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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.
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
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
South African High Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka
in South Africa
H E Mr S A Chowdhury
High Commissioner Extraordinary
Commission of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Visa Requirements for South Africans
more information contact the High Commission of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
410 Farenden Street
Tel: 012 343 2105
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.
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).
up-to-date weather information click here.
monetary unit is the Taka (Tk)
For current exchange rates click here.
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.
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please
contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0851/0837.
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 Afghanistan, visit the web site of the Department
of Trade and Industry of South Africa
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