No. 185

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities
On September the 18th the USRCC hosted its "2nd Annual Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series:
 a Young Professional to an Industry Leader" organized by the USRCC Young Professionals Committee. The event took place at the 
University of Houston, Bauer College of Business and featured Mr.  Marco Marsili Vice President, New Business Development & Commercial North America and Brazil, Shell International Exploration and ProductionCompany, Upstream and Integrated Gas.

The presentation made by Mr. Marsili truly resonated with the audience of young professionals as  many of them were looking for an expert advice on career progression.  Mr. Marsili discusses his personal professional journey,  provided a valuable advice on how to improve leadership skills, knowledge and attitude to reach personal goals and advance career,  emphasized the  key strategies for discovering professional core values and shared how effectively engage and motivate people.


"Having attended my first Young Professionals event with the Russian Chamber of Commerce, I feel that there is much benefit in the program. Firstly, the speaker for this event was from the top echelon of a major oil and gas company, and it is not often that young professionals get career insight from Vice Presidents of a company like Shell. Secondly, Mr. Marsili's presentation was broad enough in nature to be of interest even to those who are not currently doing business in Russia. I believe such events can attract a wider range of professionals to network with and create goodwill for the Chamber at large.
Overall the program was well organized and timed. I particularly enjoyed the Q&A session and an open discussion with Mr. Marsili".
Irina Reshetnikova,  Contracts and Procurement, Shell Pipeline S&D Projects

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                                          Blockchain in Oil & GAS Conference

The Conference will focus on new use cases across industry verticals, specifically for oil and gas, supply chain, IoT, operational science and logistics management professionals.

More information is available here:  BLOCKCHAIN IN OIL AND GAS Conference 2018

Two days of top-level content from leading oil and gas companies embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies.

The conference will present a series of expert keynotes, interactive panel discussions and industry case studies.

The event agenda is available  here

USRCC at the "Blockchain in Oil and  Gas Conference" as an Event Community Partner

September 20th - 21st, 2018

Hilton Americas Houston
Ballroom of Americas, 2nd Floor, D-F
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010


We are pleased to offer a special   20% discount to all the USRCC members! For more information, please contact us at

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend

The 8th Annual Welcome Reception
Honoring Russian and CIS Delegations to the 
Breakbulk Americas  2018

Please join the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Russian and CIS delegations to the 8th Annual Breakbulk Americas Reception . This annual event draws decision makers in U.S.- Russia trade and investment, including senior representatives from major shipping and logistics companies, leaders in the oil and gas industry, government officials, elected officials and more.

Breakbulk Americas is the largest and most important gathering in North America for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional breakbulk cargoes. The conference provides shippers with the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialized carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 * 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Four Seasons Hotel, Whitney Room * 1300 Lamar Street, 
Houston, TX 77010

USRCC Members - $30/Non-Members - $60
Please note: Refunds will not be issued after September the 30th, 2018




For sponsorship opportunities please contact:

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042 
Phone: 713.429.4680 Email :

"Russian Energy Week" 
International Forum 2018

Russian Energy Week (REW) is Russia's largest international  business discussion platform for the energy sector. The aim  of this event is to showcase future opportunities in the  Russian fuel and energy sector and to realize the potential  of international cooperation. The Forum is held with the  support of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation  and the Moscow City Government.

When: October 3-6, 2018

Where: Central Exhibition Hall 'Manege',  1 Manezhnaya Ploshchad, 
Moscow, Russia

For more information please click here.

USRCC Internship

The USRCC is looking for new team members!

 play a key role and the contributions they make impact the day-to-day functions of the chamber and shape the future of the relationship between Russia and the U.S.

There are many ways you can get involved with the USRCC. Whether you are an experienced leader or a student, there is a place for you. By volunteering you can be at the very centre of our high-profile events held in Houston, Chicago and New York City and interact with influential leaders in the U.S.-Russia trade and investment.
To learn more about the position  click here or contact us directly at   call 713.429.4680
USRCC Membership
Are you taking advantage of your  USRCC Member Benefits?

Renew your membership or join for the first time today!

For more information  click here 
Interested in learning more about our 2018 events?

To see a full list   click here                                                                                                                 
Members' News
Shell expands strategic collaboration with Microsoft to drive industry transformation and innovation, September 20, 2018: On Thursday, Royal Dutch Shell plc announced it is broadening its work with Microsoft Corp. to help accelerate industry transformation and innovation. Through this collaboration, Shell will drive efficiencies across the company from drilling and extraction to employee empowerment and collaboration, as well as safety for its retail customers and employees.  Read more...
Over 8.5 Months Gazprom Increases Gas Supplies to Hungary by 8.6%, September 19, 2018: A working meeting between  Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, took place in Moscow today. The parties addressed the ongoing and future cooperation, highlighting an increase in Gazprom's gas exports to Hungary. According to provisional data, Gazprom had supplied Hungary with 5.4 billion cubic meters of gas from January 1 to September 15, 2018, an 8.6 per cent rise from the same period of 2017.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Agreement reached on Russian gas deliveries to Hungary, September 19, 2018: Hungary has reached an agreement on gas deliveries from Russia for both 2019 and 2020, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday, Hungarian news agency MTI reported. Orbán said he had asked President Putin to seriously consider extending the path of the TurkStream (Turkish Stream) natural gas pipeline into his country and further into Europe. TurkStream, which replaced the cancelled South Stream project, is currently under construction, extending from Russia across the Black Sea to Turkey. Read more...
Russia oil production jumps to new post-Soviet record, September 20, 2018: Russia's crude production has jumped to a new post-Soviet record, boosting the nation's budget revenue as it prepares for talks with OPEC+ on further cooperation, according to a government official. The country's oil output is currently fluctuating between 1.54 million and 1.55 million tons a day -- driven mainly by state-run giant Rosneft PJSC -- the official said, asking not to be named as the information isn't public yet. That equates to 11.29 million to 11.36 million barrels a day, beating the previous record of 11.25 million barrels a day set in October 2016 before Russia agreed with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut production.  Read more...
Singapore, Russia businesses to explore opportunities in consumer and technology sectors, September 20, 2018: SINGAPORE businesses can explore opportunities in Russia in sectors such as consumerism and technology. Firms from both countries can collaborate to innovate as well. This was the message from the Russia-Singapore Business Forum held on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore with over 300 business leaders from both countries in attendance.  Read more...
Egypt considers development of Nasr Automobile in cooperation with Russian partner, September 20, 2018: Minister of Public Business Sector Hisham Tawfek, met with Russian trade representative in Cairo Nikolai Aslanov, a representative of a Russian company operating in heavy industries, and chairperson of the Holding Company for Metallurgical Industries, Medhat Nafea. During the meeting, the Egyptian minister welcomed cooperation between the two parties in various fields, especially, the automotive industry, referring to the proposed framework for the development of Al-Nasr Automobile Company.  Read more...
Second Eurasian Women's Forum opens in Russia, September 20, 2018: The second Eurasian Women's Forum kicked off  in Saint Petersburg of Russia on September 19, featuring various activities with the aim of promoting  unity among  women from all over the world. Russian Federation Council Chairperson V.I Matviyenko attended the opening ceremony of exhibition ""Made in Russia: export by women" on the same day. Themed "Women for Global Security and Sustainable Development", the event attracted about 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countries over the world.  Read more...
Russia proposes India to train its astronauts, September 20, 2018: Russia may take part in the selection and training of Indian astronauts, as Indian authorities are seeking to cooperate with friendly space powers that have established human spaceflight programmes. Roscosmos is already providing astronaut training for the UAE and has offered its assistance to Bahrain and Malaysia. Read more...
Russia's leading universities present their educational opportunities in Vietnam, September 18, 2018: The Russian Center of Science and Culture in Hanoi is presenting opportunities for education in Russia's leading educational institutions as part of the 10th stage of the long-term project "Universities of Russia," which will run until September 21. "This project has been carried out in Vietnam for almost five years already and during this time it managed to become an effective tool for promoting Russian education in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam," said Natalya Shafinskaya, director of the Russian Center of Science and Culture and head of the representative office of the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation in Vietnam, in a conversation with TASS on Tuesday.  Read more...
South Africa intent on expanding fresh exports to Russia, September 20, 2018: South Africa wants to increase its exports of fresh produce to Russia, said chief executive of the South African Fresh Produce Exporters Forum, Anton Kruger, on Wednesday. Kruger, speaking on the sidelines of the World Food Moscow exhibition in Russia, said South Africa had seen a steady export growth in pears, apples and table grapes, although the bulk is still citrus, since 2017.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
Tyumen university students win thermosphysics conference

Tass, September 19, 2018: Post-graduate students of University of Tyumen have become winners of the all-Russia scientific conference on thermosphysics and physical hydrodynamics in Yalta, the university's press service said. "The university's students, Tair Yesenbayev and Mohammed al-Musaiker have attended the third all-Russia scientific conference on thermosphysics and physical hydrodynamics in Yalta (Crimea) and presented the results of their research on drop evaporation on thin surfaces and regulation of processes of self-organization of micro and nano particles in colloid solutions," the press service said.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Azerbaijani Consul General speaks on expanding cooperation with Russia in energy sphere, September 20, 2018: The Consul General of Azerbaijan in Yekaterinburg Ilgar Iskenderov thanked the leadership of the Tyumen region for the invitation to participate in the 9th Tyumen oil and gas forum, TASS reported. "This invitation and my participation are very significant. The good long-term relations between Azerbaijan and the Tyumen region most visibly embody the life and work in this region of Western Siberia of my countryman Farman Salmanov - the legendary discoverer of Tyumen oil", the diplomat said in an interview with TASS during the forum.  Read more...
Russia, Kazakhstan to discuss development of tourism, September 18, 2018: Tendencies in the development of tourism in Kazakhstan and Russia will be the topic of the Russia-Kazakhstan Interregional Cooperation Forum, to be held on November 9 in Kazakhstan's Petropavlovsk city, Russia's TASS news agency cited spokesman for the Kazakh Foreign Ministry Aibek Smadiyarov as saying Sept. 18.  Read more...
Rapid development of economic ties between Azerbaijan, Russia observed - ambassador, September 19, 2018: Rapid development of economic relations between Russia and Azerbaijan is being observed today, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu said Sept. 18 on the sidelines of the international food exhibition "WorldFood Moscow".  "Today, I would say that very rapid development of economic relations between Russia and Azerbaijan is being observed. Most recently, presidents Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev met where 17 economic documents were signed in their presence. This is a fairly large number, which creates great opportunities for joint work. I would like to emphasize that the heads of the two states are particularly interested in the development of our economic relations and their personal relations are the key to such development," the ambassador said.  Read more...
Russia, Kazakhstan discuss implementation of "Baiterek" project

A, September 17, 2018: The First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin has discussed the implementation of the joint "Baiterek" project in Moscow with the Director General of the "Roscosmos" State Corporation for Space Activities Dmitry Rogozin, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan said in a statement Sept. 17, TASS reported.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Минфин прогнозирует профицит бюджета в 2019 году на уровне 1,88 трлн рублей, 19 сентября, 2018: Минфин России прогнозирует профицит бюджета в 2019 году на уровне 1,88 трлн руб., или 1,8% ВВП, следует из проекта бюджета на 2019 год и на плановый период 2020-2021 годов.
Прогнозируемый общий объем доходов в 2019 году составляет 19,9 трлн руб., в том числе объем дополнительных нефтегазовых доходов - 3,37 трлн руб. Общий объем расходов ожидается на уровне 18,06 трлн руб.  Читать далее...
Минсельхоз: Россия может к 2024 году удвоить экспорт агропродукции,19 сентября, 2018: Минсельхоз оценивает экспортный потенциал агропродукции до 2024 г. в размере $50 млрд, что более чем в 2 раза больше ожидаемого в 2018 г. экспорта АПК в размере $24,2 млрд. "По экспортному потенциалу у нас в указе $45 млрд, мы постараемся сделать $50 млрд к 2024 г.", - заявил министр сельского хозяйства РФ Дмитрий Патрушев, выступая в Госдуме.  Читать далее...
ООН: Россия увеличит экспорт и сократит импорт продовольствия, 17 сентября, 2018: По оценкам Продовольственной и сельскохозяйственной организации ООН (FAO), Россия будет одной из стран, которые смогут увеличить урожайность сельскохозяйственных культур и повысить экспорт продовольствия на фоне изменения климата. Доклад "Состояние мировых рынков сельскохозяйственных сырьевых товаров 2018" был представлен в понедельник, 17 сентября, в штаб-квартире FAO в Риме. В докладе изложены прогнозы по перспективам сельскохозяйственного сектора ряда стран и регионов мира до 2050 г.  Читать далее...
Россия наращивает экспорт услуг в сфере высоких технологий, 17 сентября, 2018: Экспорт услуг в сфере высоких технологий впервые в истории России превысил импорт. Увеличение объема экспорта услуг - одна из важных целей. До 2024 года его стоимостной объем должен вырасти до $100 млрд., пишут «Известия». За январь-июнь 2018 года Россия продала за рубеж услуги на $30,9 млрд. Это на 14,4% больше, чем годом ранее, и максимальный показатель с 2014 года. При этом за II квартал, по предварительной оценке ЦБ, Россия поставила за рубеж услуги на $16,8 млрд (+13,7% по сравнению с прошлым годом).  Читать далее...
Россия нарастила экспорт нефти в Китай на треть, 17 сентября, 2018: Поставки российской нефти в Китай за январь-август этого года выросли на 30,4 процента, угля - на 8,6 процента, электроэнергии - на 12,5 процента. Об этом сообщил вице-премьер Дмитрий Козак на заседании межправительственной комиссии по энергетическому сотрудничеству вместе с китайским коллегой Ханем Чжэном.  Читать далее...
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