Japan tied its special funds contributions to its preferred sectors and regions and procurements of its goods and services, as reflected in its 0 million donation for the Agricultural Special Fund in April 1968.In the 1970s, ADB's assistance to developing countries in Asia expanded into education and health, and then to infrastructure and industry.
Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.
The highest policy-making body of the bank is the Board of Governors, composed of one representative from each member state.
Traditionally, and because Japan is one of the largest shareholders of the bank, the president has always been Japanese.
The current president is Takehiko Nakao, who succeeded Haruhiko Kuroda in 2013.
The gradual emergence of Asian economies in the latter part of the decade spurred demand for better infrastructure to support economic growth.