Afghanistan: Economy

The unity government in Afghanistan formed after presidential elections in 2014 is beset by an escalation in the insurgency that undermines its efforts to boost growth and public confidence in the wake of the 2014 withdrawal of international security forces. Growth edged up in 2015, and the outlook is for a modest pickup. Improved security, political cooperation, and donor support are required for the economy to transition to a sustainable path. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2016


Economic forecasts for South Asian countries

Country 2016 2017
Afghanistan 2.0 3.0
Bangladesh 6.7 6.9
Bhutan 6.4 6.1
India 7.4 7.8
Maldives 3.5 3.9
Nepal 1.5 4.8
Pakistan 4.5 4.8
Sri Lanka 5.3 5.8
Average 6.9 7.3
Country 2016 2017
Afghanistan 3.0 3.5
Bangladesh 6.2 6.5
Bhutan 4.0 5.0
India 5.4 5.8
Maldives 1.2 1.4
Nepal 10.5 8.2
Pakistan 3.2 4.5
Sri Lanka 4.5 5.0
Average 5.2 5.7
Country 2016 2017
Afghanistan 2.0 -0.7
Bangladesh -0.5 -1.0
Bhutan -28.8 -27.0
India -1.6 -1.8
Maldives -12.6 -10.5
Nepal 10.3 6.4
Pakistan -1.0 -1.2
Sri Lanka -2.0 -1.8
Average -1.4 -1.6

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2016