Message from the High Commissioner of Bangladesh

 

I welcome you all to the official website of the High Commission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Canada.

The relations between Bangladesh and Canada dates back since the emergence of Bangladesh on 16 December 1971. Bangladesh became the member of the Commonwealth on 18 April 1972 with the support of Canada and other friendly countries. Canada co-sponsored a resolution in the General Assembly supporting admission of Bangladesh into the UN on 17 September, 1974. Canada also supported Bangladesh for the membership in other UN agencies and international organization such as the World Bank.

Bangladesh opened diplomatic Mission in Ottawa, Canada in May 1972. Canada recognized Bangladesh on 14 February 1972, established diplomatic relations with Bangladesh on 20 March 1972, and opened resident diplomatic mission in Dhaka on 25 September 1973. Since then, relationship between two countries has been developing steadily, and over the decades has transformed into robust partnership.

The present government led by Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attaches great importance to Bangladesh-Canada bilateral relations, and considers Canada as an important development partner of Bangladesh. The same views were also reflected from the Canadian side on several occasions during bilateral visits and multilateral conferences.

In terms of development assistance, Canadian Government is working closely more than ever to promote democratic values, socio-economic development and education in Bangladesh. Canada greatly values Bangladesh for its’ important role in the regional setting involving connectivity, economic cooperation and counter terrorism.

Canada's trade relations with Bangladesh has rapidly grown over the last one decade, which is presently US$ 2.38 billion (March 2016). Bangladesh is the 2nd largest source of RMG imports to Canada.

Bangladesh is the role model for economic development in the world, according to the World Bank & IMF, GDP (based oncurrent price)of Bangladesh is now US$ 205.3 billion ranking 44th in the world economy. It was US$ 149.99 billion in 2013 ranking Bangladesh 58th in the world economy. World Bank’s latest estimates (July 2015) of Gross National Income per capita (GNI) shows that Bangladesh has become a lower-middle income country by joining the annual incomes of $1,046 to $4,125. In five years’ time revenue-GDP ratio increased from 10.9% to 14.1%. Present government under the visionary leadership of the Hon. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working hard to transform Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041 and thus realize the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build a Sonar Bangla or Golden Bengal.

Having more than 100,000 Bangladeshi diaspora, Bangladesh has an important presence in the Canadian public life. Our expatriate community is playing a significant role in building Canada’s economy and also contributing towards Bangladesh’s economic growth through sending remittance.

I strongly believe that the existing bilateral relations between the two countries would further strengthen through the bondage of friendship and people to people contact.

Long live Bangladesh-Canada friendship . . . . . .

Mizanur Rahman
High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Canada