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Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Advisory Board

Board of Advisors of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin

The Consular Chamber of Commerce has become one of the first institutional members of the ICD in the Western United States.

The ICD is a Berlin-based not-for-profit, non-governmental organization which was formed to promote global peace and stability through strenghening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels.  The progams and products of the ICD will be included in the activities of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  The Consular Chamber also intends to invite the leadership of the ICD to speak at functions at various locations around the world.

 Member: Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

 

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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Consular Chamber of Commerce launches multi-platform global identity verification service.

Identify.nu has launched its Facebook Identity Badge, further expanding its portfolio of correspondent online services.  The system now interfaces to provide global identity verification service for users of Facebook, Google Gmail, Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, OpenID and more. 

Identify.nu verified members have provided passport identification, in person, to a consular officer who is a verified consul member of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  The verifying consul certifies and legalizes a copy of the member’s passport, and uploads the legalized copy to Identify.nu dedicated, secure servers in Denmark. 

Consuls are exclusively contracted to perform this duty because they are vetted by both a sending and a receiving country, and have powers to legalize documents on behalf of a country, or obtain a Hague Apostille for multi-national legalization.

Consuls who upload Identify.nu passports do so in performance of consular duties, using a server dedicated to consular use only, under the protections of the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.  The result is the most comprehensive international privacy protocol, including exemption from search and seizure.

The Identify.nu social networking interface enables members to display verification that a given email address or user profile does in fact belong to the member identified by the consular officer.  The result is believed to set a new standard in connecting a social networking profile or email address with a natural person.

Outside the social networking world, Identify.nu acts as the secure exchange for verified, legalized passport copies, especially among members of the Consular Chamber of Commerce, which includes the identify.nu service in its membership.  Passport copies are required by banking standards worldwide for various transactions.  They are also required in many finance, shipping, trade and partnership endeavors, not to mention travel related use.  The ability to reliably and securely provide one’s legalized passport copy directly to the secure login of business associates  anywhere in the world is unprecedented and valuable.

To Fulfill the demand for the verification and legalization of passports copies, the Consular Chamber of Commerce compensates Honorary Consuls on an ongoing basis for each confirmation request or renewal.  The Chamber pays each consul US$10. to US$20. for each passport reviewed by the consul, and for doing the same when a passport is renewed or changed.  The Consular Chamber of Commerce recognizes only the passport as suitable identification for the identify.nu system.  Consuls can enroll to become confirmed, verifying consuls at www.consul.cc.

Honorary consuls who verify passports in urban centers may see substantial increases in volume and fee income.  The Chamber hopes to see honorary consulates become more substantial in their communities, particularly in the developing world.

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

Honorary Consul of Poland introduces Honorary Consul of Chile and Honorary Vice-consul of Guatemala to Kröl Family

Private reception benefits Museum of the History of Polish Jews

19 December, 2009, Beverly Hills, CA–/Newly appointed Las Vegas Honorary Consul of Poland John Petkus led a Krol Estate Gatheringdelegation of 5 to the Kröl mansion in Beverly hills, including Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas and Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice Consul of Guatemala in Las Vegas.

The Las vegas guests joined an intimate gathering, including the Consul of Polish Culture in Los Angeles, the Honorable Malcorzata Cup, and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Kröl family during a presentation of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.  The Kröl family has lent its considerable support to the Museum, now under construction on the site of the original Warsaw Jewish Ghetto.

The evening was a productive mix of philanthropy, business discussion and new introductions.  Kröl Vodka CEO Philip www.krolvodka.comKröl and his wife Elaine were on hand in support of the family business expansions.  With strong distribution and a devout following in the US, Kröl has its sights set on foreign markets.  The Las Vegas contingent of Influential business diplomats, introduced by Honorary Consul of Poland John Petkus, may be a sign of things to come.