Evolving Global Order and Indo-Bangladesh Relations: New Dimensions, and Opportunities






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A lot more can be done to promote already blossoming India-Bangladesh friendship in terms of trade, investments and people-to-people contacts. Indo-Bangladesh trade is yet to cross USD 10 billion. In 2013, Bangladesh exported 2.2% of its total export to India whereas in 2019 India’s share in Bangladesh’s export has declined to 1.3%. In the same period, China’s share in Bangladesh’s export has increased from 0.64% to 4.22%. In the case of imports, Bangladesh’s dependence on China has substantially increased in recent times. In 2013, India’s share in Bangladesh’s total imports was 16.9%. This share declined to 7.3% in 2019. However, China’s share in the corresponding period has increased from 8.5% to 48.9%.

The same trend is observed in FDI inflow to Bangladesh. In 2018 Indian FDI share in Bangladesh has marginally increased from 3.3% in 2013 to 4.3% in 2018, whereas, during the same time, the Chinese FDI share has increased from 2.4% to 31.1%

In a multipolar world when global leadership alters, India can become the most important development partner of Bangladesh. This survey is meant to identify the scope and opportunities for reinforcing Indo-Bangladesh friendship for prosperity.

This exploratory pilot survey of the Asian Confluence (
https://www.asianconfluence.org) uses the 'snowball sampling method’, to identify mainly the restraining forces that are active on both sides of the border.

This pilot survey, which uses the 'snowball sampling method’, tries to identify the restrictive forces that are active on both sides of the border.
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