Relation at a Glance

India and Bangladesh– Relations at a Glance

Establishment of Relations

1971

Brief History

The relationship between India and Bangladesh is anchored on the history, culture, language and shared values of secularism, democracy, and countless other commonalities between the two countries.

National Leaders – India

President – Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Vice President – Shri Venkaiah Naidu 

Prime Minister – Shri Narendra Modi

National Leaders-

Bangladesh

President Mr Mohammad Abdul Hamid

Prime Minister – Mrs Sheikh Hasina

Key Visits (President, VP, PM) to Bangladesh

Prime Minister’s Visits:

1. June 06-07, 2015

Key Visits (President, VP, PM) to India

Prime Minister’s Visits:

1. April 7-10, 2017

2. May 25-26, 2018

Main Treaties and Agreements

Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the Government of India and The Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh Dacca, 19 March 1972

During the visit (6-7 June, 2015) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh, 22 bilateral documents (Including Agreements – 12 ; MoUs – 10) were concluded including the exchange of instrument of ratification for India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement (LBA). Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina paid a State Visit to India from 07-10 April 2017.

During the visit (07-10 April, 2017) of Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, 36 bilateral documents (Including Agreements – 4; MoUs – 15) were concluded in various areas including civil nuclear energy, space, information technology, defence and capacity building etc. 

Working Groups

  • Bangladesh-India Joint Working Group (JWG) on the establishment of Indian Economic Zones (IEZs).
  • Joint Boundary Working Group (JBWG).
  • Joint Group of Customs.
  • Joint Working Group on Trade.
  • Standing Committe on the Protocol on Inland, Water, Transit and Trade (PIWIT).
  • Inter-Goverment Railway meeting.

Bilateral Trade – Last Three years

Total Trade:

1. 2017-18- 9300.00 US$ million

2. 2016-17- 7521.79  US$ million

2. 2015-16-  6,762.09 US$ million

3. 2014-15-  7,072.84 US$ million

Major Imports:

1. Vegetables textiles fibres.

2. Articles of apparel.

3. Animal, vegetable fats and oils

4. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery

Major Exports:

1. Cotton and cotton yarn

2. Vehicles

3. Iron and Steel

4. Electrical machinery and equipment.

Key Officials

Minister of External Affairs India – Smt. Sushma Swaraj.

Minister of State for External Affairs India – Gen. (Retd) V K Singh

Foreign Secretary India – Shri Vijay Gokhale

HC – India to Bangladesh-Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla

HC – Bangladesh to India -Mr Syed Muazzem Ali

[RUNNING UPDATE – LAST UPDATED ON 12 April, 2019 TO INCLUDE YEARS 2014-2018 ONLY]

SOURCES:

  1. Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
  2. Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.