Chennai: On his maiden trip to Chennai, World Bank President Robert B Zoellick on Thursday visited the Bank's city office here and met some of the employees.
Zoellick, who is stepping down as President on June 30, is the first head of the World Bank to visit Chennai, the Bank said in a statement.
After meeting the employees of the branch, which gradually grew to 500 from 70 staff in 2001, Zoellick said, "the Chennai office reflects the Bank's commitment to decentralizing business processes while enhancing our global presence".
The office on a 1.28 lakh square feet area is the largest bank-owned building outside its headquarters in Washington, DC.
During his visit, Zoellick took a tour of the green building concepts adopted in the office.
The Chennai office offers corporate financial, accounting, administrative and IT services to Bank operations around the world, the statement added.
Media was strictly barred from covering any of the events in which Zoellick participated.