First branch of Banka Kombëtare Tregtare was established in Durrës on 29 November 1925, in the historical building where today’s BKT Durrës Branch is situated. This building actually represents the oldest Albanian financial institution in the country.
Banka Kombëtare Tregtare, with today’s name, was established in January 1993, after the merging of the Albanian Commercial Bank and the National Bank of Albania.
Since the privatization, with its stable performance BKT is evaluated with different prizes on national and international levels, among which several times as “The best Bank of the Year” in Albania from The Banker Magazine, “The Best Bank in Albania” from EMEA Finance and Euromoney, “The best medium sized bank in South-eastern Europe” and also achieving its highest evaluation as “The Best Bank in South East Europe for 2009”. BKT is rated with AAA (Alb) as a high-level investment and Corporate Governance from JCR Eurasia Rating.
Actually Banka Kombëtare Tregtare is the largest and the oldest commercial bank in Albania.