ADB's Work in Bhutan
Shareholding and Voting Power
Number of shares held:
660 (0.006% of total shares)
40,357 (0.303% of total membership, 0.467% of total regional membership)
Overall capital subscription:
Paid-in capital subscription:
Bhutan is one of the fastest-growing economies in South Asia. Economic growth has averaged 7.5% a year over the past 3 decades and the country’s poverty rate was cut more than half in a decade, falling from 23% in 2007 to 8.2% in 2017. Yet, the challenge remains for Bhutan to expand its economic base and make growth more inclusive, especially for unemployed youth and women. Developing a vibrant private sector is key to diversifying Bhutan’s economy, generating a more broadbased growth, and creating sustainable jobs.
Overlooking view of Bhutan.
Since 1982, ADB has supported Bhutan through various programs, mainly in energy, transport, finance, and urban development. ADB has committed loans totaling $534.06 million, grants of $269.22 million, and technical assistance of $53.75 million for the country.
Cumulative loan and grant disbursements to Bhutan amount to $540.2 million. These were financed by regular and concessional ordinary capital resources (OCR), and the Asian Development Fund.