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Afghanistan: Economy

Anecdotal evidence showed growth in Afghanistan picking up slightly in the first half of 2017, though the poor security situation continued to restrain investment and consumption and thus the economy. Rainfall below average in many parts of the country from March to May adversely affected the first harvest and so constrained growth in agriculture. Nonetheless, economic growth should continue its upward trend in the second half of the year, as ample precipitation more recently augurs for a better second harvest. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2017 Update


Economic forecasts for South Asian countries

Country 2017f 2018f
Afghanistan 2.5 3.0
Bangladesh 7.2 6.9
Bhutan 6.9 8.0
India 7.0 7.4
Maldives 4.2 4.4
Nepal 6.9 4.7
Pakistan 5.3 5.5
Sri Lanka 4.5 5.0
Average 6.7 7.0
Country 2017f 2018f
Afghanistan 5.5 5.8
Bangladesh 5.4 6.0
Bhutan 4.3 5.4
India 4.0 4.6
Maldives 3.1 2.8
Nepal 4.5 6.5
Pakistan 4.2 4.8
Sri Lanka 7.0 4.0
Average 4.2 4.7
Country 2017f 2018f
Afghanistan 2.2 0.2
Bangladesh –0.6 –1.5
Bhutan –25.5 –22.8
India –1.3 –1.5
Maldives –16.4 –15.2
Nepal –0.4 –2.2
Pakistan –4.0 –4.2
Sri Lanka –3.5 –2.5
Average –1.6 –1.8

f = forecast number.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2017 Update