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HNBA and HNBGI Advocates better Financial Literacy

HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance recently held a workshop partnering Mr. Ravi Abeysuriya, CFA to present and distribute his latest book, "Financial Literacy - to achieve your financial wellbeing." This collaboration aims to promote financial literacy and empower individuals to make informed financial decisions to secure a prosperous future. Mr. Ravi Abeysuriya, a Non-executive / Independent Director of the HNB Assurance PLC board, is a veteran in the field of Banking and Finance. He Chairs and presides on the boards and committees of multiple organizations and was honorably named “Lifetime Achievement” award laureate by CFA Institute, USA in 2017 for his outstanding work and dedication to the investment management profession. Sharing his thoughts at the presentation and distribution event of his book, he opined, "Firstly, I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Management of HNBA and HNBGI for their invaluable partnership in propagating this message of financial literacy, empowering a wider audience to shape their financial destinies.” Sri Lanka has the highest gap between print literacy and financial literacy in the region. On Average, 65% of the adults in advanced economies are financially literate. South Asia records the lowest percentage of financial literacy, with Sri Lanka coming in at about 35%. "Numerous studies have indicated that insurance penetration is among the most reliable indicators of financial literacy in any society. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka currently exhibits a penetration of less than 2%, reflecting a significant disparity in comparison to the global average," highlighted Mr. Abeysuriya, shedding light on the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka. While encouraging the participants to read and understand the book “Financial Literacy - to achieve your financial wellbeing," Mr. Abeysuriya emphasized the importance of equipping oneself with the knowledge and skills contained within the book to make informed and pertinent financial decisions. "Comprehending how money works and effectively managing personal finances are crucial steps toward attaining financial stability. Budgeting, planning, investing, asset accumulation and managing borrowings are practices adopted by successful organizations. Similarly, it is important that we apply these skills to our personal lives as well, equipping ourselves with the necessary knowledge and empowering ourselves to make sound financial decisions based on our current financial needs.” The presentation and distribution event was graced by esteemed guests including the Chairman, Director General and other members of the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (IRCSL), the CEO of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) along with the Chairperson, CEOs and Senior Management and members of the advisory teams from both HNBA and HNBGI. The Chief guest of the event Mr. Razik Zarook PC, Chairman of the IRCSL sharing his views at the event stated, "I am deeply honored to be a part of this significant and momentous occasion today. The principles of financial management, articulated in the 'Sigalovada Sutta' of the Digha Nikaya almost 2500 years ago continue to hold relevance even in today's complex economic landscape. I can’t think of a better way to create awareness among people than going back to the words of the Exalted one, the principles of whom, I’m certain this book encapsulates.”

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Apr

HNB Assurance Strengthens Presence with Relocation of Branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">HNB Assurance PLC, is delighted to announce the relocation of its branches to prime locations in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya. These strategic moves reflect on the company's intention to enhancing accessibility and service delivery to customers in key regions across the island. Providing convenient access to its comprehensive range of insurance products and services, including protection, health, savings, retirement and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:150%;mso-spacerun:yes;"> </span><span style="line-height:150%;">MRP has contributed to the progress of the company, showcasing a 20% year on year growth continuously over the past three years.&nbsp;</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, expressing his thoughts at the branch openings, stated, “The decision to relocate our branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya was driven by our strategic vision to position ourselves in key high-traffic areas, enabling us to foster deeper connections with our customers and offer tailored insurance solutions that safeguard what matters most to them. As we embark on this journey of growth, our branch network remains integral, serving as the bedrock to our customer-centric approach. I have full confidence that these new locations will not only amplify our presence but also elevate the level of service we provide to the local communities."</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Harindra Ramasinghe, Chief Business Officer – Advisor Distribution Channel, emphasized the significance of the relocations in enhancing customer experience. "At HNB Assurance, we are constantly striving to exceed customer expectations and deliver exceptional value. Last year, we were honored for our pioneering Insurance Distribution initiative at the prestigious Emerging Asia Insurance Awards, a recognition which underscores our commitment not only to expansion but also for being innovative with our Distribution Strategy. The relocation of our branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya enables us to build closer relationships with our customers and provide them with unparalleled support and assistance. With a branch network of 69 branches and an advisor force in excess of 3500, the advisor distribution channel at HNBA has consistently displayed growth and innovation. I extend my heartfelt appreciation for the dedication and hard work of our teams and convey my best wishes for success to both branch teams.”</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">The Nugegoda branch is now located at 69, S da S Jayasingha Mawatha, Kohuwala, Nugegoda, while the Nuwara Eliya branch has been relocated to 31/1/1, Lowson Street, Nuwara Eliya.&nbsp;</span></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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Mar

HNB Assurance Hosts Liya Harasara Event in Pujapitiya

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance PLC, recently organized a special event in celebration of International Women's Day, in Pujapitiya, Kandy. The event, which took place in collaboration with the Pujapitiya Provincial Council, aimed to empower and inspire women in the local community.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">The event marked the launch of the 12th edition of “Liya Harasara”, an annual initiative dedicated to acknowledging and supporting the contributions of women along with the remarkable essence of womanhood, while celebrating International Women’s Day. Additionally, "Liya Harasara" seeks to recognize the achievements of women across various fields and foster an environment of empowerment and inclusivity.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Featuring insightful sessions facilitated by distinguished individuals in their respective fields, Apsari Tillakaratne, addressed the gathering and shared personal insights from her life on how to overcome challenges. Sunethra Kumari shared her expertise, providing valuable insights into beauty and self-care practices while W.M. Sarani Pushpakumara, delivered an informative session on the importance of nutrition for overall well-being.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Attendees from the vicinity of Pujapitiya had the opportunity to engage with the facilitators, learn from their expertise, and participate in discussions aimed at promoting women's empowerment and holistic well-being. The event served as a platform for women to connect, share experiences and inspire each other towards personal and professional growth.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance remains committed to supporting initiatives that promote gender equality, empower women and contribute to the well-being of communities across Sri Lanka. Additionally, the company also offers special benefits to females for new policies obtained during the month of March and April, 2024.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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Mar

HNB Assurance Celebrates First Anniversary of Empowering Women with In.She

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance PLC proudly celebrated the first anniversary of its groundbreaking women empowerment program, In.she. This initiative, designed to uplift and support women within both the insurance industry and the company, aims to foster gender equality and diversity.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Launched on March 8<sup>th</sup>, 2023, in celebration of International Women's Day, In.she has exemplified HNB Assurance's commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and empowering women to excel in their careers. The program's first-year celebration, held at the Royal MAS Arena, set the stage for a continued journey of empowerment and growth.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">In recognition of its efforts, HNB Assurance was recognized as one of the female-friendly workplaces to work in 2023, a testament to the company's support for women's advancement and well-being.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">The first anniversary celebration, themed "Glamor Galore," showcased a fashion show featuring designs and models from within the company's talented staff. Additionally, a panel discussion was hosted during the event, featuring esteemed personalities such as Yureni Noshika, Chathurika Peries, Ruchira Karunarathne and Dilini Jayasuriya.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, sharing his thoughts at the first year anniversary of In.She, stated, "</span> <span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">At HNB Assurance, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where every individual, irrespective of gender, has the opportunity to excel. However, we must acknowledge that there are specific challenges that disproportionately impact women due to social and cultural factors, a key feature of our In.She program is to address and overcome these obstacles by providing support and resources required."</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Mr.</span> <span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Navin Rupasinghe, Head of Human Resources / Assistant General Manager of HNBA, added, "Our journey with In.She has been incredibly rewarding and we are thrilled to celebrate its first anniversary. Through this program, we have witnessed the remarkable potential of our female workforce. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the In.She team for their efforts and passion in driving this initiative, let me also remind and emphasize that the management stands firmly behind this endeavor, offering complete support to ensure its continued success.”</span><o:p></o:p></p>

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