"Robert Burns is without doubt one of our greatest cultural icons and one which we in Scotland are justifiably proud of.
His songs and poetry are sung and quoted the world over. The ideals he espoused are as valid to contemporary society as they were in his own time.
I am therefore delighted to welcome all of you to this, the Robert Burns World Federation website and wish you great enjoyment from it."
The Deputy Minister for Sport, the Arts and Culture