Australia–Bangladesh relations

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Australian–Bangladeshi relations


Monthly value of Australian merchandise exports to Bangladesh (A$ millions) since 1988
Monthly value of Bangladeshi merchandise exports to Australia (A$ millions) since 1988

Australia–Bangladesh relations refer to bilateral relations between Australia and Bangladesh.


Australia was the fourth country, and the first in the developed world, to recognise Bangladesh's independence in 1971.[1] A high commission was opened in Dhaka and relations have been warm since then.[1] In 2008, Bangladesh signed a bilateral counter-terrorism MOU with Australia, their first with any country.[1] The number of Bangladeshis in Australia has increased in recent years.[1] Bangladesh is a significant recipient of foreign aid from Australia.[1][2] It received AUD 60 million in the 2015/16 budget in Oversea aid from Australia.[3]


Australian Oil and Gas company Santos is a major investor in Bangladesh's Natural Resources sector.[4] In 2014 trade betweeen the two countries crossed AUD 1 billion mark of which 450 million came from Bangladesh's exports to Australia. Australia enjoying a surplus of AUD 160 million dollar on trade.[5]


High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Australia is Lieutenant General (retired) Masud Uddin Chowdhury as of 2014.[6] VFS Global collects applications for Australian Visa in Bangladesh.[7] Greg Wilcock is the Australian High Commissioner in Bangladesh.[8]


The two countries participate in joint military exercises.[9][10]


The two countries are Test playing nations and regularly compete against each other in tournaments, series and cricket world cup.[11][12]

Human rights[edit]

Australia and Bangladesh are one of the few countries that provide the option of third gender on their passports.[13] Australia Bangladesh Solidarity Network is a human rights organisation working for the garment workers in Bangladesh.[14]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bangladesh". Australian Government AusAID. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Overview of Australia’s aid program to Bangladesh". Australian Government. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Verrender, Ian; Frazer, Simon. "Santos books $1.6 billion hit after asset writedown". ABC. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Senior Correspondent. "Australia-Bangladesh trade grows". Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Karim, Rezaul. "3 new diplomatic missions soon". The Daily Star. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Apply for VISA to Australia In Bangladesh". Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Message from the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  9. ^ HAMAL, CHADANI. "Nepal, US armies to hold joint military exercise". Nepal Republic Media. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  10. ^ PTI. "16 nations to participate in India Navy's MILAN 2014". Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Watson leads Australia to victory over Bangladesh". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Lemon, Geoff. "Australia v Bangladesh: World Twenty20 – as it happened". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Wire services. "Germany allows third gender option on birth certificates". Al Jazeera America, LLC. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Small, Jerome. "Murder not tragedy". Socialist Alternative. Retrieved 5 July 2015.