No. 227

  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's Booth at the Annual Summer NAPE in Houston 

The annual Summer NAPE in Houston is an expo and networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. More intimate than the annual NAPE Summit, this show is a "must attend" event to network with the people and players who have firsthand knowledge of the opportunities and prospects throughout the area.  Summer NAPE is where deals happen:  http://napeexpo.com/summer

The Summit will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston TX
August 21-22, 2019.

Stop by the USRCC booth #2139!

The U.S. - Russia Chamber of Commerce  invites you to attend 
Summer Business Networking Event!

When:  Thursday, August 29, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Where:  The West End - A Public House
  5320 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056             


USRCC Members - free/Non-members - $10
Complimentary appetizers will be provided. Happy Hour prices will be available!

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce 
invites you to attend

The 9th Annual Welcome Reception
Honoring Russian and CIS Delegations to the 
Breakbulk Americas 2019

Please join the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Russian and CIS delegations to the  9th Annual Breakbulk Americas Reception. This annual event draws decision makers in U.S.- Russia trade and investment, including senior representatives from major shipping and logistics companies, leaders in the oil and gas industry, government officials, elected officials and more.

Breakbulk Americas is the largest and most important gathering in North America for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional breakbulk cargoes. The conference provides shippers with the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialized carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements.

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Whitney Room 
* 1300 Lamar Street,  Houston, TX 77010

USRCC Members - $30 / Non-Members  -   $60
Please note: Refunds will not be issued after October 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  Email:  info@usrussiacc.org
New Member Spotlight

Agape Unlimited is a multinational medical mission organization in Russia with humanitarian clinics located throughout Moscow  to serve the poor and medically underserved. The word Agape in the an cient Greek language refers to God's unconditional love towards mankind.

The largest and probably most significant clinic Agape Unlimited works at is with our Russian physicians from our partner, Russian NGO Agape Russia. The clinic is the Homeless Shelter in Moscow that has 400 overnight beds and can accommodate up to 700 people in longer term rehabilitation. Agape is allowed to run the free medical clinic to the homeless in this Moscow municipal facility. Currently, we staff the clinic with a physician and other medical clinicians 2 days per week, but have a goal of providing medical care 4 days per week. Most of the homeless there have had life's circumstances conspire against them to send them to the Shelter. Many are elderly, handicapped and have no were else to turn. In the winter, frostbite is a frequent condition affecting the homeless at the Shelter, often requiring immediate medical attention. Since we began working at the shelter, we have helped to reduce the mortality rate over 80%! 

Agape Unlimited began in Russia when William "Dr. Bill" Becknell, M.D. left his surgical practice in Kentucky to live and work full time in Russia. He founded Agape Unlimited, Inc., the USA parent organization, which is a registered U.S. 501(c)3 organization and works in cooperation with Agape Unlimited Health Services in Canada, Agape Unlimited in Germany, and Agape Russia in Russia.

Since 1993, Agape has served by providing medicines, medical consultations, and assistance to those who have little or no access to medical care. Often Agape teams travel to remote and isolated people groups in the Arctic and Siberia in addition to the poor and overlooked in Moscow. In 2007, Agape began working in cooperation with several of the leading medical universities and residency training programs in the Moscow area. Through conferences and smaller seminars, Agape teaches whole-person compassionate medical care. Agape's goal is to grow a new generation of Russian medical personnel who can continue the work initially started by Agape.

Please visit www.agapeunlimited.org for more information.
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Members' News
Shell Invests In Ethereum Hybrid That Gives Real Power To The People

Forbes.com, July 10, 2019: Shell Oil is continuing its exploration of blockchain with yet another investment in the technology first made popular by bitcoin. The fifth-largest oil and gas company in the world, valued at $262 billion, is investing an undisclosed amount in LO3, a New York startup using a modified version of the ethereum blockchain to make it easier for individuals to buy and sell locally produced energy using the existing network of power cables.  Read more...
Emerson's New Wireless Gas Sensors Increase Toxic Gas Safety for Plant Sites

Emerson.com, July 8, 2019: Emerson has introduced two new  Rosemount 628 Universal Gas Sensors to measure carbon monoxide and oxygen depletion in addition to the existing capability to monitor hydrogen sulfide. These additions to the series provide a broader range of hazardous situations that can be monitored using the Rosemount™ 928 Wireless Gas Monitor platform. The Rosemount 928 Wireless Gas Monitor is a highly versatile platform for monitoring hazardous conditions in process plants, remote wellheads, pipelines, storage terminals and other process plants and facilities. It can be easily deployed using a WirelessHART® network in areas considered too impractical or expensive for the installation of conventional wired infrastructure. Once monitors are integrated into the wireless network, personnel can simply check the status of the remote monitoring system gas levels.  Read more...
Turkish Airlines carried some 7 mln passengers in June

Hurriyetdailynews.com, July 9, 2019: Turkish  Airlines (THY) reported on July 9 that it carried a total of 6.6 million passengers in June, a 3.2 percent increase from a year ago. The domestic passenger number was up 1.3 percent year-on-year to 2.86 million while the airline carried a total of 3.72 million international travelers in the month, a robust 4.6 percent increase from a year ago. The carrier also said in a filing with Borsa Istanbul that the number of aircraft in the carrier's fleet increased to 338 in June from 326 in the same month of 2018.  Read more...
Gazprom: TurkStream to operate this year 

Energy-reporters.co, July 11, 2019: Gazprom's TurkStream gas pipeline under the Black Sea is expected to go online this year, the  Moscow Times has reported. Russia's state-owned gas giant said the pipeline was 90-per-cent complete. With an annual capacity of 31.5 billion cubic metres (bcm), TurkStream is due to send half its gas from Russia to Thrace in European Turkey, while the rest will be sent west to the Balkans. TurkStream is due to be able to  provide the equivalent of 126,000 wind turbines or 39 nuclear reactors. Gazprom held a roundtable  discussion with industry specialists from IHS Markit, S&P Global Platts and EPPEN Consulting who reportedly provided advice on the European gas market. A delegation was taken to the Russkaya compressor at the Russian coast at Anapa and the receiving terminal in Kıyıköy.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Russia implements a comprehensive LNG project worth USD 216 mln

Southafricatoday.net, July 11, 2019: Rostec State Corporation and the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region signed an agreement on implementing a comprehensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) project Northern Dvina - LNG in the region. The document stipulates an LNG plant construction and transition to liquefied gas in a number of infrastructure facilities and households. As part of the project, Rostec will build a natural gas liquefaction plant producing 120,000 tonnes of LNG per year, and the government of the region will provide a construction site. Besides, Rostec will create at least 4 distributed generation facilities using LNG in hard-to-reach and isolated areas with the installed capacity of 16.3 MW. Transition to LNG will enable improvement in the region's energy security and make it less heavily dependent on costly fuel brought from other areas, as well as create completely new conditions for people to live in and for development of areas.  Read more...
Thailand Boosts Imports of Russian Coal In January-May

Steelguru.com, July 9, 2019: Argus, citing market participants, reported that Thailand's imports of Russian coal almost tripled on the year in January-May to 498,000 tonne from 164,000 tonne And Russian shipments to Thailand are expected to keep rising because of competitive prices. Russia became the third-largest coal supplier to Thailand this year, with its share of imports rising by almost three percentage points to 5pc in January-May.  Read more...
New Silk Road: Russia to build 2,000km highway linking Europe and China

Rt.com, July 9, 2019: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the construction of a new tolled motorway across Russia designed to significantly shorten cargo routes, local media reported. The project is expected to cost around $9.5 billion. The massive infrastructure project, the Meridian highway, has won the support of the Russian government, Vedomosti business daily said, citing government officials. The highway is set to stretch over 2,000km from the Belarus border to the frontier with Kazakhstan, and it is expected to become part of the fastest trucking route between China and Europe.  Read more...
India-Russia hold dialogue on enhancing bilateral ties

Thehindubusinessline.com, July 10, 2019: India and Russia discussed ways to deepen economic cooperation in areas such as agriculture and agro-processing, the small & medium industry, the digital economy and trade, banking & finance at the second India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue in New Delhi on Wednesday. Chaired by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Timur Maksimov, the two sides examined the possibility of enhanced partnerships in six areas which also included tourism & connectivity and development of transport infrastructure.  Read more...
Bolivia Wants To Export Beef, Quinoa To Russia - Russian Ambassador

Urdupoint.com, July 11, 2019: The matter of  Bolivia's desire to export beef and quinoa to  Russia will be raised during talks between the presidents of the two countries later on Thursday,  RussianAmbassador to  Bolivia  Vladimir Sprinchan told Sputnik. According to the ambassador, a delegation of  Russia's  Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) visited Bolivia in February and found that the quality of Bolivian beef was very high. "There were small questions, but we recently sent the answers to these questions to  Moscow. [Bolivian] President Evo Morales wants to raise the issue of the export of beef, quinoa and other agricultural products to  Russia during the talks on  July 11," Sprinchan said.  Read more...
Russia's Rosatom delivers fuel for China Experimental Fast Reactor

Tass.com, July 9, 2019: TVEL Fuel Company, a subsidiary of Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom, has supplied a batch of nuclear fuel for the China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR), the company said in a statement on Tuesday. "The fuel has been supplied under the contract between TVEL, China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation (CNEIC) and China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE), the site where the reactor is located," the statement said. The fuel assemblies were manufactured at the Machine-building Plant in Elektrostal in the Moscow Region. According to Senior Vice-President for Commerce and International Business at TVEL Oleg Grigoriyev, the cooperation with Chinese partners is of strategic importance for the company.  Read more...
AstraZeneca eyes expansion of Russia-made drug exports

Thepharmaletter.com, July 9, 2019: Anglo-Swedish pharma major AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) is considering initiating massive exports of its Russian-made drugs, particularly those produced at the capacities of its local plant in the Kaluga region, according to recent statements by Leonard Wang, executive vice president of AstraZeneca International Markets and head of AstraZeneca China. The range of the drugs that are planned for export by the company is currently not disclosed, however, according to some leading Russian analysts in the pharmaceuticals field, that will be probably some of its flagship anti-cancer drugs, reports The Pharma Letter's local correspondent.  Read more...
Aeroflot to lease three Airbus A321neo

Airlinerwatch.com, July 10, 2019: Moscow, Russia - Russia's national airline Aeroflot will include three Airbus A321neo in its fleet on a long-term lease next year in summer. Aeroflot invites lessors to submit their proposals before July 10 for a 12-year contract term. The winner of the tender will be announced on July 17. According to the terms of the proposed deal, the first two jets should be delivered to the Russian flag carrier in August 2020, and the third one in September. Currently, there is no A320neo family aircraft in the Aeroflot's fleet. S7 Airlines is the only airline to operate the A320neos (14 A320neo, four A321neo) in the Russian Federation.  Read more...
Russia to start supplies of civilian ships to Serbia

Tass.com, July 9, 2019: Russia and Serbia are holding talks on supplies of Russian civilian ships, the press service of the Industry and Trade Ministry said in a statement following a bilateral meeting between Minister Denis Manturov and Serbia's Minister in charge of innovations and technological development Nenad Popovic as part of the GMIS summit. "Currently, the issue of supplies of Russian civilian ships as well as the issue of Russian enterprises working on the upgrading of Serbia's port infrastructure and privatization of existing enterprises are being addressed," the statement said.  Read more...
Soyuz Rocket Launches Russia's Meteor M2-2 Weather Satellite on Rideshare Mission

Space.com, July 9, 2019: Russia successfully launched its  Soyuz rocket on Friday morning (July 5), sending the Meteor M2-2 weather satellite and 32 other smaller satellites into orbit. The ride-share mission lifted off from the  Vostochny Cosmodrome in eastern Russia at 8:41 a.m. local time (1:41 a.m. EDT, or 0541 GMT). Russia's Meteor M2-2 weather satellite will provide Russian meteorologists with images of clouds, the surface of the Earth, ice cover, as well as humidity and temperature, officials with Roscosmos, Russia's space agency,  said in a statementRead more...
Russian scientists send organic PV into orbit

Pv-magazine.com, July 11, 2019: Scientists at Russia's Skoltech Institute of Science and Technology have demonstrated a solar cell with record high radiation stability. The scientists say the cells, based on an organic polymer compound, could be a strong candidate to meet the requirements of powering satellites in lower earth orbit. A team led by the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow has demonstrated an organic solar cell able to withstand 6,000 gray units (Gy) of gamma radiation, an achievement the institute says is a record high. The performance raises hopes the cell could power satellites in near-earth orbit, where the researchers theorized the device could deliver operational lifetimes well beyond 10 years.  Read more...
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
International Travel Agents Visit Training Ground of the Industrial University of Tyumen

En.admtyumen.ru, July 8, 2019: International representatives of travel industry have visited the Industrial University of Tyumen training ground, situated in Uspenskoye village, as a part of information tour called 'Get Acquainted with Siberia in Tyumen'. The purpose of the tour is to show foreign travel agents the most interesting and captivating perks this part of Russia has to offer to promote Tyumen and the region among foreign tourists. Visitors from Japan, Germany, Estonia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, Italy, Serbia and Singapore will see the Gaol of Yalutorovsk, Abalak settlement and the largest petrochemical industrial site in Tobolsk over a few days.  Read more...
CIS Business News
Russia's Tatneft, KazMunayGaz ink MoU to develop oil and gas cooperation

Neweurope.eu, July 11, 2019: Kazakhstan's state oil and has company and Russia's Tatneft on 11 July signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost oil and gas cooperation between the two companies. KazMunayGas Chairman Alik Aidarbayev and Samruk-Kazyna Chairman Akhmetzhan Yesimovvisited Kazan city, Tatarstan's capital, where they met with Tatarstan Republic President Rustam Minnikhanov, agreeing to start a new stage of cooperation in the oil and gas field. In particular, the parties discussed the possibilities of interaction between enterprises of the Republic of Tatarstan and KMG in matters of exploration, oil and gas chemistry, technical cooperation and digitalization.  Read more...
Azerbaijan-Russia trade growing - minister

Azernews.az, July 8, 2019: In January-March 2019, the Russian-Azerbaijani trade increased by 10 percent compared to last year and amounted to $561 million, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said during a meeting with his Azerbaijani Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev at the International Industrial Trade Fair INNOPROM-2019 in Yekaterinburg city,  Trend reports with reference to Russian media and the administration of the Sverdlovsk region. Manturov stated that exports from Azerbaijan to Russia in January-March this year increased significantly by 20 percent and amounted to $150 million. Imports increased by 7.3 percent and amounted to $412 million, he added. Manturov noted that during the previous meeting in April 2019, the parties discussed deliveries of agricultural products to Russia.  Read more...
Prime Ministers of Uzbekistan, Russia hold talks in Moscow

Akipress.com, July 11, 2019: The dynamics of meetings of the leaders of Russia and Uzbekistan reflect commitment to closer economic cooperation and political cooperation between two countries, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medveved said during the talks with Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov, Tass reports. "What we have seen today in Moscow region was done with use of the latest information technologies, the system of management of all processes of such big region as Moscow region is quite impressive," Abdulla Aripov said.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Россия планирует сотрудничать с ОАЭ в сфере СПГ

Fomag.ru, 10 июля, 2019: (Рейтер) Россия планирует сотрудничать с Объединенными Арабскими Эмиратами (ОАЭ) в сфере сжиженного природного газа, сообщило Минэнерго РФ в среду вечером после встречи министра энергетики Александра Новака с главой национальной нефтяной компании ОАЭ ADNOC Султаном Ахмедом Аль-Джабером. "В ходе переговоров стороны обсудили ряд вопросов двустороннего энергетического сотрудничества, в частности, в сфере добычи углеводородов, СПГ и геологоразведочной деятельности", - говорится в сообщении Минэнерго.  Читать далее...
Россия нарастила сырьевой экспорт

Lenta.ru, 10 июля, 2019: С начала XXI века сырьевой экспорт в России вырос на 16 процентов. Такие данные озвучил директор  ВШЭ по экономической политике  Юрий Симачев. Его слова приводит  ТАСС. «Что касается российского экспорта: с 2000 года в структуре российского экспорта рос сырьевой сектор связанный с торговлей углеводородами - с 35 до 51 процента. Были сдвиги по машиностроению, но неустойчивые», - сказал он, уточнив, что сложность экспортной корзины снижается.  Читать далее...
Россия в январе-мае нарастила экспорт легковых авто на 30%

Rosbalt.ru, 8 июля, 2019: Россия за первые 5 месяцев текущего года увеличила экспорт легковых автомобилей на 29,6% в годовом сопоставлении до 44,6 тыс. штук, следует из материалов Федеральной таможенной службы (ФТС) РФ. При этом в стоимостном выражении экспорт легковых машин из РФ составил в отчетном периоде $611,3 млн, что на 27,6% превышает результат годом ранее. Напомним также, что, по данным Росстата, производство легковых автомобилей в России увеличилось по итогам первых 5 месяцев 2019 года на 2,1% в годовом сопоставлении и достигло 645 тыс. штук. Однако в мае выпуск автомобилей сократился на 6,1% в годовом выражении и упал на 22,4% к предыдущему месяцу.  Читать далее...
Россия в этом году на четверть увеличила экспорт шоколада

Rosng.ru, 11 июля, 2019: За январь-май текущего года российские кондитеры увеличили экспорт шоколада на четверть от того же периода 2018 года или до 224,7 тысячи тонн. Об этом сообщает  News. ru со ссылкой на Ассоциацию предприятий кондитерской промышленности ( АСКОНД). Такие данные привели в организации на питерской конференции «КонфиТур», ссылаясь на таможенную службу. Также выросла прибыль от поставок этой продукции - до 474,18 миллиона американских долларов или на более чем 18 процентов. В дальнейшем из-за временного сезонного фактора прибыль и экспорт снизились, но в этом году они снова увеличатся.  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 center 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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