No. 207

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

On February 21, the U.S - Russia Chamber of Commerce ("USRCC") in partnership with Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston - Downtown, hosted its 3rd Annual  HR Panel and Networking Event   "Landing the Dream  Entry-Level job " . The event was organized by the USRCC Young Professionals Committee and took place at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Welcome remarks were provided by Dr. Charles Gengler, Dean, Marilyn Davies College of Business  who greeted the guests on behalf of the University of Houston-Downtown. 

Welcome remarks were followed by opening speech made by Ilya Aranovich, USRCC Young Professionals Committee Chair. Mr. Aranovich gave a brief overview of the event agenda and encouraged the panelists to introduce themselves. 

Panel speakers included Hazel Fraser, Regional Human Resources, Manager, Parker Drilling, Heather Dulin, Director, Talent Acquisition & Organizational Development, National Oilwell Varco, and Erik Wilhelmi, Upstream Recruiting Advisor, ExxonMobil.  The panel was moderated by Ilya Aranovich, Director of Licensing, North America, Europe, CIS Regions, GTC Technology US, Young Professionals, Committee Chair, U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce.

During the discussion, panelists provided the audience with the professional opinions about what counts in landing a dream job if you are a young professional with no or little professional experience. Panelists empathized the difference between the dream job and the dream career and explained why that difference matters, and  gave  some  important tips on how to stand out from the big pool of candidates, how to write a catchy resume, and described the best approaches for finding a job in the modern highly competitive environment. 

During the Q&A session, the attendees asked their most pressing questions regarding the job search process and received comprehensive answers from HR professionals.  

We would like to thank all the panelists, attendees, USRCC Young Professionals Committee members and the team of the  Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston  - Downtown!


"It was a privilege to be invited to speak and network at the Russian Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Event at UH Downtown.  These types of gatherings are critical to building perspective, relationships, and opportunity-nothing beats face to face connections!  I was especially impressed with the engagement of the audience members as they were both bold and eager to share their stories and seek out insights to move their career forward."

- Heather Dulin, Director, Talent Acquisition & Organizational Development, National Oilwell Varco.

"The HR Panel event on 2/21 was fantastic.  The three attending recruiters represented top companies in Houston and provided a wealth of knowledge and advice to attendees that will assist in their job search and career planning.  Attendees were glad they attended and we all look forward to future events with the US Russia Chamber of Commerce."

Brett Hobby,  Director,  Career Center,  Marilyn Davies College of Business,  University of Houston-Downtown.

"The young professionals event was very insightful, and the Chambers staff and members were extremely welcoming, engaging and friendly. The topic for the meeting "Landing the dream job" was a very relevant topic to me personally and as a young professional who recently obtained a graduate degree, I know how difficult and frustrating the hiring process can be. The panelists that the Chamber brought together were fantastic and they gave the right message and information that young professionals or people that are looking for a job need."

Alex  Habib, MHA/MBA,  Marketing and Business Development,  Bi o medent.

For event pictures visit our  Facebook page.

The 8th Annual Ambassador Speaker Series

The USRCC invites you to attend the 8th Annual Luncheon with His Excellency

Anatoly I. Antonov
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States
His Excellency Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov

was born on May 15, 1955, in Omsk, a city in southwestern Siberia. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. in International Relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1978 and 1983, respectively. Later, in 2012, Antonov earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow.

Antonov began his diplomatic career in 1978, spending the next 33 years at the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its successor, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Antonov is fluent in English and Burmese.

Full bio is available  here

Thursday, April 11, 2019
 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Houston, TX

*Location will be disclosed upon registration

USRCC Members -  $50 / Non-Members -  $100

Gold Sponsor

   Silver Sponsors

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.org
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

USRCC Membership
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Renew your membership or join for the first time today!

For more information  click here 
Members' News
Baker Hughes signs MoU with QP to expand its presence

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Russia's Gazprom To Start China Gas Pipeline By December 1

Oilprice.com, February 18, 2019: Russia's gas giant Gazprom will begin natural gas deliveries to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline ahead of schedule, as early as December 1, 2019, Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee, has  said on a recent visit to China. The Power of Siberia natural gas pipeline was initially expected to start sending gas to China on December 20, 2019, and its completion is among Gazprom's top priorities.  Read more...
The Week in Review
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Nissan plans to expand output in Russia

Automotivelogistics.media, February 18, 2019: Nissan plans to increase production at its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, this year and build on last year's record-breaking sales, Nissan Manufacturing Rus general director, Igor Boitsov, has revealed. Given low forecast sales on the domestic Russian market, however, this may depend on increasing exports to adjacent markets, he admitted.Nissan manufactured 56,500 vehicles at St Petersburg in 2018, 23% up on the previous year and the highest annual total since the plant opened 10 years ago, Boitsov told local think-tank the Russian Business Consulting Agency recently.  Read more...
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Egypt, Russia to set up company to operate Russian industrial zone

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India ready to welcome Russian gold & diamond miners - official

Rt.com, February 20, 2019: India is interested in cooperation with Russian gold and diamond mining companies and is ready to allow them access to the country's domestic market, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said. "The Indian market is one of the largest in the world, annually valued at around $100 billion," the minister told journalists after bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart in Bangalore. According to Manturov, the parties have made a start for deep cooperation in various sectors with India interested in bringing Russian technological expertise to boost manufacturing and develop India's domestic economy.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
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En.admtyumen.ru, February 17, 2019: Prospects for new serious investors in the Tyumen Region are one of the main indicators of successful work of the regional delegation at the Russian Investment Forum 2019, which was held in Sochi on February 14-15. The delegation of the Tyumen Region, headed by the Governor Alexander Moor, took an active part in the Forum.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund finances over 1,600 projects

Azernews.az, February 20, 2019: Russia is the leading trading partner of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz-Russian cooperation is multidimensional in nature, characterized by the proximity of approaches to international and regional affairs, focusing on the development of Eurasian integration processes. Over 1,600 projects worth more than $ 300 million were financed through the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund, said the President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, during a meeting with residents of the Kadamzhai district of the Batken region.  Read more...
New Cooperation Opportunities for Kazakhstan and Russia

Kazakh-tv.kz, February 18, 2019: The Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation continues to strengthen their economic partnership and increasing trade value between the two countries. Russian ambassador to Kazakhstan, Alexsey Borodavkin said that based on preliminary results, the bilateral trade value between both countries in 2018 was recorded at US$19 billion.  Read more...
Russia considers possibility of supplying gas via Azerbaijani pipeline

En.trend.az, February 21, 2019: Russia is considering the option of using the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP), the final leg of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) for pumping Russian gas in addition to other sources, Anatoly Yanovsky, Deputy Energy Minister of Russia, said in an exclusive interview with Trend. "We are, in fact, talking about a complementary cooperation just like the agreement between Gazprom Export and Azerbaijani SOCAR on the supply of Russian gas," said Yanovsky.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
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Russian.rt.com, 18 февраля, 2019: Россия обогнала Саудовскую Аравию по добыче нефти по состоянию на декабрь 2018 года, заняв вторую строчку в рейтинге мировых лидеров по нефтепроизводству с показателем 10,7 млн баррелей в сутки.  Об этом свидетельствуют данные  Совместной инициативы по нефтяной статистике (JODI). Саудовская Аравия заняла третье место с показателем 10,6 млн баррелей в сутки. На первом месте Соединённые Штаты - 11,66 млн баррелей в сутки.  Читать далее...
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Oilcapital.ru, 18 февраля, 2019: Увеличение пришлось в основном на поставки «Газпром нефти». Объем морского экспорта арктической нефти вне системы «Транснефти» в 2018 г. составил 17,04 млн т - на 157 тыс. т больше, чем годом ранее. Об этом в понедельник сообщили «НиК» в агентстве Argus. Увеличение пришлось в основном на поставки «Газпром нефти». Компания нарастила экспорт арктических сортов с танкера-накопителя «Умба» в Кольском заливе на 1,89 млн т по сравнению с показателем 2018 г., до 10,19 млн т. В июле-августе отгрузки с накопителя впервые достигли максимального показателя - 1 млн т в месяц. Увеличение поставок обусловлено ростом добычи нефти на Новопортовском месторождении на Ямале и Приразломном месторождении на шельфе Печорского моря, несмотря на действовавшее в I полугодии ограничение в рамках ОПЕК+. Так, объем отгрузок сорта Novy Port составил 6,95 млн т, сорта Arco - 3,18 млн т. Кроме отгрузок через «Умбу», в 2018 г. «Газпром нефть» экспортировала нефть также напрямую в Европу.  Читать далее...
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Ru.investing.com, 21 февраля, 2019: В прошлом году Россия увеличила экспорт кондитерских изделий на 19% - до 512 тыс. тонн, сообщает Центр исследований кондитерского рынка (ЦИКР). В стоимостном выражении экспорт составил $1,097 млрд, это максимальный показатель с 2014 года. Как считают эксперты, на итоги года повлиял более успешный, чем обычно, декабрь. "Обычно пик деловой активности в экспортных продажах приходится на октябрь-ноябрь, а в декабре он заметно спадает. Но в прошлом году высокий сезон длился вплоть до последних чисел года", - поясняется в пресс-релизе.  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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