Reference Number: PR 2731, Press Release Issue Date: Dec 12, 2012
Joachim Hietzig, long-serving Honorary Consul General of Malta for the States of Bavaria and Saxony in the Federal Republic of Germany, passed away on 5th December 2012 at the age of 93. Dr. Hietzig was first appointed Honorary Consul of Malta for Bavaria in 1970 and, in 1992, following German reunification his responsibilities grew to incorporate the State of Saxony. In the 33 years of his voluntary service to Malta he contributed strongly to the excellent relations between Malta and the States of Bavaria and Saxony, especially in the fields of bilateral economic relations, tourism, student exchanges and culture.
Dr. Hietizig was born in 1919 and studied political economy and general technical sciences at the University and Technical College of Berlin. After the war he settled in Munich and founded in 1946 the IMAG, Internationale Messe und Ausstellungsdienst GmbH, (the International Fair and Exhibition Services Company), paving the way for the future trade fair industry in Munich and for the participation of the German export industry in trade fairs and markets the world over. The IMAG was soon very successful and quickly came to represent the German economy abroad. During his career he was awarded a number of honours at federal and state level including the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Bavarian Order of Merit, as well as the National Order of Merit of Malta.
In the course of his 33 years of dedicated and outstanding service to Malta, Dr. Hietzig took every opportunity to promote German-Maltese relations. He contributed in no small measure to the growth in tourism from Germany to Malta as well as the increase in German investment in Malta. In the eighties Dr. Hietzig was instrumental in attracting Rodenstock, Bogner and Lodenfrey to open subsidiaries in Malta. He regularly organised and facilitated trips to Malta of business and parliamentary delegations from Bavaria. Dr. Hietzig was very active in hosting investment promotion seminars for Malta. He was also a member of the Munich Press Club.
In the cultural field, Dr. Hietzig organised several exhibitions of Maltese art. Notably, in 1993, he organised an important exhibition of 50 works of art by Maltese painters at the Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich and in 1996 initiated a photo exhibition – “The great charm of a small country” – held also at the Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich. Dr. Hietzig’s consular office attended to the daily consular work involving Maltese citizens in Bavaria and Saxony as well as formally welcoming prominent Maltese guests travelling to the region. He frequently travelled to Malta on various occasions to maintain close personal relations with personalities from the political and business community in Malta. The government and people of Malta salute this extraordinary man who loved Malta intensely and who consistently seized every opportunity to promote closer relations between Malta and the States under his jurisdiction. He will be deeply missed by his many Maltese friends.