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Government Expenditure (As % of GDP) in Afghanistan

Source: World Bank, National Statistical Office, IMF estimates (Oct 2020)
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Government expenditure as a share of GDP reached 28.0 % in 2019 in Afghanistan, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 3.24 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, government expenditure as a share of GDP in Afghanistan reached an all time high of 28.9 % in 2018 and an all time low of 6.94 % in 2002. When compared to Afghanistan's main peers, government expenditure as a share of GDP in Iran amounted to 17.0 %, 22.0 % in Pakistan, 29.5 % in Tajikistan and 13.6 % in Turkmenistan in 2019.

Afghanistan has been ranked 99th within the group of 172 countries we follow in terms of government expenditure as a share of GDP, 29 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

Government expenditure (or spending) includes all government consumption and investment but excludes transfer payments made by a state.

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