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Sampath Bank Extends Partnership with Paycorp International to Become First Local Bank to Facilitate Online Payments from Six Major Issuer Networks


Colombo, July 25, 2021: Sampath Bank PLC (“Sampath Bank”) extended its strategic partnership with Paycorp International (Private) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bancstac (“Paycorp International”), to provide Sampath Bank customers with the capability to accept online payments from American Express, Diners Club and Discover Network Cardmembers through Paycorp International’s Internet Payment Gateway (IPG).

Sampath Bank customers can already accept Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay International online payments through the Sampath Payment Gateway. With this partnership, Sampath Bank becomes the first local bank in Sri Lanka to enable its customers to access online payment transactions across these six major issuer networks.

To start accepting online payments for American Express, Diners Club and Discover Network, Sampath Bank customers simply need to apply online for a merchant account with Paycorp International. All applications are independently approved by Paycorp International, and the feature is then automatically enabled for approved merchants. Thereafter, merchants can conveniently access all their online payment transactions across six major issuer networks from the Paycorp International IPG merchant portal. Paycorp International’s pioneering IPG is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Level 1 certified and offers 3D secure certified payment verification (3DS) for added security and protection to businesses and consumers against fraud across all major credit card schemes.

Traditionally, businesses in Sri Lanka had to integrate various payment gateways and technologies to process online payments for different groups of issuer networks. The strategic partnership between Sampath Bank and Paycorp International will significantly simplify online payment transactions for businesses and government agencies across the island, thereby giving a substantial boost to digital commerce in the country. This strategic partnership supports Sampath Bank’s continued efforts to accelerate the pace of acceptance, adoption and integration of innovative digital payment solutions in line with the Government and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s efforts to implement new technologies to strengthen the payments and settlements infrastructure.

Darshin Pathinayake, Head of Card Centre, Sampath Bank, said: “At Sampath Bank, we have always strived to leverage emerging technologies to deliver innovative solutions that transform Sri Lanka’s financial services landscape and add more value to the nation. Empowering businesses with the necessary finances and the right solutions through every stage of their growth journey remains one of our key areas of focus. We have continued to enable businesses to take their first steps into the world of digital commerce. We are excited to expand our partnership with Paycorp International to enhance our customers’ payment acceptance capabilities. Sampath Bank business and government customers can now seamlessly accept payments from six of the world’s major issuers, which will help drive sales and business growth. This is yet another innovative solution to have been developed through our longstanding partnership with Paycorp International. We invite businesses of all sizes to simplify the payments processes on their e-commerce portals.”

Evan Lau, Director, Bancstac, said: “We are excited to strengthen our partnership with Sampath Bank and deliver our online payment acceptance capability for American Express, Diners Club and Discover Network to Sampath Bank’s customers. We are committed to a vision of modernising Sri Lanka’s digital payment economy by delivering frictionless payment experiences to businesses, government and the community.”

Businesses can view their Sampath Payment Gateway transactions using the Paycorp International IPG merchant portal to generate consolidated transaction reports and submit requests to void or refund transactions. Additional value-added features available to merchants include leveraging tokenisation for recurring transactions and creating single-use payment links, that can be attached to invoices, as well as shared over SMS or email. Merchants can also sell from anywhere on the island and process card payments using the hosted payment page from their mobile phone.

About Sampath Bank

Sampath Bank is a 100% local bank that has deeply rooted itself in the hearts of the people of Sri Lanka. Established in 1987, the bank has become a state-of-the-art financial institution that continues to be a market leader today thanks to its constant innovation and customer focused approach to business. It has introduced many firsts to the Sri Lankan banking sector including the introduction of ATMs to Sri Lanka, extended banking hours and slip-less banking to name a few. The Bank continues to steadily transform itself into a technologydriven financial services provider whilst keeping true to local traditions and values.

About Paycorp International

Headquartered in Colombo, Paycorp International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bancstac. Paycorp International is a PCI DSS Level 1 certified payment processor, payment aggregator and technology innovation company. As a Bancstac group company, Paycorp International partners with banks and assists bank clients with the adoption of digital payment and acceptance capabilities (including global rail schemes, alternative forms of payments, closedloop payment systems, and real-time settlement systems). The Bancstac payment technology platform makes it easy for businesses, governments and communities to facilitate secure ecommerce transactions.