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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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

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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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