No. 206

  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 U.S. Russia Chamber of Commerce at NAPE 

The U.S. Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC)  is pleased to participate in 
NAPE International for the 6th year in a row

The  USRCC is proud to be part of NAPE Summit 2019 that is held in Houston, TX and would like to thank all visitors for spending their time at our booth #4829. It was our pleasure meeting representatives of diverse companies from Oil & Gas, Petroleum, Engineering and Banking industries, as well as representatives of consulting companies and universities from all over the U.S.  We enjoyed the networking and were impressed by the interest of the U.S. companies in the USRCC services. We are looking forward to seeing you all next year!

The USRCC invites Young Professionals 

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

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 Davies 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

Where: University of Houston Downtown
Girard Street Welcome Center,
3nd floor,  
GSB 307 - Milam Room

201 Girard Street, Houston, TX 77002

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 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 


The 10th Annual Welcome Reception Honoring Delegations from 
Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan
to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2019) 

Join the USRCC to celebrate our  10th Annual OTC Reception - o ne of our largest annual events that is attended by oil and gas industry leaders and government officials from around the world. 

The Offshore Technology Conference  i s the largest oil and gas sector trade show in the world. This conference provides energy professionals the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019,  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hotel ZAZA,  Fountain Room
5701 Main Street,  Houston, TX 77005 

Member -  $50/Non-Members -  $100

*Please note: Refunds will not be issued  
after May 5, 2019

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:  info@usrussiacc.org
Website:  www.usrussiacc.com

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For more information  click here 
Members' News
Mexico: Shell enters Colima state with new stations

Petrolplaza.com, February 13, 2019: Shell inaugurates its first gas station in the Mexican state of Colima as it continues to expand across the country. The new opening adds to the 150 sites currently operating in the states of Puebla, Querétaro, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Coahuila, Aguascalientes, Estado de México and Ciudad de México. Users in Colima will be able to fuel up using Shell V-Power, Shell Super, Shell Diesel and Pennzoil lubricant.  Read more...
Passengers love Turkish Airlines in 2019: January traffic results show

Eturbonews.com, February 12, 2019: Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced the passenger and cargo traffic results for January 2019, recorded 79.5% Load Factor in this month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year' same period, growth in revenue per kilometer has come into prominence as an important indicator of the positive demand environment for Turkish Airlines in 2019.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Russian oil output to grow by 10% by 2040, to 12.5 mln barrels per day - BP outlook

Tass.com, February 15, 2019: By 2040, Russia will increase its oil output by 10% compared to 2017, to 12.5 million barrels per day, UK oil and gas company BP said in its outlook. Russian gas production is expected to grow by 216 billion cubic meters (+34%), to 851 billion cubic meters in the reported period, the company said. Overall, Russia's primary energy production will grow by 21% between 2017 and 2040, but its share of global production will drop from 10% in 2017 to 9% in 2040.  Read more...
Russia, Colombia lead global oil and gas discoveries

Tradearabia.com, February 14, 2019: Russia and Colombia had the highest number of oil and gas discoveries amongst a number of key countries with three each in Q4 2018, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData. GlobalData's latest report: 'Q4 2018 Global Oil and Gas Discoveries Review - Russia and Colombia Lead with Highest Number of Discoveries' reveals that globally 23 oil and gas discoveries were made in Q4 2018 comprising, 13 conventional oil and 10 conventional gas discoveries, with no unconventional discoveries in the quarter.  Read more...
Russia wants to double revenues from seafood exports by 2024

Seafoodsource.com, February 12, 2019: In October 2018, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced new governmental targets for the country's agriculture sector, which included a goal of achieving USD 8 billion (EUR 7 billion) in revenue from annual seafood exports by 2024. The goal is a doubling of Russia's current annual export figure - in 2018, the country exported USD 4 billion (EUR 3.5 billion) worth of seafood. And it won't come from catching twice as much fish. Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries, has said the national catch is projected to rise only 500,000 metric tons (MT) through 2030, thus adding the maximum of 10 percent to the five million MT estimated to be harvested in 2018.  Read more...
Kazakhstan, Iran and Russia sign wheat trade agreement

World-grain.com, February 13, 2019: Representatives from Kazakhstan, Iran and Russia on Feb. 12 signed a Memorandum of Understanding on wheat trade cooperation, paving the way for a more dynamic growth of trade between the countries. According to AzerNews, the ceremony was attended by Kazakh Deputy Minister of Agriculture Gulmira Isayeva, Deputy Minister of Agricultural Jihad of Iran Ali Akbar Mehrfard, Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Sergey Levin and Veronika Nikishina, a member of the Board for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission.  Read more...
Alibaba sees growth in Russia

Shine.cn, February 13, 2019: Alibaba's logistics arm Cainiao Network said it has signed a letter of intent to strengthen collaboration with Russian Post to help raise efficiency for cross-border trade in a bid to bolster Chinese exports. The two parties will build and upgrade the infrastructure of full-service centers in Russia, providing services for warehousing, orders, parcel handling, sorting and courier delivery, and also increasing capabilities during peak times. "Combining our two parties' experience will improve the quality, cost-efficiency and speed of delivery of goods from China to Russia immensely," said Nikolai Podguzov, general director of Russian Post. "We intend to become a key logistics partner of Cainiao in Russia."  Read more...
India, Russia draw up ambitious agenda in 2019 to boost economic partnership 

Economictimes.indiatimes.com, February, 2019: India and Russia have drawn up an ambitious agenda to boost strategic partnership through joint efforts at various economic fora in 2019. Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov and Ambassador of India to Russia Venkatesh Varma recently met in Moscow and discussed the participation of representatives of India in major Russian business events as a driver in strengthening strategic partnership.  Read more...
Russia-China Trade Up 10.8% Year-on-Year In January To $9.2Bln - China Customs Service

Urdupoint.com, February 14, 2019: Trade between  Russia and  China increased by 10.8 percent year-on-year to $9.2  billion in  January  2019, the  Chinese General Administration of Customs said on Thursday. Chinese  exports to  Russia surged by 11.5 percent to $4. 3  billion, while imports went up to $4.89  billion, showing a 10.2 percent growth in  January  2019Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
Rostelecom expands network in Tyumen, Izhevsk

Telecompaper.com, February 12, 2019: Russian national operator Rostelecom said it plans to deploy Wi-Fi networks this year in 29 villages over five municipalities in the Tyumen region. More than 10,000 residents will be covered by the networks. Fibre lines will be deployed to 26 villages; two villages will be connected over satellite lines. A fibre line to the settlement of Nikolskoye will be built using the existing power supply infrastructure.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Azerbaijani Agency for Development of SMEs reps visit Russia

Azernews.az, February 13, 2019: The representatives of Azerbaijan's Agency for the Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) visited Moscow, Trend reports referring to the agency. This visit has been right after the event organized at the Congress Center in Gabala. During the visit, chairman of the agency's board of directors Orkhan Mammadov met with Minister, Head of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations, Moscow City Government Sergey Cheremin. During the meeting, the sides stressed that they are interested in development of cooperation.  Read more...
Belarus taking part in Prodexpo 2019 in Moscow

Eng.belta.by, February 13, 2019: Over 80 Belarusian companies are taking part in the international exhibition for food, beverages and food raw materials Prodexpo 2019 which is underway in Moscow on 11-15 February, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian embassy in Russia. "The exhibition has displayed a wide range of Belarusian producers of meat, dairy, bakery, confectionary, alcohol and other products. The exhibition caters for specialists and is aimed at concluding long-term contracts on the supply of Belarusian food products to the Russian market," the press service said.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
РФПИ и Philips инвестируют в здравоохранение Республики Татарстан

Tida.tatarstan.ru, 14 февраля, 2019: Агентство инвестиционного развития Татарстана, Российский фонд прямых инвестиций, Суверенный фонд России, мировой лидер в сфере разработки решений для здравоохранения Philips при сотрудничестве с крупнейшим радиологическим центром в Татарстане «Барсмед» договорились о содействии здравоохранению Татарстана. Соответствующее соглашение было подписано сегодня на полях Российского инвестиционного форума в Сочи.  Читать далее...
Экспорт российских товаров в Китай превысил импорт китайской продукции в Россию впервые с 2006 года

Vestifinance.ru, 11 февраля, 2019: По  данным Федеральной таможенной службы, в 2018 г. объем торговли между РФ и КНР достиг отметки $108 млрд. При этом торговый баланс России во внешней торговле с Китаем стал профицитным впервые за последние 13 лет.  Экспорт товаров из России в КНР в прошлом году превысил импорт на $3,9 млрд: объем экспорта российских товаров в Китай в период с января по декабрь 2018 г. составил 56,065 млрд, импорт китайских товаров из Китая в РФ за этот же период - 52,218 млрд.  Читать далее...

Vch.ru, 14 февраля, 2019: Поставки говядины из России в Турцию запланированы уже на этот год. Об этом заявил глава минсельхоза РФ Дмитрий Патрушев, передает ТАСС. «Номенклатура [поставляемых в Турцию] товаров в дальнейшем будет расширяться - например, минсельхоз ожидает, что уже в этом году начнутся поставки отечественной говядины», - сказал министр на российском инвестиционном форуме в Сочи. По словам Патрушева, сейчас Россия активно осваивается на турецком рынке. Так, в 2018 году экспорт сельхозтоваров увеличился на 7% и составил $ 1,9 миллиарда. В частности, значительно выросли поставки пшеницы и ячменя.  Читать далее...
РФ может серьезно увеличить долю экспорта органической продукции в Германию

Aif.ru, 13 февраля, 2019: Вице-премьер Алексей Гордеев после встречи с производителями органической продукции рассказал, что к 2025 году Россия может нарастить экспорт таких товаров в Германию до двух миллиардов евро. Об этом пишет  ТАСС. Сейчас РФ отправляет в Германию аграрной органической продукции всего на 5-8 миллионов евро, что составляет всего десятую часть процента от всей органики, закупаемой Берлином. Но к 2025 году Россия сможет занять 10% рынка.  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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