Bangladesh–Sierra Leone relations

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Bangladesh-Sierra Leone relations
Map indicating locations of Bangladesh and Sierra Leone

Bangladesh

Sierra Leone

Bangladesh–Sierra Leone relations refer to the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Sierra Leone. The relations between the two countries have been largely influenced by the contribution of Bangladesh forces as part of United Missions Peace Keeping mission in Sierra Leone.

High level visits[edit]

In 2003, then president of Sierra Leone Ahmad Tejan Kabbah paid an official visit to Bangladesh.[1]

Bangladesh forces in Sierra Leone[edit]

Bangladeshi peace keepers played an important role in fighting the rebels during the Sierra Leone Civil War as part of United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone.[2] The peace keepers have also made vital contributions in rebuilding the nation after the civil war and building several important infrastructure.[3] Describing the Bangladeshi peace keepers' contribution, Former Sierra Leone President Ahmad Kabbah said,[4]

People of Sierra Leone not only welcome Bangladeshi troops, but they are reluctant to let them leave as well.

Social development[edit]

Bangladeshi NGOs including BRAC are operating in Sierra Leone and are working in the areas of microfinance, agricultural development etc.[5][6]

Investment[edit]

Sierra Leone has sought Bangladeshi investments especially in garment, textile and agricultural sectors. There have been major investments in Sierra Leone by Bangladeshi companies in the agricultural sector, the most notable being Bangladesh based Bengal Agro Limited which has invested $50 million and has set up a rubber processing plant in Sierra Leone which is the first of its kind in West Africa.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President of Sierra Leone arrives, talks today". The Daily Star. UNB. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ Rasul, Ilyas Iftekhar (5 December 2010). "Bangladesh's contribution to UN peacekeeping missions in Africa (Part II)". The Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Blessed are the peace makers". The Daily Star. 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Freetown seeks investment in garment, textile". The Daily Star. 23 October 2003. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ "In Sierra Leone, BRAC-SL On Malaria-Free Campaign: Sierra Leone News". news.sl. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  6. ^ "In Sierra Leone, BRAC Launches Phase 2 Nutrition Campaign in Kenema : Sierra Leone News". news.sl. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Sierra Leone to get first rubber processing plant: Business and Finance-africareview.com". africareview.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  8. ^ "4 years Bengal Agro project as… US$ 39m Bangladeshi investment poured for Agriculture « Awoko Newspaper". awoko.org. Retrieved 25 January 2014.