The Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
() is the largest commercial bank
in Vietnam by total assests. It is a state-owned corporation under a special status. According to a report by the United Nations Development Programme
, Agribank is also the largest corporation in Vietnam.
The bank was founded on March 26, 1988 by the then-Council of Ministers of Vietnam as a specialized bank aimed at rural and agricultural development as Vietnam Bank for Agricultural Development
. The bank built on the agency network of the State Bank of Vietnam
for its branches. On November 14, 1990, it was replaced by the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture
by a prime ministerial decision. On November 15, 1996, it was renamed again to Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
Agribank is the largest bank in Vietnam by most measures: capital, total assets, staff, operating network, and clients. Its capital as of March 2007 was VND
267,000 billion, with an equity of VND 15,000 billion and total assets of almost VND 239,000 billion. The bank operates 2,200 branches nation-wide with 30,000 staff.