China’s ambassador, Zeng Xianqi, hailed in the year of the goat that officially starts Thursday 19 February. He invited guests to view a special exhibit from the Imperial Palace in Beijing featuring reproductions of calligraphy and painting from the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, which was displayed during the reception. In his speech, the ambassador also touched on subjects such as China’s constitutional reforms, deeper international cooperation and restructuring.
Luxembourg’s finance minister, Pierre Gramegna, who recently attended the yearly Asia Financial Forum in Hong Kong, encouraged participants to consider travel to Hong Kong to attend future forums. His enthusiasm and observations on concepts such as “deal flow” offered insight on how savvy entrepreneurs use innovative methods to connect and create new ventures.
Speaker Linda Lai noted that HKETO is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Europe this year. She offered other news of good fortune, such as the streamlining of bureaucratic processes for people doing business in China, the opening of the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone and the fact that €550 million will be injected into the Innovation and Technology Fund.
Mikkel Strørup addressed the crowd in Luxembourgish, Chinese and English to say that Chinalux has just reached its 100th member this past week. Companies such as Deloitte, Bank of China, PwC and ICBC are active members. He said: “It’s important to keep a balance of representation. That’s why we emphasize an even balance of Chinese and non-Chinese participating businesses, so that there is a good mix of interests; much like the Chinese concept of yin-yang.”
Meeting of cultures and fields
Followong the formal programme, reception attendees Philipp Spangenberg and Zhiyu Cheng told Delano that they both enjoyed the fine art exhibit as an example of how art and finance work hand in hand to enrich society.
Françoise Schmitt, an instructor at Institut National des Langues, complemented the catering by de Schnékert, which served the 550 guests an average of a dozen varieties of oriental-themed hours d’oeuvres.
Simone Martin from Intertrust and Wendy Feng of Heimann Europe agreed the event was a smashing success with opportunities to meet international residents, many of which are fluent in both Chinese and Luxembourgish.