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Message from the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh
I very much welcome the opportunity to begin my assignment as Australia’s High Commissioner during the 40th anniversary year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Bangladesh.
Australia was among the first countries in the world to recognise Bangladesh after it achieved independence in 1971. We are old friends, sharing Commonwealth ties, democratic traditions and people-to-people links.
Australia moreover welcomes the continuing growth of its relationship with Bangladesh. Our two-way trade has doubled during the past three years, reflecting Bangladesh’s significant economic growth.
Almost 30,000 Bangladeshi-born people live in Australia, and the community has been growing strongly during recent years. The personal ties between us, forged by family, business, education – and by our shared love for cricket – are striking.
Australia’s development assistance to Bangladesh is also growing, having more than doubled during past five years. Our focus is health, education, water and sanitation, and managing the effects of climate change and disasters.
On our website you will find information about Australia’s foreign policy and development programs; trade and investment; visas and immigration; education in Australia; and answers to frequently asked questions.
The website also has consular advice for Australians. I encourage Australian citizens and permanent residents in Bangladesh to register with the Australian Government through the High Commission or Smartraveller at www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Registering with the High Commission will help us to find you in an emergency. It also allows us to pass other information to you such as new Travel Advisories, advice of elections in Australia, and other important notices.
Greg Wilcock, High Commissioner
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