Our vision is to advance the bilateral relationship between the Republic of South Africa and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg where the existing development cooperation agreements function at an optimal level, sparking innovative ways to unlock potential areas where the expansion of cooperation would be mutually beneficial.
His Excellency, Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi presented his Letters of Credence to His Royal Highness, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg on 13 June 2012. Since 1994, South Africa and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg signed seven bilateral agreements ranging from economic to development cooperation in the areas of health and agriculture. During South Africa and Luxembourg’s ongoing relations, a number of high level engagements took place including the Crown Prince Henri’s visit to South Africa in 1994 for inauguration of President Mandela, the Grand Duke’s private visits in 1992 and 1996, Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel’s visited Luxembourg and President Mandela’s meeting with Prime Minister Junker in Cardiff in 1998.
South Africa and Luxembourg share an active economic relationship, with a number of South Africa’s largest companies having subsidiaries or European Head Quarters registered in Luxembourg which serves as the centre of the international financial community. By drawing from the expertise and strengths of both countries, we envisage partnerships that enable the people of South Africa and Luxembourg to reap the maximum benefits of intergovernmental collaboration.
Furthermore a group of South African under the banner of ‘Friends of South Africa’ plays a significant role in promoting people relations. The group has been playing a key role in Luxembourg for more than a decade, coordinating celebrations for South African’s national day and endorsing the image and products of South Africa.
What services fall within the ambit of South Africa’s Bilateral Relations with Luxembourg?
- The Mission aims to support South Africa’s Honorary Consul in Luxembourg whose office is empowered to take care of the interests of South African citizens and to aid and assist them in all their mercantile and lawful affairs.
- The Bilateral section at the Embassy is responsible for ensuring that relations between South Africa and Luxembourg remain sound through regular effective engagements with an array of interlocutors.
- The section also ensures that the Mission promotes trade and investment to South Africa through its website and annual publication depicting past successes and future objectives.
- The section also organizes activities and events aimed at promoting and facilitating tourism to South Africa.
Ambassador Nkosi participated in Luxembourg’s National Day celebrations on 23 June at the invitation of the Grand-Duke.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation – www.dirco.gov.za
Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs- http://www.mae.lu/