Carlo Krieger, pictured right, with Heinrich Kreft, German ambassador to Luxembourg, is the first Luxembourg ambassador to South America to be based in the country
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Luxembourg has opened its first embassy in south America, with Carlo Krieger leading the project.
Krieger took up his official duties on 1 September in Brasilia, Brazil, where he has been working out of the Belgian embassy. One of ambassador Krieger’s first tasks will be to find a more permanent site for the embassy and then recruit staff.
“We spoke to him before he left to identify the Luxembourg companies which are active in Brazil and the problems they encounter,” Violaine Mathurin of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce told Delano on Wednesday 13 September, adding: “It’s a first in South America. We could even say it’s a first in Latin America because Mexico is covered by Washington.”
The opening will no doubt serve to further boost business relations between the two countries and build upon the work of Luxembourg's last ambassor to Brazil, who was based out of Luxembourg, and the Luxembourg Brazil Business Council.
Krieger studied at the Lycée Classique d'Echternach and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Chicago’s MA programme.
He has served as Luxembourg ambassador to Russia, Kazakhstan and Georgia (2003-2007) and China, Mongolia and Pakistan (2007-2013). More recently, he worked as director for consular affairs and international cultural relations at the ministry of foreign and European affairs in Luxembourg.