Dec
  2019
ISSUE
No. 250

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities

USRCC's Reception in Honor of the Russian Nonprofit Delegation
 
On December 16th, 2019 at St. Regis Hotel Houston, Texas 
the USRCC hosted reception to honor participants of the Russian Nonprofit Delegation who were visiting the USA under the auspices of the US Department of State's Visitor Leadership Program.

 The Russian Nonprofit Delegation included: Mr. Dmitry Aleshkovsky, Director 'Takiye Dela' ('The Way Things Are') Online Information Portal PR Specialist; Mr. Aleksandr BorunovDirector of Information Service, Cancer Prevention Foundation; Ms. Sophia Kharkova, PR Director, Charity Fund 'Dom S Mayakom' (House with a Lighthouse); Ms.Ekaterina Kochneva, Head of Charity Department, VKontakte Social Network; Ms. Daria Kondrasheva, Executive Director, Charity Fund named after Astafyev; Ms. Elena Martyanova, Director 'Informing and Educating' Project, 'Vera' - Charity Fund Assisting Hospices; Ms. Iuliia Paskevich, Head, PR Department, Charity Fund AdVita; Ms. Anna Skorobogatova, Director, 'Vera' Charity Fund Assisting Hospices; Ms. Victoria Vyakhoreva, Communications Director, Konstantin Khabenskiy Charity Fund; Daria Semeina,  PR Specialist, Cancer Prevention Foundation.

 The goal of the Russian Nonprofit Delegation was to get educated about work of US Nonprofit Organizations dealing with cancer and hospice care and learn the ways to improve work of Russian nonprofit organizations. 

 The attendees included, among others, Deputy Consul General of the Russian Federation, President of Houston Sister Cities International, representatives from Chiron Financial, Houston Health Concierge, Schiller Institute, AGASOIL, Universal Technologies, Sooner Offshore, Moody Rambin, World Air League and others. 

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Members' News
Lukoil to support social development of Yamal

Lukoil.com, December 20, 2019 Vagit Alekperov, President of LUKOIL, and Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, signed a Cooperation Agreement for 2020-2024 today in Moscow. The company will continue to contribute to the strategic development of the region and strengthening of its economic stability, carrying out sporting events, cultural and arts projects, ecological projects, and those designed to restore national traditions of indigenous peoples of the North.  Read more...
Russia and Belarus discuss gas cooperation from 2020 onward

Gazprom.com, December 16, 2019:   A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, and Viktor Karankevich, Belarusian Minister of Energy, took place today in St. Petersburg.  The parties discussed relevant matters of cooperation in the gas sector from 2020 onward. The main focus was on the terms and conditions for supplying Russian gas to consumers in the Republic of Belarus.  Read more...
The Week in Review
France's BlaBlaCar Finalizes Deal to Buy Ticketing Service Busfor

Russiabusinesstoday.com, December 19, 2019 French carpooling giant is expanding to a new market segment with the move, first  announced  in September. The deal's terms have not been disclosed, but it might be a non-money transaction with Busfor's shareholders receiving a stake in the French unicorn, according to leaks, which appeared in September in the Russian media.  Read more...
Far East Development Fund Considers Medical Tourism Programs

Russiabusinesstoday.com, December 20, 2019
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The regions of Russia's Far East could propose establishing medical tourism programs to lure in visitors from Asian countries, the CEO o f Russia's  Far East Development Fund  said in an  interview  with RIA Novosti. "In the sphere of medical tourism, we have an interesting project on Sakhalin Island. There are people with progressive ideas working on the team of [Sakhalin Region] Governor Valery Limarenko, and they want to ensure that the Japanese come [to the region] for medical treatment. Not the other way around. It is quite possible, taking into account the [population] aging and hard commercialization of services abroad," the fund's CEO said, adding that medicine was no longer a social service, but rather a very expensive privilege everywhere else in the world.  Read more...
U.S. Businessman Buys Russian-Language RTVI Broadcaster

Themoscowtimes.com, December 19, 2019U.S. businessman Mikayel Israyelyan has bought a majority stake in New York-based  Russia n-language television network RTVI from its  Russia n owner and plans to expand it in the United States, the channel said on Tuesday.The sale marks the first time the network, one of the biggest  Russia n-language broadcasters outside of  Russia , will be majority owned by a foreign shareholder, a spokesman said.  Read more...

Gazprom to finish talks on financing of Amur gas refinery 2019

1prime.biz, December 19, 2019:  Russian gas giant Gazprom plans to finish talks with potential creditors on project financing of the Amur gas refinery at the end of 2019, Deputy CEO Famil Sadygov told the company's corporate magazine in an interview released on Friday.   "Presently, various terms of project financing are being negotiated with the potential creditors of the Amur gas refinery. The planned deadline to complete the negotiations is the end of 2019.The target level of borrowed financing is 70%, and own investment will come to 30%," he said.  Read more...

Russia's pioneering floating nuclear power plant begins delivering electricity to remote Arctic region

Rt.com, December 19, 2019:   The world's first floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), the Akademik Lomonosov, began supplying electricity on Thursday to a remote town in the far eastern region of Chukotka, Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom has announced.  The power plant's generators were launched after being synchronized with the connected electric grid on shore. For the residents of the small city of Pevek, this was a symbolic event, as it was tied to the lighting of the town's Christmas tree ahead of New Years' celebrations, according to Rosatom.  Read more...

Moscow & Kiev reach 'agreement in principle' on new gas transit deal

Rt.com, December 20, 2019:  Russian and Ukrainian delegations have reached a preliminary gas transit agreement after intense negotiations in Berlin as the current contract is set to expire at the end of the year. "After these very intensive talks I am very glad to say that we reached an agreement in principle on all key elements, which I believe is very good and very positive news for Europe, for Russia, for Ukraine, for gas markets and for citizens in all countries," European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who participated in the trilateral meeting, said during a news conference on Thursday Read more...
VTB Set to Buy Another Asset in Russia's Grain Industry

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ussiabusinesstoday.com,
December 19, 2019 Russian transportation and logistics holding  Fesco  are in talks to sell its grain rail-wagon business, its president Alexander Isurin has confirmed, according to  Vedomosti Two sources familiar with the details of the talks told the business newspaper that the prospective buyer is the country's biggest transporter of grain by rail,  Rustranscom , controlled by banking group  VTB . Read more
CIS Business News
Nur-Sultan hosts first domestic light industry congress

Astanatimes.com, December 20, 2019 T he capital hosted the country's first domestic light industry congress Dec. 11. The event demonstrated the potential of state, business and non-government organisation (NGO) partnerships. The congress attracted representatives from more than 120 enterprises. The programme, involving heads of authorised state bodies, Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) deputies and major manufacturers, included discussions on specific mechanisms for industrial development.  The organisers also presented an exhibit of domestic light industry products and the Energy of Creation fashion show, where the Gulnara Kassym, I'm Different, Іnkar Sezim Samidel, Saukele, Utari and ZekenModa brands and Kazakh University of Technology and Business graduates demonstrated their artwork Read more...

Uzbekistan's GDP growth rate to make up 5.5% in 2019

Uzdaily.uz, December 20, 2019: U zbekistan's GDP growth rate will be 5.5% in 2019 compared with 5.1% in 2018, the press service of the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan said. According to the agency, the nominal size of GDP will be 524 trillion soums or US$58.3 billion. The growth is due to internal factors, namely a strong growth in domestic demand. In 2019, domestic demand growth is supported by:  1) capital investments in the economy, which, according to forecasts, will increase by 28.6%, including .   Read more...
It's Time for Tajikistan to Become a Startup Nation

Thediplomat.com, December 16, 2019: Alif Sarmoya, a fin-tech startup, came on to the market in Tajikistan six years ago. The company started as an organization that brings financial, retail, corporate, and private banking services to people using informational technologies. It was launched by three young Tajiks educated in the United Kingdom and United States. Today the company boasts over 250 employees and is expanding regionally. At its core, Alif Samoya's business is a revolution in the Tajik banking sector. The company wants Tajikistan to go cashless, and provide the technological infrastructure to achieve that ambition. In addition, the company is also contributing to the development of the country through the launch of Alif Academy. Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
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Прогнозы 2020: как изменятся цены на нефть?

Ria.ru, 19 Декабряб 2019Нефтяной рынок встречает 2020 год на фоне умеренного оптимизма. В диалоге США и Китая наблюдаются сдвиги, ОПЕК+ увеличила объем сокращения добычи на начало года, темпы роста добычи в Штатах замедляются. В следующем году эти факторы могут оказаться ключевыми для динамики нефтяных котировок. Что касается российской экономики, которая все еще заметно зависит от экспорта углеводородов, то прогнозируется ее дальнейший рост. Он, вероятно, будет достигнут за счет относительной стабильности нефтяных цен и курса рубля. Российская валюта, кстати, показала лучшую динамику среди развивающихся рынков в уходящем году. За 2019 год рубль укрепился почти на 8%. При этом он занял верхнюю строчку в списке предпочтений участников опроса на рынках валют на 2020 год. Среднесрочные нефтяные и валютные прогнозы в прямом эфире радио Sputnik Читать далее...
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Mk.ru, 20 Декабря, 2019
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