Afghanistan: Economy

Anecdotal evidence suggests that industry and services expanded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2016. Investor and consumer confidence appear sustained as the authorities strive to deal with worsening insurgent violence. Concern nevertheless arises over deteriorating security, political uncertainty, and the economic outlook. Donor support was underpinned by implementation of governance and policy reform under the Staff Monitored Program of the International Monetary Fund that was successfully completed in May. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update


Economic forecasts for South Asian countries

Country 2016 2017
Afghanistan 2.0 3.0
Bangladesh 7.1 6.9
Bhutan 6.4 6.1
India 7.4 7.8
Maldives 3.5 3.9
Nepal 0.8 4.8
Pakistan 4.7 5.2
Sri Lanka 5.0 5.5
Average 6.9 7.3
Country 2016 2017
Afghanistan 4.5 6.0
Bangladesh 5.9 6.1
Bhutan 3.3 4.6
India 5.4 5.8
Maldives 1.2 1.4
Nepal 9.9 8.5
Pakistan 2.9 4.7
Sri Lanka 4.5 5.0
Average 5.2 5.7
Country 2016 2017
Afghanistan 4.5 1.1
Bangladesh 1.7 1.0
Bhutan -29.9 -27.0
India -1.4 -1.8
Maldives -10.1 -10.0
Nepal 6.2 4.6
Pakistan -0.9 -1.6
Sri Lanka -2.0 -2.0
Average -1.1 -1.6

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update