On December 13, 2017, the Romanian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion Jinga, was awarded “Best Romanian Diplomat in the United States in 2017” at the Christmas Gala of the Romanian American Business Council (RABC) organized in New York.
In his speech, Mr. Stefan Minovici, President of RABC, stated that: “The awarding of the distinction «The best Romanian diplomat in the United States in 2017» to the Ambassador of Romania to the UN was conferred not only for honoring his efforts at the United Nations regarding Romania, but also for his involvement in supporting several projects and events of the Romanian community in New York, such as Romania’s Broadway Day, meetings with Congress members and US officials at the RABC campaigns organized in their honor, as well as maintaining exceptional relationships with a wide spectrum of members in our United States’ community, ranging from representatives of Orthodox churches, to academic personalities, business people, artists, doctors and many others.”
Ambassador Ion Jinga expressed his gratitude for receiving such an honor, stating that: “I see in this award a recognition of the work of all Romanian diplomats serving on the United States’ territory. Romania’s diplomatic missions in Washington and New York serve the country with professionalism, dedication and loyalty. Both in bilateral relations with our most important strategic partners, as well as on the UN’s global arena, Romanian diplomacy is at the forefront of the joint efforts of the Bucharest authorities and the diaspora towards placing Romania on an orbit of international influence deserved by our country at the Great Union’s 100th anniversary.”
On the same occasion, Mr. Daniel Lipinski, member of the American Congress, was awarded the “General George Pomutz Excellence Award”, while Mr. Yanni Deconescu, Romanian-American businessman, was awarded the “Best Performing Board Member Award”.
The event, attended by more than 150 guests, was held at the Harry F. Sinclair Mansion, a US National Historic Landmark, and enjoyed the presence of His Excellency Mr. George Cristian Maior, Ambassador of Romania to the United States of America, His Excellency Ambassador Victor Moraru, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations, Ms. Letitia James, the Public Advocate for the City of New York, and First Vice Mayor of the American metropolis, Mr. Ed Cox, Chair of the New York Republican Party, Federal Judge Robert Levy, as well as some of the leading representatives of the Romanian-American community in New York. Congressman Daniel Lipinski, co-president of the American Congress Group (Co-Chair of the Romanian Caucus), who could not participate directly, addressed a video message to those present at the event.
The Romanian-American Business Council brings together representatives of the Romanian-American business environment in New York and has asserted itself as a dynamic and visionary entity, being engaged in a series of economic and social projects and promoting the ‘Visa Waiver for Romania”. RABC is also a supporter of Romania’s campaign for becoming a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2020-2021.