Commercial Bank’s Fully Owned Subsidiary Commex Inaugurated In Italy

November 28, 2016

Commex Sri Lanka S.R.L., a fully-owned subsidiary of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has inaugurated its money transfer operation in Italy, following the grant of a Money Transfer Licence from the Bank of Italy.

Sri Lanka’s benchmark private sector bank said Commex Sri Lanka S.R.L. of Via Giacomo Leopardi, Rome, incorporated and registered in Italy under the supervision of the Bank of Italy, had received the necessary regulatory approvals from both countries to engage in fund transfers on its own from a market that generates an estimated about Rs 3 billion in remittances to Sri Lanka per month.

Commercial Bank is the first Sri Lankan bank to open a company in Italy for money transfer operations.

“We are delighted to launch the Commex operation as a fully-owned Sri Lankan Exchange House offering money transfer facilities,” Commercial Bank’s Managing Director/CEO Mr Jegan Durairatnam said. “The company was incorporated for that purpose, recognising the potential in Italy for remittance services to Sri Lanka.”

He said the Bank plans overtime, to open branches in other Italian cities with high potential for money transfer services to Sri Lanka.

Italy is one of the biggest markets for Sri Lankan migrants with an estimated 150,000 Sri Lankans living and working there. The monthly value of fund inflows to the country from Italy is in the region of about Rs3 billion, the Bank said.

Commercial Bank is one of the first Sri Lankan banks to establish money transfer facilities in Italy, which led to many Sri Lankans who had previously used informal channels to remit money to Sri Lanka using the Bank’s e-Exchange remittance service instead, and prompted the Bank’s decision to incorporate its own subsidiary for money transfer services.

Commercial Bank has also tied up with international money transfer services Ria and MoneyGram offering Sri Lankan expatriates additional ways of remitting their earnings to Sri Lanka, supplementing the services already offered through its own money transfer product e Exchange. The tie up with MoneyGram and Ria permits remittances to all parts of the world through Commex.

Commercial Bank is one of the most active players in Sri Lanka in the field of remittances, offering customers a range of options. Remitters can send money even without having an account in the Bank. The Bank has its own Business Promotion Officers (BPOs) in key markets around the world where significant numbers of Sri Lankans are employed.

The only Sri Lankan bank to be ranked among the Top 1000 banks of the world for six years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 251 branches and 650 ATMs in Sri Lanka. The Bank has won multiple awards as Sri Lanka’s Best Bank, Best Trade Bank, Strongest Bank, Most Respected Bank from a number of local and international institutions and publications over several years and has also been adjudged one of Sri Lanka’s 10 best corporate citizens by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce for several years.

Besides Italy, Commercial Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the Bank operates 18 outlets, Myanmar, where it has a Representative Office in Yangon and the Maldives, where the Bank opened a fully-fledged Tier I Bank in September 2016.


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