Germany was one of the first countries to recognise Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan in 1972, establishing diplomatic relations, and is respected as a long-standing and reliable partner in development cooperation and also as a trade partner and an important member state of the European Union.
Germany is one of the biggest export markets for Bangladesh and the two countries’ bilateral trade volume is growing steadily. Over 90 percent of imports from Bangladesh are textiles. Other exports to Germany include deep-frozen foodstuffs and leather products. German exports consist predominantly of machines as well as chemical and electrochemical products.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other organisations award numerous scholarships to Bangladeshi students and young researchers each year in order to promote the academic exchange between Germany and Bangladesh, a great number of whom have formed alumni associations.
Bangladesh is among the countries engaged in close development cooperation with Germany on the basis of intergovernmental agreements. The jointly agreed priority areas, including on renewable energies and energy efficiency as well as good governance and adaption to climate change, form the substantive framework in this regard.
In the area of good governance, a particular focus is on promoting employment conditions as well as environmental standards in the textile industry. This is a decisive aspect for the country’s further development especially with the importance of the export-oriented textile industry in mind.
Improving minimum social standards in textile production, democratic development and the situation of human rights in Bangladesh are high up on the agenda in bilateral talks.
Furthermore, Germany is supporting efforts to help the Rohingya who have fled from Myanmar with humanitarian assistance.