Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited has a rich and successful history of over 170 years that began with the establishment of the first commercial bank in British Guiana, the Colonial Bank, in May 1836, continuing with the operations of Barclays PLC.
In 1987 the assets and liabilities of Barclays PLC were acquired by the Government of Guyana and renamed Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited, whose doors were opened to the public on 1st December 1987. In January 1990 G.B.T.I. merged with Republic Bank (Guyana) Ltd. formerly Chase Manhattan Bank N.A, and in 1991 the Bank was privatised. With over 1,800 shareholders, the majority shareholder of the Bank is Secure International Finance Company Inc. with 61% of the issued shares.
Today, GBTI provides an extensive range of services to its corporate and individual clients through its Corporate Office and nine (9) countrywide branches – personal savings, business and investment accounts; personal, housing and business financing; GBTI Local Dollar Credit Cards and VISA International Credit Cards.
The Bank also provides other services such as Direct Banking and Debit Cards; a countrywide network of ATMs, Point of Sale Terminals; money transfer, letters of credit, bills collection and discounting, and pre-export trade financing.