No. 208

  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 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

   Bronze 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:  Website:
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:

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Members' News
ExxonMobil in major gas discovery off Cyprus, February 28, 2019: ExxonMobil has made a substantial gas discovery in the waters off Cyprus, marking the latest find in the eastern Mediterranean which is rapidly transforming into a major energy play. The company said the preliminary well data suggested there was between five trillion and eight trillion cubic feet in place, or the equivalent of more than 1 billion barrels of oil in energy terms, making it the biggest discovery off Cyprus so far. "These are encouraging results in a frontier exploration area," said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company.   Read more...
Shell buys UK digital energy innovator Limejump, February 28, 2019: Oil company Shell has bought UK digital energy innovator Limejump for an undisclosed sum, the two companies said Wednesday. The deal comes days after Shell bought German domestic solar/battery vendor Sonnen, and follows a string of acquisitions for its New Energies subsidiary. "Shell will help us to drive our technology platform to new heights and support the Limejump team to make a bigger impact on the industry," said Limejump CEO Eric Nygard.   Read more...
Turkish Airlines introduces new business class bedding February 27, 2019: Turkish Airlines is promising a better sleep in the sky with the introduction of new business class bedding for intercontinental flights. Designed in conjunction with European company Zorlu Textiles Group and dubbed the Flow Sleeping Set, the collection integrates feedback from passengers to promote in-flight comfort and a better sleep experience, while also taking cues from the Star Alliance member's updated uniforms and cabin designs.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Positive Signals in Vietnam- Russia Bilateral Trade in Early 2019, February 28, 2019: Nhan Dan Newspaper correspondent based in Russia, Nam Dong, quoted data provided by the Vietnamese Trade Office in Russia as stating that trade activities between the two nations last year were very positive. Following that momentum, right from the beginning of 2019, import and export turnover between the two has also increased strongly. In January 2019, Vietnam's export turnover to Russia reached US$230 million, up 29% compared to the same period last year.   Read more...
Greece 'attractive' for Russian investments, ND chief tells TASS, February 27, 2019: Greece is interested in attracting Russian investments in tourism, trade, transport and real estate, and would also like to see the country involved in Greece's privatization program, opposition New Democracy chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a visit to Moscow on Wednesday. Speaking to Russia's TASS news agency, the leader of the conservative party, which is leading in public opinion polls ahead of general elections this year, stressed that Greece should be regarded as an "attractive" country by Russian investors.  Read more... 
Iran, Russia sign cooperation document in transit field, February 28, 2019: Iranian and Russian officials on Wednesday signed a cooperation document in field of road transportation, Trend reports citing IRNA. Manouchehr Salmanzadeh, an official affiliated to Iran's Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization and Tatiana Yugeniuna, an official from the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in field of road transportation.  Read more...
Major Russian Energy Company May Start Exploration In Equatorial Guinea In 2019 - Minister, February 28, 2019: A major  Russian energy  company is "90-percent confirmed" to start exploration in  Equatorial Guinea before the end of  2019, the African country's Energy Minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang  Lima told Sputnik in an interview. "I have a very good scoop, that there is a major  Russian  company that is 90 percent confirmed that before the end of this year will be in  Equatorial Guinea. It's almost done. We are receiving a lot of interest, a lot of encouragement, that's what they are saying. Personally they are interested in the blocks that have discoveries. So it's not going to be just exploration blocks, they will be able to send both an exploration plan and a discovery plan," the minister said.  Read more...
Russia to invest in LNG-fueled commercial vehicles network, February 28, 2019: Russia will grow the use of liquefied natural gas in commercial transport vehicles, Kallanish Energyunderstands. The trend has been growing rapidly in other areas, such as China, the U.S. and Europe, and it would be beneficial for Russia, Shell executive vice president Russia Cederic Cremers said Wednesday at International Petroleum Week, in London. (Kallanish Energy was in attendance.) The target is to develop a network of commercial heavy-duty transport vehicles, such as LNG fueled trucks, vessels and trains. Vast areas of the country can be covered and decarbonized more easily in this way rather than with electrification, and the abundant sources of natural gas will be able to provide fuel in a cost-effective manner.   Read more...
Morocco and Russia extend fishing agreement and look confidently into the future, February 26, 2019: Morocco and Russia agreed to extend their fisheries and cooperation agreement into 2019. The secretary general of Morocco's Maritime Fisheries Department, Zakia Driouch, and head of Russia's Federal Fisheries Agency, Ilya Shestakov, signed the agreement. The Moroccan-Russian Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Maritime Fisheries agreed on an 8 percent increase to Russia's fishing quotas in Moroccan waters for this year. For 2019, Morocco increased the authorization for fishing to 140,000 tons of fish, compared to 129,500 tonnes last year.  Read more...
Russian embassy to train Indian students for space missions, Feburary 26, 2019: The Russian Embassy on Monday shared its vision to provide industrial training to Indian students in aviation sector. In a bid to boost ties with India, the Russian Embassy announced that it will train the Indian students to participate in space missions. Addressing the media, the Rector of Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), Mikhail Pogosyan said, "MAI is engaged in all major partnership projects. . Read more...
Second International Conference on Organic Waste Held in Moscow, February 26, 2019: At the recent Organic Waste Management: Experience and Prospects conference in Moscow over 120 Russian and international participants discussed organic waste management. The event is the annual platform for professional discussion on waste management and promotion of technology and equipment.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
The Tyumen Region Presented its Tourism Potential in Serbia, February 25, 2019: The delegation of the Tyumen Region participated in the International tourism exhibition "Sаjam Turizma", which took place on February 21-24 in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. The representatives of Serbia, Greece, Spain, Switzerland and Bulgaria expressed their intention to cooperate with the region in the tourism sector. The Tyumen representatives told foreign tour operators about Siberia and shown thematic videos, presented the official tourism brand of the Tyumen Region "Visit Tyumen" and invited potential partners to personally visit the Siberian region and to assess its tourism potential.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Uzbekistan cooperation with Russia on agriculture, February 28, 2019: Jamshid Khodjayev's visit began with a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture of Russia Dmitry Patrushev. The main topic of negotiations became issues of increasing supply of fruits and vegetables from Uzbekistan to Russia. Then there were talks about the development of measures on assisting economic entities in implementation of these supplies.  Read more...
Belarus-designed dairy farm opens in Sakhalin, February 27, 2019: A big commercial dairy farm of the Belarusian design was put into operation in Russia's Sakhalin on 27 February, BelTA learned from the press service of the governor and government of Sakhalin Oblast. "The construction of the agricultural facility in the village of Razdolny, Korsakov District, was launched in 2016. Once fully operational, the company will produce some 7,000 tonnes of milk and 200 tonnes of meat annually," the press service said.  Read more...
Azerbaijan, Russia discuss international trade, cargo issues, February 28, 2019: Azerbaijan and Russia discussed transport and logistics issues to further expand trade and cargo volumes. A meeting of the Logistics Commission of the Azerbaijani-Russian Business Council was held, the Ministry of Economy told Report. The event was attended by more than 20 entrepreneurs and businessmen who are members of the council. Chairman of the Commission Natig Heydarov welcomed the participants in the introductory speech and briefed on the recent projects in the field of logistics, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, Astara terminal and other projects.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Эксперты Азербайджана и России обсудят экономическое и инвестиционное сотрудничество двух стран, 28 февраля, 2019: В Международном мультимедийном пресс-центре МИА «Россия сегодня» (Дальний зал) четвертого марта в 13.00 состоится видеомост Москва - Баку «Экономическое и инвестиционное сотрудничество Азербайджана и России: новые точки роста», сообщает в четверг Trend. В мероприятии примут участие заместитель директора информационного агентства Trend Арзу Нагиев, директор Экспертного совета Baku Network Эльхан Алескеров, главный редактор информационного портала «», экономист Эмин Алиев, заместитель директора Русской экономической школы, профессор Азербайджанского экономического университета Эльшад Мамедов.  Читать далее...
Таиланд закупает российские самолеты, 28 февраля, 2019: Российское предприятие «Гражданские самолеты Сухого» договорилось с тайской компанией Kom Airlines Company Limited о поставке отечественных авиалайнеров Sukhoi Superjet 100. Соответствующее соглашение стороны подписали в Бангкоке в минувший четверг, 28 февраля. Как стало известно, в рамках договоренностей ГСС поставит в Таиланд шесть SSJ100 в компоновке на 100 мест в период с 2019 по 2020 год. Общая стоимость контракта составляет 300 миллионов долларов в каталожных ценах.  Читать далее...
В России более чем на 30% увеличилось число студентов из Индии и Китая, 27 февраля, 2019: Число иностранных студентов в России из Индии и Китая за год выросло на 37% и 31% соответственно. Это следует из данных, предоставленных RT Федерацией мигрантов России со ссылкой на МВД. Так, для получения образования в российских вузах в 2018 году были поставлены на миграционный учёт 21 тыс. студентов из Индии и 76 470 из Китая. За 2017 же год на учёт были поставлены 15 328 индийских студентов и 58 352 китайских. Согласно данным организации, с 2017 года увеличилось число учащихся и из других стран. В 2018 году на миграционный учёт было поставлено 86 447 студентов из Казахстана, 34 763 из Таджикистана и 34 203 из Узбекистана.  Читать далее...
Греция привлекательна для российских инвестиций, 27 февраля, 2019: Греция заинтересована в привлечении российских инвестиций в туризм, торговлю, транспорт и недвижимость, а также хотела бы, чтобы Россия была вовлечена в программу приватизации Греции, заявил лидер оппозиционной партии "Новая демократия" Кириакос Мицотакис во время визита в Москву в среду.  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   call 713.429.4680
USRCC Executive Partners



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