The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been a key partner in supporting the development agenda of Armenia, as well as its economic growth and reform program. Armenia became a member of ADB in September 2005. Operations in the country are closely aligned with the government's priorities - as well as ADB's strengths - including promoting rural development, developing the private sector, and supporting enhanced regional cooperation. ADB's work in Armenia has been focused promoting inclusive economic growth. It is too early in the implementation of operations to obtain a clear picture of ADB's operational effectiveness, but there are positive signs of a strong, growing relationship.