Spain opens honorary consulate

Garth Arch named honorary consul

Ambassador of Spain Jesús Silva conferred the position of honorary consul of Spain to Caymanian Garth Arch during a ceremony recently.

Mr. Silva, who lives in Jamaica and is responsible for relations with CARICOM countries, attended the ceremony on behalf of the Ambassador of Spain to London. He read a proclamation of appointment at a gathering of Spanish citizens residing in Cayman, along with invited guests, including Governor Stuart Jack.

The ceremony and reception took place at the home of Hugh and Pamela Hart in South Sound.

Mr. Silva said he never thought there were so many Spaniards living in the Cayman Islands.

‘Appointing an honorary consul is not so difficult,’ he said. ‘But opening a new honorary consulate is a cumbersome procedure.

‘I apologise it’s taken so long – it’s taken 505 years = but everything has worked out now.’

Mr. Silva said in the future, Spain wanted to have closer ties with the Cayman Islands than it has in the past, including, better trade ties.

He credited Mr. and Mrs. Hart for putting Mr. Arch forward as a candidate for the post.

Mr. Arch does not have Spanish heritage, but he studied the language in Seville for one year after he graduated from university in California.

After reading the proclamation, Mr. Silva presented Mr. Arch with framed print of the King of Spain, along with a Spanish flag.

‘It is an honour to accept this position,’ Mr. Arch said, adding that the Spanish citizens living in Cayman were very grateful for the establishment of the consul.

‘I look forward to representing the King of Spain and helping Spanish citizens any way I can.’

Governor Jack also delivered a short address to welcome the Spanish Ambassador and Mr. Arch’s appointment as honorary consul.

‘We actually very much welcome honorary consuls here,’ he said, noting that they give a voice to the many different nationalities living in the Cayman Islands.