Apraca Centre of Excellence (ACE)

Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA) is an association of finance related institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region involved in rural, agriculture and microfinance as well as policy and development. It was formally launched 1977 and is celebrating 40th foundation year in 2017. As of March 2016, a total of 78 institutions in 21 countries in the Asia Pacific Region are affiliated with the APRACA as its members.

APRACA is working with three agencies i.e.Center for Training and Research in Agricultural Banking (CENTRAB), APRACA Consultancy Services (ACS) and APRACA Publications.

APRACA has joined hands with NABARD, which is a member institution, to have a regular working relationship by way of establishing a center named as “APRACA Center of Ecellence -NABARD”(ACE-NABARD) with a focus on linkage banking . This center is housed at BIRD, Lucknow(India)

APRACA member countries ( Courtesy-APRACA)


APRACA is the organization on rural and agricultural finance that helps promote productivity, inclusive growth, self-reliance and welfare of the rural poor in the Asia-Pacific region.


To promote the efficiency and effectiveness of rural finance and improve access to financial services through a network of knowledge sharing and learning, capacity-building, research and exchange of expertise.

Centers of Excellence (ACEs):

  • ACE-NABARD on Linkage Banking in BIRD, Lucknow
  • ACE-BI on Islamic Banking in Indonesia
  • ACE-BRI on Retail Banking in Indonesia
  • ACE-BK on Women Empowering, Iran
  • APRACA Center for Training and Research in Agricultural Banking, Inc.

Functions of ACE-NABARD

ACE-NABARD shall undertake the following:

i) Linkage banking

ii) Conduct of Research, Forums, Trainings, Exposure visits, Consulting service, Technical support, Innovations etc.

iii) Develop core training specialist and technical experts

iv) Design and conduct of international programmes

v) Bring out appropriate publications and

vi) Enhance regional coordination among APRACA nations.

Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association

Asia-Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association
BBAC Building (4th Floor);
469 Nakhonsawan Road,
Dusit; Bangkak-10300;Thailand
Tel : (662) 282-0693, 282-1365
Fax : (662) 280-1524
E-mail : apraca@apraca.org

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
Plot No. C24, ‘G, Block,
Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E),
Mumbai-400051 (India)
Tel : (+91 22 26530084)
E-mail : mcid@nabard.org

Bankers institute of Rural Development
Sector ‘H’, LDA colony
Kanpur Road, Lucknow (UP, India)-226012
Tel : (+91 522) 242-1954, 242-1124
Fax : (+91 522) 242-1006
E-mail : Bird@nabard.org