Diplomatic relations between Brazil and Malaysia were established in 1959. Among the points of convergence between the foreign policies of both countries are the defense of multilateralism and the protection of biological diversity.
The economic dimension of the relationship is dense, with the presence of Brazilian companies in Malaysia and Malaysian companies in Brazil. The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) has an office in São Paulo. In 2017, bilateral trade reached 3.92 billion dollars, of which Brazilian exports accounted for 2.49 billion dollars, and imports from Malaysia represented 1.43 billion dollars.
Bilateral agreements on air services, trade relations and partial visa exemption are in force. In July 2017, a mechanism of political consultations between the two countries was established, with a view to holding regular high-level meetings on themes relevant to the bilateral and international agenda.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1959 – Establishment of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Malaysia
1995 – Visit to Malaysia of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso
2001 – Visit to Brazil of the Malaysian Minister of Defense, Najib Razak
2003 – Visit to Brazil of the Prime-Minister Mahathir Mohamad
2010 – Visit to Malaysia of the Executive Secretary for the Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Ivan Ramalho
2011 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Transportation, Kong Choo Ha
2012 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Dato' Sri Douglas Uggah Embas
2015 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Dato’ Sri Hajjah Rohani Abdul Karim, to take part in the Global Summit of Women (May).
2016 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, as a guest of the Summer Olympic Games (August)
2016 – Visit to Malaysia of the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Blairo Maggi, (September)
2017 – Establishment of the mechanism of political consultations (July)