Nepal-Bangladesh Relations >>
established diplomatic relations with Bangladesh on 08 April, 1972.
Nepal was the 7th country to extend recognition of
Bangladesh’s sovereign rights and independence soon after its
independence. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the
bilateral relations between Nepal and Bangladesh are characterized
by cordiality, goodwill, mutual understanding and shared values and
aspirations of the people. Nepal and Bangladesh share similar views
on various issues of common interests and work closely in various
regional and international forums, including the UN,
NAM, SAARC and BIMSTEC.
Exchange of visits at high levels from both sides have
contributed to consolidate close bond of relations between the two
neighbours. Rt. Hon Prime Minister Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai had
fruitful bilateral meeting with Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime
Minister of Bangladesh during the UNGA session in New York in
September 2011 and during the 17th SAARC Summit held at
the Addu Island of the Maldives in November 2011.
Most recently, Hon. Narayan Kaji Shrestha 'Prakash', Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs visited Dhaka
from 4-6 September 2012 to attend the international conference on
People's Empowerment and Development. On the occasion, he called on
H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister and held extensive bilateral
meeting with H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh.
Earlier, a Nepalese
delegation led by Foreign Secretary Mr. Durga Prasad Bhattarai came
to Dhaka for a three-day official visit on 30 July 2012.
The two Foreign Secretaries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
on the establishment of regular bilateral consultation mechanism
between the the two Foreign Ministries at Foreign Secretaries
level. The first round of bilateral consultation is scheduled to be
held in Kathmandu in the latter part of 2012.
Economic and Commercial Relations: Economic and commercial relations between Nepal and
Bangladesh have been growing steadily over the years. However, the
volume of bilateral trade has not seen much improvement despites
tremendous potentials for expanding and diversifying trade between
the two countries. Nepal mainly exports lentils, oil cakes,
cardamom, wheat, vegetable seeds, noodles etc.to Bangladesh. Imports
from Bangladesh include industrial raw materials, chemicals, fabrics
and textile materials, jute products, electric and electronic items.
Secretaries Meeting: The two Commerce Secretary’s meeting
held in Kathmandu from 28-29 July 2012 had important
outcomes to boost bilateral trade and transit such as “Operational
Modalities for the Carriage of Transit Cargo between Nepal and
Bangladesh", preferential access to Nepalese products to Bangladesh,
as well as trade and transit facilitation, and harmonization of
A delegation led by Joint Secretary Mr. Anwar Hossain, Power
Division of Bangladesh visited Nepal from 25 -28 July 2012. The
purpose of delegation was to explore the possibilities of
cooperation in power sector between Nepal and Bangladesh. Detail
discussions were held on the possibilities of construction of a
dedicated transmission line, grid inter connection, power exchange
between the two countries through India, import of Nepal's surplus
power, and joint venture in hydro power projects in Nepal.
Bangladesh Government has provided transit facilities at Chittagong
and Mongla Ports. The overland trade and transit route to Bangladesh
from Kakarbhitta-Phulbari-Banglabandh has also been operational
since September 1997. Bangladesh has also provided additional rail
corridor to Nepal via Rohonpur-Sighbad for bilateral trade and
Air Services Agreement: As per the air service
agreement between the two countries, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and
United Airways-- a private airlines of Bangladesh have been
operating their flights in Dhaka-Kathmandu sector on daily basis,
which have contributed tourism promotion and people to people
contact between the two countries.
Under the Technical Cooperation Agreement signed between Nepal and
Bangladesh in April 1976, Bangladesh offers some scholarships every
year to Nepalese students in the field of Medicine. Besides, every
year hundreds of Nepalese students come to Bangladesh to study
medicine, nursing, dentistry, engineering and other courses. At
present, more than 2,500 hundred Nepali students are engaged in
higher studies in various cities in Bangladesh.