The globally-respected UK magazine ‘The Banker’ has once again included the Commercial Bank of Ceylon in its prestigious ‘Top 1000 World Banks’ ranking, making Commercial Bank the only Sri Lankan bank to be ranked among the elite global giants in banking for 12 consecutive years.

This ranking of the global who’s who of banking is based primarily on Tier I capital, a principal indicator to measure a bank’s financial health.

“These are the most adverse times in memory for banks in Sri Lanka, with the country’s unique issues compounding the continuing impacts of two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. In that context, our achievement of being ranked among the world’s top 1,000 banks for the 12th successive year assumes even greater significance,” Commercial Bank Managing Director and CEO Sanath Manatunge said.“This reaffirms the remarkable consistency of the Bank as well as its ability to maintain strong fundamentals in the face of daunting external challenges.”

Commenting on the 2022 ranking, The Banker said: “It has been another turbulent year for the global economy and the banking sector. Yet both have remained remarkably resilient, in no small part due to government and central bank fiscal support programmes. Global aggregate tier 1 capital and assets have continued their onward march upwards. Global pre-tax profits have also bounced back from their slump last year. But the aggregate figures mask some significant regional and country-specific variations. China remains strong, the US has bounced back, for Europe challenges remain. The question now is how the world’s banks will fare as we enter a new period of economic turbulence, with interest rates rising and stimulus being unwound.”

The top five global banks heading The Banker’s list for 2022 are ICBC, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China and JP Morgan Chase & Co. Commercial Bank of Ceylon is ranked at No 930.