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 More

ADB President Reaffirms Support for Pakistan’s Development and Flood Reconstruction

ADB President Takehiko Nakao met with Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to discuss ADB’s partnership with Pakistan and the country’s development opportunities. Read More

Solar Driers Bear Fruit for Farmers in Northern Pakistan

Using the power of the sun to dry fruit has resulted in a dramatic increase in the value of apricots for growers in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region. Read More

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


Pakistan has the potential to achieve higher growth to accommodate a rapidly growing working-age population. The country has considerable natural resources and ample scope to improve agricultural productivity, and to expand markets for the manufacturing and service sectors.

Assistance from ADB supports government’s goals of facilitating structural change, promoting investment, and improving institutional effectiveness.

Fast Facts

184.35 (2013)
Population in millions

2.1% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

22.3% (2006)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
3,698.41 / 15.27
Agriculture (60)
501.11 / 2.07
Education (12)
6,163.56 / 25.45
Energy (67)
3,193.00 / 13.18
Finance (52)
1,212.40 / 5.01
Health (13)
1,119.40 / 4.62
Industry and Trade (22)
2,311.50 / 9.54
Multisector (16)
3,015.80 / 12.45
Public Sector (27)
2,178.90 / 9.00
Transport and ICT (23)
823.60 / 3.40
Water Supply (19)
24,217.68 / 100.00
TOTAL (311)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013