Asian Development Bank and Bhutan: Fact Sheet
Asian Development Bank | June 2010
Updated yearly, this ADB Fact Sheet provides social and economic indicators on Bhutan as well as concise information on ADB's operations in the country and contact information. Since 2004, Bhutan’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth has averaged above 7% per year, raising per capita GDP to about $1,800. Bhutan has made steady progress in reducing poverty since 2000, with poverty incidence estimated to have declined to 23.2% in 2007, from 36.3% in 2000. Bhutan is moving toward achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is on track on almost all of them. Despite progress, Bhutan remains a poor country. Inequality is high, with the top quintile consuming eight times more than the lowest quintile. At the same time, the economic base remains narrow, with hydropower accounting for some 12% of GDP and 45% of national revenues. The Government of Bhutan aims to diversify the economic base by enabling greater private sector participation in development—a central pillar of its growth, employment generation, and poverty reduction strategy.
CitationAsian Development Bank. 2010. Asian Development Bank and Bhutan: Fact Sheet. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/5714.
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