Founded in 1946, BNI is the first bank formed and owned by the Government of Indonesia.
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Initially referred to by its unabbreviated name of Bank Negara Indonesia when it was established in 1946, BNI is the first bank formed and owned by the Indonesian Government.
Historical records indicate that on of the eve of the 30th of October 1946, or merely a few months after its formal establishment, the Bank distributed the first currency bills ever issued by Indonesia’s Government popularly known at the time as ORI, or ‘Oeang Republik Indonesia’ (Currency of the Republic of Indonesia). In fact, this day is commemorated annually as the National Finance Day while the date of the Bank's establishment - the 5th of July - was designated as National Bank Day.
Bank Negara Indonesia's role as the circulation and central bank was duly terminated in 1949 following the government’s appointment of the former Dutch-controlled bank, De Javasche Bank, as Indonesia's Central Bank . The Bank, subsequently designated as a development bank, was later granted the rights to provide foreign reserve services that allowed it access to direct foreign transactions.
Enhanced by increased capitalization, the Bank's legal status was formally changed to that of a state-owned commercial Bank in 1995. This provided the Bank with the foundation to provide better and wider range of both access and services for the country's business sectors.
In its quest to competitively differentiate itself from its competitors, the Bank decided, towards the end of 1968, to attach its year of establishment to its corporate name to become Bank Negara Indonesia 1946. The Bank was therefore popularly referred to, for decades, as 'BNI 46'. The simpler name of 'Bank BNI' was adopted in 1988 along with the change of the corporate identity.
BNI’s legal status was upgraded in 1992 to that of a state-owned limited corporation under the name of PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) and the bank decided to become a public company through its initial public offering of its shares in 1996.
BNI's ability to adapt to environmental, socio-cultural and technological advances is reflected through the continuous refinement of its corporate identity which is carried out to suit the changing demands and trends of the times. This adaptability signifies the Bank's dedication and commitment towards continuous improvement of its performance.
A refined corporate identity was introduced in 2004 that reflects the positive prospects for the future after a year of struggle characterized by a period of hardship. A shorter name of 'BNI' subsequently replaced the former 'Bank BNI', while the year of its establishment - '46' - was exposed through the logomark to reinforce the pride and distinction that the Bank had in being the country's first national bank.
At the end of 2012, the Government of Republic of
Indonesia held 60% of the shares of BNI with the remaining 40% held by
individual and institutional shareholders, both domestic and overseas.
At present, BNI ranks fourth in the Indonesian banking sector based on assets,
lending and thirdparty deposits. BNI offers integrated financial services to its
customers, supported by its subsidiaries: Bank BNI Syariah, BNI Multi Finance,
BNI Securities and BNI Life Insurance.
At the end of 2012, BNI had total assets of Rp333.3 trillion and employed more
than 24,861 employees. To serve its customers, BNI leverages on its wide ranging
service network, comprising 1,585 domestic outlets and 5 overseas branches in
New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, 8,227 proprietary ATMs, 42,000
EDC as well as Internet banking and SMS banking facilities. BNI always strives
to be the bank of choice by providing excellent service and value added
solutions to all of its customers.
In keeping with the spirit of the heroic national struggle that is rooted in its history, BNI strives to provide the best services for the country and to ultimately become the Pride of the Nation, today and always.