World Bank office, Chennai

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Coordinates: 12°59′2″N 80°14′41″E / 12.98389°N 80.24472°E / 12.98389; 80.24472

World Bank Back Office, Chennai
World Bank, Chennai
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Agency overview
Formed August 2001 (operations began)
15 March 2002 (official launch)
Headquarters Washington, DC
Employees 500 (2012)
Parent agency World Bank
Website World Bank

The World Bank, Chennai is the extension of the World Bank headquartered in Washington, DC.[1] The Chennai office offers corporate financial, accounting, administrative and IT services for the Bank's offices in around 150 countries.[1][2] The Chennai office handles several value-added operations of the bank that were earlier handled only in its Washington, DC office.


The Chennai office started its business process outsourcing operation as a primary processing work, including payroll processing, in August 2001 with 80 staff.[3] On 15 March 2002, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J. Jayalalithaa, inaugurated a new 26,000 sq ft office in Raheja Towers in Anna Salai, where the bank started functioning in a full-fledged manner to process all of the bank's accounting functions and its global payrolls, with about 90 personnel.[4] The same year, the staff strength increased to about 180.[5] In 2003, the bank decided to move the analytical work in bond valuation to the Chennai office, whereby the bank moved the work outside its headquarters in Washington, DC for the first time in its history. The size of the bank's commercial bonds portfolio is estimated at US$100 billion.[6] On 22 September 2006, the bank moved to a leased premises in Taramani, which was inaugurated by the then chief minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi. In 2009, the bank decided to purchase the land it took on lease, in order to set up a permanent back office in Chennai. By 2012, the staff strength grew to 500.[7][8]

The staff growth of the Chennai office is as follows:

Year No. of staff
2001 80[3]
2002 90[4]
2003 180[5]
2006 240[9]
2012 500[7]


The World Bank Chennai office building is located in Taramani on a 3.5-acre campus off the IT corridor and has 120,000 sq feet built-up area with a capacity to house about 450 staff members.[3] The building is certified as a LEED Silver building.[10] The Taramani office, measuring 128,000 sq ft area, is the largest bank-owned building outside its headquarters in Washington, DC.[11][12]

Most of the administrative expense and trust fund transactions for the Bank, which range between US$1 billion and US$2 billion a year, are processed in the Chennai office.[1] When the bank commenced its Chennai operations, it was primarily restricted to processing. An analysis component was added later.[13]

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  1. ^ a b c Padmanabhan, Mukund (6 March 2002). "Chennai chosen for World Bank back office". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 21 Oct 2012. 
  2. ^ "World Bank chief visits Chennai office". ZeeNews (Chennai: 29 March 2012. Retrieved 9 Oct 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Radhakrishnan, R. K. (26 May 2009). "World Bank decides to locate back office in Chennai". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "World Bank opens office in Chennai news". (Chennai: 16 March 2002. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "World Bank to build own office space in Chennai". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). 18 November 2003. Retrieved 31 Jul 2012. 
  6. ^ "World Bank may ramp up Chennai BPO operations". Business Standard (Chennai: Business Standard). 17 November 2003. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "World Bank chief in Chennai". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). 29 March 2012. Retrieved 9 Oct 2012. 
  8. ^ "World Bank chief visits Chennai office". ZeeNews (Chennai: 29 March 2012. Retrieved 9 Oct 2012. 
  9. ^ "World Bank's office opens in Chennai". The Economic Times (Chennai: The Times Group). 22 September 2006. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  10. ^ "World Bank Earns LEED Gold for Two Office Buildings". Greening the 15 July 2011. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  11. ^ "World Bank Group President thanks Chennai staff for delivering results on the ground". World Bank—News & Views. The World Bank. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 9 Oct 2012. 
  12. ^ "World Bank chief makes maiden visit to Chennai". Business Standard (Chennai: Business Standard). 31 March 2012. Retrieved 9 Oct 2012. 
  13. ^ Radhakrishnan, R. K. (16 November 2003). "World Bank to expand Chennai operations". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 9 Oct 2012. 

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