Introduction

The demographics of Northern Ireland have been ever changing, increasing multiculturalism and diversity, parallel to social and economic regeneration, following the Belfast Agreement (1998), St. Andrew’s Agreement (2006) and the return of Devolved Government on May 08, 2007.

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To effectively deal with these changes, International, European and Good Relations, and the development of an all inclusive society, the Consular Corps/Association of Northern Ireland (CA-NI) was established.

CA-NI serves officials of Diplomatic, Consular or International Organisation rank (Career or Honorary), appointed to Northern Ireland (or a jurisdiction which includes Northern Ireland), and accredited to Northern Ireland by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Officials are appointed to further the interests of the country or organisation they represent through commercial, educational, academic, sport and cultural activities. They also endeavour to assist and protect the interests of their Nationals.

All activity is conducted within the framework of either:

  • Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR)
  • Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR)
  • Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations / International Organisations Act.

Objectives

The objectives of CA-NI are to deal with matters affecting the Diplomatic, Consular and International Organisations of the network in Northern Ireland; to provide means and opportunities for the mutual acquaintance, friendship and social intercourse between all members; and to enable them (inter alias) to provide a platform for effective communication with each other and the host administration.

The Consular Corps/Association reflects a very broad range of experience and expertise to specifically benefit the communities of Northern Ireland. Its Members are a vital resource that can be used effectively in the advancement of economic, social and cultural development, both at the local, regional and international levels.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) official list for Northern Ireland, indicates 39 foreign countries being represented and 1 International Organisation.




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Consular Corps/Association of Northern Ireland (CA-NI) serves Diplomatic, Consular and International Organisation officials (Career and Honorary), accredited by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), based in Northern Ireland.

Officials are either members of a country's foreign civil service or local residents appointed by their foreign government. They are appointed to further the interests of the country or organisation they represent through commercial, educational, academic, sport and cultural activities. They provide formal representation and endeavour to assist and protect the interests of their Nationals.

CA-NI President

CA-NI EXECUTIVE

  • President: Her Grace The Duchess of Abercorn Alexandra Anastasia Hamilton OBE - Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Northern Ireland
  • Vice President: Mdm Regine McCullough - Honorary Consul of France in Northern Ireland
  • Secretariat: Dr Christopher Stange - Consul General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Northern Ireland
  • Treasurer: Mr Nick Lestas - Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Northern Ireland.

 

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News

Events at CA-NI

  1. United Nations Day Celebrated in Northern Ireland. 18 October 2018. Read more...

  2. Consular Briefing on BREXIT. 18 September 2018. Read more...

  3. The Executive Office and European Economic and Social Committee briefs the Consular Corps. 18 May 2018. Read more...

  4. Consul General for the Republic of Poland, Dariusz Adler dies. 18 March 2018. Read more...

  5. Diplomats Gather in Belfast for First Diplomatic Dinner. 12 October 2017. Read more...

  6. First Diplomatic Gala Dinner in Northern Ireland is announced. Read more...

  7. TV Licensing Helping Non-English speakers in Northern Ireland with iPlayer Law Change. Read more...

  8. NILGA Briefs Consular Association of Northern Ireland. Read more...

  9. Consular Corps of Northern Ireland Hosts OFMdFM International Relations. Read more...

  10. Consular Briefing with Justice Minister and PSNI. Read more...

  11. CA-NI Statement on Racist Attacks. Read more...

  12. Consular Corps of Northern Ireland Mourns Death of Lord Ballyedmond. Read more...

  13. Consular Corps Hosts Arts Council of Northern Ireland and WPFG 2013 Officials. Read more...

  14. Consular Corps NI Luncheon with Northern Ireland Prison Service. Read more...

  15. Consular Corps Donates Books to HM Prison. Read more...

  16. Consular Luncheon with North South Ministerial Council. Read more...

  17. Consular Luncheon with Senior PSNI Officials. 23 May 2012. Read more...

  18. Consular Association Commonwealth Gala. Read more...

  19. Consular Association Dinner with European Commission and OFMdFM Officials. 14/06/11. Read more...


What Consuls Do

FCO Consuls are official international government representatives accredited by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the United Kingdom and covered by the international treaty - Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Consular officials are either: members of a country's foreign civil service or local residents appointed by the foreign government to perform Consular activities. All Consuls must formally be accepted by the FCO to allow them to act in their official capacity.
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Consuls have two primary duties:

  • To officially develop economic, commercial, educational, cultural and scientific relations between the country they represent and the area in which they are posted. This involves promoting commerce - trade, technology and investment - both ways (Northern Ireland and the represented country). Consulates facilitate scientific, academic, education, cultural, business and professional exchanges. They make arrangements for official visits in both directions. Consulates are a unique source of information on the country they represent: economy, education, society, culture, and tourism.
  • To safeguard the interests of the sending country and its citizens travelling or resident in their Consular area. This may include issuing passports, visas and other official documents, helping travellers in distress, signing birth, death and marriage certificates, legalising or delivering official documents, and assisting travellers who have trouble with law enforcement or immigration authorities. Some Consulates have considerable responsibility for supervising their national flag shipping.
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Consular services
Consular functions may vary greatly from post to post. Each government has different policies to the duties and responsibilities it assigns to each post. The work of a post depends on its location, the country's interests/needs and on local requirements (tourism vs. trade vs. promotion of culture vs. registration of shipping vs. assistance to citizens, etc.) Nevertheless the Consulate post is an excellent place to begin all inquiries.

Relations with local authorities
Consular officers establish official contact on behalf of their governments with central and local government officials within their Consular district. Stakeholders utilise Consulates as a convenient and direct link with foreign governments for purposes of trade, technology, investment and cultural exchange, and for other negotiations. Although Consulates are primarily concerned with protecting and assisting their own citizens, they can often be of considerable help to local authorities, and individuals, in the resolution of specific problems.

Consular Corps/Association of Northern Ireland (CA-NI)
It is a body without legal standing to act collectively as each government must act for itself. For convenience, CA-NI creates a central point for all Consuls to meet, exchange information and engage with key parties on general matters. For more information please contact the Consular Corps/Association of Northern Ireland’s Secretariat - Dr Christopher Stange on 028 9187 4697 or visit ca-ni.org.


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Contact


CA-NI Secretariat
c/o Consulate General for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

16 Glen Road
Comber, Co. Down
BT23 5EL
Northern Ireland

Tel: +44 (0)28 9187 4697
Fax: +44 (0)28 9187 0792
Mobile: +44 (0)7803 897 487

Website: ca-ni.org

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