Afghanistan and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB and the Government of Afghanistan signed two grant agreements worth $130 million to finance a new road link that will open up an east-west trade corridor with Tajikistan and beyond.
The four state gas companies of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India have established a company that will build, own and operate the planned 1,800-kilometer natural gas pipeline.
Low oil prices are having a broad impact on the economies of the region, with opportunities arising to address many longstanding macroeconomic issues.
ADB has helped open up Afghanistan to increased trade and commerce through the construction of a new rail system.
In this photo essay, renowned photographers document people whose lives have changed for the better as a result of ADB's work, with an emphasis on projects that are innovative and environmentally sustainable.
Afghanistan is a founding member of ADB, which was established in 1966. ADB resumed its partnership with the Government of Afghanistan after a hiatus from 1980 to 2001. ADB and other development partners support the Afghanistan National Development Strategy and national priority programs, which remain the agreed basis of the partnership. ADB is committed to support Afghanistan in the long term during the post-transition period beyond 2014. ADB recognizes the current political and security challenges and believes that positive economic activities and regional cooperation are key factors that will bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan.
As of 31 December 2013, cumulative lending reached $952.3 million. ADB's overall assistance is fully aligned with the government’s priorities in the infrastructure sectors - transport, energy, and natural resources - as well as economic management. ADB is taking a leading role through the Central Asia Regional Economic Corporation (CAREC) Program to connect Afghanistan with its immediate neighbors.
27.52(2013) Population in millions
1.9%(2008-2013) Average annual population growth rate
36.0%(2008) Population living below the national poverty line