Republic of Albania
Brazil and Albania established diplomatic relations in 1961, after which the Agreement of Commerce and Payments was immediately signed.
In 1985, the Brazilian Government granted agrément to the first non-resident Ambassador of Albania in Brazil, based in Buenos Aires. In the same year, the Ambassador of Brazil in Rome became cumulatively responsible for representing Brazil in Albania.
In September, 2008, in Beijing, at the margins of the Olympic Games inauguration ceremony, the Prime Minister of Albania, Sali Berisha, met the President of the Republic at the time, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. A year later, Brazil inaugurated its resident diplomatic mission in Tirana, with the objective of strengthening friendship relations between the two countries, promoting exports and investments of Brazil in Albania and diffusing the Brazilian culture.
In October, 2011, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Albania at the time, Edmond Haxhinasto, visited Brazil and met with the Vice President of the Republic, Michel Temer, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota. In the occasion, bilateral agreements on political consultations, economic cooperation, visa regime, and cooperation among the diplomatic academies of the two countries were signed.
In March, 2012, during the visit of the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply, Mendes Ribeiro, to Tirana, a bilateral agreement on agricultural cooperation was signed.
Trade flow between Brazil and Albania reached USD 41.2 million in 2012, of which USD 37.8 million correspond to Brazilian exports. From January to August 2013, Brazilian exports to Albania reached USD 33.9 million, which represents a growth of 41.5% compared to the same period the previous year. The main Brazilian products exported to Albania are: meat (pork, beef, and poultry), sugar, and coffee.
After the inauguration of the Embassy of Brazil in Tirana, the Brazilian presence was reinforced, in 2011, with the holding of a film festival; in 2012, with the publication of the first two Brazilian works in Albanian (‘Roots of Brazil,’ by Sergio Buarque de Holanda, and ‘A Concise History of Brazil,’ by Boris Fausto); and in 2013, with the organization of an exhibition of prints by contemporary Brazilian artists.
Albania is a mountainous country, with vast mineral wealth. It has the largest European inland oil reserves and abundant water resources. Its Adriatic coast allows the development of fishery and the use of important port facilities.
Bilateral Relations Chronology
1961 – Establishment of diplomatic relations
1963 – Entry into force of the Agreement of Commerce and Payments
1985 – An agrément was requested for the first Ambassador of Albania in Brazil, resident in Buenos Aires
1985 – The Embassy of Brazil in Rome becomes cumulatively responsible for representing Brazil in Albania
2000 – Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Paskal Milo, to Brazil
2008 – Meeting between the President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the Prime Minister Sali Berisha, in Beijing
2008 – Meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Lulzim Basha, in New York, during the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly
2010 – First Ambassador of Albania resident in Brasília, Tatjana Gojnaj, presents letter of credence
2010 – First Ambassador of Brazil resident in Tirana, Rudá Gonzales Seferin, presents letter of credence
2012 – Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply, Mendes Ribeiro Filho, visits Tirana