The roots of Banka Kombëtare Tregtare are found on November 29th 1925 with the establishment of the first branch in the historical building in Durrës that represents also the oldest Albanian financial institution in the country. BKT, with today’s name, was established in January 1993 by the joint venture of Banka Tregtare Shqiptare with Banka Kombëtare e Shqipërisë. BKT was registered as shareholder in 1997, and today is the largest and the oldest bank in Albania.
BKT accomplished its privatization process in the year 2000 and on June 30th 2009, Çalık Holding became the only shareholder of BKT.
Having a consolidated capital structure and with extensive and dynamic competitive advantages, BKT began a new phase of growth and sustained success. Being the oldest bank and the first provider of financial services in the country, BKT has deep-rooted experience, in-depth local knowledge, a solid corporate culture and a more innovative approach to support its vision.
With its stable performance BKT is highly evaluated with different prestigious awards on national and international levels, receiving consistently all three major awards in the banking industry:
“The Best Bank in Albania” – 7 times from Euromoney;
“Best Local Bank in Albania” – 9 consecutive times from EMEA Finance;
“Bank of the Year in Albania” – 9 times from The Banker;
“The Best Bank in Albania” for 2019 – from Global Finance
Another important evaluation comes from JCR-Euroasia, one of the most prestigious rating agencies in the world, reconfirming BKT rating of AAA (Alb) for the 9th year in a row.
Going forward confidently on the path of sustainable growth, BKT continues to offer products, services and innovative solutions by adding value for a wide customer base through a strong platform of services with its 94 branches in Albania and Kosovo. Understanding our customer needs and adapting the digital transformation of our banking services in line with this comprehension, will help BKT to be far closer to its clients and deepen their trust and confidence. Focused on the ongoing dedication to the highest standards of excellence, BKT will continue dominating the market and being the most profitable company in Albania.