Bhutan and ADB
In the Spotlight
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.
This country brief highlights how ADB operations have helped support Bhutan’s efforts in advancing socioeconomic development.
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
- Thimphu Road Improvement Project
- South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Transport, Trade Facilitation and Logistics Project
- Amochhu Land Development and Township Project
- Air Transport Connectivity Enhancement Project-Additional Financing
- Decentralized Coordination and Partnerships for Gender Equality Results
- Adapting to Climate Change through Integrated Water Resources Management
- Piloting the Design of e-Services Delivery Platform in Health Services
- Strengthening Economic Management Program
- Strengthening Royal Monetary Authority's Regulatory Capacity for Nonbank Financial Institutions
- Third Bhutan Living Standards Survey