Afghanistan and ADB
In the Spotlight
Afghanistan’s economy in 2018 is now projected to grow slower than the previous forecast due to the challenging security and political situations in the country and the impact of severe drought in the first half of the year, says a new ADB report.
ADB’s key strategic focus remains on infrastructure development, and its operations will continue to concentrate on three priority sectors: transport, energy, and agriculture and natural resources.
ADB and Afghanistan launched the “Afghan GeoPortal” to help increase the Government of Afghanistan’s access to accurate and comprehensive geospatial data from a central information system in the country.
ADB's Board of Directors has approved the 3-year extension of the availability period of the MFF, approved in 2009, for the Water Resources Development Investment Program aimed to improve agricultural productivity in Afghanistan.
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. Read the fact sheet: ADB and Afghanistan
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.
Projects in Afghanistan
- Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program Tranche 5
- Regional Cooperation on Increasing Cross-Border Energy Trading within the Central Asian Power System
- Railway Sector Development in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries
- Asian Development Outlook 2019–2021
- Horticulture Value Chain Development Sector Project