The 12th of May 2019 marked the opening of a new Honorary Consulate in Luxembourg, representing the Republic of Kazakhstan. The opening ceremony was held in Val-Ste-Croix at the Scheiss Cultural Centre, with an audience of around 80 prominent figures.
These included Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Belgium and Luxembourg, Mrs. Aigul Kuspan, along with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel. A brass plaque was unveiled at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the official inauguration of the consulate, which took place during another celebration honouring the fifth year of business in Luxembourg for Eurasian Resources Group.
Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan
Mr Benedikt Sobotka, the CEO of Eurasian Resources Group, was appointed Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Luxembourg earlier in the year, on the 17th of January 2019. Sobotka was presented with a traditional robe at the launch ceremony, receiving much applause as he donned the garment.
Sobotka commented on the welcome that ERG had received when first establishing its headquarters in Luxembourg some five years previously and the continued support offered to the group as it worked to strengthen and grow the business.
Sobotka’s speech discussed the fact that investors and large corporations are welcomed to Luxembourg with open arms and made to feel at home. As part of his role as Honorary Consul, Sobotka holds responsibility for building bridges between the two nations.
Considering this, he invited everyone present at the Luxembourg ceremony to visit Kazakhstan, emphasising the importance of using culture to help strengthen relationships between people.
The Luxembourg / Kazakhstan Business Relationship
Luxembourg and Kazakhstan have maintained a strong business relationship for many years. Prime Minister Bettel commented at the ceremony on the fact that Kazakhstan had been one of the first countries to offer him a welcome when he took on the role and mentioned the previous opening in Kazakhstan of the Honorary Consulate of Luxembourg.
Bettel expressed gratitude for the trust that Kazakhstan has traditionally shown Luxembourg, pointing out that it was a combination of the acknowledgement of differences between the two nations as well as the things they have in common that formed the foundation of the relationship. Ambassador Kuspan also spoke of the Luxembourg Consulate in Kazakhstan, as well as congratulating ERG on its continued success in Luxembourg.
Once the formalities were completed, the ceremony continued with performances from musicians from both nations and cuisine from both Kazakhstan and Europe served at the cocktail reception.
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