author: Kevin D. Stringer
Think global, act local: Honorary consuls in a transforming diplomatic world
This paper concentrates on the understudied subject of honorary consuls and their conduct of trade, tourism, and investment promotion. It seeks to highlight how states are using honorary consuls to extend their network for increased consular coverage; overview why localities, regions, and municipal hubs are increasingly more important than national capitals in terms of business and commerce and thus in need of an honorary consular presence; and demonstrate how selected nations are using honorary consuls to develop their economies. The conclusion looks at some of the still open research questions concerning the value of honorary consuls to trade and investment promotion, in particular the linkage between assigning honorary consuls the task of trade, tourism, and investment promotion and their actual effectiveness in the role.