Bangladesh–Mexico relations

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Bangladesh–Mexico relations
Map indicating locations of Bangladesh and Mexico

Bangladesh

Mexico

Bangladesh–Mexico relations refers to the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Mexico. Both nations are members of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

History[edit]

President Abdus Sattar attending the North–South Summit in Cancun; 1981.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were officially established on 8 July 1975, four years after Bangladesh obtained its independence from Pakistan.[1] In 1981, Bangladeshi President Abdus Sattar paid a visit to Mexico to attend the North–South Summit in Cancun.[2] In July 2012, Bangladesh opened a resident embassy in Mexico City.

Bangladesh and Mexico have expressed mutual interest in expanding the bilateral economic activities between the two countries.[3][4] In 2011, a business delegation from Bangladesh paid a visit to Mexico aimed at exploring potential fields for bilateral trade and investment.[5] Climate change and poverty alleviation have also been identified as potential areas for bilateral cooperation between the two countries.[6] In 2015, both nations celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations.[7]

High-level visits[edit]

High-level visits from Bangladesh to Mexico[8][9]

Bilateral agreements[edit]

Both nations have signed a few bilateral agreements such as an Agreement on the Elimination of Visa for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders (2013); Agreement on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters (2013) and a Memorandum of Understanding on Foreign Office Consultation (2015).[7]

Trade[edit]

In 2017, two-way trade between both nations amounted to US$274.7 million.[10] Bangladesh's main exports to Mexico include cotton, textiles and shoes. Mexico's main exports to Bangladesh include medicine, beer and tequila.[10] In 2016, Mexican multinational company Cemex, sold its operations in Bangladesh to Siam Cement Group.[11]

Resident diplomatic missions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mexico Mourns the Death of Bangladesh President Mohammed Zillur Rahman". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ Recordando: Cumbre Norte Sur en 1981 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Bangladesh, Mexico can cooperate in new areas". The Daily Star. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  4. ^ "BD mission in Mexico to help boost cooperation: Mexican President". UNB Connect. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Bangladesh looks to Latin America for trade". The Daily Star. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Mexico to widen cooperation with Bangladesh". Priyo News. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b Relations between Mexico and Bangladesh (in Spanish)
  8. ^ México y Bangladesh acuerdan promover un mayor acercamiento (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Bangladesh, Mexico for joint investment
  10. ^ a b Mexican Ministry of the Economy (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Siam City Cement acquires Cemex Bangladesh
  12. ^ Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Mexico
  13. ^ Embassy of Mexico in New Delhi