Vatican

Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas, co-Founder of the Consular Chamber of Commerce and North American Director of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC), was among twelve consuls invited to the Vatican on May 11, 2011.  Consul Biggs Sparkuhl was accompanied by Consular Chamber co-Founder Jonathan Warren, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas.

Pope Benedict XVI is awarded the FICAC Gold Star. His Holiness is pictured with FICAC President Hon. Arnold Foote, Jr. and FICAC Secretary Hon. Aykut Eken

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received the FICAC Gold Star, which has been awarded by FICAC only to distinguished world leaders.  The framed presentation will hang in the Vatican Museum, which FICAC President Hon. Arnold Foote, Jr. said “will always serve as a reminder of the highest recognition ever received by the World Federation of Consuls.”

Other invited consul members of the FICAC Board of Directors flew to the event their homes in Thailand, Cyprus, Turkey, Jamaica, Monaco, Greece, Philippines, India and Brazil.

FICAC Vatican

FICAC is a global federation of consular organizations.  A United Nations-recognized NGO, the group has served to preserve and maintain the honorary consul as the oldest form of bilateral diplomacy, and promotes adherence to the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.

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Ambassador Nemotov presents Consul Warren with traditional Uzbek jacket

On the Occasion of the March 11 Spring Gala of the Prevent Cancer Foundation titled “The Enchanting Principality of Monaco,” members of the Consular Chamber of Commerce and the Consular Corps of Nevada made visits to four Washington, D.C. embassies.

Lunch at the Embassy of Uzbekistan

 

In addition to the Gala, participants enjoyed a private dinner at the home of the Ambassador of Monaco, a private luncheon at the Metropolitan Club hosted by the Principality of Monaco, a private lunch with the Ambassador of Uzbekistan arranged by Consul General Gary Furlong at the spectacular Uzbek embassy, coffee with the Consul General of Austria at the Austrian Embassy, and meeting with the Cultural Attaché and First Secretary at the Embassy of Chile.

Among the topics of discussion were tourism, international business and expansion of the consular corps and of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC). 

Felix Danciu and Kim Schmidt with Ambassador Noghes of Monaco

Within the past year, officers and board members of the Consular Chamber have made over a dozen embassy visits in Washington, D.C. alone, including embassies of Austria, Slovakia, Monaco, Uzbekistan, Chile, Guatemala and others.  Expansion of the Consular Corps in Nevada has been discussed with embassies of countries not yet represented in Nevada, in hopes of increasing the number of consuls in Las Vegas to be on par with the number of visitors and percentage of foreign investment in the City. 
  
 
  

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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.

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.

 

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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“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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