On November 16, 2021 the First Meeting of the Mexico-Bangladesh Bilateral Consultation Mechanism was held to promote political dialogue, economic relations and cooperation between Mexico and the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
The two delegations agreed to promote contacts and better mutual knowledge between the two societies, and to strengthen the institutional framework for the development of bilateral relations.
In this sense, in order to strengthen the bilateral legal framework, the conclusion of ongoing negotiations will be promoted, namely: instruments on information exchange and customs cooperation; promotion of academic research; education and training of diplomats from both sides; as well as the promotion of cultural and educational exchanges.
In this last area, Mexico will seek to bring cultural manifestations to the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, during 2022, which will include an exhibition on the Cultural Heritage of Mexico recognized by Unesco, and a collection of paintings on amate paper.
Likewise, opportunities for future cooperation in public policies on gender equality and for the promotion of tourism were identified, among other areas of interest to the two governments.
In the economic sphere, both parties welcomed the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Western Mexican Council for Foreign Trade (Comce) and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries of Bangladesh (FBCCI), highlighting the great potential they offer the two markets for Mexican and Bangladeshi companies. Mexico is the main destination for Bangladesh's exports in Latin America (2020). For its part, Bangladesh is Mexico's 15th largest trading partner in Asia-Pacific.
The meeting was co-chaired by the Director General for Asia Pacific of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Claudia Franco Hijuelos, and by the Director General for the Americas of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Mr. Toufiq Islam Shatil. On the occasion, there was the outstanding participation of the Mexican Ambassador to India, concurrent with Bangladesh, Federico Salas Lotfe, and the Ambassador of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Mexico, Abida Islam.