Bilateral and Multilateral Co-operation
Bangladesh is a member of the Commonwealth, the UN and its specialised agencies, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) – giving the country a broad range of multilateral relationships. Bangladesh has had loose relationship with Japan since its birth, especially as Japan was one of the first countries to recognise it as a sovereign state. Japan has played a major part in nursing the country through development, through being a major aid source to Bangladesh. Other examples of their co-operation include legislation relating to the protection of investment, cultural interchange, and mutual state visits. Bangladesh maintains strong bilateral ties with other countries expressed through organisations such as the Department for International Development (DFID-UK) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).