No. 211

  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:

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 

USRCC Members - 
$50 /
Non-Members -  $100
*Please note: Refunds will not be issued 
after May 5, 2019

Silver Sponsor 

For sponsorship opportunities please contact:

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
2900 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 133, Houston, TX 77042
Phone: 713.429.4680  

The USRCC invites you to attend the

 8th Invest in Russia Regions Business Conference: 
The Republic of Tatarstan with the

President of the Republic of Tatarstan
Hon. Rustam Minnikhanov and the Tatarstan Business Delegation


When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:  St. Regis Ho tel, Astor Ballroom,
1919 Briar Oaks La ne, Houston, TX 77027

*Tatarstan Business Delegation is available for the B2B meetings in the following industries: 

Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Technology, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Bio and Nanotechnologies, IT, Aviation and Machinery/Aerospace, Municipal Government Operation, Small and Medium Enterprises.

*Please contact the USRCC for more information.

Tatarstan is one of the most dynamically developing regions of Russia. Tatarstan ranked number 1 in Russia's national rating for doing business in 2015, 2016 and 2017, it is on the 7th place within Russian regions in GDP, on the 4th place in Investments, on the 5th place in Industrial production, on the 6th place in Construction and on the 3rd place in Agriculture. More than 36 million metric tonnes of crude oil was produced in 2018.

Tatarstan is the only one region of Russia which has two Special Economic Zones with the numbers of federal and regional incentives: the biggest and most efficient SEZ in Russia «Alabuga» for industrial production and SEZ «Innopolis» for high technology. The establishment of the third Federal SEZ «Sviyaga» for transportation and logistics is under consideration. 

Such US-based industrial companies as Ford, 3M, General Electric, Cummins, Medtronic, Federal Mogul, Armstrong, Univation Technologies, East Balt, Cisco, Ecolab, EControls and number of companies operating in advisory service, hospitality sector, in education and IT sector successfully doing business in Tatarstan. Since 2015 another two companies from the US have become the industrial residents of Tatarstan - Allied Mineral Products (Ohio) and Advenira Enterprises (California).

Tatarstan is the only region of Russia which has a permanently acting Trade representation in the USA, based in Washington, DC. 

Rustam Minnikhanov graduated from Kazan Agricultural Institute in 1978 as mechanical engineer and from Correspondence Institute of Soviet Trade (Moscow) as a commodity expert in 1986. He is a doctor of economic sciences. Full bio is available   here.

USRCC Members - $25Non-Members -


*Please note: Refunds will not be issued after May 12, 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:   Website:
The USRCC invites Young Professionals 
to join us 

at the

3rd Annual Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series


H. Daniel Hogan

General Manager
LUKOIL International Upstream West

Join the USRCC for the engaging discussion and learn how to improve your skills, knowledge and attitude to reach your personal and professional goals a nd advance your career

Mr. Hogan has more than thirty-six years of Operations and Executive experience. His career started in Kingsville, Texas where he spent sixteen years with Exxon Company International in various supervisory roles. 
He then worked two years with ENI/Agip Petroleum as Operations Manager and VP of Well Operations, nine years with Devon Energy Corporation as the International Operations Manager and VP of International Well Engineering, and one year with HRT America as Vice President of Drilling. 

As one of the founding Executives of PanAtlantic Exploration Company, Mr. Hogan originally served as Sr. Vice President - Operations with responsibility for global drilling, completion and production activity, HS&E, contracts / procurement and operations geology.  In March 2016, Mr. Hogan was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in addition to assuming the responsibilities of President and Chief Executive Officer. 

In April 2017, Mr. Hogan became General Manager and CEO of Lukoil International Upstream West in Houston, Texas. He has worked on six of seven continents in countries including Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chad, Ghana, Malaysia, Thailand and Trinidad.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: University of Houston-Downtown
Marilyn Davies College of Business 
Room B-119, 1st Floor
320 N. Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
USRCC Members - free | Non-Members -  $20

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
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Renew your membership or join for the first time today!

For more information  click here 
Members' News
Penn State Society of Petroleum Engineers visits ExxonMobil Houston campus, March 20, 2019: The Penn State chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently had an opportunity to visit ExxonMobil's campus in Spring, Texas. SPE students were in Houston attending a conference sponsored by SPE International and were fortunate enough to get to visit ExxonMobil's facility as part of their visit to the area. Jordan Shelton, technical manager for ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania Limited's Neptun Deep Project, and a Penn State alumnus, hosted the students.  Read more...
Russia's Gazprom begins development of giant Kharasavey gas field, March 20, 2019: Russia's Gazprom on Wednesday began the "full-scale" development of the giant Kharasavey gas field on the northern Russian Yamal peninsula as the company continues to shift its production base northward. Kharasavey -- estimated to hold 2 trillion cu m of gas -- is set to produce first gas in 2023 with plateau output of 32 Bcm/year (88 million cu m/d), Gazprom said in a statement.  Gazprom considers the Yamal peninsula -- already home to its 4.9 Tcm supergiant Bovanenkovo field -- as a strategic region for maintaining gas output in Russia as its traditional production center in West Siberia continues to be depleted.  Read more...
Lukoil eyes participation in several projects in UAE, March 18, 2019: Russian oil major Lukoil is considering participation in a number of projects in the UEA, the company's CEO Vagit Alekperov told reporters. Alekperov is now in the Azeri capital of Baku where he is to meet with the UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazroui. "We are now considering a number of options on their territory," Alekperov told reporters. He noted that these are gas projects, but they also have an oil component.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Building bridges: Last steel beam linking Russia-China railway bridge connected, March 21, 2019: The first cross-border railway bridge between China and Russia over the Amur River has been connected from both sides. The bridge, which will be operational this year, is expected to take bilateral trade to new highs. The 2,209-meter-long (1.4 miles) structure links Russia's Far East with China's northernmost Heilongjiang province. The full completion of the cross-border bridge (railway and highway parts) is scheduled for July.  Read more...
Icelandic processors, shipbuilders look to invest in Russia, March 21, 2019: Representatives of 13 major Icelandic companies have visited Murmansk to join a program aiming to modernize the Russian fleet, reports  Sputnik. The companies in question are a mix of shipbuilders, equipment manufacturers and fishing processors, each of whom is reportedly willing to invest in Russia and establish joint ventures in the Murmansk region. According to Iceland's representative to Russia, Berglind Asgeirsdottir, the companies see the Murmansk area as an attractive fish region. Companies are already working in the area using Icelandic fish processing equipment and vessel designs, and Asgeirsdottir seeks further partnerships.  Read more...
Egypt, Russia to cooperate in ICT sector, Africa, March 19, 2019: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly received on Tuesday Russian Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Kostantin Noskov to discuss cooperation in the sectors of IT and digital transformation. The meeting was attended by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat and tackled the activation of an MoU signed by the communications ministries of both countries in those sectors.  Read more...
Hyundai Signs Deal With Russia's Yandex for Autonomous Cars, March 19, 2019:Hyundai Motor Group unit and Russia's biggest technology company  Yandex NV will jointly develop autonomous vehicles based the South Korean automotive giant's cars. Carmakers and tech companies are racing to rollout self-driving cars. Mercedes-Benz parent  Daimler and  BMW have set aside traditional rivalries, while  Volvo Cars and  Baidu Inc. have joined forces to develop robotaxis in China. The first stage of the joint venture between Yandex and  Hyundai Mobis Co., the de-facto holding company of the Korean group, will see the two companies working on developing a prototype driverless car, the Russian technology firm said in a statement Tuesday.   Read more...
McDermott (MDR) Secures Large Technology Contract for Engineering & Licensing of Irkutsk Oil Company's 650 KTA ethylene plant in Russia, March 20, 2019: McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:  MDR) today announced that it has been awarded a large* technology contract for the basic engineering and licensing of Irkutsk Oil Company's (IOC) 650 KTA ethylene plant in Russia, plus the detailed engineering and material supply of six SRT® (Short Residence Time) pyrolysis heaters for the plant. The plant will be designed to produce 650 KTA of polymer grade ethylene from ethane and propane, and will also produce high-purity hydrogen and C5 by-products.  Read more...
Germany's Wintershall eyes Russian expansion after DEA merger, March 21, 2019: Germany's Wintershall -- which is set to complete its merger with upstream company DEA by the end of June -- plans to expand its projects in Russia, which will remain its core production region post-merger, its CEO Mario Mehren said Thursday. In a statement, Mehren said Wintershall's presence in Russia -- which includes its 35% stake in the giant Yuzhno-Russkoye gas field -- would make a "significant" contribution to the company's plans to increase output. In 2018, Wintershall produced 171 million boe (470,000 boe/d), an increase of 4.3% on the previous year.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
Rostelecom connects clinics and hospitals to internet in Tyumen, March 19, 2019: Russian national operator Rostelecom has connected to its internet services 60 hospitals and outpatient clinics in the Tyumen region to its internet services, laying around 145 kilometres of fibre-optic line for this purpose. The works were carried out under a framework contract with the Ministry of Communications.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Kazakhstan becomes main importer of chocolate from Russia, March 19, 2019: The confectionery industry is one of the most stable sectors of the food industry.
In recent years, there has been a tendency to increase the share of Kazakh confectionery products in the domestic market. This is facilitated by the State Program of Industrial-Innovative Development of Kazakhstan for 2015-2019. K azakhstan became the leader in imports of Russian chocolates in 2018. The country has purchased 17.4 percent of confectionery products, according to the official website of the Mayor of Moscow.  Read more...
Baku, Moscow mull Russian oil to Turkey's STAR refinery, March 18, 2019: Azerbaijan and Russia discussed the possibility of supplying Russian oil to the STAR  refinery in  Turkey, owned by SOCAR, the Azerbaijani state company, according to Azerbaijani news agency Trend on March 18. Trend said that  Azerbaijan's Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak discussed the issue in  Azerbaijan's capital Baku, where the parties agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding to strengthen and further develop cooperation.  Read more...
Russia, Tajikistan business councils sign memorandum of cooperation, March 21, 2019: The memorandum on cooperation was signed between the Tajik-Russian business council and Russian-Tajik business council within the framework of XVI session of Russia-Tajikistan Intergovernmental Commission on March 20.  The Russian delegation led by head of Finance Ministry Anton Siluanov arrived in Dushanbe a day before. During the visit, Siluanov met with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Экспорт продукции АПК из ДФО увеличится в 1,6 раз к 2024 году, 20 марта, 2019: Об этом сообщил министр сельского хозяйства России Дмитрий Патрушев в ходе совещания о планируемых объемах производства и экспорта продукции АПК Дальневосточного федерального округа, которое состоялось 19 марта во Владивостоке. В нем приняли участие заместитель председателя правительства Российской Федерации - полномочный представитель президента Российской Федерации в ДФО Юрий Трутнев, министр по развитию Дальнего Востока Александр Козлов и главы субъектов ДФО.  Читать далее...
РФ в 2018 году экспортировала в Китай рекордный объем зерна, 20 марта, 2019: Россия в 2018 году экспортировала в Китай рекордный объем зерна - более 1,5 млн тонн, сообщил руководитель Россельхознадзора Сергей Данкверт на заседании коллегии ведомства в среду в Москве. "Особое внимание уделялось поставкам зерновых в Китай. Экспорт российского зерна в Поднебесную в 2018 году вышел на рекордный уровень и впервые в истории современной России превысил 1,5 млн тонн", - сказал он. По его словам, достигнута договоренность о подписании в ближайшее время протоколов о фитосанитарных требованиях, предъявляемых к свекловичному жому (побочный продукт производства свекловичного сахара, представляет собой обессахаренную свекловичную стружку), а также к рапсовому, подсолнечному и соевому шротам (побочный продукт выделения масел из семян растительных культур, в зависимости от конечной обработки бывает россыпью или гранулированным).  Читать далее...
Россия вошла в число ведущих экспортеров СПГ в Великобритани, 18 марта, 2019: С момента запуска комплекса "Ямал СПГ" в 2017 г. поставки из России за несколько лет стали одним из ключевых источников СПГ для британских потребителей.  Об этом свидетельствуют данные терминала Refinitiv Eikon, которые  опубликовалоагентство Reuters. Поставки энергоносителей с "Ямал СПГ", по оценкам агентства, "изменили энергетический ландшафт Европы".  Читать далее...
Татарстан заинтересован в активизации сотрудничества с Таджикистаном, 19 марта 2019: Татарстан заинтересован в активизации сотрудничества с Таджикистаном, в том числе в присутствии на рынке Таджикистана ведущих татарстанских компаний, сообщает пресс-служба президента Татарстана Рустама Минниханова по итогам его встречи с президентом Таджикистана Эмомали Рахмоном и делового форума. "В 2017 году товарооборот между Татарстаном и Таджикистаном вырос более чем в три раза по сравнению с предыдущим годом и превысил 30 миллионов долларов, но в 2018 году он вернулся к прежним показателям. Считаю, что мы далеко не в полной мере используем имеющиеся возможности. Необходимо активизировать взаимодействие в торгово-экономической сфере. Мы заинтересованы в расширении присутствия ведущих татарстанских компаний на рынке Таджикистана", - цитирует пресс-служба слова Минниханова на встрече с Рахмоном. 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

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC)  is  a 501(c)(6) no t for  profit  corporation with its headquarters  in Houston, Texas,  and offices in the Midwest and the Northeast. The USRCC  was established in 2009 to promote  trade and investment  between  the  Russia n Federation  and the U.S. A.  
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