DUSHANBE, February 5, 2012, Asia-Plus  -- Open joint-stock company (OJSC) Agroinvestbonk, which is the second largest commercial bank in Tajikistan, and OJSC Rosselkhozbank (Russian Agricultural Bank or RAB) have signed a general agreement in Moscow this week.

According to Aroinvestbonk’s headquarters in Dushanbe, the agreement defines general terms of financing by Rosselkhozbank of export-import transactions of customers of Agroinvestbonk, including purchase of Russian-made agricultural machines and associated equipment.

The document was inked by Agroinvestbonk top manager Farrukh Taghoymurodov and Rosselkhozbank head Dmitry Patrushev.

In the course of the talks, the two reportedly discussed a broad range of issues related to bilateral cooperation between the two banks.

Founded in 1992, Agroinvestbonk, with headquarters in Dushanbe, has main branches in Khorog, Khujand, Kulob and Qurghon Teppa and 61 other branches across the republic.  Agroinvestbonk is one of the leading providers of finance to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and the agricultural sector in Tajikistan.  Through its substantial rural network it reaches out beyond the capital Dushanbe, to areas where access to finance remains difficult for private entrepreneurs.

Russian Agricultural Bank is the only 100% state-owned bank providing financial services to agribusiness and rural population of the Russian Federation. Established in 2000, the Bank has become the universal commercial bank providing all kinds of banking products and services, and the main pillar of support for the national agribusiness.

Russian Agricultural Bank is number four among the largest Russian banks in terms of assets and is among the top 3 most reliable banks of the Russian Federation.  The Bank’s network is the second largest regional branch network in the country with over 1,600 points of sales.  The Bank has four representative offices in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan.  Russian Agricultural Bank’s ratings are quasi-sovereign and are of investment grade.