Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Busy, Busy G...

It has been a busy day for our hard working Hereditary Grand Duke and Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade.

They met with The Governor of Riyadh Province, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz. Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz who serves as Special Advisor to Prince Salman was also present. Prince Mohammed is also the son of Prince Salman (as his name indicates). The royal guests were joined by, Abdullah Yahya Al-Ma'alai, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg. Michael Lastschenko, Belgium's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, was also in attendance. Bilateral ties and areas of mutual interest were discussed.

If you're wondering why the Belgian diplomats are present...FYI, in nations where Luxembourg has no embassy the diplomatic interests of Luxembourg and services for Luxembourg citizens are met by either The Belgian Embassy or The Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Team Guillaume met with The Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. A host of Saudi officials and princes were also present. They discussed investment potential in the petroleum industry of Saudi Arabia, the development of renewable energy, oil reserves, production, and stabilization of the petroleum market.

Guillaume gave a speech at the symposium "Luxembourg: The Business Hub in Europe." The symposium was attended by members of the Belgian and Saudi diplomatic court, businessmen, princes, and officials. Guillaume and his 40 person entourage (it was 100 in Russia...GuiGui rolls deep) were promoting Luxembourg as a business hub and place to establish a European corporate office.

Guillaume also met with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. He presented Prince Alwaleed with The Order of Civil and Military Merit of Adolph of Nassau. The order is the second highest distinction of The Grand Duchy. One wonders what Prince Alwaleed or his Kingdom Holding Company could have done to merit such an honor?? In fairness, the order is frequently awarded to foreign royals but they are generally heads of state not minor princes.

The order is generally awarded for meritorious service or outstanding loyalty to The Grand Duke or The Grand-Ducal House. Additionally, all members of The Grand-Ducal House (not just the sovereign and his or her children) are born members of the order and receive their insignia upon majority. Hey, guess who is outstandingly loyal to both The Grand Duke and The Grand-Ducal House and is constantly engaged in bubbly and good humored promotion of Luxembourg and The Grand-Ducal House?????? >>>>ME<<<<

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