On 19 January 2023, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, the China-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ChinaLux), the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Brussels), hosted the Chinese New Year Reception at the historical “19 Liberé” building of Spuerkeess. Moderated by ChinaLux Vice-President Mr. Jacques Bortuzzo, more than 250 distinguished guests and participants came together to celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Rabbit. The reception is supported by ChinaLux Corporate member, Spuerkeess.
2023年1月19日，卢森堡商会、中卢商会（ChinaLux）、香港经济贸易办事处（布鲁塞尔）在具有历史意义的Spuerkeess“19 Liberté”大楼举办了新春招待鸡尾酒会。 在中卢商会副总裁Jacques Bortuzzo先生的主持下，250多位贵宾和与会者齐聚一堂，共庆新春，喜迎兔年。 此次招待会由 ChinaLux 企业会员 Spuerkeess 银行提供支持。
The event started with the welcome speech from Mr. Carlo Thelen, CEO/Director General of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Carlo Thelen mentioned that, after two years’ online events, the celebration could finally take place in a physical form. Mr. Carlo Thelen further stressed the long-lasting friendship and reliable partnership between Luxembourg and China. 2023 would be a year we see prosperity.
We were honoured to have H.E. Mr. Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, speak at our reception. H.E. Mr. Xavier Bettel said he was confident that China and Luxembourg would continue to cooperate closely on an international level. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Luxembourg. The China-Luxembourg relationship has evolved steadily. It is important to honour the past, celebrate the present and prepare for the future. He wished good health, and a successful year ahead.
Mr. Franz Fayot, Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg, gave his New Year wishes at the reception. Mr. Franz Fayot said 2023 would be brighter than the past three years, and he was confident that 2023 would be the year that we go back to stability. He hoped that we would bring back more peaceful times, a healthy and successful year of rabbit.
Ms. Yuriko Backes, Minister of Finance of Luxembourg, was also present at the reception. Ms. Yuriko Backes said she was particularly happy to be at the Chinese New Year reception and she stressed the sense of responsibility with lessons from the pandemic. She is planning to go to China in the year of 2023 , and she mentioned that a lot more can be done between Luxembourg and China and we should not fight protectionism with protectionism.
We were also humbled to have H.E. Mr. Hua Ning, Chinese Ambassador to Luxembourg, present at the reception. H.E. Mr. Hua Ning expressed his gratitude and stressed that Luxembourg has always been a major trade and economic partner of China. Luxembourg and China having the most dynamic relationship and mutual respect is the key to such relationship. He hoped to see the economic engine fully restart in the post-Covid era and Luxembourg continue to be the leading partner of China within the EU.
Ms. Grace Li, Acting Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, gave her best wishes for the new year. She mentioned the unique culture and business environment of Hong Kong and her wishes to create a brighter future together. The New Year is a new beginning, she wished happiness and peace for everyone in the Year of Rabbit.
Ms. Zhujun Xie, President of the China-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, expressed her gratitude to members and stakeholders of ChinaLux for their support during the past year. Taking the opportunity of this event, she mentioned CHINALUX would turn 10 years in 2023. The goal of CHINALUX is to strengthen the ties between China and Luxembourg. She wished all the best for everyone in the Year of Rabbit.
Mrs. Françoise Thoma, CEO of Spuerkeess, concluded the speeches and announced the start of the cocktail reception. She was impressed by the positive energy of the event and happy to see the fruitful cooperation between China and Luxembourg in a different context. At the end, Mrs. Françoise Thoma concluded that together, we could make a remarkable difference.
Again, great thanks to our distinguished guests, and our members and friends joining us for this wonderful Chinese New Year reception. May the upcoming year will be full of new achievements that will bring you a huge success. Happy New Year!
活动以卢森堡商会首席执行官/总干事 Carlo Thelen 先生的欢迎辞开始。Carlo Thelen先生提到，经过两年的春节线上庆祝晚会，此次庆祝活动终于可以以实体形式举行。 Carlo Thelen先生进一步强调，卢森堡与中国之间的友谊源远流长，伙伴关系可靠，2023年将是我们看到繁荣的一年。
我们很荣幸邀请到卢森堡首相 Xavier Bettel 先生在招待会上致辞。Xavier Bettel先生表示，他相信中卢两国将继续在国际层面开展密切合作。 去年是中卢建交50周年，中卢关系稳步发展。 重要的是要纪念过去，庆祝现在并为未来做好准备。 他祝愿大家在新的一年身体健康，来年成功。
卢森堡经济部长Franz Fayot先生致以新年祝福。Franz Fayot 先生表示，2023 年将比过去三年更加光明，他相信2023 年将是我们回归稳定的一年。 他希望我们能带来更多的和平岁月，健康和成功的兔年。
卢森堡财政部长Yuriko Backes女士也出席此次招待会。Yuriko Backes女士表示，她特别高兴能参加中国新年招待会，她强调了疫情带来的关于责任感的反思。同时， 她计划2023年去中国，卢森堡和中国之间可以做很多事情，我们不应该以保护主义来对抗保护主义。
我们也很荣幸邀请到中国驻卢森堡大使华宁出席招待会。华宁大使首先对卢森堡政府以及此次活动的举办方表示感谢，并强调卢森堡是中国重要的经贸合作伙伴。 卢森堡和中国的关系最具活力，相互尊重是这种成功关系的关键。 他希望看到后疫情时代经济引擎全面重启，卢森堡继续保持作为中国在欧盟内的重要合作伙伴的领军地位。
香港驻欧盟经济贸易事务署理特别代表Grace Li女士致以最良好的祝愿。她提到香港独特的文化和营商环境，希望与大家携手共创美好未来。 新年是新的开始，她祝愿大家兔年幸福平安。
Spuerkeess 首席执行官 Françoise Thoma 女士做了最后的总结并宣布鸡尾酒会开始。Françoise Thoma 女士对此次活动的正能量印象深刻，也乐见中卢两国在不同背景下的合作成果丰硕。 最后，Françoise Thoma 女士总结说，一起，我们可以做出显著的改变。
再次感谢我们的贵宾、我们的会员和朋友们参加这次精彩的中国新年招待会。 愿即将到来的一年充满新的成就，为您带来巨大的成功。 虎辞胜岁，兔跃新程！
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