Scheduled Banks in Bangladesh

The number of banks in all now stands at 49 in Bangladesh. Out of the 49 banks, four are Nationalized Commercial Banks (NCBs), 28 local private commercial banks, 12 foreign banks and the rest five are Development Financial Institutions (DFIs). Sonali Bank is the largest among the NCBs while Pubali is leading in the private ones. Among the 12 foreign banks, Standard Chartered has become the largest in the country. Besides the scheduled banks, Samabai (Cooperative) Bank, Ansar-VDP Bank, Karmasansthan (Employment) Bank and Grameen bank are functioning in the financial sector. The number of total branches of all scheduled banks is 6,038 as of June 2000. Of the branches, 39.95 per cent (2,412) are located in the urban areas and 60.05 per cent (3,626) in the rural areas. Of the branches NCBs hold 3,616, private commercial banks 1,214, foreign banks 31 and specialized banks 1,177.

Bangladesh Bank (BB) regulates and supervises the activities of all banks. The BB is now carrying out a reform programme to ensure quality services by the banks.
•  BB
•  NCBs
•  PCBs
•  Specialized Banks

Bangladesh Bank 

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has been working as the central bank since the country's independence. Its prime jobs include issuing of currency, maintaining foreign exchange reserve and providing transaction facilities of all public monetary matters. BB is also responsible for planning the government's monetary policy and implementing it thereby.

The BB has a governing body comprising of nine members with the Governor as its chief. Apart from the head office in Dhaka, it has nine more branches, of which two in Dhaka and one each in Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Bogra, Sylhet, Rangpur and Barisal.

Nationalized Commercial Banks (NCBs)
Name                             Telephone
1. Sonali Bank    9550426-34, 8614588
2. Janata Bank    9560072-80, 9560042-43
3. Agrani Bank    9566153-54, 9566160-69,9555179-80
4. Rupali Bank    9551624-25, 9554122, 9552183-4

Private Commercial Banks (PCBs)
1.Pubali Bank    9569050-2, 9551614-7
2.Uttara Bank    9566067-9,9551162-63, 9565732
3.National Bank Ltd.    9563081-5, 9561201
4.The City Bank Ltd.    9565925-34
5.United Commercial Bank Ltd.    9560585
6. Arab Bangladesh Bank Ltd.    95608878, 9560312-6
7.IFIC Bank Ltd.    9562062, 9563020-29
8.Islami bank Bangladesh Ltd.    9552897,-8, 9563040, 9563046-9
9.Al Baraka Bank Bangladesh Ltd.    9563768-9, 9565031-2
10.Eastern Bank Ltd.    9556371,9556361-2
11.National  Credit &  Commerce        Bank Ltd.    9561902-4
12.Prime Bank Ltd.    9567265-70, 9564677
13.South East Bank Ltd.    9550081-5, 9551575, 9557714, 9551411
14.Dhaka Bank Ltd.    9556587-10, 9556583,
15.Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd.     
16.Social Investment Bank Ltd.    9559014, 9554855
17.Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd.    9568537-39
18.Mercantile Bank Ltd.    9559333
19.Standard Bank Ltd.    9667224, 9667802
20.One Bank Ltd.    9564249, 7551799, 9564255-6
21.EXIM Bank          9553925, 9553872, 9566418
22.Bangladesh Commerce Bank Ltd.    9559831-32, 9668170
23.Mutual Trust Bank Ltd.    9569318, 7113239
24.First Security Bank Ltd.    9560229, 9564733
25.The Premier Bank Ltd.     
26.Bank Asia Ltd.    8117055, 8117066
27.The Trust Bank Ltd.    9870011 Extn-4191
28. Shah Jalal Bank Limited (Based on Islamic Shariah)    9556011

Foreign Banks
1.American Express Bank          9561751-52, 9561496-97,
2.Standard Chartered Grindlays Bank    9561465, 9550181-90
3.Habib Bank Ltd.    9551228, 9555091-2, 9563043-5
4.State Bank Of India    9554251,9553371
5.Credit Agricole Indosuez (The Bank)    8111959
6.National Bank of Pakistan       9560248-9
7.Muslim Commercial Bank Ltd.    9563649, 9563650
8.City Bank NA    9550063-64
9.Hanvit Bank Ltd.    8813270-73
10.HSBC Ltd.     
11.Shamil  Islami Bank Of  Bahrain EC    9666701-5
12.Standard Chartered  Bank    9561465, 881718-9

Development Banks
1.Bangladesh Krishi Bank    9560021-5, 9560031-35
2.RajshahiKrishiUnnayan Bank     
3.Bangladesh Shilpa Bank    9555150-9, 9566114
4.Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha      9565818,9565046
5.Bank of Small Industries & Commerce  Bangladesh Ltd.    9564830, 9658190

Others Bank 
1.Ansar VDP Unnayan Bank      8313198, 8322181
2. Bangladesh Samabai Bank Ltd.   (BSBL)       
3.Grameen Bank      8015755-8
4.Karmasansthan Bank      9563311

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