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US mission yields promising contacts for Luxembourg

US mission yields promising contacts for Luxembourg

2 min. 19.05.2014 From our online archive
Last week's economic mission to attract businesses from the US to Luxembourg was deemed a success with Economy Minister Etienne Schneider concluding that promising contacts were made.
(de g. � dr.) Armand Strainchamps, artiste luxembourgeois ; Georges Schmit, consul g�n�ral du Luxembourg � San Francisco ; S.A.R. le Grand-Duc h�ritier ; Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, chef du protocole de la Ville de San Francisco ; George P. Shultz, ancien secr�taire d��tat am�ricain ; �tienne Schneider, Vice-premier ministre et ministre de l��conomie

Last week's economic mission to attract businesses from the US to Luxembourg was deemed a success with Economy Minister Etienne Schneider concluding that promising contacts were made.

The delegation included the minister and Luxembourg's Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, who travelled to the West Coast of the US from May 11 to 16.

Pitching Luxembourg's location as a gateway to Europe, as well as seeking joint projects between institutions in the field of research, the group held some productive discussions with various actors, the government said in a press release.

In Salt Lake City, the delegation met with the Vice Governor of Utah state and visited the eBay data centre. During a visit to the Huntsman Cancer Institute near the University of Utah, opportunities for collaboration in research with Luxembourg public institutions, including the CRP-Santé, IBBL and LCSB, were explored.

Economic seminar

At an economic seminar organised with the support of the governor's office for economic development, the delegation gave a talk to 50 business leaders about Luxembourg's benefits as a gateway to Europe and the axes for economic development. Finally, during a reception, the Hereditary Grand Duke gave the official coat of arms of the Grand Duchy to Honorary Consul David Murrell IV, marking the official opening of the new Honorary Consulate of Luxembourg for the State of Utah in Salt Lake City.The delegation then travelled to California to San Francisco, visiting the David J. Gladstone Institute, which is affiliated with the University of California-San Francisco. Here, the delegation learned about a joint research project between this institute and the University of Luxembourg.

The delegation also visited the NASA - Ames Research Center in Mountain View and met NASA-ARC director Pete Worden to review collaborative opportunities with both companies and public research institutions in Luxembourg.

Reception in San Francisco

After visiting companies in the field of efficient energy use and storage, the Consulate General of Luxembourg hosted a reception in honour of the government delegation to which it invited Luxembourg nationals living in San Francisco as well as representatives of Californian companies operating in Luxembourg. The reception, which was attended by around 200 guests, welcomed former US Secretary of State George P Shultz as speaker.

During the reception, an art work by Luxembourg artist Armand Strainchamp "Bridges - BRECKEN" commissioned by the Consulate General of Luxembourg in San Francisco was unveiled. The economic mission ended with a visit in the Los Angeles area to the assembly facilities of Boeing Corporation satellites, including future satellite SES 9, as well as manufacturing facilities of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) , a private company that took over a part of the launch activities of NASA. The talks focused on the usability of Luxembourg technologies by Boeing and SpaceX.

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