No. 204

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities
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
R egional 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

Welcome Remarks by

Charles Gengler
Dean, Marilyn Daves College of Business,
University of Houston-Downtown


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
University of Houston Downtown
Girard Street Welcome Center
201 Girard Street, Houston, TX 77002
2nd floor,  
GSB 307 - Milam Room

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

USRCC Members - Free/Non-Members - $20

The USRCC Young Professionals events engage people between the ages of 21-40

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
ExxonMobil to begin construction on Beaumont refinery expansion

Chron.com, January 30, 2019: Exxon Mobil began construction Tuesday on an expansion to its refinery in Beaumont after reaching a final investment decision. The expansion, expected to start up in 2022, will increase the refinery's capacity by 250,000 barrels per day - equivalent to a 65 percent increase in current capacity. When complete, the refinery will be among the nation's largest.  Read more...
Turkish Airlines announces Gatwick-Antalya service

Ttgmedia.com, January 31, 2019: Turkish Airlines on Thursday (January 31) announced a new twice-weekly Gatwick to Antalya service, launching on April 4. Flights will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays. Celal Baykal, Turkish Airlines general manager London, said: "We've introduced this new Turkish Airlines route in direct response to the rise in passengers looking to travel to this destination.  Read more...
Gazprom Looks To Attract $14B For Russia's Biggest Gas Processing Plant

Oilprice.com, January 29, 2019: Gazprom is in discussions with banks as it looks to attract in 2020 project financing of US$14 billion for the construction of its Amur gas processing plant, which will be Russia's largest and the second-largest in the world, Gazprom manager Alexander Ivannikov, who is responsible for the company's financial and economic policy, told  Russian media  on Monday.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Russia's coal export reach record highs

Hellenicshippingnews.com, February 1, 2019: Russia's coal export exceeded 200 million tons in 2018, surpassing a Soviet record, Russian Deputy Minister of Energy Anatoly Yanovsky said. In late December of last year, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that Russia plans to produce 433.6 million tonnes of coal, a 6% increase in comparison to 2017, while coal exports were also expected to grow 4.1% to 194 million tonnes, RIA Novosti recalls.  Read more...
CONCOR signs pact with Russia firm to explore logistics opportunities

Outlookindia.com, January 30, 2019:  State-run CONCOR Wednesday said it has inked a pact with Russia's JSC RZD Logistics to explore opportunities in the logistics sector. "An MoU (memorandum of understanding) has been signed between CONCOR and JSC RZD Logistics, Russia, for exploring the logistics opportunities in Russia, India and International corridors, including but not limited to the International North South Transportation Corridor," it said in a BSE filing. CONCOR was incorporated in March 1988 under the Companies Act and commenced operation from November 1989 taking over the existing network of 7 inland container depots (ICDs) from the Indian Railways.  Read more...
Russia may start producing Lada vehicles in Algeria

Tass.com, January 30, 2019: Russia and Algeria have discussed the possibility of starting production of the Russian Lada car in that African country, Energy Minister and co-chairman of the intergovernmental commission with Algeria, Alexander Novak, told reporters.  "We also discussed the possibility of setting local production of the Russian Lada car," he said. Novak noted that the parties also discussed the possibility of building a plant for the production of building materials in Algeria, increasing the supply of pipe metallurgical products and grain, as well as deliveries of Russian medicines, implementing joint projects on cybersecurity.  Read more...
Head of Skolkovo Foundation gets interested in Kazakhstan's projects
Inform.kz, February 1, 2019: Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Arkady Dvorkovich has visited today the Almaty TechnoPark and became interested in Kazakhstan's innovation projects, Kazinform correspondent reports. "In my opinion, this forum is a great opportunity to compare and see how the innovation process is developing in our countries. We are close to each other both in culture and regulation. We have free space for the movement of goods and services. Now we need to focus on the groundbreaking directions, on new technologies. Here, prime ministers and other forum members can discuss how to do it. We do it in practice - it is work on technology parks. It is important to make this process involve ministries, big companies, and other institutions to support investment and innovation. I think today is a great opportunity to do it," Arkady Dvorkovich said on the sidelines of the Digital Agenda into the Globalization 2.0 Forum organized by the Kazakh Ministry of Information and Communications.  Read more...
Russia to launch 3 resupply ships and 3 manned spacecraft to orbital outpost this year

Tass.com, January 31, 2019: Russian carrier rockets will launch three Progress MS resupply ships and three Soyuz MS manned spacecraft with new crews from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station (ISS) this year, a source in the domestic space industry told TASS on Thursday. "Pursuant to the schedule of launches to the ISS for this year, which Roscosmos [State Space Corporation] is due to approve, three Progress MS resupply ships and three Soyuz MS spacecraft are planned to be launched," the source said.  Read more...
The Irkutsk Oil Company helps boost Russia's economy

Globenewswire.com, January 30, 2019: According to the OPEC, Russia has the world's largest natural gas reserves - standing at an estimated 49 trillion cubic metres. These have greatly spurred on the country's economic growth. What's less known, however, is that Russia also has many unused resources that could enhance its performance all the more. Eastern Siberia, in particular, is a region that has many untapped oil and gas reserves. These have not been exploited, due to the fact that many contain either large volumes of associated petroleum gas dissolved in oil, or free gas. Many companies are put off by the time and money needed to extract valuable materials here.  Read more...
Russia interested in new economic projects with Iraq

Tass.com, January 30, 2019: Moscow is interested in developing existing and opening new projects for economic cooperation in Iraq, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday after talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim.  "We are very interested in increasing our trade, economic and investment ties. In the investment and in the hydrocarbon sector, there are very good results: Lukoil, Gazprom Neft, Soyuzneftegaz are already working, Rosneft is showing interest to projects in Iraq. The total investment in this industry has already exceeded $10 bln," the Minister said.  Read more...
Russian firm to sponsor Kenyan students study nuclear science

Mobile.nation.co.ke, January 28, 2019: Russian nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, has offered to sponsor bright Kenyan students planning to study for an undergraduate degree in Nuclear Science at two Russian universities. In a statement to newsrooms, Rosatom said it will pay full tuition fees and partially cater for living expenses for the students admitted to the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) in Central Russia and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Siberia.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
Team of scientific and educative center formed in Tyumen

Tass.com, January 29, 2019: The University of Tyumen hosted a four-day strategic session to form a team of the inter-regional scientific and educative center, the university's press service told TASS on Tuesday. "We have actually formed the 'nucleus' of the team that will work to create and organize the inter-regional scientific and educative center in the Tyumen Region," the university's spokesman said, adding that the team work will later continue in the Yamal-Nenets and Khanty-Mansi regions to discuss the development of the oil and gas sphere and Arctic technologies. The session brought together representatives of the region's universities and major companies, leading scientists and government officials.   Read more...
CIS Business News

Timesca.com, January 31, 2019: Russia's Peterburgsky Tractorny Zavod (Petersburg Tractor Plant) plans to start production of Kirovets energy-saving tractors in Kostanay (Kazakhstan). This was said at the meeting between First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and General Director of JSC Peterburgsky Tractorny Zavod Sergey Serebryakov on January 29 in Astana, the  official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported. At the meeting, the sides discussed prospects for cooperation in the field of agricultural engineering between Kazakhstan and Russia, issues of locating the production of Russian Kirovets tractors at the site of Agromash Holding KZ in Kostanay, as well as deepening the production localization in Kazakhstan.  Read more...
Azerbaijan-Russia Business Council eyes to develop co-op

Azernews.az, January 27, 2019: The Azerbaijan-Russia Business Council intends to make maximum use of the existing potential for the development of cooperation between the business circles of the two countries, said Samad Gurbanov, chairman of the Board of the Council, Trend reports with reference to the Economy Ministry. He was speaking at a general meeting of the Council with the participation of representatives of over 100 business structures and organizations operating in the fields of agriculture, industry, construction, transport, economy and oil sector.  Read more...
Belarusian buses enter passenger service in Russia's Lipetsk

Eng.belta.by, January 31, 2019: Nine Belarus-made MAZ-103 buses were delivered to Russia's Lipetsk at the end of January, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia. The vehicles were transferred to the Lipetsk passenger transport company. Lipetsk Mayor Sergei Ivanov attended an official key handover ceremony. Before placing the order with the Minsk bus manufacturer, Lipetsk transportation experts tested buses on the busiest routes connecting different areas of the regional center.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Россия в 2018 году увеличила экспорт рыбы и морепродуктов на 4 %

Sfera.fm, 31 января, 2019: В прошлом году Россия увеличила экспорт рыбной продукции на 4,4 %, по сравнению с 2017 годом. Этот показатель достиг уровня в 2,24 млн тонн. При этом импорт рыбной продукции снизился на 0,5 % - до 596 тыс. тонн. По данным Росстата, в 2018 году на 5,3 % увеличился экспорт ракообразных, моллюсков и других беспозвоночных, и этот показатель составил 126,5 тыс. тонн. На 5,4 % увеличились поставки рыбного филе и прочего мяса рыб, достигнув показателя в 124 тыс. тонн. Поставки мороженой рыбы увеличились на 4,3 % - 1,96 млн тонн.  Читать далее...
Экспорт газа из России в Молдавию вырос на 8,4%

Newsnn.ru, 31 января, 2019: Компания «Газпром» в 2018 году увеличила экспорт в Республику Молдову на 8,4%. Объем составил 2,9 миллиарда кубометров. Глава российского холдинга Алексей Миллер и президент Молдавии Игорь Додон обсудили дальнейшее сотрудничество, пишет  RNS. Разговор также зашел о деятельности компании «Молдовагаз», контракты между сторонами на транзит ресурса действуют до конца года.  Читать далее...
Утверждена деловая программа Российского инвестиционного форума

Rg.ru, 31 января, 2019: 31 января в Москве под председательством заместителя председателя правительства Российской Федерации Дмитрия Козака состоялось заседание Организационного комитета Российского инвестиционного форума, на котором обсудили вопросы подготовки Форума и согласовали его деловую программу. 14 февраля состоится пленарное заседание с участием председателя правительства Российской Федерации.  Читать далее...
Экспорт из России в Хорватию вырос на 50%

M.rusexporter.ru, 31 января, 2019: В структуре товарооборота двух стран преобладает российский экспорт с долей 85,1%, импорт занимает 14,9%. Рост товарооборота также обусловлен увлечением экспортных поставок из России (+49,5% по отношению к аналогичному периоду 2017 года). Российский импорт из Хорватии сократился на 20,5%. За указанный период экспорт из России в Хорватию составил $1,08 млрд. Ключевыми статьями российского экспорта стали нефть и нефтепродукты (92%), необработанный алюминий (3,8%), калийные удобрения (0,7%), каменный уголь (0,7%) прокат плоский из железа и нелегированной стали (0,5%).  Читать 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
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