Hon'ble Mr. Vivek Burman President HCCD- India, Hony. Consul General of Nicaragua
Greetings from HCCD-India!
It gives me great pride and immense pleasure to send you my best wishes on the inaugural event of your Chapter. I would have loved to be a part of this event in person but that was not possible due to the National Day celebrations of Nicaragua being organized by me in the capital. However we are all there with you in spirit and solidarity.
Consuls relations have been established between peoples since ancient times. The history of the consular function is largely associated with the development of international trade and the economic interest of States.
Tracing the history of consular functions, one comes across a classical term "Proxenos" which meant a citizen of a city state(usually rich), who felt friendship towards another city state and therefore he voluntarily took up some of roles which are fulfilled, in present times, by honorary consuls, Proxenos also used all his contacts and influence to support friendship or alliance with the town which he voluntary represented-like for example, Cimon, a Proxenos of Sparta in Athens who operated there even before the outbreak of the first Peloponnesian War (460 BC-circa 445 BC), nearly 2500 years ago.
The origin of honorary consuls can be traced back to the 8th century, especially to china, India, and the Middle Eastern regions. In Europe, the origin of the consular institution takes us to ancient Greece where, in 12th Century, the first figure of the consul emerged and development to its present and more complex structure. The official Consular Corps was first established in France at the end of the 18th Century. Other states soon followed. The office of the honorary consul was originally sanctified by common law. The extraordinary increase of consulates during the 19th and 20th Centuries highlighted the need for a more precise legal framework, particularly concerning the consular service and the status of consuls.
After years of consultations and preliminary work, the United Nations Conference on Consular Relations met in Vienna (Austria) and adopted on April 24, 1963 the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and two optional protocols. The Convention 'baptized' both categories of consuls, gave them a legal status, invested them with the UN authority and gave them global reach and recognition. Over ninety countries as well as several international organizations attended the Conference. It came into force on 19 March 1967. To date, the Vienna Convention has been ratified by over 130 countries.
Thus we must be conscious of this privilege and honour bestowed upon us and always work towards maintaining and enhancing the image and role of this office. You have all our support and good wishes. We look forward to your active participation in all matters and suggestions and feedback. I am sure in times to come, our Bangalore chapter is sure to be the benchmark for excellence, enthusiasm and dedication.
Mr. Vivek Burman
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