best we could bring out their desired design,’ said Dr. Sacquaff, Kitchen & Bedroom Group CEO.

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DSI strengthens its islandwide presence with three new showrooms

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Amid the prevailing economic hardships faced by Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s premier footwear brand DSI recently expanded its islandwide presence in the country with the opening of three new showrooms in Kahawatta, Akuressa, and Chavakachcheri, with the aim of offering greater access to its diversified product range to a wider customer base.

Gracing the special occasion, the showrooms were declared open by D. Samson & Sons (Pvt.) Ltd. Managing Director Thusitha Rajapaksa, in the presence of Director Asanka Rajapaksa, General Manager Pradeep Samarathunga, National Sales Manager – Retail Sales Naleen Weerawardana, invitees, and well-wishers.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thusitha Rajapaksa stated: “We are excited about expanding DSI wings to three new locations. Despite the ongoing economic conditions of the country, we took a call to take a proactive measure to expand our islandwide presence. While it has been a challenge, the commitment and hard work of our team has made it possible to serve our loyal customers better, and we are confident that we will be able to continue these efforts in the future as well.”

DSI is renowned for its well-trained staff who offer exceptional customer service. The three new DSI showrooms prioritize providing a unique service and customer support to make purchasing further convenient for the customer.

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