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Honorary Consulate General of India, Tirana
Mr. Petraq Gramo
Honorary Consul General
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Basic facts about Albania
Name of the Country/Capital: Republic of Albania/Tirana
Population: 3,011,405 (2012 estimate)
Area: 28,748 square Km.
Currency and Exchange Rate: Lek US$ 1 = Lek 123.26 (Jan,2015)
Language: Albanian (based on the Tosk dialect in Latin script)
Time: IST -3 ½ hrs (Summer) IST -4 ½ hrs (Winter)
President: H.E Mr. Bujar Nishani http://www.president.al
Prime Minister: H.E. Mr. Edi Rama http://www.kehilliministrave.al
Foreign Minister: H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati http://www.mfa.gov.al
Albania is moving steadily to a modern open-market economy.
The government has been successful in curbing organized crime and reviving economic activity.
The economy was bolstered by annual remittances of $600 million from abroad, primarily from Greece and Italy, which helps offset the country’s trade deficit.
Textiles and clothing, food processing, lumber, cement, chemicals, and mining are the main industrial activities.
Agriculture accounting for 20.21% of GDP, is being modernized with consolidation of holdings.
Wheat, corn, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, sugar beet, grapes; meat and dairy products are the main agricultural commodities.
Natural resources consist of petroleum, natural gas, coal, chromium, copper, timber, nickel.
The government is also improving the road network across Albania and the saturated port facilities.
The main exports are textiles and footwear, asphalt, metals and ores, crude oil; vegetables and fruits and tobacco; and the main imports are machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, textiles and chemicals.
GDP (PPP): $13.25 billion (2013 est.)
GDP (Nominal): $7.93 billion (2013 estimate)
Global Trade: $7.892 billion (2013 estimate)
Imports: $5.493 billion (2013 estimate)
Exports: $2.399 billion (2013 estimate)
GDP (Per capita): $8200 (2012 estimate)
Diplomatic relations were established in 1956.
Bilateral political relations between India and Albania are cordial and friendly.
Foreign Office Consultations were held in February 2003 in Tirana and in New Delhi in January 2006.
Albania opened an embassy in New Delhi in early 2008.
Albania has also appointed an Honorary Consul in Mumbai and Delhi.
The Foreign Minister and Speaker of Albania visited India in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
MOS(PK) Mrs. Preneet Kaur visited Albania from July 7-10, 2012 along with a business delegation of CII.
MOS called on PM, Speaker, Deputy PM and Minister of Economy, FM, and had delegation-level talks with FM.
Agreed Minutes were signed between CII and Albanian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
CII delegation had introduction with National Investment Board of Albania.
A Manipuri Dance troupe also performed in Tirana in November 2012, in honour of the 100th Anniversary of Independence Day of Albania on 28 November.
Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with Albania has been signed in New Delhi on July 8, 2013.
A Protocol on Foreign Office Consultations exists and a bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA).
Trade and Investments
Trade between India and Albania is mixed, with pharma leading.
During 2013-14, bilateral trade reached US$ 217.53 million (India's exports were US$ 18.73 mn and imports were US$ 198.80 mn).
During 2014-15 (Apr-Feb) bilateral trade was measured at US$ 671.13 mn (Exports US$ 396.62 rnn, Imports US$ 274.51 mn).
India also exports coffee, chemical industry products; vegetable products; mechanical, electrical machinery and equipment; textiles; tires and plastic products.
There are shops in Tirana that exclusively sell Indian products (fashion garments, furniture, furnishings and souvenirs) imported via Turkey and Greece.
India imports chemical industry products and metal alloys.
ITEC and other exchanges
For 2014-15 India has allocated 2 slots to Albania under ITEC.
Albania diplomats have been invited to the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs.
Albanian TV has been telecasting Indian documentaries.
Albania has closed its Mission in New Delhi in August,2014 as part of its austerity measures which included closing down of its missions in several Asian countries.
Albanians can apply for Indian visas at the Indian Mission in Bucharest. The first step is to apply online and visit the embassy for biometrics one day after completing online visa application.
Air links with India
Travel routes to Albania from India are through Rome, Frankfurt, Vienna, Istanbul or Dubai.
The Indian community in Albania is miniscule (less than 65).
Occasionally Indian personnel have been used to complete construction projects.
The international airport of Albania is named after Mother Teresa who is highly revered by Albanians.