Enhancing Small Enterprises’ Access to Finance: ADB’s Take

Promoting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in Asia helps reduce poverty. Read More

Contagion Risks Loom for Asia's Bond Markets

Risks to the region's financial markets are increasing and countries need to be prepared, warns ADB’s latest report. Read More

Impact of Abenomics on Japan and the Region

Dean-designate of the Asian Development Bank Institute, Naoyuki Yoshino, talks about the the economic impact of Abenomics. He began by discussing what structural reforms are needed in the Japanese economy for the goals of Abenomics to be fully realised. Watch Video

Low-cost Loans to Small and Medium-sized Companies in Asia

ADB's supply chain finance program provides a low-cost credit lifeline to Asia's small businesses that are struggling to make ends meet. Read More


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 trillion
Emerging East Asia's local currency market at the end of March 2013, an year-on-year expansion of 12.1% Source

$2.59 billion
ADB's total microfinance approvals as of end 2012 Source

estimated portion of the population in South Asia not served by banks Source