Honorary Consul Bronwyn Bateman
1133 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206
Consulate in Colorado
The Honorary Consul of Nicaragua was established in Colorado in 1960 by Marcelo Targa Argüello and he served Nicaragua, the state of Colorado and his adoptive nation, the United States, well for 20 years. Honorary Consul Bronwyn Bateman was appointed in 2004.
Nicaragua: An Ideal International Business Partner for the Rocky Mountain Region
By the World Bank Annual survey (2008) of ‘ease of doing business’, Nicaragua was ranked above Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras of 175 countries, with only Puerto Rico, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Colombia and El Salvador, within the Latin American sphere, ranking higher. Tax incentives combined with the lowest wages in Central America and shipping proximity have fostered rapid growth in many sectors including textiles, apparel and light manufacturing. Natural resources and tax incentives make Nicaragua an ideal site for the renewable energy industry (hydroelectric, geothermal and wind). Under-cultivated farming land as well as forestry provides excellent commercial and investment opportunities. Aquaculture based on harvesting fish, shrimp, lobster and other shellfish, is well-developed. Tourism is expanding rapidly with adventure activities such as mountain climbing, volcano hiking, surfing, and canopying through rain forests. Beach developments in the southern region of the country, bordering Costa Rica, are attractive for all tourists including those visiting Costa Rica. See ProNicaragua.org for further information.
Honorary Consul Bronwyn Bateman
Honorary Consul Bateman has represented Nicaragua to the state of Colorado since 2004 and has an office in Denver. She has promoted Nicaragua as an ideal location for tourism and an upcoming country for investment and commercial exchange for business in the Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. She has hosted members of the US National Newspaper Association and business representatives from Colorado to Nicaragua on several occasions.
After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she trained in ophthalmology and genetics, receiving board-certification in both. She began her career at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology at the UCLA, where she rose to the level of Professor of Ophthalmology. Among other activities at UCLA, she was the Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program. She chaired of the conflict of interest committee for the entire UCLA campus and served on the campus committee for adjudication of academic matters.
Her involvement with international ophthalmology is long-standing and she rose through the ranks of elected officers of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, the largest and oldest supranational organization comprised of over 15,000 members in North, Central and South America as well we the Caribbean. She was elected president of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, and led the organization to higher levels by engaging the less powerful countries such as Nicaragua and Haiti, designing educational programs to support the ophthalmologists who did not have the financial resources to attend meetings. She instituted consistent regional courses for emerging countries. She has been active in the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus becoming the first woman member of the Board of Trustees and, thereafter, the first woman Secretary-Treasurer. She rose to president, the first woman, of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, the US organization of chairs of departments of ophthalmology.
She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in 1995 to become the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, the first woman chair within the School of Medicine. Over the course of her chairmanship, she joined with the Lions of Colorado and Wyoming to raise the funds for the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute. Development of the Anchutz Medical Campus in Aurora was a major achievement for the University of Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute was one of the first two buildings to move from the original School of Medicine site in Denver. She built the infrastructure within the department and at the two major clinical hospitals, the University of Colorado Hospital and The Children’s Hospital, both centers of clinical, teaching and research activities. Additionally, she fostered growth at the Veterans Administration Hospital and Denver Health Medical Center, the city/county hospital. Research publications within the Department increased gradually as a result of the emphasis within the department and clinical efficiencies for the ophthalmologists. She recruited faculty members and expanded the clinical coverage and organized the Alumni Society for the department. In addition to expanding and codifying the residency training program, she initiated several fellowships: pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, vitreo-retinal and corneal diseases. Her program recruited five international fellows in pediatric ophthalmology, four from Latin America.