No. 232

  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. 

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:

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!
USRCC Partner Event

The Gastech Exhibition is the world's largest marketplace for the gas, LNG and energy industry supply chain. With more features and opportunities than ever before, and where millions of contracts are signed - be part of the Gastech Exhibition to secure new business, service your existing clients and engage in industry dialogue.

When: 17 - 19 September 2019
Where:  1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054, USA

For more information and registration please visit


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:
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Members' News
Emerson Expands Asset Management Coverage for Faster Integration in Projects and Operations, August 15, 2015: Emerson has expanded  AMS Device Manager with HART-IP™ support, making it easier to connect with devices and control systems and potentially eliminate hundreds of thousands of dollars in project hardware and engineering. AMS Device Manager is used by thousands of facilities across the globe to streamline installation of field devices during capital projects, increase safety system uptime, and quickly and safely test devices from the control room. By eliminating multiplexers, organizations can more easily use AMS Device Manager to configure, calibrate, validate, and document more of their HART-enabled field devices and systems.  Read more...
Lukoil's hydrocarbon output rises 2.8% in first half excl WQ-2, August 12. 2019: Russia's No.2 oil producer Lukoil said on Monday its average hydrocarbon production excluding the West Qurna-2 project in Iraq rose by 2.8%, year-on-year, in the first half of the year, amounting to 2.352 million barrels per day. Oil production, excluding the project, totalled 42.6 million tonnes for the half year, up 1.3% year-on-year.  Read more...
The Week in Review
Russia & India discuss Arctic energy projects & plan to sign dozens of B2B deals, August 12, 2019: India and Russia are in talks over possible gas projects in the Arctic, India's Minister of Trade and Industry Piyush Goyal said in Vladivostok where delegations from both states are meeting ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum. "We have a very strong energy partnership with Russia [...] Our ministers responsible for energy are already in talks with energy companies here [...] discussing what we can do, especially in the Arctic region, in gas exploration and gas supply for India," Goyal said in an interview with RIA Novosti.  Read more...
Russia's Novatek wants to sell LNG from Arctic LNG-2 to India, August 12, 2019: Russia's Novatek is interested in supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Arctic LNG-2 project to Indian companies, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anton Inyutsyn was quoted as saying by the ministry's website on Monday. Novatek plans to start producing LNG at Arctic LNG-2 in 2022-2023. The plant, which is expected to cost around $25.5 billion, will have an annual production capacity of 19.8 million tonnes.  Read more...
Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran to study energy corridor, August 15, 2019: The Russian Ministry of Energy announced Wednesday an agreement between Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran to jointly develop a study on how to create a "corridor" between their three energy systems. They will assess the feasibility of connecting the respective grids to each other to transfer electricity, based on the current status of each system. The study is expected to be completed in a year, Kallanish Energy reports.  Read more...
Russia & China set to double trade turnover to $200 billion in 5 years, August 14, 2019: Moscow and Beijing have eliminated all the barriers that can impede their fast-developing cooperation, China's new ambassador in Moscow said, announcing the timeline to reach the ambitious goal of doubling current trade volume. "By 2024 we will reach trade turnover of $200 billion. I think this goal is achievable because from now on trade and economic cooperation is rapidly developing," Zhang Hanhui told journalists on Wednesday.  Read more...
Trade with Russia increases significantly, August 15, 2019: In the first seven months of this year, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia amounted to almost $1.4 billion. This is 23.2 percent more than in the same period in 2018, the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan said in a message. Some 7.76 percent of the total foreign trade turnover of Azerbaijan in January-July 2019 accounted for the trade operations with Russia. The volume of export of local products to Russia amounted to $423.2 million, which is 9.4 percent more than in the same period last year.  In general, 3.45 percent of Azerbaijani exports in January-July 2019 accounted for the deliveries to Russia.  Read more...
Russian Tourist Flow To Austria Increased 3.4% In 2018 - Austrian Ministry Of Tourism, August 13, 2019: Austria remains an attractive tourist destination for Russians with the tourists flow rising by 3.4 percent in  2018 compared to the previous year, the spokesman for the Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Michael Strasser, told Sputnik. "In  2018, 349,565 guests  from  Russia visited  Austria, which represents an increase of 3.4 percent, and 1.2  million overnight stays were registered, which is 4.4 percent growth. At the  same time, 37.6 percent of the total number of nights, which is 453,540, were spent in  Vienna," Strasser said.  Read more...
Russia Is About to Send a Humanoid AI Robot to the International Space Station, August 14, 2019: Russia's space agency Roscosmos is about to send a humanoid robot to the International Space Station. Skybot F-850 will be sent to the ISS on August 22 on board the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, and will spend over two weeks there before returning to Earth on September 7. The robot, also known as Fedor, made headlines in 2017 when Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, shared a video of it shooting guns. Shortly after he clarified they "are not creating a Terminator, but artificial intelligence that will be of great practical significance in various fields."  Read more...
CIS Business News
Second U.S.-Azerbaijan agricultural forum to be held in Oklahoma, August 15, 2019: The inaugural Oklahoma-Azerbaijan Agricultural Forum will be held November 6-8 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The forum will bring together experts, private sector executives/representatives, agribusiness manufacturers, as well as government agricultural authorities from the state of Oklahoma and Azerbaijan to share best practices and explore partnership and investment opportunities in both economies.  Read more...
Uzbekistan takes new steps to boost tourism industry, August 15, 2019: In a bid to boost its tourism industry, Uzbekistan, starting from 1 January 2020, will introduce 30-day visa-free travel for tourists from 20 more countries, mostly in Central America, and partly compensate the expenses of tour operators and charter flight organizers if they bring in foreign tourists to the Central Asian country. The moves are stipulated by a presidential decree issued this week. The number of countries for whose citizens Uzbekistan has introduced 30-day visa-free regime has now reached 85 and the Uzbek authorities say this is not a limit, Xinhua news agency reported.  Read more...
Kazakhstan to increase meat export, August 15, 2019: Kazakhstan is planning to increase the volumes of its meat exports by two and a half times. One of the leading regions in the meat export is Aktobe. The region will export 4,000 tons of beef and 200 tons of mutton.  The main importers of the meat products are Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran. There are 5,000 farms operating in the Aktobe region where most of them produce meat for export. "To date, 2,800 tons of all types of meat have been exported, including 2,200 tons of beef and nearly 100 tons of mutton. 200 tons of pork has also been exported to Russia," said Senior Staff of Regional Agriculture Department, Panabek Bimuratov.  Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Россия занимает второе место в мире по поставкам СПГ в Европу, 12 августа, 2019: Россия вышла на второе место по поставкам сжиженного природного газа (СПГ) в Евросоюз, сообщил первый замруководителя аппарата правительства РФ Сергей Приходько. По его словам, РФ уступает только Катару. Российская Федерация находится на втором месте в мире по поставкам сжиженного природного газа в страны Евросоюза. С таким заявлением выступил первый заместитель главы аппарата правительства РФ Сергей Приходько, передает  РИА НовостиЧитать далее...
Индия и Россия обсуждают возможные газовые проекты в Арктике, 12 августа, 2019: Министр торговли и промышленности Индии Пиюш Гоял в беседе с РИА Новости сообщил, что Индия и Россия обсуждают возможности развития газовых проектов в Арктике.  Он  отметил, что энергетическое партнёрство двух стран «очень крепкое». «Наши министры, отвечающие за энергетику, уже ведут обсуждения с энергетическими компаниями здесь. Министры с энергетическими компаниями России обсуждают, что мы можем сделать, в особенности в Арктическом регионе, в сфере разведки газа и поставок в Индию», - рассказал Гоял.  Читать далее...
Товарооборот между Китаем и Россией в январе-июле 2019 года увеличился на 4,7 проц., 12 августа, 2019: Товарооборот между Китаем и Россией в первые семь месяцев 2019 года вырос на 4,7 проц. по сравнению с аналогичным периодом предыдущего года и достиг 61 млрд 133,6 млн долл. США. Согласно данным, опубликованным на днях на официальном сайте Главного таможенного управления КНР, в январе-июле текущего года экспорт китайских товаров в Россию сократился на 0,8 проц. до 26 млрд 670,4 млн долл. США, а импорт российских товаров в Китай составил 34 млрд 463,2 млн долл. США с приростом на 9,4 проц.  Читать далее...
Предприятия Татарстана поделятся наработками по переводу автомобильной техники на сжиженный природный газ, 15 августа, 2019: Президент Татарстана Рустам Минниханов поручил республиканскому Минпромторгу помочь Туркменистану в продвижении сжиженного природного газа (СПГ). Подробнее об этом на брифинге в Кабмине РТ рассказала официальный представитель Казанского Кремля Лилия Галимова. «Дано поручение разработать пилотный проект по продвижению СПГ (сжиженного природного газа - прим. Т-и) как моторного топлива в одном из административных центров Туркменистана, в котором могли бы быть задействованы наши промышленные предприятия», - сказала Галимова.  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   call 713.429.4680
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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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