Bhutan and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • Poverty in Bhutan

    In Bhutan, 60% of the population aged 15 years and above is employed. Get the latest statistical data on poverty and socioeconomic development in Bhutan and compare poverty indicators among countries in South Asia.

  • ADB-Bhutan Partnership Strategy

    ADB's Bhutan country operations business plan 2017-2019 recommends lending to support green energy; transport connectivity; social sector development; urban infrastructure; and agriculture, natural resources, and rural development. 

  • Water: Securing Bhutan's Future

    Integrated water resource management serves as a foundation upon which the planning and implementation of climate resilience is being pursued in Bhutan.

  • Regional Supply Chains for the Food Processing Industry

    The changing economic structures in many countries in South Asia and the growing demand for agricultural products have increased the potential for regional trade and investments in this sector.

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.

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