The first bond issue under a project bond guarantee facility set up in 2012 by ADB and IIFCL is a landmark achievement for Indian infrastructure development, as credit enhancement can help draw in money from insurance companies and pension funds.
To avoid heavy-handed state intervention in small businesses, we need to think of new ways to make it easier for SMEs to obtain credit from commercial banks in ASEAN economies.
The inclusion of an Argentine bank in ADB's Trade Finance Program is an important step toward realizing the potential for trade between Asia and Latin America.
A few Southeast Asian countries need to make investing easier for foreigners to deepen their local currency bond markets.
To leverage more infrastructure development funds, India should establish a specialized institution dedicated to credit-enhancing corporate bonds.
An ADB-funded soap opera became hugely popular on Mongolian TV in 2015 – and helped change people’s financial behavior.
The developing world has a long way to go to reach the stage of financial sector development of advanced economies.
It’s not just about broadening access to finance, but also inducing beneficial use of credit.
MSMEs in the country weathered the economic turbulence by taking active steps to adjust their businesses and look for new opportunities.
Innovations in ICT and the emergence of new fintech players are accelerating financial inclusion much more rapidly than at any other time in history.