No. 260
  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities

Annual 3d Young Professionals Speed Mentoring &  Networking Event

The U.S.- Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) hosted a Young Professionals Speed Mentoring and Networking event on February 27, 2020 that drew a crowd of more than 40 young professionals. 

During 15-minute sessions, mentees received tailored career advice and got more specific insights from experts who gained their expertise in Government, Real Estate, Banking, Legal Practices.  Attendees had an opportunity to discuss professional strengths and challenges, ask questions, build connections and get information about career change.  

The event was recognized by all attendees as an essential tool in helping to enhance career and personal development, social competence and business networking.

Our special thanks to all the mentors:

Annie Yang, Economic Development Director, Harris County, Texas.

Tom Ford, Vice President at  Moody RambinOffice Tenant Representation.

Jason Brummerhop, Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager, Global Trade Solutions for the Global Banking team, Amegy Bank.

Kevin  Pennell, Partner, Pennell Law Firm PLLC. 

To see more event's photos visit our  Facebook page

The U.S. -Russia Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service 
invites you to join this rare opportunity to learn

      "Doing Business with Russia: 
Risks and Rewards"

When:  Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 7:30 am - 09:30 am 
Where:Petroleum Club of Houston - Aramco Room
Address: 1201 Louisiana Street, 35th Floor, Houston, Texas 77002

Cost: USRCC members - Free  N on-members -   $30.00

Over 1,000 American firms of all sizes continue to do business in Russia, including Boeing, GE, United Technologies, Honeywell, 3M, John Deere, Procter & Gamble, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and others. Hundreds of Houston based companies are engaged with Russian businesses.
Houston is responsible for 20 percent of the overall U.S.-Russia trade. In addition to the energy sector, several other industries hold considerable opportunities for US companies in Russia, including agriculture, chemicals, IT, machinery, healthcare, and metals. During the seminar, participants will be provided with an overview of the current business climate in Russia and the available resources to assist them.

Seminar Speakers


James Golsen
Commercial Counselor - Senior Commercial Officer  Embassy of the United States of America in Moscow.  Full bio is available  here
Tanner Johnson
Russia Desk Officer - Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA).  Full bio is available  here

Seminar Agenda

7:30am - 8:00am
Registration and Networking
8:00am - 8:05am
Opening Remarks - Nyamusi Igambi, Director, U.S. Commercial Service - Houston
8:05am - 8:10am
Welcome Remarks and Overview on Doing Business in Russia -   Andrew   Pidgirsky, Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
8:10am - 8:40am
"American Business in Russia-What's Next? A View from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow", - James Golsen, Commercial Counselor and Senior Commercial Officer, Embassy of the United States of America in Russia
8:40am - 9:10am
"Current Considerations in U.S.-Russia Trade", - Tanner Johnson, Russia Desk Officer, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, U.S. International Trade Administration
9:10am - 09:30am
Q&A session

Event Partner


Government of Moscow jointly with the U.S.-Russia  Chamber of Commerce 
invites you to attend a reception marking 
Moscow - Houston Partnership

Government of Moscow Delegation lead by 
Sergey Cheremin
Minister of the Moscow Government, Head  of the 
Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow

Mr.Cheremin is responsible for managing key aspects of international cooperation of Moscow. In this capacity he oversees all international projects and programs in the city and abroad.  By staying true to the mission of promoting Moscow-Houston partnership, the Government of Moscow is excited to be a part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo by having Moscow booth.
Born in the  city of Kislovodsk. Graduated magna cum laude from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ph.D. (Economics). Studied at the City University of New York.  From 2013 elected as a P resident of the Moscow Golf Federation.  From 2013 appointed (2018 reappointed) as a minister of the Moscow Government, Head of the Department for Foreign Economic and International Relations of the city of Moscow.  Full bio is available  here 

                Moscow city presentation  begins at 4 pm and will be
by the reception.

The Delegation Representatives Include:

Ilya Kuzmin
Deputy Head of Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow. Full bio is available here
Vyacheslav Manuylov 
Head of the International Relations Division

Ekaterina Savina-Makhorskaya
Leading specialist of the International Relations  Division
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 |  4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Houston City Hall, Legacy Room
Address: 901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
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Members' News
Lukoil and Yamal-Nenets district define priority social projects for 2020

Lukoil.com, February 27, 2020:  Lukoil and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District concluded a supplementary agreement on cooperation for 2020, defining priority actions to facilitate social and economic development of the region.According to the document, LUKOIL will support Yamineh charity foundation, non-governmental organizations, cultural, environmental, educational initiatives and sports projects, promote ultralight aviation in various sectors of economy and for scientific and research purposes. The company will establish a special LUKOIL class in a preparatory school in the city of Salekhard for industry-specific trainings and build a Sunday school in the town of Tarko-Saleh. LUKOIL will also help the Yamal-Nenets Regional Culture and Business Center stage a musical performance featuring professional ethnical song and dance companies - Syra Sev and Syoyotay Yamal.  Read more.. .
Emerson Develops Technology to Help Contractors Manage Skilled Labor Shortage

Emerson.com, February 26, 2020: Emerson has created new technology to help homeowners avoid costly and unexpected HVAC repairs, while providing contractors with real-time system insights that drive business predictability and service.  Read more..
The Week in Review
Russia's first LNG-powered passenger ship to be built in Tatarstan
Russianbusinesstoday.com, Februry 27, 2020: A Gazprom delegation headed by V. Mikhalenko, Member of the Management Committee, Head of Department, took part in the keel-laying ceremony for Chaika LNG, the first passenger ship in Russia to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The event was held at the shipyard of Zelenodolsk Plant named after A.M. Gorky in Zel enodolsk, Republic of Tatarstan. Read more...
Russia wants to boost energy cooperation with Namibia: Matvienko

Russiabusinesstoday.com, February 28, 2020:  Russia is keen to enhance its economic relations with Namibia in mineral resources particularly uranium, Valentina Matvienko, chairperson of Russia's Federation Council (upper house of parliament), has said, according to RIA Novosti Speaking at the State House of Namibia during her three-day working visit to the country last week, Matvienko applauded Namibia for opening up licensing for uranium exploration and expressed Russia's willingness to work closely with Namibia in the field of geology and subsoil management.  Read more...
Russia's largest solar power plant launched in the Urals

Rt.com, February 26, 2020: A new solar power plant (SES) with a capacity of 10MW has been commissioned in the Burzyansky district of Russia's southern Ural region of Bashkortostan.  According to Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano, it is the country's largest SES with an energy storage facility. Rusnano's portfolio company Liotech has supplied energy storage units with a total capacity of 8MW.  The automated control system selects the optimal mode of operation for the plant. It analyzes a set of parameters to determine when to store energy, and when to direct it to the network.  Read more...  
Russia's S7 will continue charter flights to South Korea by mid-March at least
Britain bought a record amount of Russian gold last year, spending over $5 BILLION

Rt.com, February 27, 2020: Sales of Russian gold abroad jumped eight-fold last year to $5.7 billion, with almost all of that volume purchased by the United Kingdom.
According to customs data seen by RBC business news outlet, gold exports to Britain have grown more than 12 times in terms of value, to $5.33 billion.  Supplies to the UK accounted for 93 percent of all Russian gold exports. Twelve other countries, including Kazakhstan and Switzerland, bought only $409 million-worth of Russian gold.  Read more...
Russian Rail Industry to Use 3D Printers by Siemens

Russiabusinesstoday.com, February 28, 2020:  German transport company Siemens Mobility Service  has announced it will be acquiring two additional StratasysFortus 450mc 3D printers to expand part production for the Russian rail industry, the Associated Press reports To date, the transport company has successfully adopted Stratasys' technology for the production of rail parts for Germany and the UK, and the new 3D printers will enable it to expand its support of rail maintenance operations in Russia.  Read more..  
Russia to Build 120-km Highway to Crimea for $1.5bn

Russiabusinesstoday.com, February 28, 2020: Russia plans a $1.5 billion (100 billion rubles) highway to Crimea, in a bid to dramatically cut journey times and develop tourism on the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014, Liga.net reported  Monday. The first section will be 68 km long and is slated to cost almost 60 billion rubles ($919 million), with the length of the entire route eventually reaching 119 km, the authorities said . Read more..
Houston - Tyumen Sister Cities
The Governor: There are Multiple Opportunities for the Cooperation between the Tyumen Region and the Republic of Korea

En.admtyumen.ru, February 25, 2020: The Governor Alexander Moor stated that during his meeting with the representatives of Korean delegation headed by the Minister-Counsellor, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in the Russian Federation, Kim Dong Young, on Friday, December 6.  The Governor briefly introduced the Tyumen region and told the Consul General about its economic development and investment attractiveness for foreign businesses.  Alexander Moor stressed that the region's Government focuses not only on the development of industry, but research, education, medical and cultural projects as well.   Read more..  
CIS Business News
Turkmenistan to Build a $1.5-Billion City Amid Spending Cuts

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said in a decree the money would go towards paying for "foreign-made equipment and materials needed for construction," Turkmenistan's state-run media reported Tuesday.  The city, which doesn't have a name yet, is supposed to become an administrative center of the Ahal province - a region governed by the president's only son, Serdar Berdymukhamedov.  Read more..
Kyrgyzstan seeks to attract more tourists in 2020

Eng.belta.by, February 26, 2020: Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke out on the issues of employment and salaries as he addressed the 8th Congress of the Federation of Trade Union of Belarus (FTUB) in Minsk on 28 February, BelTA has learned.  "We always pay the closest attention to employment and wages which are the two most important issues for trade unions," the head of state promised.  Read more...
Turkey sees increase in export of textile raw materials to Azerbaijan

  A zernews.az ,  February 27, 2020:   Azerbaijan increased import of textile raw materials from Turkey in January 2020, Turkey's Ministry of Trade told Trend  on Feb. 28. According to the ministry, Azerbaijan's import of textile raw materials from Turkey exceeded $2.4 million in January 2020, which is 65.6 percent more compared to January 2019.  In January 2020, Turkey's export of textile raw materials to world markets amounted to $673.7 million, which is 0.28 percent less compared to same month of 2019.  Read more..
US-Russia Related News in Russian
Новости недели
Минниханов заслушал доклад об инвестиционной деятельности «Татнефти» за 2019 год

Tatar-inform.ru, Февраль  28, 2020:  Сегодня в Казани прошло заседание совета директоров ПАО «Татнефть». Президент РТ Рустам Минниханов заслушал доклад об итогах исполнения бюджета ПАО «Татнефть» за январь, также была озвучена информация о финансировании инвестиционной программы за 2019 год, сообщает пресс-служба руководителя республики.  Большую часть инвестиций (74,1%) компания использовала для развития наиболее капиталоемких бизнес-направлений. Это разведка и добыча нефти, включая СВН, нефтегазопереработка .   Читать далее...
В Петербурге в 2020 году запустят фабрику процессов

Tass.ru, Февраль 28, 2020: Фабрика процессов с деловыми играми, имитирующими производство, будет запущена в Санкт-Петербурге в июне 2020 года в рамках нацпроекта "Производительность труда и поддержка занятости". Об этом рассказала ТАСС в кулуарах IV Санкт-Петербургского международного форума руководитель Регионального центра компетенций по производительности труда Ирина Голубцова.  Читать далее...

The USRCC is looking for new team members!

Volunteers  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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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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