June 15, 2017
CDI Hosts Successful Citizens Soiree: A Dinner for Diplomacy
Citizens Diplomacy International (CDI) and its President Siobhan Lyons hosted “Citizens Soiree: A Dinner for Diplomacy”, highlighted by the presentation its Citizen Diplomats of the Year Award to Tom and Kathy Jennings for their longtime commitment to CDI. A large turnout of our region’s most globally-minded leaders enjoyed cocktails, a buffet dinner and an extraordinary networking opportunity at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Several CCAP Members, including Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York, and Associate Members were in attendance.
June 5, 2017
CCAP Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception
Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia hosted its Second Quarterly Members Meeting of 2017 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation conference center in Philadelphia. Membership participation was outstanding, highlighted by the first attendance by new Members Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India in New York, and Alberto Hart, Consul General of Peru in Paterson, New Jersey.
Association business included approval of the Minutes from the March 21, 2017 Meeting, a review of Membership growth – particularly in the Associate Membership category, the calendar of upcoming events, the financial review and other activities. On behalf of all CCAP Members, John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia, presented a Resolution of recognition and appreciation to Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia and recently appointed Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, for his loyal service to CCAP.
The Members Meeting was followed by a Cocktail Reception, with Legacy Members, Associate Members and guests also in attendance. Event Sponsors included Brandywine Realty Trust, Cozen O’Connor, Delaware River Stevedores, Holt Logistics and Talson Solutions. Host sponsor was the Chemical Heritage Foundation whose President, Dr. Robert Anderson, provided welcoming remarks. Congressman Patrick L. Meehan (R-PA7) then provided thoughtful comments on many of the critical issues facing the United States and the world.
CCAP’s Third Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception will occur in September, with date, location and speaker to be announced.
June 3, 2017
HC Montanaro Hosts Former Austrian President Fischer
Dr. Heinz Fischer, former President of Austria (2004 – 2016) and his wife, Margit, were guests of Gregory Montanaro, Honorary Consul of Austria, and the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation in a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia’s
historic and cultural sites.
Dietrich Botstiber emigrated to the United States in 1938 and later established the foundation to promote an understanding of the historic relationship between Austria and the United States through a series of humanitarian and scholars programs.
The former President’s visit culminated with an elegant dinner at the Union League of Philadelphia where he and his wife were joined by Hon. Gregory Montanaro, Terrence A. Kline – Administrator of the foundation, Hon. George Heindl – Consul General of Austria in New York, Hon. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, Hon. Harry Schaub – former Honorary Consul of Austria,
Hon. Peter S. Longstreth – Honorary Consul of Uruguay and other distinguished guests.
May 29, 2017
CG Canepari Promoted to Italy’s Ambassador to Caribbean
May 19, 2017
AJC Previews Lithuanian Holocaust Memorial Project
The American Jewish Committee of Philadelphia and Southern NJ (AJC) hosted a luncheon at the offices of Saul Ewing in Center City Philadelphia which provided a preview of a Holocaust Memorial planned for the city of Kaunas, Lithuania.
Special guests included Rolandus Krisciunas, Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States; Ray Batkus, the Memorial’s artist; and Jonas Audejaitis, member of Kaunus’ City Council.
Krista Bard, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, played a central role in organizing this exciting event, introduced Ambassador Kisciunas and assisted in describing the project.
May 16, 2017
Community Celebrates Guatemala Day at City Hall
Philadelphia’s Guatemalan community gathered at City Hall to celebrate recognition of Guatemala Day. Pablo Garcia Saenz, Consul General of Guatemala in New York, presided over a flag raising ceremony and received an official welcome and proclamation (Proclamation) from Sheila Hess, City Representative of Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration. Service awards were also presented to leaders of local Guatemalan organizations.
Consul General Garcia Saenz noted the importance of a growing Guatemalan population in the region and the possible need for a more substantive consular presence in Philadelphia. His visit also included meetings with various City officials and community groups.
May 9, 2017
CG Dayan and Israeli Delegation Visit Harrisburg
Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, and a delegation of colleagues spent a productive day in Harrisburg, addressing the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the State Senate, as well as meeting privately with Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor Stack.
May 1, 2017
Mexican Flag Raising Ceremony Opens Mexican Week
Mexico’s rich cultural diversity was celebrated throughout the week of May 1 – 6 in a series of colorful celebrations. The opening event was a flag raising ceremony and reception at Philadelphia’s City Hall, attended by City officials, diplomatic representatives and members of the community. Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphi, Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico and Rafael Utrera, President of the Mexican Cultural Center, provided comments prior to the actual flag raising and folkloric dancing accompanied by mariachi music.
April 26, 2017
CCAP Thanks LG Stack for National Day in Harrisburg Program
The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia hosted a well-attended reception at the Union League of Philadelphia to express its appreciation to Lieutenant Governor Stack for his central role in the development of a program to celebrate Member country independence or national days in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Harrisburg.
April 25, 2017
HC Scullin Introduces French Ambassador Araud to Philadelphia
Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France, arranged a busy schedule for H.E. Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, during the diplomat’s recent visit to Philadelphia. An event hosted by Perry World House and a luncheon at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College introduced Ambassador Araud to local business, academic and cultural leaders.
April 25, 2017
CCAP Supports Pan American Day Luncheon
CCAP Members attended the Pan American Association of Philadelphia’s Pan American Day Luncheon at the Union League of Philadelphia. The annual event was presided over by PAAP Chairman Abelardo Lechter and President Romulo Diaz. Keynote Speaker Dr. Christopher Sabatini, Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, provided an overview of U.S.-Latin American relations and opined on Trump administration-driven scenarios. Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia, directed the local college scholarship awards ceremony.
April 20, 2017
Philadelphia Bar Association Celebrates 20 Year Relationship with Lyon, France
The International Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association hosted a several day celebration of its 20-year “twinning” relationship and exchange program with its counterpart in Lyon, France. The schedule of events was kicked off with a Welcome Reception in City Hall where Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France and founder of the Philadelphia-Lyon partnership, provided background and introductions of Mayor Jim Kenney and the two bar association chancellors.
April 18, 2017
Pyramid Club Hosts “An Evening in Mexico”
With support from the World Trade Center, Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, Mexican Cultural Center and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, the Pyramid Club hosted an “Evening in Mexico” with delicious food, vibrant music and insightful comments for an audience representing all five memberships.
Linda Conlin, President of WTC’s Philadelphia office, presided over a brief agenda which included an overview of Mexican-U.S. relations by Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia, and an introduction to Mexico’s tourist treasures by Ivan Martinez-Vega, Northeast Director of the Mexico Tourism Board. Most importantly, the group enjoyed a fun, dynamic social and cultural experience.
April 14, 2017
CCAP Participates in Liberian Business Forum
Charles Gray, Honorary Consul of Tanzania, represented CCAP at the Liberian Business Forum, an event hosted by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and State Senator Sharif Street at the offices of Greenberg Traurig in Center City Philadelphia. The special guest was H. E. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, who was accompanied by a delegation of dignitaries from his country. Following introductory statements by individual participants, the group discussed ways to develop stronger trade and investment ties between Philadelphia and Liberia.
April 11, 2017
Panama VP Visits Alma Mater St. Joe’s
April 9, 2017
Poland Transfers WYD Cross to Panama
During Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday ceremony, the World Youth Day cross was transferred from the organizers of the last international celebration in Krakow, Poland to those planning the next WYD meeting in Panama in 2019. The World Youth Day celebration was established by Pope John Paul II in the mid-1980s and is hosted every two or three years in a different city. Panama expects 350,000 pilgrims, 800 bishops and 200 cardinals on January 22 – 29, 2019. See this remarkable video provided by Georgia Athanasopulos, Consul General of Panama. Thank you, Georgia!
April 7, 2017
HCG Bard Leads PA Delegation to Lithuania
April 4, 2017
HC Medveckis Sponsors HSP Reception and Tour
John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia, sponsored a reception and tour of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, hosted by interim President Charles Cullen. CCAP Members mingled with HSP Trustees and toured the Society’s incredible collection of historic documents.
March 30, 2017
CCAP Supports AJC Latino-Jewish Coalition
March 29, 2017
Ciao Philadelphia Celebrates Eddie Lang Day 2016
Ciao Philadelphia celebrated the genius of Eddie Lang, the Italian-American musician, born as Salvatore Massaro, known as the “Father of Jazz guitar”. The Blackbird Society Orchestra performed a wonderful concert with a selection of Jazz songs from Lang’s repertoire this past October 2nd, with the participation of the Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble and the charitable organizations of the Dancing Classrooms Philly and Musicopia. Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia Andrea Canepari, Councilman Mark Squilla, and Mr. Ed Massaro, nephew of Eddie Lang, joined the delightful afternoon.
Eddie Lang’s genius has been eternalized in his hometown of Philadelphia, with a colorful mural on 7th and Fitzwater Streets inaugurated on October 23rd.
March 25, 2017
HCG Bard Presents Work of Art to Archbishop Caput
On Saturday, March 25, at the completion of the annual Multicultural Mass held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Archbishop Chaput was presented a work of art made by Honorary Consul General of Lithuania Krista Butvydas Bard, entitled “The Names of God” which included translations in over 100 languages.
March 21, 2017
CCAP Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception
The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia hosted its First Quarterly Members Meeting of 2017 on March 21 at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. Membership participation was outstanding, distinguished by six attendees from New York and Washington, D.C.
Association business included approval of the Minutes from the December 8, 2016 Meeting and a review of membership grownth, the calendar of upcoming events, the financial summary and other activities. On behalf of all CCAP Members, Ralf Wiedemann, Honorary Consul of Germany, presented a Resolution of recognition and appreciation to E.Harris Baum for his ten years of loyal service as Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Korea and as an active Member of CCAP.
The Members Meeting was followed by a Cocktail Reception, with Associate Members and guests in attendance. Sponsors included Customers Bank, Parkway Corporation and Fineman, Krekstein & Harris P.C. Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee(AJC) addressed the group with stimulating comments, titled “Safeguarding Europe for All Peoples – The Role of Government and Multilateral Initiatives”. CCAP’s Second Quarterly Members Meeting and Cocktail Reception will occur in June with date, location and speaker to be announced.
March 20, 2017
New CCAP Member – General Delegate of Flanders to U.S.
Geert De Proost, General Delegate of the Government of Flanders to the United States, has become CCAP’s newest Member. With offices in Flanders House, New York, General Delegate De Proost will work closely with Daisy Van den Hooff-Mertens, Representative of Flemings in the World for the Philadelphia region and an established CCAP Member.
General Delegate De Proost is an experienced diplomat who started his career at the Belgian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United Nations Department. He holds a Masters of Law at the KU Leuven and a Certificate of International and European Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Prior to assuming his current responsibilities in 2014, Geert was Representative to the United Kingdom and to the European Union with offices in London.
March 17, 2017
CCAP Supports Citizen Diplomacy International’s Fulbright Foreign Scholars Program
March 15, 2017
Sri Lanka Appoints First Honorary Consul in Pennsylvania
Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam today handed over the Commission of Appointment to David Bruce Sherman as Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in the state of Pennsylvania. He is the first Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in that state.
The Ambassador observed that at a time when Sri Lanka is expanding its bilateral partnership with the United States, the long years of experience, professional calibre and commitment of the newly appointed Honorary Consul will serve to strengthen Sri Lanka’s representation in the United States. Honorary Consul Sherman expressed his desire to foster business and cultural contacts with Sri Lanka and to promote greater awareness of the many splendours of Sri Lanka in his state.
A well-respected lawyer and an owner and founding member of the law firm Solomon, Sherman and Gabay, David Bruce Sherman has been selected consecutively as one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania. During his illustrious career, he has developed a vast network of relationships with the legal, business and medical communities of the greater Philadelphia area.
Honorary Consul David Sherman is expected to play an important role in enhancing commercial, cultural and people to people ties between Pennsylvania and Sri Lanka, and in promoting Sri Lanka as an attractive travel destination to fellow Pennsylvanians.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
February 23, 2017
Lithuania Promotes Bard to Honorary Consul General in Washington, D.C. Ceremony
February 13, 2017
CCAP Meets with Diplomatic Security Team
CCAP Members participated in an interactive, informative meeting with representatives of Philadelphia’s Diplomatic Security Team. Michael Davies, Resident Agent in Charge, and Brendan Hobson, Special Agent, described the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Services. Captain Michael Root, Lieutenant James Dambach and Police Officer Brian Leventhal provided detailed comments on the Philadelphia Police Department’s complimentary capabilities. Most importantly, the group established personal connections which will serve CCAP well in the future.
February 13, 2017
People’s Republic of China CG in New York Joins CCAP
Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, has joined the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.
Ambassador Zhang Qiyue is a graduate of the Beijing Foreign Studies University and started her diplomatic career in 1982. She served as her country’s Ambassador to Belgium and Indonesia. She also held important positions at the United Nations and the Chinese Foreign Ministry before assuming her current duties in December, 2014.
Since the New York Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China has responsibility for Pennsylvania, membership in CCAP will enhance communications, contacts and overall effectiveness in this region.
February 12 ,2017
HC Pfister and CDI Host Swiss Think Tank
Christine Pfister, Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Philadelphia, partnered with Citizen Diplomacy International to host a breakfast and discussion with a delegation from the Switzerland Foreign Policy Think Tank. The event was presented by CDI’s International Leadership Program.
February 1, 2017
HC Medveckis Sponsors Baltic program at WAC
The World Affairs Council’s speaker series event titled “Thinking the Unthinkable, 2017: War in the Balkins?” included stimulating, insightful comments by Michael Johnson, Defense Research Analyst at the Rand Corporation, and Andris Teikmanis, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the United States.
The WAC program was sponsored by John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia in Philadelphia, who also hosted a private dinner which introduced Ambassador Teikmanis and his wife to representatives of Philadelphia’s cultural, educational, medical and diplomatic communities.
January 27, 2017
“Commentary on Holocaust Remembrance Day, holding fast to values of freedom and dignity”
Below, the commentary by Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia and Judith Meyer, Board Chair, Anti Defamation League, Philadelphia Region, published January 27, 2017 in the Inquirer regarding the commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day:
January 19, 2017
Mathula Nkosi, Consul General of South Africa – New CCAP Member
Mathula Nkosi, Consul General of South Africa in New York, has recently joined the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia. CG Nkoli’s distinguished career has combined experience in both the private and public sectors.
As a marketing and communications specialist, she held executive positions in banking and information technology corporations. She also served the South African government in both domestic and international spheres. Her diplomatic postings include several years as Consul General in Munich, Germany before assuming her current responsibilities in New York.
The South African Consulate General in New York expects to leverage its existing summer citrus trade through the Port of Philadelphia and its CCAP Membership into an expanded local market presence.
January 17, 2017
CCAP Supports SDP Community Forum
The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) hosted a Community Forum to address concerns related to immigration, equal opportunity and public safety. A Welcome Address by Superintendent William R. Hite was followed by several panels and an active interchange with members of the large audience. Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia, was a panelist who offered her Consulate’s services to all segments of the community and provided an inspiring video on Mexico’s remarkable resources. Other CCAP Members attended and were recognized by the SDP.
January 6, 2017
Cambodian Delegations Visit Philadelphia
During October, 2016 and January, 2017, two Cambodian delegations traveled to Philadelphia for meetings regarding trade and investment opportunities, organized by Peter Savoeun Sok, Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Philadelphia.
Composed of businessmen and government officials, the visitors met with community leaders and representatives from the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Chamber of Commerce, the World Trade Center and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.
January 5, 2017
Uruguayan Artist Exhibits at Center City Gallery
Ana Vizcarra Rankin, an Uruguayan artist based in Philadelphia, introduced her latest paintings in an exhibit titled “Sky Skin” to an opening reception at the James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street. Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts(PAFA) and Temple University, Vizcarra Rankin has studied in Europe and taught at PAFA. She commented on the historic connection between art, science and magic and its inspiration to her work.
December 8, 2016
4th Quarterly Members Meeting
Thanks to the generosity of Steve Jannetta, Honorary Consul of Belgium and Partner at Morgan Lewis, CCAP’s 4th Quarterly Members Meeting was held at the prominent law firm’s Center City offices.
The Business agenda included approval of Minutes from the September 26 Members Meeting, re-election of the current Executive Committee for 2017 and a review of 2016 activities and financial condition. The Members then reviewed, considered and approved with minor adjustments Plans, Policies and an Operating Budget for 2017.
A Resolution of recognition and appreciation was also presented to Vitaliano Gallardo, Consul General of Peru, who will be relocating to Lima in February, 2017.
December 7, 2016
CCAP Represented at Drexel’s 125th Birthday
Drexel University celebrated its 125th Anniversary in a ceremony highlighted with comments and reflections by Mayor James F. Kenney, President John Fry and Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. Gregory Montanaro, Honorary Consul of Austria and Chief-of-Staff to President Fry, was instrumental in organizing the milestone event.
December 3, 2016
HC Majka Promotes Poland at NCSS in DC
Deborah Majka, Honorary Consul of Poland, promoted Poland’s rich history and culture at the National Conference for the Social Studies (NCSS) in Washington, D.C. on December 1 -3, 2016. Poland’s booth at this important event was organized by the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC), an organization which unites cultural clubs across the country. Debbie is a past President of ACPC.
December 3, 2016
HC Sfedu Hosts CCAP Holiday Reception
George Sfedu, Honorary Consul of Romania, and his wife, Susan, hosted a delightful Holiday Reception at their home in Center City Philadelphia. Following a special hour of socializing among Members and friends, the group joined the Sfedu annual Romanian National Day Celebration Party which certainly matched its reputation for exuberance and good will.
November 28, 2016
Albanian Independence Day Celebrated in Harrisburg
Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes hosted a ceremony to celebrate Albanian Independence Day in the East Wing Rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Members of Philadelphia’s Albanian community also received comments from Community Leader Jimmy Daku, Head of the Albanian American Association Tajar Domi and CCAP President Peter Longstreth. The Albanian National Flag was displayed, the National Anthem was played and Matt Franchak, Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack, presented a citation recognizing Albania’s importance to Pennsylvania. The event was concluded with a tour of the Capitol Building which was lighted with Albania’s colors that evening.
November 23, 2016
Sabria Boukadoum, CG of Algeria, Joins CCAP
Mrs. Sabria Boukadoum, Consul General of Algeria in New York, has recently joined the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia. Consul General Boukadoum is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Algiers and is a career diplomat who has held several senior positions in the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to her New York appointment in 2015. She is married and has two children. The New York Consulate General of Algeria opened in 2011 and provides consular services to Algerian nationals in its 44 state jurisdiction. Membership in CCAP will provide efficient coverage and valuable connections in the Philadelphia region.
November 16, 2016
CCAP Members Tour CHOP and Penn Hospitals
Philip Okala, Senior Vice President for Business Development, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Kelly Abramson, Administrative Director, International Business Development, Penn Medicine; and Ruth Frey, Senior Director, International Business Development, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) hosted a group of CCAP Members to presentations and tours at the University City campuses.
Following overviews of the respective hospitals and presentations on the international programs, the group toured Penn’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center with Alexander Lin, MD and CHOP’s Department of Emergency Medicine with James Callahan, MD. All CCAP Members received follow-up materials and were encouraged to contact these two great institutions in accordance with need and interest.
November 16, 2016
Poland’s HC Majka Welcomes New Ambassador to U.S.
Deborah Majka, Honorary Consul of Poland in Philadelphia, attended a reception at the official residence of the Polish Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C. to welcome Dr. Piotr Wilczek, the newly accredited Ambassador. She was accompanied by Peter Obst, Philadelphia-based Director of the Poles in America Foundation.
November 11, 2016
HC Franklin Honored by Junior Achievement
Oliver St. Clair Franklin, Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was inducted into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame for 2016 by Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania at its annual gala. HC Franklin was honored for his lifetime of business and civic leadership, achievement and success.
November 9, 2016
Consul General Canepari Receives Temple’s Global Philadelphia Award
Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia, received Temple University’s 2016 Global Philadelphia Award for his tremendous impact on internationalizing Philadelphia through promotion of political, economic, educational and cultural relations between Italy and our region.
November 3, 2016
Panama Celebrates “Dia de la Patria” in Harrisburg
Panama was the latest country to celebrate its November 3 Independence Day as part of CCAP’s National Day in Harrisburg program. Representatives from the Panamanian Consulate General in Philadelphia, Luis Gerardo Montiel and Leigh Nicholas, joined Udini Voz of the Panama International Tri-State Alliance and members of Lieutenant Governor Stack’s staff in a private meeting, an executive tour of the Capitol Building and a citation of appreciation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
November 1, 2016
Portuguese Dinner – CCAP First Cultural Cuisine
A small band of intrepid Members braved the traffic challenges of the SEPTA strike to inaugurate CCAP’s Cultural Cuisine Program. Organized by our colleague, Joseph Fernandes, Cultural and Educational Advisor to the Consulate General of Portugal, and accompanied by his charming wife, Rita, and daughter, Cecilia, our group enjoyed a delicious and plentiful dinner at Mediterranean 2000 where Joe had selected a prix fixe menu of typical Portuguese cuisine and wines. Following this successful formula, we now welcome another volunteer to arrange our second Cultural Cuisine Program dinner at a restaurant which offers their country’s specialties. Remember that our objectives are social and gastronomical, with spouses and guests definitely included.
October 20, 2016
CCAP Members Support Pan American Association of Philadelphia
A number of CCAP Members attended the Pan American Association of Philadelphia’s 76th Annual Membership Meeting and presentation of the William J. Clothier Award to H.E. Enrique Pena Nieto, President of the United States of Mexico at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The award was accepted by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas whose significant comments addressed U.S.-Mexican relations.
The Mexican Delegation also included Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States; Paulo Carreno King, Undersecretary for North America; and other government officials who participated in a variety meetings with business, cultural and political leaders during their visit to Philadelphia.
The award ceremony was followed by lunch and a private preview of the Art Museum’s “Painting the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950” exhibition which opens to the public on October 24. This extraordinary collection is considered Mexico’s most significant U.S. art exhibit in over seventy years.
October 18, 2016
CCAP Members Tour CBP Facilities at Philadelphia International Airport
Thanks to organizational efforts by Michael Scullin, Honorary Consul of France, a dozen CCAP Members visited the facilities of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Philadelphia International Airport. The delegation was greeted by Kevin Donohue, Assistant Port Director of Passenger Operations, and the tour itself was conducted by Chief Frank McCarthy and Supervisory Officer Sean Butler.
The group observed various types of equipment and systems, most notably the Global Entry program, that enhance efficient inspection of incoming passengers. The tour also included reviews of the secondary and customs inspection facilities and discussions regarding circumstances which may require their utilization. Due to CBP’s careful scrutiny of incoming traffic, a small fraction of the airport’s 4 million visitors per year are excluded entry.
Our guides were informative and encouraged future communication, as necessary.
October 18, 2016
HC Sfedu Hosts Visiting Romanian Officials
Honorary Consul George Sfedu hosted a private dinner in Philadelphia for Mihai Daraban, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and Dr. Chivel Porumb, Minister Counselor, Romanian Consul General in New York. David Briel, Executive Director, Office of International Business Development, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Jeanne Nevelos, Vice President of Business Expansion Services at Select Greater Philadelphia, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; and Peter Longstreth, Honorary Consul of Uruguay and President of the Consular Corps of Philadelphia also participated in a lively discussion of Romanian trade and investment opportunities.
October 18, 2016
Charles Gray, HC of Tanzania Joins CCAP
Although Charles Gray was formally appointed Honorary Consul of Tanzania in Philadelphia on January 25, 2013, his extraordinary relationship with that country and its leadership goes back almost 40 years.
In 1974, Gray co-founded a private K-12 school in New Brunswick, New Jersey which he named after Tanzania’s inspirational founder and first President H.E. Julius K. Nyerere. Seven years later, Gray traveled to Africa where he established a personal bond with President Nyerere whom he visited regularly until the great leader’s death in 1999. Since then, his close friend and former finance minister Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete was elected President and now Charles Gray formally represents Tanzania in Pennsylvania.
HC Gray is committed to promoting economic, educational and social development in this resource-rich, politically stable country. A fuller account of the Honorary Consul’s background and current activities is provided in the Tanzania web-site: www.tanzaniaconsulusa.com. Welcome to CCAP!
October 14, 2016
47th International Festival of Students
For its 47th consecutive year, the University of Pennsylvania hosted the Festival of International Students at the Penn Museum to celebrate the rich, cultural diversity of foreign students in the Philadelphia region. Hundreds of participants enjoyed global cuisine, music, dance and networking among the museum’s impressive collections. A brief welcoming ceremony included comments by Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia; Dr. Julian Siggers, Director of the Penn Museum; Dr. Amy Gadsden, Executive Director of Penn Global; Dr. Christian Frei, Academic Director, Penn Language Center; and Peter Longstreth, President of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.
October 6, 2016
Consuls Attend Andy Scott Exhibit and Lecture
With an introduction from CCAP Member Donnie Jack, Scottish Affairs Counsellor for the Americas, a number of consuls attended an exhibit and lecture provided by Andy Scott, Scotland’s most renowned sculptor, in Center City Philadelphia. Known for his figurative and monumental sculpture with many equine figures, Scott works in galvanized steel, fiberglass and cast bronze.
A selection of his smaller bronze works was on display in the lobby of the Graham Building where the artist and his wife, Hanneke Scott-van Wel, hosted a reception followed by a lecture on his remarkable career, which has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth. Scott plans to open a studio in Philadelphia.
October 5, 2016
HC Leavenworth Joins Delaware Delegation to Chile
September 27, 2016
CCAP Funds Earthquake Relief to Italy
An earthquake of magnitude 6 on the Richter scale struck Central Italy on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 and devastated the region causing hundreds of deaths and injuries, while destroying buildings and infrastructure. Earthquake relief has been mobilized on a global scale (https://www.unaiutosubito.org/en/terremotocentroitalia2016) and, with guidance from the Consulate General in Philadelphia, CCAP has contributed to a fundraising effort by several non-profits in Italy. Other Philadelphians are encouraged to do the same.
September 25, 2016
Polish Minister of Culture Tours Historic Site with HC Majka
Deborah Majka, Honorary Consul of Poland in Philadelphia, guided Polish Vice Premier and Minister of Culture and Heritage Prof. Piotr Glinski on a visit to the Kosciuszko House Memorial. Thaddeus Kosciuszko was, of course, a military engineer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. After returning to his native Poland, he resided for a short period in the late 1790’s in a house which has been recreated at the corner of 3rd and Pine Streets in Society Hill.
September 24-25, 2016
Flemish Lions Roar to the Shore
Building on the proud track record of Flemish professional cyclists and the renowned pro-races in Flanders, local Representative and CCAP Member Daisy Van den Hooff-Mertens organized the “Flemish Lions” bicycle team, which has just completed its fifth City to Shore bike ride to raise $17,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The team combines members of Pennsylvania’s Flemish community with American friends and ranges from baby boomers to millennials. What a great way to continue a national tradition while generously supporting an important cause!
September 19, 2016
Consuls Join Governor Wolf to Celebrate PA Global Impact
CCAP was well represented at the Governor’s Mansion to an evening reception hosted by Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf in partnership with the World Trade Center Harrisburg. Titled “Bringing the World to Pennsylvania”, the garden party celebrated Pennsylvania’s global impact and included the Commonwealth’s trade representatives from around the world. Guests included members of the diplomatic and the local business communities. Governor Wolf and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin provided comments.
September 18, 2016
Mexican Independence Day Festival 2016
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September 16, 2016
LG Stack Hosts Mexican Celebration at the Capitol
Lieutenant Governor Stack, Consul Kerber, Ana Flores and HC Longstreth are surrounded by Math/Science Academy students and the mariachi band
Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack hosted a vibrant Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Capitol Rotunda, as yet another example of CCAP’s National Day Program in Harrisburg. Speakers included Robert Torres, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Department of State; Alicia Kerber, Mexican Consul in Philadelphia; and Peter Longstreth, President of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia and Honorary Consul of Uruguay.
The formal portions of the program were accompanied by lively mariachi music, the 6th grade class of Harrisburg’s Math/Science Academy’s, delicious food, the Mexican national anthem and a display of the country’s flag. This colorful pageantry was organized by the Mexican Cultural Center, represented by Ana Flores. Visitors were also provided with a private tour of the Capitol’s legislative chambers.
September 15, 2016
Central American Independence Days Celebrated in Harrisburg
CCAP’s National Day Program was active with multiple celebrations last week in Harrisburg as Independence Days for El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala were all recognized in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building on Thursday, September 15.
Deputy Executive Secretary of State Robert Torres hosted a ceremony recognizing the independence of El Salvador and Nicaragua and including comments by Ana Maria Keene, Honorary Consul of El Salvador in Philadelphia; Sandra Cruz, Consul General of El Salvador in New York and Pennsylvania; Eli Gabay, Honorary Consul of Nicaragua in Philadelphia; and Peter Longstreth, President of CCAP.
National anthems were played, country flags were displayed and educational materials were presented by El Salvador and Nicaragua. The event culminated with presentations of Citations from Lieutenant Governor Stack by Secretary Torres to representatives for each of the countries.
Following the formal program, Honorary Consuls and the Consul General joined Lieutenant Governor Stack and his staff for a private meeting, followed by a tour of the magnificent legislative and judicial chambers in the Capitol Building.
September 6, 2016
CCAP Supports Mayor’s Unity Cup Soccer Tournament
During the spring of 2016, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the inaugural Philadelphia International Unity Cup (www.unitycup.phila.gov), a city-wide soccer tournament that will use the universal language of sport to showcase Philadelphia’s rich cultural diversity and to unite its participants: “I am excited to host an event that both highlights our city’s diversity and also helps to bring Philadelphians together”.
Modeled after the FIFA World Cup, 32 teams representing different nations will play 63 games on fields throughout the city, starting on September 9 and culminating with a championship final on November 5 at Citizens Bank Park. The tournament is a cooperative effort among several municipal departments, including the Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Given the international spirit of this program, CCAP has provided financial support to fund national flags of our Member countries to be flown at Citizens Bank Park during the Parade of Nations which will precede the championship game. Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland and South Korea are CCAP Member countries with teams in the tournament.
Associated Press article:
For immigrants in US, a soccer world cup of their own
September 9, 2016, by Dake Kang
August 3, 2016
AJC Says “L’Hitraot” to Consul General Sideman and Welcomes Consul General Dayan
Bidding farewell to Consul General Sideman and welcoming Consul General Dayan at a reception held by the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Left to right: Tammy Sideman; Consul General Yaron Sideman; Consul General Dani Dayan; Marcia Bronstein, AJC Regional Director; Morris Gocial, AJC Philadelphia President
AJC Philadelphia/SNJ leaders and community members bid farewell to Consul General Yaron Sideman at a reception hosted by the Philadelphia-Israeli Chamber of Commerce on August 3rd. Consul General Sideman was a great friend to our region throughout his four year term and will be sorely missed. We warmly welcome and look forward to working with Dani Dayan, the new Consul General of Israel based out of the Consulate General of Israel in New York, which now officially covers our region.
July 29, 2016
Peru Inaugurates CCAP National Day Program in Harrisburg
CCAP’s National Day recognition program at the State Capitol in Harrisburg was inaugurated by Peru’s Consulate General from Paterson, New Jersey. The inspirational ceremony occurred in the dramatic rotunda of Pennsylvania’s majestic Statehouse, opened with welcoming comments from Robert Torres, Deputy Executive Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of State and included recognition of the country’s flag, singing of the national anthem, speeches, a citation from Lieutenant Governor Stack and attendance by the local Peruvian community. Consul General Vitaliano Gallardo worked closely with Matt Franchak, Chief-of-Staff to Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack, to organize this successful event, which will be followed by many more as other CCAP Member countries are celebrated.
July 26, 2016
CCAP/NDI Host Union League Reception for Diplomatic Visitors to DNC
By way of background, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the U.S. State Department organized the International Leaders Forum (ILF) for approximately 400 international visitors to the DNC. NDI is a branch of the Democratic Party chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The ILF assembled members of the diplomatic corps, parliamentarians, cabinet ministers and heads of political parties who participated in day-time programs at the Prince Theater in center City, which included bipartisan conferences, panels and social events to discuss the various aspects of the 2016 election process. In the evenings, the ILF participants were bused to the Wells Fargo Center where they observed the convention itself.
Earlier this year the CCAP approached the NDI and reached an agreement to co-host a cocktail reception at the Union League for approximately 80 ambassadors, CCAP Members, NDI/State Department representatives and guests. Subsequently, Drexel University committed to sponsor the event. On the evening of July 26, 170 total attendees enjoyed comments by Mayor Jim Kenney, Drexel President John Fry, NDI’s Vice Chairman Marc Nathanson and CCAP President Peter Longstreth. The event provided an extraordinary opportunity to network with the highest levels of the diplomatic community and to encourage membership in our association.
News Article in Philadelphia Magazine:
June 12, 2016
Visit to Philadelphia of H.E. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States
On Tuesday, June 12, 2016, Philadelphia welcomed H.E. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States!
Ambassador Armando Varricchio with Consul General Andrea Canepari, Joseph Del Raso (The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)) and Frank Giordano (The Philly POPS) discussed about Italian initiatives in Philadelphia.
May 26, 2016
Swiss HC Welcomes First Round-The-World Solar Flight to Pennsylvania
Solar impulse is a solar powered aircraft created by two Swiss innovators – engineer/businessman Andre Borschberg and psychiatrist/aeronaut Bertrand Piccard. An extraordinary airplane of perpetual endurance, Solar Impulse can fly night and day on solar power alone, without a drop of fuel. As a part of its remarkable round-the–world clean technology demonstration flight, the aircraft landed at the Lehigh Valley International Airport on the evening of May 25, where pilot Piccard was welcomed by Swiss Honorary Consul Christine Pfister.
May 23, 2016
HC Jannetta and Select Host Belgian Ambassador’s Day in Philadelphia
Steve Jannetta, Morgan Lewis & Bockius attorney and Belgium’s Honorary Consul in Philadelphia, and Select Greater Philadelphia, the region’s business marketing organization, hosted Johan Verbeke, Ambassador to the United States from the Kingdom of Belgium, for a productive visit to Philadelphia. Ambassador Verbeke and his staff joined members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for breakfast, visited Center City, University City and The Navy Yard and closed their busy schedule at a cocktail reception with Mayor Jim Kenney. The Ambassador is a veteran diplomat who articulated Belgium’s importance as a European hub of government, financial and professional services. The various meetings suggested opportunities for cooperation between Philadelphia and Belgian institutions.
May 6, 2016
City Hall Reception for The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte
Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Nilda Ruiz, President of Asociacion Puertorricenos en Marcha, and Romulo Diaz, President of the Pan American Association of Philadelphia hosted a City Hall reception for The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte, former United States Ambassador to El Salvador and recently confirmed U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS). Ambassador Aponte has deep local roots, with degrees from Rosemont College, Villanova University and Temple University School of Law, and she clearly enjoyed reconnecting with her many friends in Philadelphia, including, most notably, with Ana Maria de Keene, Honorary Consul of El Salvador.
May 3, 2016
AJC Hosts Consul General of India
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s National Leadership Council and Marshall Society hosted a reception and dinner with Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India in New York. The intimate group shared thoughtful, off-the-record conversations regarding US-India-Israel Relations and India’s Jewish Heritage. Several Members of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia were also in attendance.
May 1, 2016
HC Scullin Delivers French Alliance Day Address
Hon. Consul of France Michael Scullin recently presented the keynote address at French Alliance Day at Valley Forge Washington Memorial Chapel. Each year the congregation commemorates the date in May of 1778 when George Washington and the troops at Valley Forge, after a terrible winter, learned that the King of France had entered a treaty of Alliance with the Americans. Benjamin Franklin, our region’s adoptive son, had spent over a year in France charming and beseeching the King to intercede on behalf of the rebels, an unusual alliance in the making. Eventually Franklin prevailed, and the King’s support was won.
This news undoubtedly ignited the troops, boosting morale at a crucial time. It also meant a dramatic change in the war. Previous support from the Marquis de Lafayette had been substantial and important. But the French soon arrived en masse under the command of the Compte de Rochambeau, with thousands of troops, and matériel, and silver. At Yorktown, the scene of the final and decisive events of the American quest for independence, it has been observed that there more French troops than there were American troops. French support was decisive to the American victory.
The event also provides the French an opportunity to reiterate their enduring appreciation for American sacrifices in the First and Second World Wars.
April 30, 2016
Deborah Majka, Philadelphia’s Honorary Consul of Poland, addresses an audience at the Tadeusz Kosciuszka Day ceremonies at the United States Military Academy at West Point
April 13, 2016
A Day at the State Capitol
In response to a generous invitation from State Secretary Pedro Cortes, 30 Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia Members and guests traveled to Harrisburg on April 13 for an extraordinary experience, including the following highlights:
- Remarkable “red carpet treatment” by Secretary Cortes, his cabinet colleagues and his staff which included a coordinated schedule with top members of Pennsylvania’s governmental leadership.
- A full forty minute conversation with Governor Wolf who provided general comments regarding the importance of foreign trade and investment, interacted individually with various CCAP Members and participated in a brief ceremony with visiting Chilean dignitaries.
- A meeting with Philadelphia’s delegation to the House of Representatives, followed by Speaker Michael Turzai’s formal recognition of CCAP in the historic House Chamber and individual introductions of each group member to the full House in session.
- A similar recognition by Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack on the floor of the equally impressive Senate Chamber where CCAP President Longstreth provided brief remarks to the seated Senators, followed by a private meeting in Lt. Governor Stack’s office.
- A luncheon which included informal conversation among Members and guests followed by a useful discussion with David Briel, Director of International Business with DCED, who described state programs to support his department.
In closing, our day in Harrisburg set a new CCAP standard for governmental engagement and established relationships which can enhance the future effectiveness of individual consuls.
Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia visit with Governor Tom Wolf in his reception chamber in Harrisburg
CCAP Members and guests with Philadelphia delegation of Pennsylvania House of Representatives in House Chambers of Capitol
CCAP Members and guests with Lieutenant Governor Stack at the podium of the Senate Chambers in Capitol Complex, Harrisburg
April 13, 2016
Chilean Officials Visit Capitol with CCAP
During CCAP’s recent visit to Harrisburg, we were joined by two distinguished Chilean guests: Senator Alejandro Garcia Huidobro and Regional Councilor 6th Region Felipe Garcia Huidobro. Our colleague, Honorary Consul Benjamin Leavenworth introduced these two charming brothers to our Members, emphasizing their Chilean region’s economic impact on Philadelphia. Later the Chilean “delegation” participated in a brief ceremony with Governor Wolf.
March 21, 2016
Leavenworth Applies Worldly Awareness in Advancing Chile-Delaware River Trade – click for article
Published in The American Journal of Transportation by Paul Scott Abbott