Bangladesh–Nepal Trade Relations: Understanding the Influence of Economic Diplomacy

DOI10.1177/0973598419828024
AuthorBashir Ahmed,Mohammad Tarikul Islam
Publication Date01 June 2019
Date01 June 2019
SubjectArticles
Article
1
Department of Government and Politics, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka,
Bangladesh.
2
Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK.
Corresponding author:
Mohammad Tarikul Islam, Department of Government and Politics, Jahangirnagar
University, Savar 1342, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
E-mail: t.islam@juniv.edu
Bangladesh–Nepal
Trade Relations:
Understanding the
Influence of
Economic Diplomacy
Bashir Ahmed1
Mohammad Tarikul Islam1,2
Abstract
Economic diplomacy is one of the most important means through
which governments comprehend their national interests. Bangladesh–
Nepal bilateral relations, featuring equal and sincere treatment, mutual
support and friendship for generations, can be an example for relations
between two countries. Nepal’s relationship with Bangladesh is unique.
The relations have improved and the major stake in the relationship lies
in strengthening the border areas and in improving people-to-people
contact and furthering economic relations and trade. Economic and
commercial relations between Nepal and Bangladesh have been growing
steadily over the years. However, the volume of bilateral trade has not
seen much improvement despite tremendous potentials for expanding
and diversifying trade between the two countries. Attaching importance
to the influence of economic diplomacy, Bangladesh Government has to
focus on convincing people, even some of its neighbors, as well as South
Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) framework of SAARC that Bangladesh
Jadavpur Journal of
International Relations
23(1) 105–119, 2019
2019 Jadavpur University
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