No. 220

  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! 
 USRCC 3rd Annual Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series 
with H. Daniel Hogan General Manager LUKOIL International Upstream West

On May 23, 2019, the U.S - Russia Chamber of Commerce ("USRCC") in partnership with Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston - Downtown, hosted its 3rd Annual Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series with H. Daniel Hogan, General Manager LUKOIL International Upstream West. The event was organized by the USRCC Young Professionals Committee.

The 3rd Annual Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series started with opening remarks made by the USRCC Management and were followed by welcome remarks provided by Brett Hobby, Director, Career Center, Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston-Downtown. Mr. Hobby greeted the audience on behalf of the University of Houston-Downtown, provided the information about various Career Center's services, and wished everyone a great and productive discussion.
Mr. Hobby's speech was followed by introductory remarks made by Ilya Aranovich, USRCC Young Professionals Committee Chair, who gave a brief overview of the USRCC'S Young Professionals programs, talked about the goal of the event and its agenda. Then, he turned the podium over to the keynote speaker Mr. Hogan.
Mr. Hogan starter his presentation with a quote made by an American singer Dolly Parton: "I don't try to tell other people what to do.  People always say 'what type of advice do you give?'  I don't give advice, I have information if you want to know some facts and if you want to know sometimes how I dealt with something, but I do believe everybody has a right to be themselves. Everyone has their own path and their own road to walk, and everybody's talent is different".  By this quote, Mr. Hogan emphasized that he came to share his experience and knowledge and not to tell attendees what exactly they should do to succeed as he believes that everyone has different paths.
During the presentation Mr. Hogan shared with the audience his educational and professional journey and pointed out the importance of having a list of personal values that should guide a person throughout his or her career.
Mr. Hogan spoke about the career lessons he learned the hard way, emphasized the importance of the work-life balance and personal sacrifices that some positions may require, and shared his key attributes of professional success: willingness to do what is asked of you (within your values) and hard work.
Mr. Daniel Hogan's speech was accompanied by a lot of questions from young professionals and he gave an honest answer to each one of them. He answered questions like how to deal with work-related pressure and stress, what set of skills a person should have to make it to the C-level, how to select the right people for your team, how to nurture a talent, and many others.
The lively Q&A session was followed by the networking session where attendees had a chance to have a talk with Mr. Daniel Hogan, meet other young professionals from various industries, and exchange business cards.
We would like to thank the keynote speaker Mr. Daniel Hogan, attendees, USRCC Young Professionals Committee members and the team of the Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston - Downtown for hosting this wonderful event!
"The 3rd Annual Senior Executive Knowledge Sharing Series event was meaningful and engaging.  Its format was conducive to networking and learning from inspirational leaders in the field, such as Daniel Hogan.  The USRCCteam was instrumental in guiding the engaging discussion with the keynote speaker."
- Leana N. Garipova, Attorney at law, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Attorney at law.
"The event with Dan Hogan of Lukoil was fantastic!  Attendees were treated to a well-spoken and seasoned professional who openly shared about his successes and challenges within the energy industry. He also eagerly talked with attendees one-on-one before and after the event helping to ensure a successful event."
- Brett Hobby, Director, Career Center, Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston-Downtown.
"A great practical event, packed with so expanded young business community professionals, businesses and great speaker from the corp world, offering a unique balance between academic research and industrial experience.
Folks with diverse expertise, very conductive to networking and learning from the leaders in the field, all the staff are very professional and helpful, great thanks."
- Khadim Urazbayev, Contracts Lead, Kashagan. Attendee.

To view the event picture please visit our Facebook page.
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 Partner Event: 
Certified Trade Mission to Uzbekistan 

The U.S. Commercial Service and the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan are organizing a Certified Trade Mission to Uzbekistan to introduce  U.S. companies to key sector opportunities, potential local business partners and buyers, industry and government officials in the Uzbekistan market.  

For more information please click here

Contacts for information and application: 

U.S. Commercial Service: 
Katja Kravetsky 
Ozge Eksi 
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Members' News
$1.2B Shell Plant Expansion Plans Advance, May 21, 2019: Shell Chemical LP will advance feasibility plans to build a $1.2 billion monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at its Shell Geismar facility in Ascension Parish, La., Shell Chemical and the Louisiana Office of the Governor reported Monday. "The successful completion of the company's recent alpha olefins project, combined with this potential expansion, demonstrates to the world that Shell has confidence in Louisiana and recognizes our state's tremendous physical attributes and our outstanding workforce," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a written statement distributed by his office. "Louisiana looks forward to working with Shell Chemical LP to make this investment happen."  Read more...
Russia's Gazprom discovers 2 new fields in Yamal shelf, May 20, 2019: Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has announced on the discovery of new hydrocarbon fields on the shelf of the Yamal Peninsula. The Federal Agency for Mineral Resources approved on 17 May the expert opinions of the State Reserves Commission with regard to the discovery of the Dinkov and Nyarmeyskoye fields. The Dinkov field, named after of a prominent minister of the Soviet Union's gas industry, is situated within the Rusanovsky licensed block in the Kara Sea. The field is unique in terms of gas reserves: its recoverable reserves in the С1+С2 categories total 390.7 billion cubic metres.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Vietnam-Russia economic, trade relations continue to thrive, May 20, 2019: Vietnam-Russia economic and trade relations have been growing continuously over the past years, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). Vietnam and Russia established a strategic partnership in 2001 and upgraded it to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership in 2012. Bilateral trade enjoyed a strong surge as the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) took effect in October 2016. The effective implementation of the FTA is expected to help the two nations realise the target of 10 billion USD in two-way trade in the coming time.  Read more...
Russian export prices for new wheat crop up with global benchmarks, May 20, 2019: Russian export prices for the new wheat crop, which is going to start arriving on the market in summer, rose last week following an increase in global benchmark Chicago prices, analysts said on Monday. Black Sea prices for the new crop of Russian wheat with 12.5pc protein content were $186 per tonne on a free on board (FOB) basis at the end of last week, up $5 from a week earlier, Russian agricultural consultancy IKAR said in a note.  Read more...
Japan to share know-how on fishing, economic development at Russian forum, May 21, 2019: The upcoming Global Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, will see a Japanese delegation share its know-how regarding fishing's impact on economic development. The role of fishing in the development of the Japanese city of Kushiro will be discussed by its mayor, Hiroya Ebina, at the roundtable "Fisheries: social dimension as a factor in the development of territories".  Read more...
Africa Interested In Energy Cooperation With Russia - OpEd, May 19, 2019: Energy experts have noted that Africa is highly interested in Russian investments and technologies, cooperation in energy between Russia and Africa is developing but African leaders still have look at various policies to facilitate the implementation of energy projects in Africa. "We have seen cooperation developing with real momentum in the recent years between the Russia and African countries. I would also like to note the cooperation with African Export-Import Bank. Russian Export Center recently joined the shareholders of Afreximbank, which will also allow joint efforts to increase the export of Russian products to Africa and establish joint energy projects. We believe that in future this cooperation will develop as well," said Georgy Kalamanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.  Read more...
The golden rule: Russia's gold production sees year-on-year surge of 13%, May 20, 2019: Gold output in Russia increased by 12.6 percent from January through March this year compared with the same period a year ago, according to the country's ministry of finance. Production in the first quarter of the current year reportedly totaled 58.12 tons, up from 51.61 tons in 2018. Production for the period included 45.95 tons of mined gold compared with 39.78 tons a year ago, the ministry reported. Accompanying mining totaled 4.32 tons, marking a 21 percent year-over-year surge, while secondary mining shrank by five percent to 7.85 tons.  Read more...
TechnipFMC wins EPC contract for Arctic LNG 2 project in Russia, May 21, 2019: TechnipFMC will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, supply, construction, and commissioning of an integrated liquefied natural gas facility. UK-based services firm TechnipFMC has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Arctic LNG 2 project from Russian independent gas producer Novatek. Under the contract, TechnipFMC will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, supply, construction, and commissioning of an integrated liquefied natural gas facility with annual capacity of 19.8 million tons as part of the Arctic LNG 2 project.  Read more...
Alaska mayor calls for more tourism with Russia, May 20, 2019: The mayor of Nome, Alaska, called for greater tourism between the U.S. and Russia in an interview that aired Monday on Hill.TV's "Rising."  "The strategic importance of the Bering Strait is absolutely unbelievable. The state of Alaska has more than half of the coastline of the entire United States of America,"  Richard Beneville told hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti. "That blows my mind."  Read more...
Russian Rosatom To Construct Nuclear Science Center In Vietnam, May 22, 2019: Russian  nuclear corporation Rosatom will construct a  nuclear science and technologies center in  Vietnam, since it signed a related memorandum with the country on Wednesday. Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev and Vietnamese Science and Technologies Minister Chu Ngoc Anh singed the memorandum on the sidelines of the talks between  Russian  Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, held in  MoscowRead more...
Azur Air focuses on inbound China tourism to Russia, May 20, 2019: Russia's largest charter airline  Azur Air has launched regular weekly Boeing 767-300 flights from Moscow's  Vnukovo to Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, with the new flight programme targeting Chinese tourists visiting  Russia. The new service's first passengers arrived in Moscow last Saturday and, until recently, Azur Air has provided only  outbound tourist flow support by performing flights from 42 Russian regions to 27 foreign resorts.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Azerbaijan, Russia discuss electronic money, May 21, 2019: Azerbaijan is continuously working on the improvement of financial environment in the country by cooperating with foreign countries and institutions in this direction. Financial Market Supervisory Authority of Azerbaijan (FIMSA) and the Central Bank of Russia have discussed the further opportunities of applying electronic money in Azerbaijan. A meeting with Alla Bakina, the Director of the National Payment System Department of the Russian Central Bank, was held at the FIMSA within the framework of the "Financial and Digital Technologies Week".  Read more...
SOCAR to continue investing in Turkish economy, May 21, 2019: SOCAR will continue to invest in the Turkish economy, Director General of the STAR refinery Mesut Ilter said,  Trendreports via Turkish media. Presently, SOCAR's total investments in Turkey amount to $15 billion, but it is possible that these investments will increase to $19.5 billion, Ilter said. The general director also noted that SOCAR fully trusts the Turkish economy. Regarding the work of the STAR refinery, Ilter noted that it is planned to process 8 million tons of crude oil at the refinery by the end of 2019.  Read more...
Mogilev Oblast, Austria eager to advance economic cooperation, May 21, 2019: The advancement of economic cooperation between Mogilev Oblast and Austria was discussed as Mogilev Oblast Governor Leonid Zayats met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to Belarus Aloisia Worgetter on 21 May, BelTA has learned. The sides mentioned the emerging positive dynamics in foreign trade and the need to expand mutually beneficial relations. They will contribute to the development of territories and to stronger friendship between the two nations.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Объем экспорта АПК Россия планирует увеличить в два раза, 21 мая, 2019: Премьер-министр России Дмитрий Медведев заявил о росте экспорта агропромышленного комплекса на 20% за 2018-ый года. Так, объем экспорта достиг 25 млрд долларов США. Об этом он заявил на заседании правительственной комиссии по вопросам агропромышленного комплекса и устойчивого развития сельских территорий. В частности, выросли поставки пшеницы, рыбы, морепродуктов, мяса и молока.  Читать далее...
Россия и Вьетнам будут работать над расширением расчетов в нацвалютах, 22 мая, 2019: Соответствующей договоренности по итогам встречи достигли премьер-министры двух стран Дмитрий Медведев и Нгуен Суан Фук. Глава Правительства РФ Дмитрий Медведев заявил, что товарооборот России и Вьетнама рос в последние два года и что страны продолжат работать над диверсификацией его структуры и будут стремиться более активно использовать нацвалюты при расчетах. Об этом пишет  РИА НовостиЧитать далее...
Россия в этом году увеличит экспорт свинины на 20%, 20 мая, 2019: Россия в этом году увеличит экспорт свинины более чем на 20%, поставки могут превысить 100 тыс. тонн, полагает Минсельхоз. Прогноз сделан на расширенном заседании совета директоров Национального союза свиноводов, в котором приняли участие первый замминистра Джамбулат Хатуов и замминистра Оксана Лут, сообщает Минсельхоз. Основными покупателями российской свинины являются Гонконг, Вьетнам и страны ближнего зарубежья. К возможным рынкам сбыта относятся Китай, Япония, Южная Корея и другие страны Азии.  Читать далее...
Рустам Минниханов: Мы открыты для сотрудничества и готовы к дальнейшему развитию наших связей в рамках российско-китайских отношений, 22 мая, 2019: Товарооборот Татарстана и Китайской Народной Республики по итогам 2018 года увеличился более чем на 10% и составил 630 млн долларов США. Об этом заявил сегодня на встрече с членом Государственного Совета Китайской Народной Республики господином Ван Юном Президент Республики Татарстан Рустам Минниханов. Встреча состоялась в Казанском Кремле. Напомним, что представительная делегация Китайской Народной Республики находится в Татарстане с рабочим визитом. Вчера китайские коллеги посетили  Набережные Челны, где ознакомились с работой ПАО «КАМАЗ» и посетили завод по производству бытовой техники «Хайер».  Читать далее...

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 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
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