Bangladeshi peacekeepers deployed in Mali
Since April 2014, the Bangladesh Peacekeeping Force has been working in Mali as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali . At that time 112 Bangladeshi soldiers left Dhaka for Mali. Finally, 8 Bangladeshi forces with 1,447 troops are working in Mali. The force includes a battalion and a navy unit of the Bangladesh Army. There are also two signal units, an engineering unit and a vehicle unit operating there.
Bangladesh and Mali have shown mutual interest in expanding bilateral trade and investment. Mali has expressed interest in importing fertilizers from Bangladesh. As Mali is a large cotton producing country, Bangladesh has expressed interest in importing cotton from Mali to expand its large textile industry. Bangladeshi textiles, medicines, jute and tea are well valued in the Mali market. The two countries exchanged views to further strengthen bilateral economic ties. Also, the formation of a joint economic body has been proposed.
In 2014, the Bangladesh Appreciation Commission signed a new trade agreement with an African country, and Mali and Nigeria are the most promising countries to implement such a new agreement.