North American Director of World Federation of Consuls (FICAC) proposes Las Vegas venue, loses to Principality in final decision of venue for 30 year anniversary of global organization.
Second FICAC event under High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II in Monaco.
The tenth World Congress of Consuls, a triennial event of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC), will be held in the Principality of Monaco in 2012. The 2009 Congress was held in Izmir, Turkey.
A federation of consular corps organizations from around the world, FICAC is a United Nations-recognized NGO which has furthered the ancient practice of bilateral diplomacy through honorary consulates since 1982.
The Principality of Monaco beat out the Consular Corps of Nevada in the final round decision in favor of the Consular Corps of Monaco. FICAC’s North American Director is Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas, a founder of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.
“I am disappointed that Las Vegas will miss out on such a large and distinguished group of visitors, but I am excited to return to Monaco,” said Consul Biggs Sparkuhl, “The Honorary Consular Corps of Monaco is large, cosmoplitan and welcoming. I congratulate our Monaco colleagues, and look forward to the event.”
“When Monaco opens her arms to the world, and the invitation extends all the way from the Palace itself, it is tough for any other location to compete,” said Jonathan Warren, Honorary Consul of Monaco in Las Vegas, “Las Vegas may have been a bit slow on the draw. [Consul Biggs Sparkuhl’s] proposal lacked support from the City or State government, and the Nevada [Consular] Corps responded by passing new membership rules excluding out-of-state consuls accredited here, after also voting not to associate with FICAC’s largest US membership organization.
“I’m sorry my hometown will miss out,” Warren continues, “but I am thrilled that the Principality has been chosen. This will be my second World Congress [of Consuls]. I wouldn’t miss it.”
One FICAC member, Gary Furlong, is the Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan for the western United States, including Las Vegas. His consulate is based in Seattle.
“It’s too bad,” said Furlong, “Las Vegas could have been a great venue, and it would have been such a pleasure to have so many consuls to introduce to the City, from all over the planet,” he continued, “But Monaco and it’s [Consular] Corps work hard to form inclusive relationships to attract prestigious international events. The global focus of Monaco’s Consular Corps is well known and respected. They follow the highest professional standards, including strict adherence to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and other globally accepted protocols and treaties.
“The strong support of the Government for an effective, professionally run Corps makes Monaco tough competition for anyone. It is a credit to the Las Vegas members of the Consular Chamber of Commerce that Las Vegas made the final round for such a prestigious program.”
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