Afghanistan and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • Trade and Aid Express: Rail Construction in a High Security Risk Environment in Afghanistan

    War-torn, landlocked, and isolated, Afghanistan needed to facilitate the safe, efficient, and timely passage of international humanitarian aid and trade goods.

  • ADB Transport Assistance Works: Just Ask This Afghan Shopkeeper

    ADB loans and grants since 2010 mean 13 million tons of freight are moved daily on new or upgraded railways throughout Asia.

  • Afghanistan: Country Operations Business Plan, 2017–2019

    The Afghanistan country operations business plan 2017–2019 will continue to focus on infrastructure development in transport, energy, and agriculture and natural resources.

  • Islamic Finance: Afghanistan Country Profile

    Islamic finance is a relatively nascent industry in Afghanistan. Currently, at least 7 out of the 16 licensed financial institutions in the country offer some form of Islamic financial services. The government is taking several initiatives to improve the regulatory and legal landscape.

Afghanistan was a founding member of ADB in 1966 and has since been supported by ADB over two periods.

Resuming its partnership with Afghanistan after a hiatus from 1980 to 2001, ADB—in collaboration with other development partners—supports the country’s development in the transport, energy, natural resources, and economic management sectors. Cumulative lending to Afghanistan total almost $1 billion, and approved grants total $3.3 billion.

ADB assistance is fully on budget and aligned with the government’s strategies and its national priority programs, which are the agreed foundations of the partnership.

Afghanistan is a member of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program.


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