Nades Knighted With ‘Order of Leopold’

Naturalized Citizen and Chairman of the Institute of Business Studies, Mick Nades, has been knighted with the &ldquo’Order of Leopold,” the highest Belgian National honorary’Order.

Mr Nades has been the honorary consul for Belgium in PNG since 1994, and has contributed a lot to the bilateral relations of PNG and Belgium.


Recently appointed Ambassador of Belgium to PNG, Jean-Luc Bodson, knighted Mick Nades during a special ceremony last night.


Officially known as the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters as well as those of several other major international organisations such as NATO.


Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres, and has a population of about eleven million people.


It’s popular for Chocolate and Belgian waffles, a variety of beers and French Fries originated from there.


Last night PNG’s honorary consul to Belgium, Mick Nades, was given special recognition for his services to the Kingdom.


Newly appointed Belgian Ambassador to PNG, Jean Luc Bodson, had the honor of officially knighting Mr Nadez.


The naturalized citizen was selected out of three others who were also running for the post. He began on the 31st of December 1993.


The Belgian Ambassodor said his country was lucky to have an excellent honorary consul in PNG for more then 20 years.


And to thank Mr Nades for his services, his majesty King Philippe decided to bestow the title of knight in the’Order of Leopold.


Mr Nades recounted some of the challenges he faced. The ambassador said there is room for improvement between Belgium and PNG.


He plans to bring a delegation of Belgian businessman in the coming months.

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