Central Bank to introduce mobile app to facilitate foreign remittances

The Working Committee appointed by the Central Bank to study and suggest new remittance channels for Sri Lanka and to make recommendations on reducing the cost of remitting money, has proposed the implementation of a National Remittance Mobile Application titled “SL-Remit” to attract more remittances to Sri Lanka.

This committee was put together having identified the need to introduce new and low-cost remittance channels with the objective of increasing the inflows of foreign remittances while discouraging the use of informal channels.

The committee compromised of experienced professionals from Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, Sampath Bank PLC, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, Hatton National Bank PLC, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), Cargills Bank Ltd, Dialog Axiata PLC, Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd and the Central Bank.

The proposed mobile application will contain features such as self-registration of users, the ability to link to global money transfer operators and global FinTechs to facilitate remittances from any country and instant fund transfer to any bank account/mobile wallet in Sri Lanka.

Additionally, the application would include value-added services such as direct bill payments, attractive foreign exchange rates and low transaction fees.

The Central Bank said it will now implement the “SL-Remit” mobile application with the assistance of stakeholders, including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka Banks’ Association, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and LankaClear (Pvt) Ltd.

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