Prishtina, 06 May 2022 – Global Finance has named Outstanding Innovations in Finances across multiple categories as part of its annual Innovators Awards for 2022. Winning organizations include banks, companies and fintech’s.

BKT Kosova is the first bank in Kosovo to receive this award, as a result of continuous investment in digital platforms and innovation in the banking sector.

Mr. Suat Bakkal, Chief Executive Officer of BKT Kosovo, on the occasion of receiving the prestigious award from Global Finance, said: “Given the innovations and the launch of new products, BKT Kosovo considers itself privileged to be a pioneer in creating the first and only local investment platform, which opened the doors for the citizens of Kosovo to enter the international financial markets. Our strong foundations enabled a sustainable implementation of our long-term strategy, further advancing our technologies, focusing on innovation and strengthening our culture to continue to meet the needs of our customers”.

“The past two years have clearly proven the importance of adaptability and innovation.  Banks and fintech’s played a central role in maintaining economic stability, and those that were most innovative were the most successful,” said Joseph Giarraputo, publisher and editorial director of Global Finance. “We proudly recognize the innovation leaders that are forging the future of finance.

About Smart Invest

In light of innovations and launching of new products, BKT introduced its investment platform “Smart Invest” at the end-of-year client event on 19 December 2019. The bank considers itself privileged to pioneer the launching of the first and the only local investment platform, which opened doors for citizens of Kosovo to access international financial markets or to hedge the risks of their financial assets. “Smart Invest” gives clients direct access to diverse products such as FX, commodities and stocks, not only in top-tier markets like U.S., Germany, Japan or UK, but also in South Africa, Peru and many other markets, where they can trade with international investors. The platform itself provides the clients with direct and user-friendly access, which means that they could conduct any investments independently on their own, without the necessity to place requests to the bank. Interested clients can perform one-click investments at best market prices by using “Smart Invest” platform, either through e-banking or mobile banking. “Smart Invest” allows clients to monitor markets on their phone, where they can also read instant related news, receive alerts and notifications, place orders and do technical analyses. Furthermore, clients are able to see the history of their investments, performance analysis, account movements and much more information with complete transparency.

About Global Finance

Global Finance, founded in 1987, has a circulation of 50,000 readers in 193 countries.  Global Finance’s audience includes senior corporate and financial officers responsible for making investment and strategic decisions at multinational companies and financial institutions. Its website — — offers analysis and articles that are the legacy of 35 years of experience in international financial markets. Global Finance is headquartered in New York, with offices around the world. Global Finance regularly selects the top performers among banks and other providers of financial services. These awards have become a trusted standard of excellence for the global financial community.

About BKT Kosovo

BKT Kosovo operates in the Kosovo market as one of the fastest growing and most innovative banks. The Bank has created numerous innovative and modern banking opportunities and solutions, as well as a competitive variety of banking products. BKT Kosovo is committed to serving all categories of customers: Individuals, Corporations, SMEs and Micro-enterprises, while it is strongly focused being recognized as a global banking partner. For BKT, growth means experiencing change and adapting to new developments in each field, therefore, the bank is constantly investing in the latest technological developments and trends.

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