National Bank of Egypt (NBE) is the oldest commercial bank in Egypt. It had been established on June 25, 1898 with a capital of £ 1 million. Through its long history, NBE's functions and roles have ...
National Bank of Egypt (NBE) is the oldest commercial bank in Egypt. It had been established on June 25, 1898 with a capital of £ 1 million. Through its long history, NBE's functions and roles have varied to square with the different economic and political phases in Egypt. During the 1950s, NBE performed the central bank's duties. After its nationalization in the 1960s, it acted as a pure commercial bank besides carrying out the functions of the central bank in the areas where the latter had no branches. Moreover, since mid-1960s, NBE has been in charge of issuing and managing saving certificates on behalf of the government.
The Bank, during the fiscal year 2008-09, managed to achieve positive performance indicators. The Bank's total assets in June 2009 recorded roughly EGP 259 billion, growing 15% vis-à-vis June 2008. Total deposits reached nearly EGP 219 billion, increasing by 26% compared to the previous year. Such leap was made thanks to a diversified package of saving pools in local and foreign currencies at competitively attractive rates. The net cumulative balance of NBE's saving certificates, the largest household saving pool in Egypt, rose in June 2009 to some EGP 81.3 billion, up by 2.4% in comparison to June 2008. According to July 2009 issue of The Banker, NBE occupied the 269th rank at the world level in terms of total assets, ahead of all Egyptian banks and in the 11th place among Arab banks.
NBE's performance is triggered by an extensive network of 429 banking units all over Egypt. To this may be added the Bank's effective international presence through the National Bank of Egypt (UK) Limited, New York and Shanghai branches plus two representative offices in Johannesburg – South Africa and Dubai – UAE. This is in addition to a vast correspondent network round the globe mainly in Europe, which is Egypt's premier commercial partner.
NBE is always keen to render up-to-date banking services and products which are perfectly developed for its esteemed customers. Thus, it can preserve their precious confidence and maintain its leadership in the local banking market.