Liechtenstein Opens Honorary Consulates in Asia

At the end of June, Liechtenstein opened its first Asian honorary consulates in Hong Kong and Singapore, two vibrant and rapidly-growing economic centers. The occasions were marked by a visit to Singapore by Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and the opening of an exhibit at the National Museum of Singapore, featuring selected pieces from the Princely Collections.

H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick present Loo Choon Chiaw his appointment as Liechtenstein's Honorary Consul to Singapore.

Together with Foreign Minister Dr. Aurelia Frick, H.S.H. Prince Alois of Liechtenstein was present for the ceremony appointing Mr. Loo Choon Chiaw the Honorary Consul of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Singapore on June 27. Several other members of the princely family were also present at the appointment. Esteemed guests included the Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mayor of Central Singapore They were joined by ambassadors and representatives from 28 countries and business leaders from the region for the reception.

While in Singapore Foreign Minister Frick signed a Double Taxation Agreement with the country. In 2003 the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) signed a free trade agreement with Singapore. Since then the economic exchanges and investments between Liechtenstein and Singapore have strengthened significantly, especially within the areas of manufacturing and finance.

H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois was received by Singapore's President Tony Tan. Talks were also held with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Lim Hng Kiang, Singagpore's Minister of Industry and Trade along with various discussions held within the Singapore Foreign Ministery.The main points of discussion revolved around the deepening of both countries' bilateral relations in the areas of finance and foreign trade. In the framework of the United Nations, Liechtenstein and Singapore work closely together on global governance issues. Singapore is the founder of the Global Governance Group (3G) to which Liechtenstein belongs. It advocates for better inclusion and transparency in the proceedings of the G20.

A highlight of the visit was the opening of an exhibition on June 27 of 91 masterpieces from the Princely Collections unveiled at the “Princely Treasures of the House of Liechtenstein” exhibit at the National Museum of Singapore. The exhibit runs until September 29, 2013.

Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick presents Henri Leimer credentials appointming him Liechtenstein's Honoary Consul to Hong Kong.

On June 28 an honorary consulate was opened in Hong Kong by Foreign Minister Dr. Aurelia Frick. The new Honorary Consul is Henri Leimer, CEO of LGT Banking Asia Pacific and President of LGT Asia. Mr. Leimer grew up in Liechtenstein but has lived in Hong Kong the past twenty years. Present at his appointment were government officials and high-ranking officers of Hong Kong’s consular corps, as well as leaders from the business and finance sectors in Hong Kong.

Liechtenstein and Hong Kong already maintain well integrated and engaged economic relations. In June of 2011 both signed a Double Taxation Agreement. Both are also able to take advantage of the free trade agreement between EFTA and Hong Kong. The opening of the honorary consulate will allow both countries to deepen their relations, especially in the areas of finance and exports.

While in Hong Kong, Foreign Minister Frick also met with Hong Kong's Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung.

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