center for international cooperation & trainning in agricultural banking
(Promoted by Government of India and Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations), Ganeshkhind Road, Near Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune - 411007, Maharashtra, India.
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At the instance of FAO CICTAB was set up by Ministry of Agriculture, Govt.of India as an autonomous institution with its head quarters at V. M. National Institute of Cooperative Management, University Road, Pune 411 007 (India), in January, 1983.

CICTAB became operational, initially for four countries of the region, viz. Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. Subsequently in the year 1991, General Council of CICTAB decided to revive the development of CICTAB activities as focal centre of HRD efforts in the relevant fields for all the countries of the SAARC region.

CICTAB was organised on the lines of the recommendations of FAO Mission on CICTAB (Chairman, B. Venkatapiah, formerly Dy. Governor of Reserve Bank of India and with endorsement of Government consultations held at Pune of four initial member countries of CICTAB, viz. Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India.

On the lines of the recommendations of FAO Mission on CICTAB, in January 1983, the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India set up an autonomous institution which was christened as Centre for International Cooperation and Training in Agricultural Banking (CICTAB). The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives are member countries of CICTAB.

CICTAB through its member institutions promotes :
  1. International cooperation in the establishment and expansion of facilities for training in agricultural banking.
  2. Facilitates exchange of experience and information on harnessing of National systems of finance and banking for agricultural and rural development.
  3. Prominent activity focus of CICTAB is on programmes and practices relating to rural development with special reference to rural poor in developing countries of the SAARC region.