Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific



DFCC Bank of Sri Lanka


Rationale for theADFIAP Logo 2006

The ADFIAP logo 2006 is a composition of several elements that embody the culture and sprit of Sri Lanka. It is a composit of a Lotus flower, a Blue Water Lily, a Lion and sheaves of rice grain.

The  story behind the Lotus is as big as the flower itself. The fact that such a beautiful flower can be born in the mud, is symbolic of how purity has to defeat the base human nature it is entrenched in. Each of the seven flowers newborn Prince Siddhartha stepped on, were lotuses. So today, in addition to being considered the most acceptable and purest sacrifice at a temple, lotus flowers are an essential part of every important ceremony in Sri Lanka.

The Lion’s meaning to the Sri Lankans goes deeper than its pride and leadership. The 2000-year-old Sri Lankan race itself was named after the lion.  The lion with an unsheathed sword has been placed in the center of the lotus flower, so as a whole it embodies what it is to be born a Sri Lankan. It is a way of life that will always be peaceful, gentle, rich in color and in culture, but fearless at heart.

Sheaves of rice grain cradling the logo embody the key sustaining forces of a country where rice farming is second nature. Prosperity is associated with the fatness of the rice grains. The way all grains lean toward the stalk symbolize togetherness. 

The Blue Water Lily, one of the most beautiful of flowers has long been associated with Sri Lankan folk life. The women in the Sigiriya frescos, perhaps best bring out this close age-old association. Seen in shallow waterways all over the country, the water lily has carried with it a character of playfulness, and the beauty of being Sri Lankan. Traditionally kept under the pillow for sweet dreams, this national flower of Sri Lanka has been placed under the logo, to once more scent a dream of a different kind.



January 16, 2006

Administrative Arrangements

The Opening Ceremonies of the Annual Conference is scheduled to begin at 0830 hrs on Wednesday, 10 May 2006, at the Oak Room of Cinnamon Grand Hotel.  Delegates are requested to register starting 0800 hrs prior to the start of the Opening Ceremonies if they have not done so upon arrival.