New York.- The Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce honoured the departing Trade Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the United States, Mr Dennis C. Droushiotis, on September 19, 2005, at a reception held at the Harvard Club, New York City.
The reception was hosted by the Board of Directors of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and comprised of an elite group of distinguished Hellenic American Business Leaders in the fields of Commerce, Banking, Shipping, Commercial Law and Media.
The Reception was attended by H.E. the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Mr. George Iacovou; Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the U.N.; Consul Generals of Greece and Cyprus, Ms. Katerina Boura and Martha Mavrommatis respectively, Trade Commissioner of Greece, Spyros Ambatzopoulos, senior officials of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Members of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Andre Gregory, President of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, in his opening speech expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Droushiotis for his long and active contribution, cooperation and support towards achieving economic goals of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and for his continuous efforts towards the prosperity of Hellenism in the United States. He further expressed that the Chamber was highly privileged and honoured by the presence of the Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs in joining the Chamber in paying tribute to the honouree.
In his address, Mr Iacovou praised the active efforts and dedicated commitment by Mr Droushiotis towards his country, in promoting U.S. commercial ties with Cyprus and leaving behind him concrete economic relations with North America. The Foreign Minister also spoke of his vast collaboration since 1983 with Mr. Droushiotis and praised his impeccable representation of Cyprus during his service in the United States, both for the economic benefit of Cyprus and the Cyprus cause.
The Consul Generals of Greece and Cyprus and other representatives at the event in their remarks exalted Mr. Droushiotis’ personality as a very dynamic individual with a great involvement, commitment and love for his country, which have contributed to the economic progress Cyprus has achieved.
Mr. Droushiotis, in his remarks, noted that the Hellenic Business Community is the primary catalyst for Cyprus’ business success in the United States and that he was gratified by the economic bond that not only promotes the financial progress of Hellenes in America but importantly, stimulates Cyprus’ domestic economy at home. Mr. Droushiotis stated that he departs from his position knowing that Cyprus is currently in the strongest and most robust commercial relations with North America and that a secure foundation of export trade and investments has been established. More importantly, he stated that Cyprus’ reputation in the market place is as positive as it has ever been.
He stressed that what has been achieved was done through the support of the Hellenic American Business Community, a dedicated group of individuals that he was privileged to work with and the sustained commitment of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Cyprus in reaching the island’s goals in the North American market.