There is a lot of talk about the role of embassies in Venezuela, especially the United States.
There are important examples in the past. In President Hugo Chávez’s period, the US Embassy, in addition to its political activities, maintained a strong commercial and economic presence, promoting trade markets, imports into Venezuela, and trade between the two countries.
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At this stage, the role of the embassy in the economic sphere comes to the fore. The embassy proposed moving out of its walled state, to have more liaison with economic actors, but perhaps more ties were needed to implement.
In this way they decided on the most appropriate means: contact chambers and trade unions by country’s regions, visit them to exit the embassy walls.
And the economic team often accompanied the ambassador to the chief, visiting different regions grouping the most important states.
Service Model and Richard Sanders
The guild gave them meetings where they “raised problems and solutions on the side”. It was a model of embassy service that others assimilated and later practiced with success.
At the head of the program was the embassy’s economic and commercial counsel, a career officer named Richard Sanders.
Accompanied by the ambassador, most of the time, he went to the chambers of the states of Zulia, Anzoategui, Bolivar and Tachira.
The arrival of these officers was impressive, especially during the time of President Chavez.
Sanders conducting the orchestra asked about the problems of the states, but also the solutions.
In less than 3 months, the country’s X-ray was done, which would have taken years to make.
Behind the character of the said director, was a man with a diplomatic career, simple, attracting the attention of business leaders.
With a great nose for issues and to derive benefit for the embassy from which to direct the policy of commercial and economic relations.
With one of the most important moves in trade between the United States and Venezuela at that time.
70% of the industrial plant is in that country, less than 3 hours from that.
Also, with extensive records of imports of parts, spare parts and technologies, which at that time was before a week in the country with a call or fax.
In this way Richard Sanders became an important part of the embassy.
He was only able to get it off the road, breaking the tradition of ties between North Americans and organizations in that country.
One of the ambassadors who touched her during her period was Charles Shapiro, who later played a part with her in the process, in addition to the political issues that arose with her.
Sanders’ ability and knowledge gave him immediate experience and reality of the country’s economic issue.
Thus later, he goes to the Nicaraguan Embassy with the same starring role. He is later in charge of the US Embassy in Canada while the ambassador arrives.
He went to the State Department to direct the Andean group of dependencies with the same skill, openness and simplicity of relations that he did in Venezuela.
He later became a political adviser to the Secretary of Defense and now with all the knowledge of his relationship, he is a columnist for the main newspapers of Latin America.
I cite the example because I see a lot of embassies lost in their mission.
And getting the main businessmen of the market between the two countries between the walls of the United States for years without realizing that an embassy’s mission lies far ahead.
He has held important responsibilities in embassies of the United States in Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, among other countries.
Always with another consular diplomat and consulate in Venezuela, his wife Romy Sanders, with cases resolved in their history as we want Venezuela now.
This diplomatic knowledge of Richard Sanders is lacking in many American diplomats in their embassies in Latin America, and especially in left-wing countries.
It is expected that in future such a diplomat may come as ambassador to Venezuela.
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Dear Richard, How much we miss you and how much we need your experience in Venezuela.
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