Nepal and ADB
In the Spotlight
Clean drinking water is giving small towns across Nepal a new lease on life, as ADB joins forces with the government in a ground-breaking scheme that sees consumers taking a direct stake in local water agencies.
Numerous studies have shown that weak infrastructure is one of the most critical binding constraints, and that Nepal needs to annually invest 8–12% of GDP to resolve the bottlenecks within a decade. ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang discuss the key enablers that the country needs to double or triple infrastructure investments.
ADB and Nepal’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) launched a photo exhibit to commemorate 50 years of partnership that started when Nepal became a founding member of ADB in 1966. The photo exhibit runs until 25 January in Kathmandu and between 30 January and 1 February in Pokhara.
ADB and the Government of Nepal celebrated the breakthrough of the first key section of the Melamchi Tunnel. When completed, the Melamchi Tunnel will carry to Nepal’s thirsty Kathmandu Valley 170 million liters of water per day from the Melamchi River and another 340 million liters of water from the Yangri and Larke Rivers by 2021.
Nepal has made notable socioeconomic progress in recent years. Literacy rates have increased, poverty rates have declined, gender disparities have narrowed, and social inclusion has improved.
Nepal now strives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to graduate from least-developed country status.
ADB's country partnership strategy for 2013-2017 supports the government's development objective of accelerated, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth.
Nepal is a member of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.
View the ADB and Nepal fact sheet.
- Macroeconomic Update: Nepal
Published twice a year, it reviews and analyzes Nepal's real, fiscal, monetary, and external sectors
Projects in Nepal
- Regional Urban Development Project
- Second Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Improvement Project
- Strengthening Higher Engineering Education
- South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Customs Reform and Modernization for Trade Facilitation
- Tribhuvan International Airport Capacity Enhancement Investment Program