ADB's Work in Bhutan
Shareholding and Voting Power
Number of shares held:
660 (0.006% of total shares)
39,774 (0.299% of total membership, 0.459% of total regional membership)
Overall capital subscription:
Paid-in capital subscription:
Bhutan is one of the fastest-growing economies in South Asia and has more than halved its poverty rate since 2007. However, the challenge remains for Bhutan to expand its economic base and make growth more inclusive, especially for unemployed youth and women. In the aftermath of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a key policy priority is prompt but sustainable economic recovery.
Bhutan's capital, Thimphu.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been supporting Bhutan since 1982, concentrating its efforts mostly on programs and projects in energy, transport, finance, and urban development.
Since 1982, ADB has committed loans totaling $584.06 million, grants of $269.22 million, and technical assistance worth $57.23 million for Bhutan.
Bhutan is eligible for concessionary OCR lending. The country can also access additional Asian Development Fund grants and concessionary OCR lending from ADB’s disaster risk reduction mechanism to supplement projects.