No. 203

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities

USRCC Business Networking Event

On January 24, 2019 the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce ("USRCC") hosted a Business Networking Event at The West End - A Public House, Houston, TX. The event gathered more than 70 business professionals from various industries, including Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Logistics, Banking, Real Estate, and many others. Representatives of such companies like ExxonMobil,  ConocoPhillips, Tenaris, TMK IPSCO, Ethos Energy, Fieldwood Energy, Moody Rambin, Element Americas, NDT Global, Port of Rotterdam, Turkish Airlines, LUKOIL, Parsons Corporation, and many others have attended the event.  New  connections and partnerships with USRCC members and guests were made during the evening.

During the event the audience was greeted by the USRCC leadership and the reception attendees were provided with the information about the 2019 events and encouraged everyone to participate and support  the USRCC's effort to promote trade and investment between Russia, CIS and the U.S.  

A fterwords, attendees received a warm welcome from Viacheslav, Levchik, Vice Consul, Consulate General of the Russian Federation who emphasized the importance of the U.S. - Russia business relations as well as the importance of the USRCC's work.

Finally, the USRCC has welcomed its newest member - Turkish Airlines. Mr. Ken Bhappu, Regional Corporate Sales Manager, greeted the audience on behalf of the company and provided short overview of Turkish Airlines Corporate Club program and its benefits and provided the list of destinations in Russia that are currently a part of the Turkish Airlines network. 

We would like to thank our attendees, members and volunteers for joining us at the  USRCC's first event of 2019!

To view event pictures visit our  Facebook page.

We are very excited to announce that 2019 marks the USRCC's 10th anniversary!

The 10th Anniversary will be a year-long celebration commemorating the USRCC's 10 years of existence. Join us in celebration at our events and support us in continuing our mission! 

The 2019 events will feature high caliber speakers, bring together the most influential key business leaders, experts and decision makers, and will provide our members and stakeholders with the perfect educational and networking opportunities. The list of 2019 event is available  here. 

We are looking forward to another successful year! 

The USRCC Young Professionals Committee 
invites you to attend

HR Panel and Networking Event 
"Landing the Dream Entry-Level job"

Join us and learn from experienced HR professionals what counts in making that first or second step into a career.
  • What key experiences and competencies do you have to obtain in college and your first job/internship to land the first dream job?
  • What are the key tips for an individual to be recognized from the pool of candidates?
  • What is critical to include in the perfect CV; what are the things to never have on a CV?
  • What is the best way to find and apply for your first job: through the internet (Linkedin), through specific hiring events, networking events, graduate alumni?
  •  How can professionals from abroad on student or work visas find the dream long-term job and earn a chance to become residents?
These and other questions to be answered by the group of panel speakers at the event.


Director, Talent Acquisition & Organizational Development
National Oilwell Varco

Hazel Fraser
Regional Human Resources  Manager
Parker Drilling

Upstream Recruiting Advisor
Lauren Burke
SR HR Director for Chief Marketing and Technology Office and 
Chief Legal and Compliance Office
Baker Hughes, a  
GE Company


Director of Licensing, North America, Europe, CIS Regions
GTC Technology US
Young Professionals  Committee Chair,
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: University of Houston Downtown
One Main Street
3rd Floor
A300 - Buffalo Bayou Room
Houston TX 77002

Visitor Parking is available at: 201 Girard Street, Houston, TX 77002

USRCC Members - Free/Non-Members - $20


Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey operating scheduled services to 304 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, making it the largest carrier in the world by number of passenger destinations. Turkish Airlines operates to nine cities in the U.S. including Houston, TX.

Turkish Airlines Corporate Club - an exclusive program for Turkish Airlines' corporate customers. B enefit from special discounts, flexibility, with no commitments and no fees to join. 

Benefits of Corporate Club membership
  • Exclusive Fare Discounts - Save money every time a Turkish Airlines flight is booked; 
  • Flexibility -Turkish Airlines Corporate Club fares allow the client to rebook or reroute tickets free of charge. Easy 
  • Membership No joining or exit fee.
  • Exclusive Baggage Allowance - Generous baggage allowance for economy and business class passengers.
  • Pre-boarding Benefits - As a holder of a Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Card, passengers receive special pre-boarding benefits and access to the lounge in Istanbul.

For more information please click here .
USRCC Partner Event
The 54th Annual Petroushka Ball

Dear USRCC Members and Stakeholders,
The U.S. - Russia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support an event hosted by one of our partner organizations.
Join the Russian Children's Welfare Society at The Plaza Hotel in New York on February 8th for the 54th Annual Petroushka Ball to benefit the RCWS charitable programs ( www.rcws.org ). 

Since its inception in 1965, the Petroushka Ball has been one of New York's most elegant charitable events attended by over 700 guests representing business, artistic and diplomatic spheres.

When: Friday, February 8, 2019
Where: The Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom
768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Reception: 8:00 pm
Dinner & Performance: 9:00 pm
Dancing: 10:00 pm to 2 am
Dress Code: Strictly White or Black Tie, Long Ball Gowns   
   * Age Requirement: 21 years and older        
Special Guest Stars
Nadine Sierra, soprano       
Francesco Demuro, tenor
Appear by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera

Music by
The Lester Lanin Orchestra
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra
To learn more and to order tickets please visit  http://www.rcws.org/events/join-us-at-the-54th-petroushka-ball

USRCC Partner Event

Women in Energy Luncheon
Join top industry executives to celebrate  Oil and Gas Investor's 25 Influential Women In  Energy   honorees at a gala luncheon,  February 12, 2019 . Network and dine with distinguished leaders who have risen to the top of their professions and achieved outstanding success in the oil and gas industry. Luncheon program is available  here.

When: February 12, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hilton Americas Houston
1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010

We are pleased to offer a special discount! Please use "RCOC25" code to get $25 off . 

USRCC's Booth at the Annual NAPE SUMMIT WEEK in Houston 

The annual NAPE Summit Week is an expo and networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. In the upstream oil and gas business, it is the largest and most successful event of its kind in the world.

NAPE Summit Week is held February 11-15, 2019, in Houston, TX. This massive, week-long event offers prospects, producers and purchasers the unique chance to connect, reconnect and make deals. For those who seek to be successful in the upstream oil and gas business, NAPE Summit Week is the "must attend" event that has the potential to open up a myriad of opportunities. The oil and gas industry is fueled by deals. And NAPE is where deals happen:  http://napeexpo.com/summit/schedulehttp

February 11 - 15 2019

Stop by the USRCC Booth #4829

USRCC Trade Mission June 2019

Trade Mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg Economic Forum
June 2-8, 2019

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) invites you to participate in a Trade mission to the    St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Participants will have an opportunity to meet Russian government officials and some of the most influential leaders in U.S.-Russia trade and investment relations. The USRCC will coordinate private meetings, an exclusive CEO Roundtable and introductions, in addition to attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPEIF).

Participating companies will gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, find business partners, and advance specific projects with the goal of increasing U.S. trade and investment to Russia.

For more details about the Trade Mission please click here or 

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 
Members' News
Exxon Mobil, REG Partner With Clariant To Advance Cellulosic Biofuel Research

Oilandgasinvestor.com, January 23, 2019: Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:  XOM) and Renewable Energy Group (REG) said Jan. 23 that they have signed a joint research agreement with Clariant to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel, which has the potential to play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The new partnership expands a previously announced agreement for joint research between Exxon Mobil and REG, in which the companies successfully validated the ability of REG Life Sciences bio-conversion technology to convert sugars from cellulosic biomass into biodiesel through a single-step process.  Read more...
ASTM International to host workshop on metal powder characterisation

Pm-review.com, January 23, 2019: The ASTM International committee on metal powders and metal powder products (B09) is holding a workshop on powder characterisation in Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA, on April 16, 2019. Taking place at the Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front, the workshop will run in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the ASTM committee. Workshop organiser and ASTM International member W. Brian James noted that new powder characterisation tests have been developed but not yet standardised for use specifically with metal powders.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Locally-made drugs increasing share of Russian pharma market

Thepharmaletter.com, January 23, 2019: Progress and growth of the Russian pharmaceutical industry were the subject of  press conference yesterday, under the theme: "Initiatives to support Russian manufacturers, myths and reality." The conference was attending by leading pharma and pharmacy organization, along with drugmakers.  Read more...
MRO Russia & CIS is the leading professional gathering in the region

Rusaviainsider.com, January 23, 2019:  Dedicated to the vital issues affecting the region's aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry - and now in its 14th year - MRO  Russia & CIS 2019 has steadily gained global recognition as the only meaningful event of its kind and scale in the former USSR.    Read more...
Indo-Russian collaboration in AI, IoT to take-off in 2019: Zyfra CEO

Thenewsminute.com, January 24, 2019: The Indian sectors with most potential to adopt such solutions are metallurgy, transportation, aerospace and petrochemicals, Zyfra CEO Igor Bogachev said. Indo-Russia joint projects in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to take-off this year according to the Finnish-Russian digital solutions provider Zyfra which has joined hands with Indian companies to provide IoT and AI-based solutions for the industrial sector.  Read more...
Japan's economy minister praises cooperation with Russia

Tass.com, January 21, 2019: Tokyo and Moscow are successfully implementing a plan for economic cooperation proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hiroshige Seko said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Maxim Oreshkin.  Read more...
Russia invites African leaders to Sochi Summit

Moderndiplomacy.eu, January 24, 2019:   Russia has finally announced that it would host African leaders and corporate business tycoons in a high-level October summit in Sochi, south coastal city, to roll out a comprehensive agenda and strategy aimed at raising the existing overall Russia's economic profile in Africa, St Petersburg based Roscongress, the official organizer of the October summit, said on its website.  Read more...
Russia offers scholarships in nuclear engineering to Indians 

Economictimes.indiatimes.com, January 23, 2019:   Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, consultant and main equipment supplier for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu, India has offered scholarships in nuclear engineering for Indian students to help develop the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers. The scholarships fully fund tuition fees and partly - living expenses.   Read more...
Analyst: AI Gives New Impetus for China-Russia Ties

Sputniknews.com, January 24, 2019: The comments came against rising calls by officials and experts from the two countries to develop high-tech cooperation, with AI as a major focus, to generate new mutual benefits. China and Russia probably achieved their target of $100 billion in bilateral trade in 2018. To meet a more ambitious target of $200 billion by 2024, AI will play a role, analysts said.  Read more...
Russian exports of chemical products may double to $34-35bn by 2024

Intellinews.com, January 23, 2019: Russia's exports of chemical products may double to $34-35bn by 2024, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Yevtukhov said in an interview to Rossiya 24 television channel on January 22, reports Prime. "I can say that the chemical industry will take an active part in implementation of our plan to boost exports. We plan to double these exports. Today they stand at $17bn, and we see prospects to grow to about $34-35bn until 2024," he said.  Read more...  
CIS Business News
Buta Airways announces new destination in Russia

Azernews.az, January 22, 2019: Azerbaijan's low-cost airline Buta Airways announced another new destination in Russia. Starting from May 12, the Airline will launch direct flights from Baku to Ufa. Flights will be operated twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. The capital of Bashkortostan will be the sixth destination of Buta Airways in Russia.    Read more...
Uzbekistan-Russia Trade Grew 21.2% To $5.7Bln In 2018 - Statistics Committee

Urdupoint.com, January 22, 2019:  Uzbekistan's trade with  Russia increased by 21.2% in  2018 compared to the previous year and reached $5.73  billion, the Uzbek State Committee on Statistics said on Tuesday. According to the statistics,  Uzbekistan's  exports to  Russia hit $2.2  billion last year, rising by 6. 8 percent year-on-year, while the country's imports of  Russian goods skyrocketed by 30.6 percent and totaled $3.5  billionRead more...
Turkmen oil exports via Russia's Novorossiisk port to resume next month-Sources 

Af.reuters.com, January 22, 2019: Exports of Turkmen oil via Russia's Black sea port of Novorossiisk will resume in February, four market sources said. Turkmenistan stopped transit of its oil via Russia in 2016 and has been exporting all its crude via the Azeri Caspian port of Baku. Pumping Turkmen oil through the Makhachkala-Novorossiisk pipeline could add as much as 200,000 tonnes of crude per month into Russia's Transneft system.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Добыча угля в России в 2018 году выросла на 7% - до 440 млн тонн

Rns.online, 23 января, 2019: Добыча угля в России увеличилась в 2018 году на 7% по сравнению с показателем предшествующего года и составила 440 млн тонн, говорится в материалах Росстата. В том числе добыча каменного угля увеличилась на 6,6% - до 359 млн тонн, добыча бурого угля - на 8,7%, до 81,4 млн тонн. В декабре добыча угля в России выросла на 5,5% по сравнению с показателем за аналогичный период 2017 года, при этом добыча каменного угля увеличилась на 7%, добыча бурого угля - возросла на 0,4%.  Читать далее...
Россия на треть увеличила экспорт продукции АПК в Германию

Dairynews.ru, 21 января, 2019: Россия на треть увеличила экспорт продукции АПК в Германию . Об этом стало известно 18 января в Берлине, в ходе встречи министра сельского хозяйства России Дмитрия Патрушева с президентом немецкого крестьянского союза (НКС) Йоахимом Руквидом, на которой стороны обсудили вопросы взаимодействия двух стран в сфере АПК, пишет The DairyNews со ссылкой на пресс-службу Минсельхоза РФ.  Читать далее...
Минниханов и Бартли запустили в Казани кнопку обратного отсчета времени до WorldSkills-2019

Almetievsk-ru.ru, 24 января, 2019: Президент Татарстана Рустам Минниханов и глава WorldSkills International Саймон Бартли сегодня открыли в Казани стелу обратного отсчета времени до 45-го мирового чемпионата по рабочим профессиям WorldSkills-2019. В торжественной обстановке на улице Баумана была запущена кнопка часов на стеле. «Мы сегодня говорим, что до WorldSkills-2019 осталось не 209, а 200 дней потому, что через этот срок к нам начнут приезжать наши гости. Мы должны достойно их встретить, показать наше гостеприимство и традиции», - сказал Президент РТ Рустам Минниханов на торжественной церемонии открытия стелы.  Читать далее...
Экспорт зерна из России вырос на 2%

Ukragroconsult.com, 24 января, 2019: Экспорт зерна из России в 2018/19 МГ по состоянию на 22.01.2019 составил 32,1 млн тонн (на 2% больше, чем на 22.01.2018). Объем экспорта пшеницы составил 26,2 млн тонн (на 10% больше), ячменя - 3,4 млн тонн (на 12% меньше), кукурузы - 1,5 млн тонн (на 44% меньше).nМинсельхоз РФ сохраняет оценку экспорта зерновых в 2018/19 МГ на уровне 42 млн тонн, инфомирует  УкрАгроКонсалтЧитать далее...

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 info@usrussiacc.org   call 713.429.4680
USRCC Executive Partners




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