Asian Development Bank and Bhutan: Fact Sheet

Publication | April 2015

Updated yearly, this ADB Fact Sheet provides social and economic indicators on Bhutan as well as concise information on ADB's operations in the country and contact information.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is endowed with large potential to produce hydropower, with only a small fraction of capacity so far tapped. Over the past few decades, Bhutan has achieved strong economic growth, and, between 2007 and 2012, the country’s poverty levels were almost halved. However, Bhutan’s growth needs to be diversified. Private sector development remains limited, and growth in employment opportunity is sluggish.

Since partnership with Bhutan began in 1982, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has become Bhutan’s leading source of development support. ADB has extended various programs in the areas of energy, transport, finance, and urban development to help the country tackle some of its constraints.

Technical assistance for water resource management, skills development, and capacity development are also provided. To date, Bhutan has received about $464.10 million in loans ($121.00 million from ordinary capital resources and $343.10 million from the Asian Development Fund [ADF]), $193.04 million for grants, and $65.84 million for technical assistance from ADB.