Finance Sector Development

In the Spotlight


ADB has been supporting Financial Sector Development of developing member countries in the Asia and Pacific region in many ways. Financial sector operations since 1966 have accounted for about 10% of total ADB operations. In 2013, sovereign lending of $330 million supported development of the general financial market, small and medium enterprise, and payment system. Non-sovereign investments reached $290 million, largely supporting banks and guarantees. Most technical assistance was for preparing lending programs/projects, and implementing policy reforms and building capacity, while the remainder backed efforts by ADB's developing member countries to promote regional economic and financial integration.

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$6.7 trillionEmerging East Asia's local currency market at the end of March 2013, a year-on-year expansion of 12.1%
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$2.59 billionADB's total microfinance approvals as of June 2014
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40% estimated portion of the population in South Asia not served by banks
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