Over the four decades, Bangladesh-Egypt ties embraced different areas including trade and investment, education and culture, exchange of training, employment etc. On a positive note, Egypt is hosting around 4000-5000 Bangladeshi semi-skilled workers majority of whom are employed in the RMG and Textile sectors; thus contributing to both of our economic development. It is also home to some 250 students who are pursuing higher studies in Al-Azhar, Cairo University and other institutions under the Executive Program of Cultural, Educational and Media Cooperation. The two countries also exchange training programs for government officials to share expertise in the area of telecom, IT, rural development, micro-financing, agriculture and fisheries.
Bangladesh and Egypt have several bilateral instruments for cooperation in trade, culture, media, education, and also an umbrella mechanism namely Joint Commission at the level of Foreign Minister. Recently, the agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation was also signed opening further scopes for cooperation.
Bangladesh and Egypt enjoy a sound understanding and cooperation in the multilateral arena. They both hold memberships in the UN, OIC, D8, NAM and AMED. Both the countries view each other as co-partners in their shared journey to prosperity.
Of other issues, cultural ties constitute an important component. The cultural troupes from both countries visit each other and bring people and culture closer. In addition, there is increasing people-to-people contacts through visits by businessmen, scholars and tourists.