DEFINITION of 'Asian Development Bank'

Founded in 1966, its headquarters are in Manila, Philippines. The Asian Development Bank's primary mission is to foster growth and cooperation among countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. It has been responsible for a number of major projects in the region, raising capital through the international bond markets.

BREAKING DOWN 'Asian Development Bank'

The two largest shareholders of the Asian Development Bank are the United States and Japan. Although the majority of the Bank's members are from the Asia-Pacific region, the industrialized nations are also well represented. Regional development banks usually work in harmony with both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in their activities.

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