Welcome to Barclays Bank of Uganda

Barclays Bank Uganda is part of Absa Group Limited, an African financial services group that aims to be the pride of the continent. Absa Group Limited is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in South Africa and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups with a presence in 12 countries across the continent and around 42, 000 employees.

We are committed to finding local solutions to uniquely local challenges and everything we do is focused on adding value. To this end we offer our clients a range of retail, business, corporate and investment, and wealth management solutions as well as ensure a positive impact in all the countries where we operate.

We are a truly African brand, inspired by the people we serve and determined to always be brave, passionate and ready so that we can make our continent proud.

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What is our purpose?

To bring your possibility to life.

We belive in possibilty, in the actions of people who always find a way to get things done. we believe in creating opportunitoes for our customers to make their possibilities real and supporting them every step of the way. Our Group is a future-focused organization, driven by progress and our desire to thrive in the digital age.

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How we get things done

We are committed to being: Brave, Passionate and Ready.

Barclays history in Uganda

  • The millennium years


    Launch of the first credit card (Kenya Shillings) for prestige customers, and the new brand and visual identity for the bank.


    Barclays acquired Nile Bank and expanded its footprint from seven branches to 21 branches.


    Migration of both the Brains (Barclays) and Equinox (Nile) banking platforms into Flex cube, the new core banking platform


    Period of consolidation leading to branch and premises rationalisation. Barclays Uganda launched the Premier customer's service centre, and an Internet banking service which includes personal and commercial banking options.


    The bank launched the platinum debit card for its Premier account holders giving them access to online purchases beyond normal debit card services


    The bank launched the usage of Master Card and also launched the World Miles program on the platinum debit card.


    Barclays Bank of Uganda Limited received an innovation award at the Corporate Entrepreneur awards in New York for our innovative approach in extending financial services to Villages savings groups in Uganda. We continued with the annual Business club and customer loyalty programmes, and launched the Women’s Network Forum for Barclays female colleagues. We opened a new branch at Acacia mall and set up intelligent ATMs (iATMs) in Naalya and Acacia malls. We also launched free credit life insurance, free retrenchment cover, life insurance cover and funeral cover.


    The bank re-launched Prestige banking, launched Risk management products, Barx, Direct debits, USD debit card, mobile bulk payments, the mobile banking app, cash send, SMS alerts and the Uganda shillings credit card. We also set up a 24 hour call centre.


    The bank refurbished the Ntinda branch, set up 29 iATMs, launched cardless deposits on the intelligent ATMs, launched paperless banking, eStatements, Pamoja Bonus savings account, Ready to work, Business debit card and business daily interest account.

  • 1980s


    The rebuilding of Archbishop Luwum Street Branch symbolises the rebirth of the business after years of civil war.


    Following the major currency reform, Barclays again takes on a leading role in financing the coffee industry as a vital element in rehabilitating the economy.

    Barclays Uganda celebrated its diamond jubilee.

    Barclays Uganda was the first bank in East Africa to computerise its accounting, using NCR 9300 machines, and the first in Uganda to have same-day accounting and clearing for all branches.


    The advent of automation, with Barclays chairing the Uganda Bankers' Association computer committee and the Barclays Computer Centre opening in May. On the colleague side, in the best Barclays tradition, the sports club was quickly reformed.


    The remote Jinja branch was linked to the computer centre in Kampala.

  • 1970s


    The business was significantly impacted by political instability and civil wars. Highway robberies began to affect cash movements between the branches.


    Following the overthrow of President Idi Amin, branches were looted and employees attacked whilst London lost contact with Uganda altogether. A team of colleagues volunteered to restore order to the branches. Mr Yekowasi K. Oteba - now deceased - managed the bank during that period.

  • 1960s


    Barclays built the 'Barclays Library' at Kyambogo Teacher Training College (now Kyambogo University), which was made possible with a grant of £8,000 to mark Uganda's independence.


    Barclays Uganda DCO became the first in Africa to be locally incorporated as Barclays Bank of Uganda.


    The government acquired 49% of the new company while DCO retained a 51% holding, with A G Woodcock as the first chairman and general manager of the bank. At the same time Barclays acquired the Ugandan business of a subsidiary of the French bank SFOM, the Commercial Bank of Africa. Barclays had nine branches and 33 other outlets and was actively engaged in the financing of agricultural exports of coffee and sugar.


  • 1950s

    As part of its Citizenship agenda, Barclays built the sports facility at Makerere University Sports Ground.

  • 1930s


    A flavour of the pioneering days of Barclays in Uganda is given in a contemporary letter from a branch accountant: “First task of the day was to spray the clouds of mosquitoes in the branch that had entered the night before; next was dealing with the vast quantity of coin brought in for deposit by customers - thousands of shillings, thousands of cents, but very few notes.”


    Barclays staff in East Africa numbered 78 Europeans, 87 Africans and some 138 Asians.

  • 1920s

    Barclays Bank, Dominion, Colonial and Overseas (DCO) opened the first branches, in Jinja and Kampala.

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