No. 256

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities
Winter  Business Networking Event

On January 30, 2020 the USRCC hosted the Winter Business Networking Event at The West End - A Public House, Houston, TX. The event drew more than 30 business professionals from a variety of different industries and backgrounds, including Oil and Gas, IT, Financial, Law, Logistics and Transportation, Real Estate Development, and many others. Among others, the attendees included representatives from Turkish Airlines, Moody Rambin, Baker Huges,  Sulzer, Vaco, Universe Technical Translation and also Deputy Consul General of the Russian Federation  and Head of the Trade Office Consulate General of Vietnam in Houston, TX.



Attendees had a chance to make new business connections and learn about the USRCC's upcoming events.  We would like to thank our attendees, members and volunteers for joining us at this Networking Event and making the event possible.

To view event pictures, visit our Facebook page

USRCC's Booth  #4513 at the Annual NAPE SUMMIT WEEK in Houston 

The annual NAPE Summit Week is an expo and networking event that brings together all the players necessary to forge, facilitate and close deals. In the upstream oil and gas business, it is the largest and most successful event of its kind in the world.

NAPE Summit Week is held February 3-7, 2020, in Houston, TX. This massive, week-long event offers prospects, producers and purchasers the unique chance to connect, reconnect and make deals. For those who seek to be successful in the upstream oil and gas business, NAPE Summit Week is the "must attend" event that has the potential to open up a myriad of opportunities. The oil and gas industry is fueled by deals. And NAPE is where deals happen:  http://napeexpo.com/summit

February 3 - 7 , 2020
Stop by the USRCC Booth #4513

The 55th Annual Petroushka Ball
                                                           Dear USRCC Members and Stakeholders, 
The U.S. - Russia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support an event hosted by one of our partner 
organizations.   Join the Russian Children's Welfare Society at The Plaza Hotel in New York on February
 7th for the 55th Annual Petroushka Ball to benefit the RCWS charitable programs  ( www.rcws.org ).         

When:  Friday, February 7, 2020 
Where:  The Plaza Hotel, New York City
Reception - 8 pm, Dinner & Entertainment - 9 pm, Dancing - after 10 pm till 2 am 
  Dress CodeStrictly White or Black Tie, Long Ball Gowns
Age Requirement: 21 years and older
       Special Guest Stars
       Serena Malfi, mezzo-soprano
    Ben Bliss, tenor
      Appear by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera
        Lester Lanin Orchestra
        Russian Folk & Gypsy Music
For more information or reserve tickets, visit  http://www.rcws.org/events/55th-petroushka-ball

Contact RCWS at 212-473-6263 or main@rcws.org
for tickets, ads, raffle donations, contributions and special sponsorships.
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Members' News
Turkish Airlines expands Munich service in 3Q20

Routesonline.com, January 30, 2020:  Turkish Airlines in summer 2020 season plans to expand service to Munich, including flights from Bodrum and Dalaman. Planned schedule as follows.  Read more...
Kogalym to become research and education center of Yugra with Lukoil's support

Lukoil.com , January 29, 2020: President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov and governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District Natalia Komarova discussed joint work to open a branch of the Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU), Russia's leading engineering education institution, in the Kogalym town. The project is being implemented under the tripartite Cooperation Agreement concluded between the Company, Kogalym town administration and PNRPU with the support of the Government of Yugra. Engineers for oil and gas industry will be trained in accordance with international standards and leading Russian and foreign professors will be invited to lecture in Kogalym.  Read more..
The Week in Review
Russia hopes problem with supply of bananas from Ecuador will be resolved - ministry

Tass.com, January 30, 2020: At the end of 2019, the Russian agricultural watchdog found polyphagous humpback fly in bananas imported from Ecuador . Russia is counting on the resolution of problems related to the quality of bananas shipped from Ecuador, Alexander Shchetinin, head of the Latin American department at Russia's Foreign Ministry, told TASS.  Read more..
Gazprom Eyes Production Boost in Bangladesh

Tass.com, January 28, 2020:  Russian energy giant Gazprom  has set its sights on ramping up gas production in Bangladesh and has signed agreements with Bangladeshi state-run companies Petrobangla  and Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited (BAPEX) Commersant  reports. The move signals that the Russian energy giant apparently seeks to launch direct gas supplies to Indian consumers, the business newspaper writes. Analysts say that Gazprom is interested in potential cooperation not just to produce gas, but in order to be able to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the future.  Read more.. .
Safmar Group Companies to Supply 250,000 Tons More Oil to Belarus

R ussiabusinesstoday.com , January 30, 2020:   Russia's Safmar Group  can supply 250,000 tons more oil to Belarus in February 2020, aside from the 500,000 tons the group's companies supplied in January, a source in the industry  told  TASS on Tuesday.  "Deliveries of Safmar companies are planned at the level of 250,000 tonnes," the source said, referring to February plans.   Read more...  
Russia adds nearly $1 billion to forex reserves, raising them to almost $560 billion

Rt.com, January 30, 2020: Russia's national postal operator Russian Post has approved its development strategy, which plans about 68 billion rubles ($1.1 billion) to be allocated for the upgrade of offices in 2020-2030, the company said this week, according to Finmarket. "The approved development strategy of the Russian Post for the period of 2020-2030 provides in particular for the upgrade of the majority of post offices by 2030. Up to 68 bln rubles ($1.1 billion) are planned to be allocated for such goals within the period of 2020-2030," the company said.  Read more...
30 Years of Big Mac Prices Shine Light on Russia's Economy

Rt.com, January 30, 2020:  When McDonald's came to Russia 30 years ago Friday, its first restaurant on Pushkin Square in central Moscow was one of the most expensive fast food joints in the world.  At 3 rubles and 75 kopecks, the average Soviet worker would have had to part with half a day's wages for a Big Mac meal back in January 1990. The famous McDonald's burger, in all its capitalist glory, had come to Communist Russia - and was more expensive here than anywhere else in the world.  Read more...
Novatek to Build $12Bln Arctic LNG Fleet

Themoscowtimes.com, January 28, 2020Russia's biggest liquified natural gas producer Novatek will buy a $12 billion fleet of up to 42 icebreaking tankers for the Northern Sea Route as part of its Arctic development project, the state-run TASS news agency reported  Wednesday.  The vessels will be used to transport the 80 million tonnes of new production  that Novatek is planning over the next decade from gasfields on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas in northern Siberia.   Read more...
CIS Business News
Tariff on transit of Russian oil via Belarus to rise by 6.6% as from 1 February

Belarus.by, January 31, 2020:  The tariff on services of oil transportation along the oil pipelines located in Belarus will be raised by 6.6% as from 1 February. The tariff will be increased in accordance with resolution No.6 released by the Belarusian Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry on 28 January 2020, BelTA has learned.  The Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry noted that the ministry's proposals fell on deaf ears during negotiations with colleagues from the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia despite previous verbal agreements that losses of OAO Gomeltransneft Druzhba should be compensated. Thus, the ministry's proposals did not meet understanding. The sides did not come to an agreement on by how much the tariff should be raised and a statement of disagreements was signed as a result Read more...
New varieties of wheat, barley, peas introduced in Azerbaijan

Belarus.by, January 29, 2020: The Genetic Resources Institute of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) has introduced new, more productive varieties of wheat, barley and peas. In this regard, a research was conducted on the "Collection of the genetic resources of cultivated plants and their wild ancestors, protection, in situ/on-farm and ex situ research, the use of cell and trait collections in selection" topic.  Read more...
Agreement on construction of power transmission line Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan signed in Ashgabad

Turkmenistan.ru, January 27, 2020: The Public Council of Azerbaijan's Small and Medium Business (SMB) Development Agency held the first forum in 2020 dedicated to food business,  Trend reports referring to the agency's press service. The event, titled "Food Business Forum: Current Situation and Prospects", was attended by representatives of the SMB Development Agency, the Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry and other government agencies, as well as business entities in the food sector.  Read more..
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
Russia's Tyumen  hosted case championship on January 2020

Tass.com, January 28,2020: CaseCupUTMN case championship was held in Russia's Tyumen in January 2020, the Tyumen State University press service announced. The university will be organizing the event.   "In January 2020 the Tyumen State University will host CaseCupUTMN contest again", the statement reads.  The contest will be held in two stages.  Read more..
US-Russia Related News in Russian
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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.
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