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The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (known for short as GBTI) is the top bank in Guyana. It offers more than 12 different branch locations and employs more than 600 employees in the country.

GBTI offers a number of useful, modern services for its customers. These include loan options, personal finance tools, and electronic and mobile banking options. Electronic banking offers the accessibility and convenience of GBTI from the comfort of your own home or mobile device, without the need to come into a branch to take care of your financial needs.

Here are some of the reasons to choose electronic banking with GBTI. …


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As the largest lender to Guyana’s agricultural industry, GBTI has extensive experience supporting and working with the farmers responsible for producing the country’s most important crop: rice. Through its specially designed Rice Farming Loan program, GBTI offers accessible financial support tailored to the unique needs of enterprises involved in every step of the rice farming and production process.

For entrepreneurs who are thinking about entering the rice sector, one of the most popular types of businesses to consider is a rice mill. A crucial step in rice post-production, rice milling can offer significant opportunities without the high levels of risk that some other areas of rice production involve. …


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In this article, we explore the history and origins of Guyana’s Afro-Guyanese population, looking at their history in the country and the key members of the Afro-Guyanese community.

They were transported from the west coast of Africa to work on local sugar plantations.

Historians are unclear about when the first enslaved Africans arrived in Guyana, although it is believed that Dutch settlers brought the first group when migrating from Tobago in the mid-17th Century.

As more plantations were built along Guyana’s coast, an increasing number of African slaves were brought in from West Africa by the West India Company.

When the slave ships arrived at various ports in Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice, planters came from across Guyana to bid on slaves at auctions. Friends, relatives, husbands, wives, and even entire families were commonly separated from one another and sold to different plantations. …


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If you’re planning a trip abroad this year, you might want to think about adding a GBTI VISA Travel Classic Card to your packing checklist. A personalized, prepaid credit card specially designed for international use, the GBTI VISA Travel Classic Card is a convenient and affordable tool that can help you manage your finances and your spending while traveling overseas.

If you’re new to the idea of prepaid credit cards, read on to learn more about how they work, the benefits they offer, and what you should think about when traveling with one.

What is a prepaid travel credit card?

As the name implies, a prepaid travel credit card is a card that you can load with a set cash balance before taking off on your travels. Once you’ve purchased the card and put your chosen balance on it (the GBTI card, for example, can be loaded with any amount between USD $50 and $5,000), you can then use the card in the same ways that you would use a regular credit or debit card, like to make in-person or online purchases or to withdraw cash at ATMs. …


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When it comes to buying a new car, there are all kinds of things to think about and plan for. Fortunately, securing financing doesn’t need to be one of your worries. GBTI, Guyana’s leading indigenous bank, makes purchasing your new vehicle convenient with its standard Automobile Loan Plan with great rates, fast approvals, and numerous other benefits.

Some other matters related to your vehicle purchase, however, will require a bit more research and planning. Taking your new car for a test drive, for example, is something you’ll want to prepare carefully for in order to make the most of it. …


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Getting your first credit card is an exciting milestone, but it’s also a step that comes with a great deal of responsibility. While having a credit card can offer users many benefits, including laying a foundation for a strong and secure financial future, it’s important for first-time users to understand how to manage their card to prevent this highly useful tool from becoming a financial liability.

If you’re about to apply for or have recently received your first credit card, read on for a look at some tips that can help you make sure you’re using it to your advantage.

Understand the true importance of a credit card.

A credit card isn’t simply a piece of plastic that can make your shopping trips more convenient-it’s actually an important, and potentially easy, way to build your credit history and grow your credit scores. …


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Did you know that Guyana is one of the largest sugar producers in the Caribbean region? Together with rice, another hugely important Guyanese crop, sugarcane has been a critical part of Guyana’s agriculture industry-and the country’s economic development overall-for many years. As the sugarcane sector has grown, it has received strong backing from financial institutions such as GBTI, which is proud to support the sector through its agricultural loans geared toward sugarcane farming and other sugar production activities.

If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, read on for some fascinating facts about sugarcane and Guyana’s sugar industry.

All fruits and vegetables contain sugar.

The carbohydrate sucrose, more commonly known as sugar, occurs naturally in every type of fruit and vegetable. This is because all plants transform the sun’s energy into food through photosynthesis; the food resulting from this process takes the form of sucrose, which serves as the plant’s energy store. …


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Often referred to as the “breadbasket of the Caribbean,” Guyana has a robust and diverse agriculture industry that encompasses a broad range of activities, from rice farming to aquaculture. In addition to making significant contributions to Guyana’s domestic food security and nutrition, the agriculture industry is vitally important to the country’s economic development. Today, it accounts for about one-third of Guyana’s GDP and 30 percent of its employment.

Given the major role that agriculture plays in Guyana, it’s hardly surprising that the country dedicates an entire month every year to the celebration of all things agriculture.

Held in October, Guyana’s annual Agriculture Month is an opportunity for people to learn more about the current state of agriculture in the country, celebrate recent achievements and successes, and get a sneak peek at the future of the industry. …


STUDENTS of Grades 9 and 10 will have an opportunity to win a computer, printer and other tech prizes in the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry/BrainCentral Math and English online Olympiad this month.

This online competition is being held in commemoration of Education Month and endorsed by the Ministry of Education with media support from the National Communications Network.

Students and parents are asked to go to the website www.braincentral.online to sign up for the competition and review the rules. …


Press Statement

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GBTI takes note of the spurious allegations engineered to further attack GBTI in a gross and unconscionable manner. And that the use of such legislation after so many years is inimical to the interests of justice and smacks of intimidation. The Bank therefore intends to commence appropriate legal action to vigorously defend itself against these malicious claims. GBTI has full confidence in the judicial system, and that it will be fully vindicated as per recent false charges which were duly dismissed.

The Bank has been serving Guyana for over 180 years and is regarded as one of the most trusted and loyal banks in the country; the largest indigenous bank in Guyana.

In all its dealings with its many stakeholders, GBTI has always discharged its responsibilities with professionalism and integrity as we continue to hold our tagline with the highest level of standards as “We See Guyana though your eyes”.

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