Bangladesh (People's Republic)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Relations between Bangladesh and South Africa were initiated during President Mandela's inauguration in 1994. This was signified by the presence of the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister at the inauguration.

On 10 September 1994, formal diplomatic relations were established between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Bangladesh

The South African High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is accredited to Bangladesh

H E Mr G Q M Doidge
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Bangladesh Representation in South Africa

H E Mr S A Chowdhury
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

The High Commission of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the High Commission of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Pretoria.

High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
410 Farenden Street

Tel: 012 343 2105

Health Requirements

Immunisation against hepatitis A and B as well as Japanese encephalitis is strongly recommended before departure from South Africa. Immunisation against poliomyelitis, tetanus and typhoid (Vivotif Berna) is also recommended. Precautions should also be taken against malaria. Cholera is endemic to Bangladesh and immunisation against cholera as well as the usual precautions are advisable.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Bangladesh has a tropical climate and is hot and humid in summer (March to June) and there is routine flooding. During the monsoon (June to October) Bangladesh is cool and rainy. Winters in Bangladesh can be cool and dry (October to March).

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Taka (Tk)

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

The first Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) between Bangladesh and South Africa was held on 11 June 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The second SOM is scheduled to be hosted in South Africa in 2013. The South African delegation was led by the Deputy Director-General: Asia & the Middle East, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Dr A Sooklal, while Ambassador Mustafa Kamal, Additional Secretary, Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Bangladesh Delegation.

Former First Lady, Mrs Zanele Mbeki has paid several visits to Bangladesh, the last being from 15-19 February 2004, to attend the Asia-Pacific Micro-credit Regional Summit.

Secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan on an official visit from 27-29 October 2011.

Bangladeshi Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed, (ND), participated in the IONS Seminar hosted by the SA Navy in April 2012 in Cape Town.

Law Study Visit 26 May – 3 June 2012, by Barrister Shafique Ahmed, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs of Bangladesh.

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Statistics

South Africa's main exports to Bangladesh include iron ore, steel, aluminium and Ingots, coal, non-ferrous metals, news print, project equipment for power, ports and infrastructure projects and machinery and equipment for the Bangladesh Railways. The main exports to South Africa from Bangladesh include raw and finished jute, leather (bovine and tanned), textiles and garments as well as black carbon.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Bangladesh, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa

Interest Groups and Information

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