Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Ltd., established in 1836, provides customized financial services that are designed to benefit the individual consumer, business clients, and the larger community. As the number-one banker in Guyana, GBTI Bank offers everything from small business investment support to retail savings and lending.
When GBTI Bank opened more than 180 years ago as Colonial Bank, it became the first commercial bank in British Guiana. Its corporate offices now are based in Georgetown, and it operates 12 branch locations, all staffed with knowledgeable employees dedicated to excellent customer service. Branches are situated in Port Kaituma, Corriverton, and Lethem, in addition to other communities, making GBTI Bank’s financial services accessible to people throughout Guyana.
As a public company, GBTI Bank has more than 1,800 shareholders. The majority shareholder, Secure International Finance Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of Edward B. Beharry and Company Limited) owns 61 percent of issued shares. The bank employs more than 600 people, providing meaningful employment for hundreds of Guyanese families.
The bank’s mission is to provide individualized, full-fledged financial services that power economic growth and development and transform communities in Guyana. Its range of services includes investment accounts, personal and commercial loan financing, and chequing, savings, and business accounts. For international businesses, GBTI Bank offers electronic payments, foreign currency drafts, and other services through a network of correspondent banks. Customers can transfer money, pay bills, and make financial settlements through GBTI’s online and mobile banking services. VISA credit cards and GBTI Kaieteur debit cards are also available.
GBTI Bank is committed to its customers and the communities it serves. One way the bank gives back is by hosting a summer camp for the children of Early Savers Club members. In addition, the bank is launching a new program in partnership with Guyanese superstars and influencers, including cricketer Shimron Hetmyer, to better connect its brand with the Guyanese people.