Kazakhstan and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • ADB to Help Spur SME Growth in Kazakhstan

    ADB is providing a $122 million loan to improve financial access of businesses in Kazakhstan, particularly those outside big cities and women entrepreneurs.

  • Developing Asia Fastest Growing Region

    Developing Asia remains the fastest growing region globally despite slower-than-expected growth in major industrial countries as key economies move ahead with structural reforms, says a new ADB report. Read about the economic outlook for Kazakhstan.

  • Innovative Asia: Advancing the Knowledge-Based Economy

    Case studies of the People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan identify a range of policies and initiatives that can strengthen innovation-led growth and help them transition from a middle-income to a high-income economy.

  • 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.


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.

Fact Sheet

Funding Information

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

Basic Statistics