Developing Asia To Extend Steady Growth in 2014

Higher demand from recovering advanced economies will be dampened somewhat by moderating growth in the PRC, says new ADB report. Read More

Middle-income Trap Holds Back Asia's Potential New Tiger Economies

Moving from a low-cost to a high-value economy requires innovative companies, an improved education system, and government incentives. Read More

Bhutan: Making Progress on the Path to Prosperity

The partnership between Bhutan and ADB has helped advance the country’s socioeconomic development through rural electrification, hydropower development, road connectivity, provision of urban infrastructure and services, and financial sector development. Read More

Economic and Social Development in Bhutan

President Takehiko Nakao opened ADB’s office in Bhutan and vowed to support the country’s development. Read More


Although Bhutan has maintained impressive economic growth and made commendable progress toward the Millennium Development Goals, it is still challenged by a narrow economic base, low employment elasticity in the hydropower sector, inadequate involvement of the private sector in economic development, administrative limitations on the expansion of the private sector, and a rapidly growing number of educated but unemployed youth.

The country partnership strategy, which guides ADB’s operations in Bhutan, focuses on four key sectors: energy; transport and information and communication technology; water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services; and finance.

Fast Facts

0.72 (2012)
Population in millions

1.8% (2010-2012)
Annual population growth rate

23.2% (2007)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
7.78 / 2.74
Agriculture (2)
14.13 / 4.97
Education (2)
106.90 / 37.61
Energy (5)
23.50 / 8.27
Finance (5)
10.00 / 3.52
Health (1)
9.49 / 3.34
Industry and Trade (2)
46.60 / 16.39
Transport and ICT (4)
33.60 / 11.82
Water Supply (3)
32.27 / 11.35
Multisector (3)
284.27 / 100.00
TOTAL (27)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2012