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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.

 

FICAC - World Federation of ConsulsThe 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.

Secretary of State Clinton's message to the 9th World Congress of Consuls

Secretary of State Clinton sends best wishes to FICAC

Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl

At FICAC 2009 Monte Carlo Conference: Paulina Biggs Spakuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile

“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.”

FICAC directors P. Touliatos, Honorary Consul General of Greece in Monaco and P. Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas attend Monaco National Day opera event with J. Warren, Honorary Consul of Monaco in Las Vegas

“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.”

Consul General Furlong and Former Soviet Spokesman Vladimir Posner

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.”

Ed Prud’Homme Prudhomme, Gayle Anderson, Chief of Diplomatic Protocol, governor sandoval, David Henley, Lia Roberts

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FICAC:  World Federation of ConsulsFEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DES CORPS ET ASSOCIATIONS CONSULAIRES (FICAC), known in English as the World Federation of Consuls, was formed in Copenhagen in 1982.

FICAC North America Director Paulina Bigg Sparkuhl

FICAC North America Director Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl

FICAC is a global network of consular associations created to support and improve the status, legitimacy and effectiveness of all consular officers in all receiving States.  Now a  Brussels-based NGO, the organization has United Nations recognition and ECOSOC Observer Status.

In North America, the only membership organization is the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  Consuls within North America wishing to join FICAC may do so by joining the Consular Chamber of Commerce (free of charge), and asking for FICAC membership.  An annual charge of $50. will apply for the FICAC membership dues only.

The FICAC Board of Directors includes Consular Chamber co-founder Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas. 

FICAC takes an active role in pursuing adherence to the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations in all treaty jurisdictions around the world.  The Organization also promotes charitable and cultural events globally.

The FICAC South Asia Regional Conference will take place in New Delhi February 15-17, 2011.

Mexico has been chosen to host the FICAC World Congress of Consuls in 2012.

National Day Events include Las Vegas Consuls.

 

Consular Chamber Founders in MonacoBy invitation of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Co-Founders of the Consular Chamber of Commerce Jonathan Warren (Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas) and Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl (Honorary Consul of the Republic of Chile in Las Vegas) were whisked away on three-day so festivities in Monaco. 

The events began with a cocktail at the Palace HSH Prince Albert II, HRH The Princess of Hanover and HRH Princess Stephanie of Monaco.  The couple also had the pleasure to meet Miss Charlene Wittstock, Fiancé of the Prince.  The event included approximately 150 consuls, ambassadors and members of Monaco’s Parliament.   The following two days included a night at the Opera, the famous Mass at the Cathedral, National Day parade and plenty of nightlife.

Following the celebrations of the Monaco’s National Day, the Principality took the opportunity to intoduce its latest initiatives to the Consuar and Diplomatic Corps.

The Consular Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, through the work of member Gary Furlong, Honorary Consul General of Uzbekistan, hosted the visit of His Excellency Ilhom Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States.

Uzbekistan InformationFrom Alexander the Great, to Genghis Khan, to the Soviet Union, to independence, Uzbekistan’s challenges and opportunities are legendary.

A former Ambassador to both Russia and to India, His Excellency is now Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States.

Much of the Mojave Desert environment resembles a great deal of Uzbekistan, aConsular Chamber Presents Ambassador Nematov country the size and population of California.  While in Las Vegas, the Consular Chamber arranged for the Ambassador to speak at the World Affairs Council October luncheon on October 26, as well as tours of cutting edge power and water facilities, and a meeting with Consular Chamber organizers of the Global PURE Water Expo.  Meetings with Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Patricia Mulroy and Mayor Oscar Goodman have also been arranged.

Aral Sea reduction in UzbekistanOn the evening of October 26th, the Ambassador and Mrs. Nematova will be the Guests of Honor at Dine with Dignitaries, a Consular Chamber tradition.  Twenty-two participants will join the Ambassador and his wife for a spectacular dinner prepared by renowned Las Vegas chef Andre Roché, at Alizé, at the top of the Palms hotel in Las Vegas.  Dine with Dignitaries allows for candid, off-the-record conversation with no speeches, no agenda, no press and no podium.  Business discussion is encouraged.  Reservations may be made online.

Pak Denim receiving FPCCI Export AwardPak Denim Receives Prestigious Export Award

  

Dr. Mirza Baig, Honorary Consul General of Yemen in Pakistan and Director of Pak Denim, a major manufacturer and exporter of textiles, has received the FPCCI Export Award in Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi.  

Consul Baig’s firm has been Pakistan’s largest exporter of denim fabric for twelve consecutive years.  

FICAC Monte Carlo Conference

Consuls Biggs Sparkuhl, Baig, Warren and Dimata at FICAC Monte Carlo conference, 2009

 

 In addition to running Pak Denim and several other companies in various countries, Dr. Baig sits on the prestigious Board of Directors of the World Federation of Consuls, a UN-recognized, Brussels-based NGO working to further the effectiveness of the honorary consul.  The 25 member board also includes  Consular Chamber of Commerce co-founder Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl.