A Broader View of Asian Poverty

Food insecurity and economic vulnerability should be included in a broader definition of poverty that could help policymakers develop more effective approaches, says new ADB report. Read More

Stable Growth Outlook for Developing Asia

Developing Asia’s outlook remains on track despite slower-than-expected first-quarter growth in the United States. Read More

Investors Return to Emerging Asian Markets, Says ADB Report

Rising demand for local currency bonds is expected to hit $7.6 trillion at the end of March, says latest Asia Bond Monitor report. Read More

47th Annual Meeting - Rethinking Asia's Challenges at the Crossroads of the Silk Road

ADB's 47th Annual Meeting, held in Astana from 2 to 5 May, saw much discussion on connectivity, innovation, and the need to keep up with the demands of a changing Asia and Pacific. Read More


ADB began its partnership with Kazakhstan shortly after the country became independent in 1991. To help the country’s transition from a centrally planned to a market-driven economy, ADB provided much-needed support in agriculture, education, finance, and delivery of social services.

In recent years, ADB operations in Kazakhstan have focused on transport, small and medium-sized enterprise sector development, knowledge support, and private sector development. Regional cooperation under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program is an integral aspect of ADB operations in the country.

In May 2014, the Government of Kazakhstan hosted ADB’s Annual Meeting for the first time.

Fast Facts

17.05 (2013)
Population in millions

1.6% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

3.8% (2012)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
180.20 / 5.56
Agriculture (4)
65.00 / 2.00
Education (3)
40.00 / 1.23
Energy (2)
575.00 / 17.73
Finance (6)
60.00 / 1.85
Multisector (2)
500.00 / 15.42
Public Sector (1)
1,788.30 / 55.14
Transport and ICT (10)
34.60 / 1.07
Water Supply (1)
3,243.10 / 100.00
TOTAL (29)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013