The world-renowned ‘Global Finance Magazine’ recently recognized and awarded Amãna Bank as the Best Up-and-Comer Islamic Bank of the World. Amãna Bank’s Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Azmeer received the award from Global Finance at the 18th Annual, World’s Best Banks Award Ceremony 2014 held in Washington DC, USA, which coincided with the annual IMF and World Bank Conference in the same location. The Annual Global Finance World’s Best Banks Award Ceremony recognizes and awards the Best Central Banks, Best Islamic Financial Institutions, Best Investment Banks, World’s Safest Banks and Best Banks by country, region and globally. Apart from winning the award for the Best Up and Coming Islamic Bank of the World, Amãna Bank was also recognized under the Country award category as the Best Islamic Finance Institution in Sri Lanka.
Collecting the accolades at the award ceremony, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Azmeer said “We are truly honoured by this award. Amãna Bank operating in Sri Lanka being recognized as the Best Up and Coming Islamic Bank of the World is truly significant considering that Muslims represent only 10% of the country’s population. Since the Banks inception in August 2011, we have been committed to drive the unique value proposition offered by the Islamic Banking model to all Sri Lankans. It is this focus which has resulted in the exceptional growth we have witnessed at Amãna Bank which in turn has brought us this prestigious award and recognition.”
Mr Azmeer further said “Our progress is the result of the overwhelming confidence placed on us by our customers which have been earned through the teamwork and dedication from every single employee of the Bank right up to the Corporate Management along with the direction of the Board towards driving the Bank and its Model to its full potential. With the grace of the Almighty and support from all stakeholders, we will continue to make strong strides forward making a real impact on the country’s economy by enabling growth and enriching lives”
These two accolades by Amãna Bank reflect the growth the Bank has showcased during the last few years. In 2013 alone customer financing recorded a triple-digit growth of 109.6% when the industry growth was 8.8%. During the first 3 quarters of 2014 customer financing has further grown by 31.0% performing well above the industry, which recorded a negative growth of 0.45% for the first 2 quarters of the year. With the introduction of new product and service offerings, the Bank’s deposits portfolio also recorded a commendable growth of 35.2% in 2013 and 46.3% during the first 3 quarters of 2014 surpassing the industry growth rates of 15% in 2013 and 5% in the first 2 quarters of 2014.
All Global Finance award winners are picked through a rigorous process of extensive consultations with bankers, corporate finance executives and analysts throughout the world. Global Finance is a monthly magazine founded in 1987 and boasts of circulation of over 50,000 in 163 countries. Its headquarters is in New York, with offices in London, Rio de Janeiro and Milan
Amãna Bank is the first Licensed Commercial Bank in Sri Lanka to operate in complete harmony with the non-interest based Islamic banking model. Powered by the stability and the support of its strategic shareholders, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, The Islamic Development Bank based in Saudi Arabia and AB Bank in Bangladesh, Amãna Bank is making inroads within the Sri Lankan banking industry and is focused on capitalizing the growing market potential for the unique banking model across the country.