Bhutan and ADB
In the Spotlight
This biodiversity baseline assessment was conducted in 2014−2015 at the Phipsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in southern Bhutan. Inventory and sampling of tree, avian, mammal, and fish species was accomplished in three areas. Grassland conditions and illegal tree harvesting were quantified. Download report
ADB Vice-President Mr. Wencai Zhang today, together with the Bhutan Prime Minister Mr. Tshering Tobgay and Finance Minister and ADB Governor Mr. Namgay Dorji joined an inauguration ceremony of a new ADB office in Thimphu, hailing the move as a significant moment in the ADB-Bhutan partnership.
In Bhutan, residents of Thimphu voluntarily contributed parcels of land to allow for the planned, sustainable expansion of the city. This innovative approach has now become a model for urban expansion and growth across the country.
Bhutan's partnership with ADB has helped drive its careful, tradition-focused development strategy.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country that banks on the generation of hydropower to boost its economy. Hydropower contributes about a fifth of the gross domestic product.
Bhutan has achieved exceptional economic growth over the past 3 decades. Significant achievements in social development have also been made in recent years, with the number of poor approximately halved between 2007 and 2012. However, the challenge remains for Bhutan to expand its economic base and make its growth more inclusive, especially for unemployed youth and women.
Under the country partnership strategy, 2014–2018, ADB assists the government in achieving self-reliance and inclusive and green socioeconomic development, as well as enhance cooperation with its neighbors.
Bhutan is a member of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.
Projects in Bhutan
- Developing Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Approaches, Methodologies, and Controls (Subproject B)
- Sustaining Climate and Disaster Risk Resilient and Low Carbon Development in South Asia
- Asian Development Outlook 2019–2021
- Promoting Investments and Economic Growth in Central and West Asia, East Asia, and South Asia Subregions
- Health Sector Development Program