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Bhutan and ADB

In the Spotlight

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.