Consular Chamber of Commerce Events


 

International Business Association 17th World Trade Conference

Consular Chamber of Commerce co-founder and President Emeritus  Jonathan Warren will be the keynote speaker opening the 17th World Trade Conference  & U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Awards, May 4th, 2010 in Ontario, California.

Mr. Warren is a past-President of the Nevada Committee on Foreign Relations, which later merged into the Las Vegas World Affairs Council.  He co-founded the Consular Chamber of Commerce a not-for-profit, independent, global chamber of commerce; the Order of Consular Emissaries, a group of volunteers supporting Honorary Consulates; Dine With Dignitaries, hosting dignitaries at intimate dinners in many countries; Identify.nu, the Chamber’s proprietary global identity verification service, and;  countries.consul.cc, the Chamber’s proprietary global directory of local area information and mapping.  

Jonathan went on to conceive and create the Office of the Legal Attaché of the Consular Chamber, and the Consultancy of the Consular Chamber.  He then gained acceptance of the Chamber as a institutional member of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, the first such member in the western United States.

Mr. Warren will be speaking on the catalysts and motives in forming the Consular Chamber, and the capabilities it brings to its membership.  He will also provide his opinions as to where the group will go under its present leadership.  The following afternoon, he will be moderating a panel of experts on Global Opportunity Zones.

 

Hakan Tekin, Consul General of Turkey visits Las Vegas
Honorary Consul Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Gayle Anderson, Consul General Hakan Tekin, Jonathan Warren, Honorary Consul Lena Walther

Consul General Hakan Tekin spoke to a large lunch audience brought together by the Las Vegas World Affairs Council, on the subject of “Turkey’s Role in a Dynamic and Troubled Region”.

Consul General Tekin took unfiltered questions from the diverse audience, before meeting and greeting the many attendees. 
Consular Chamber of Commerce accompanies Las Vegas World Affairs Council

Attorney Lloyd Baker appeared somewhat shocked at the size of the gathering in his law office at 500 S. 8th Street in Las Vegas on March 31, 2010.  The at-capacity crowd gathered for the open house launch of office space donated by the Mr. Baker to the Consular Chamber of Commerce, for use by member consuls either residing in, or visiting Las Vegas. 

photography courtesy Gregory Smith Images

The event was also sponsored by Mundo ‘Culinary Haute Spot’ Restaurant, located just blocks away at World Market Center.  Mundo proprietor George Harris recently invited the Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas, Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, to choose Chilean wines for the menu at the restaurant.  Two of the four wines adopted for the Mundo menu were presented at this event, as well as a few of Mundo’s award-winning hors d’oeurves.

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl encouraged all to please patronize Mundo and have a glass of Chilean wine, making the point that each glass of wine poured was helping the Chilean economy recover from the disasterous recent earthquakes in the heart of the wine region.

Consular Chamber of Commerce Open House at Lloyd Baker Law Building
Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan; Lena Walther, Honorary Consul of Sweden; Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile; Lloyd Baker, Consular Emissary; Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice-Consul of Guatemala; Marco Varela, Consular Emissary

In recognition of their ongoing support of his Consulate, Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice-Consul of Guatemala, took the opportunity to induct Lloyd Baker and Marco Varela into the Order of Consular Emissaries.

Consuls in attendance:

  • Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan in Seattle
  • Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas and North American Director of FICAC
  • Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice-Consul of Guatemala in Las Vegas and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas Clark County Library District
  • Lena Walther, Honorary Consul of Sweden in Las Vegas
  • The Vice-Consul of El Salvador in Los Angeles (career consul), Juan Antonio Salamanca Escolero
Juan Antonio Salamanca Escolero, Vice-Consul of El Salvador in Los Angeles

Juan Antonio Salamanca Escolero, Vice-Consul of El Salvador in Los Angeles joined us in Las Vegas

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Vienna Conventions on Consular RelationsConsular license plates often avert minor infractions by traffic patrols.  This is due to the fact that tickets written to honorary consuls are routed to the State Department, which refers the ticket back to the diplomatic mission of the country the consul represents.  Diplomatic immunity can then be cited to absolve the consul of any infraction.  The ticket typically does not produce revenue, which some say may cause it to be less likely to be written to begin with.

Honorary consuls in the U.S. will seldom take advantage of this benefit, as they would typically rather not cause their embassies, ministries of foreign relations, consuls general or the State Department to have to deal with such minor issues.  Also, the protection only exists when the honorary consul is driving a car with consular license plates.

The Legal Attaché of the Consular Chamber of Commerce is therefore introducing free traffic ticket resolution services for confirmed member Honorary Consuls who reside in, or are visiting Las Vegas.  Consuls may join the Consular Chamber of Commerce and confirm their consular status free of charge at www.consul.cc.  Legal Attaché attorneys in Las Vegas will negotiate traffic tickets for Consul Members upon request by online interface at MotiongGranted.us.

The Consular Chamber of Commerce intends to extend the practice in other cities throughout the US, following the Las Vegas test trial of the program

Las Vegas Business Press

Discretion cited as key component of new service initiated in Las Vegas. 

“While some attorneys have long specialized in making embarrassments for high-profile clients ‘go away,’ they often only handle cases for Americans.  Because much of the Consular Chamber’s membership is foreign…they might not be as familiar with how the court system works.”  –  Tim O’Reilly, Las Vegas Business Press

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The following report was provided by the World Federation of Consuls:

Honorable President:

Good morning.  Allow me to report that the Dominican Republic did not sustain any significant, reported, damage as a consequence of the unfortunate earthquake that hit our neighboring Republic of Haiti yesterday at around 6pm.
 
We were at a Consular Corp meeting and felt the tremors but there was no cause for undue alarm here in Santo Domingo. Cautionary measures were taken in the evening and up to today but the reports are that No damage was sustained.
 
The Consular Corp will offer its assistance and solidarity to the coordinating authorities,
 
Please use this information as you deem it usefull for our colleagues in the FICAC,
All the best

 
Rosendo Álvarez III
Honorary Consul of Estonia in the Dominican Republic

Dedicated platform allows honorary consuls to upload legalized passport images to secure server, under Vienna Convention protections

In the ongoing battle to solve the identity verification problem, in particular where the internet and small business are concerned, a new standard may have been set.

Pointing out the fact that the passport is the only globally recognized form of identification, privacy experts with the Consular Chamber of Commerce have launched identify.nu into beta testing.

Secure Sharing of Verified Passport ID Via the Internet

Identify.nu provides a platform where by verified consul members of the Consular Chamber of Commerce may elect to upload legalized passport copies to a secure server, dedicated to the service.  The fact that the server only accepts uploads from confirmed consul members, and only when they are acting in consular capacity, applies certain privacy protections.   Perhaps the most important of these is exemption of the data from the right of search or seizure under the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations of 1961.  Seizure by corrupt officials of documents, often disclosing identites of competetive project or contract bidders, has been a major concern of ID verification services in the developing world.

Confirm Identities of Potential Business Partners the World Over

The legalization may be done by the country which issued the passport, if the consul member represents that country, or it may be by Hague Apostille, the internationally recognized legalization recognized by most countries in the world.  The uploading consuls are compensated for the service by the Consular Chamber of Commerce, which includes the service in its subscription memberships, starting at $59. per year.  

With the identified parties always in ownership of their data, state-of-the-art encryption, secure data storage in Denmark, ability of members to individually authorize each other to download their passport copies, and a developer who is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), the Consular Chamber hopes that new standard may set.

Reducing Identity Theft

With identity theft the number one crime in the United States, using passports for identification is seen as a remedy.  The ability to steal one’s identity with a passport data page only extremely difficult, as the document has no address, no social security number and no signature sample.

Already the standard for membership in the Consular Chamber of Commerce, the organization is marketing the product globally.  The concept was well received when proposed by Consular Chamber Members to the International Forum on Document Authentication in 2009.

Mr. Alex Fortunati and Support Services of America has become a substantial financial underwriter of Cocktails with the Consuls.

 

Las Vegas Attorney Lloyd Baker has become a substantial financial underwriter of Cocktails with the Consuls.

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