Bangladesh–Ivory Coast relations
Contributions of Bangladesh peace keepers
Bangladeshi peace keepers have been serving in Ivory Coast since 2004 as part of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire and are the largest contributor to the mission. Bangladeshi peace keepers provide security services and medical aid. In 2008 and 2013, the peace keepers were awarded the United Missions medal. In 2010, Major General Abdul Hafiz from the Bangladesh Army was appointed the Force Commander of the UN mission in Ivory Coast. The Bangladesh Air Force have also contributed troops to the mission and, as of 2014, have 104 personnel and three Bell-212 helicopters stationed in Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast has been identified as one of a number of West African countries that might provide opportunities for Bangladeshi businesses to lease unused cultivable lands as part of food security programs. Ivory Coast businesses have also expressed an interest in implementing Bangladeshi agricultural technologies.
Bangladeshi investors have expressed an interest in establishing fruit processing industries in Ivory Coast. Bangladeshi medicines and ready made garments have been identified as products with significant demand in Ivory Coast.
- "Bangladesh eyes trade, farming in west Africa". The Daily Star. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
Bangladesh plans to open a new front in agricultural production and trade in west African countries, which have vast fertile and fallow land and import almost all commodities. Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes, who led a five-member fact-finding mission to four West African countries -- Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Senegal -- from August 24 to September 2, said this at a media briefing at his office yesterday...Businesses could go to those countries with agriculturists and farmers, lease land at cheap rates and apply the modern farming technologies to cultivate rice round the year like Bangladeshi farmers.
- "Road accident kills six Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Ivory Coast". Bdnews24.com. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
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- "Gen Hafiz made force commander". The Daily Star. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- "Air Force to send fresh peacekeepers to Ivory Coast". The Independent. Dhaka. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
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Zamble Bitah, one of the 175 Ivorian MPs...Bitah, who is also a businessman, said he is very much interested to do business with Bangladesh. "I would like to import medicines and garments from Bangladesh. Presently our medicine market is dominated by Chinese drugs. We know that Bangladeshi medicines and garments are good and affordable."...Bitah said he has heard that Bangladesh's high-yielding agriculture technology is up-to-date and he is interested to introduce that to his country.