New British Honorary Council Soon to be Announced for St. Kitts & Nevis

It has been confirmed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to announce the next British Honorary Consul to St. Kitts and Nevis, to replace Mr. Peter Alcorn.

Government sources have indicated that Cabinet has already approved the recommendation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Mr. Sam Condor.

“After many years of service as the British Honorary Consul to St. Kitts and Nevis,

The Government wishes to place on record its profound thanks to Mr. Peter Alcorn and his family for their many years diligent service in the Federation and extends very best wishes for success in their future endeavours, said the release.

Mr. Peter Alcorn retired from the position in October 2010.

 

Honorary consuls are generally dignitaries or persons of position in business and society in the receiving state, (St. Kitts & Nevis), while having some connection to the sending state. Honorary consuls are not necessarily citizens of the sending states; rather, they are recognized by the sending states as persons of influence, capable of furthering the objectives of the sending state in the receiving state.

 

Honorary consuls may represent large and densely populated counties, or, as is often the case, small countries in the developing world, such as St. Kitts & Nevis, which seek to promote business diplomacy.

Most honorary consuls are people of means or independent wealth who do not receive monetary compensation for their service as consul. They may have other business interests.

 

Many hold the title for life. Such long term establishment of official representation is invaluable to the sending state. Honorary consuls are often called upon to provide back channel information or communications, diplomatic advance team logistics, local reputation perceptions and government relations. Many come from previous careers in trade, business or elected office.

Honorary consuls are unique in that they are officials of both the sending state and the host state.

 

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