The agreement was signed in a formal ceremony at the High Commission of Bangladesh in New Delhi on 12th January 2023, by Ms Jacqueline Mukangira, High Commissioner of Rwanda to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh with residence in New Delhi, and Mustafizur Rahman, the High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh accredited to India.
The signed BASA has created a basis upon which, airlines of the two countries can operate air transport services, which is the fastest mode of transport, that can facilitate the movement of people, cargo and mail, in the context of strengthening business bonds and promoting tourism between Rwanda and Bangladesh.
The signing of this agreement followed consultations of officials of Civil Aviation Authorities and diplomatic interactions between both countries.
The agreement is expected to contribute enormously to the economic growth of both countries, and notably provide the Rwandan private sector with access to a market of more than 160 million people.
Rwanda and Bangladesh are also still negotiating various agreements that will bring their bilateral cooperation to greater heights.
High Commissioner Mukangira is representing Rwanda in five countries namely; India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal. Within the jurisdiction, Rwanda has already entered into Bilateral Air Service Agreements with India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Rwanda and Bangladesh have been enjoying good diplomatic relations since 2012.
Both countries are among the biggest troop contributors to the UN peacekeeping Missions.