Jabir Al Fatah

The foreign relations of People’s Republic of Bangladesh share the Bangladeshi government’s policies in its external relation with international community [1] . Bangladesh is representedthrough its embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Swedish development process in Bangladesh beganshortly after 1971. Since then, Sweden has played very important role to improve the situation inBangladesh.

There are several important sectors in which Sweden has contributed estimably to Bangladesh.Notable among the Swedish contributors is
"Sida", a well-known non-profit organization, activelyinvolved in development with Bangladesh in a number of areas. Following are the sampling ofthe many fields in which Sweden has donated time, energy, and knowledge since the 1970s.
Education
The government plan in Bangladesh for the education sectors has earned a number of positiveresults since 2005, with Swedish support [2]. The enrolment rate is gradually rising, new positionsfor educators are filled and about 4000 new educational institution are being built for extremelypoor children [3] . Sweden will continue this support in education sectors until 2017.As an example, Sweden-Bangladesh polytechnic school (BSPI) for adult is one of the oldest andwell reputed institutes in Bangladesh. It was established in 1963, with the help of Swedishgovernment [4] . This school runs under the ministry of education in Bangladesh through directorate of technical education while the course curriculum is controlled by the Bangladeshtechnical education board.
Health
The Sida support has a special focus on sexual and reproductive health care in both urban andrural areas. That has caused the significant progress of healthcare in recent years, such as reducedinfant mortality and increased immunization coverage.
Democratic development
An important part of Sweden’s development in democracy is directed to civil society organization and their democracy. One example is transparency International Bangladesh thatreviews and works for institutional informs at the national level and the grassroots mobilization atthe local level, for increased awareness of corruption and increased accountability [5] . Moreover,Sweden supports several important initiatives aimed at improving woman’s right and violence against woman.
Climate change and environment
Because Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change due to its geographicalsettings, Sida supports Bangladesh in the implementation of its climate strategy and thestrengthening of its disaster management system. Aside from those, Sweden is supporting severalprojects, including water and sanitation.In 2009, from 22-24 th October, Sweden hosted a special event named European Developmentdays in Stockholm. The prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheik Hasina (also the current primeminister) participated in that event [5.1] . One of the components of the event was increasing theawareness about climate change among the countries that are mostly affected by the disaster.
Employment
Sweden is working through several public private development partnerships to improve thequality of vocational trainings and to increase workers right, especially in the textile industry [6] .
Business
This is the most interesting and important area in terms of relationship between these twocountries. Sweden Bangladesh business council (SBBC) is a non-profit association with thepurpose of promoting and supporting its members [7] . The task of the SBBC is to spread theinformation regarding trade related issues. It also helps its members to exchange experiences andnetworking.
A list of few members (among many) is given below
Ericsson
H&M
Handelsbanken
Exportkreditnämnden
Base of Trade AB
Bhuiyan Consulting AB
Swedfund International AB
Global Enterprise A&S
Alestra AB
Svensk Handel
Membership benefits
Access to a network: Through the membership both people can get accessto a powerful network with good experience and share knowledge aboutBangladesh and Sweden.
Delegation:
Receive invitation to participate in valuable meetings withdelegation from and to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh-Sweden trust funds
Bangladesh-Sweden trust fund (BSTF) was formed in 1984 with the assistance of theGovernment of Sweden. The objective for this BSTF is to provide financial aid for studentstravelling abroad for higher studies. This fund offers one way air travel fare to the eligiblecandidates [9]

Bangladesh-Sweden relationship is very important from trade and economic perspective. Swedenhas very sharp focus on poverty reduction, healthcare, education, promoting human rights etc.Through their works and in cooperation with Bangladesh, Sweden contributes to implementingSwedish policy for development in Bangladesh. And hopefully Sweden will carry out theirenhanced development cooperation with Bangladesh.

Bibliography
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[2] Sida. (2009). http://www.sida.se/ . Retrieved 22 05 2015, from Our work inBangladeshhttp://www.sida.se/English/where-we-work/Asia/Bangladesh/Our-work-in-Bangladesh
[3] Sida. (2009). http://www.sida.se/ . Retrieved 22 05 2015, from Our work inBangladeshhttp://www.sida.se/English/where-we-work/Asia/Bangladesh/Our-work-in-Bangladesh
[4] Bangladesh-Sweden Polytechnic Institute. (2013). http://bspi.gov.bd/ . Retrieved 22 052015, from Bangladesh-Sweden Polytechnic Institutehttp://bspi.gov.bd/
[5] Sida. (2009). http://www.sida.se/ . Retrieved 22 05 2015, from Our work inBangladeshhttp://www.sida.se/English/where-we-work/Asia/Bangladesh/Our-work-in-Bangladesh
[5.1] Mainul Islam Nasim. (2009). https://www.youtube.com. Retrieved 22 05 2015, fromChannel S - STOCKHOLM - Ambassador Imtiaz talks on PM Sheikh Hasina's SWEDENvisit in Octoberhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE4YHyfSIH0
[6] Sida. (2009). http://www.sida.se/ . Retrieved 22 05 2015, from Our work inBangladeshhttp://www.sida.se/English/where-we-work/Asia/Bangladesh/Our-work-in-Bangladesh
[7] Sweden - Bangladesh Business Council. (Unindentified). http://www.sbbc.se/ . Retrieved 22 05 2015, from Welcome to SBBChttp://www.sbbc.se/SBBC/Home_-_Welcome.html
[8] Sweden - Bangladesh Business Council. (Unindentified). http://www.sbbc.se/ . Retrieved 22 05 2015, from Welcome to SBBChttp://www.sbbc.se/SBBC/About_us.html
[9] Bangladesh-Sweden Trust Fund. (2014).http://bstf.erd.gov.bd/app/standard/login/login.php. Retrieved 22 05 2015, fromBangladesh-Sweden Trust Fundhttp://bstf.erd.gov.bd/app/standard/login/login.php

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