April 2020 | ISSUE No. 269| USRCC Business Newsletter
The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce 
Invites You to Attend
The 10th Annual Welcome Reception
Honoring Russian and CIS Delegations 
to the Breakbulk Americas 2020

Breakbulk Americas has been the established hub for the project cargo and breakbulk industry for more than 30 years. Based in Houston, it hosts more than 5,000 professionals from across the industrial supply chain based primarily in Canada, U.S. and Latin America, including the America’s largest EPCs and oil & gas companies. 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.

U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the welcoming Russian and CIS delegations to the  10th 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. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
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 November the 2nd, 2020
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
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Member's News
Lukoil Signed Memorandum on Production of Sulzer Oilfield Service Equipment in Kogalym

Lukoil.com, April 27, 2020:   LUKOIL has signed a trilateral memorandum with Sulzer Ltd. and Kogalym Oilfield Equipment Service LLC (KNPO), which involves establishing a service company to maintain, repair and upgrade LUKOIL's rotating equipment including compressors, pumps, etc. in the West Siberian region. Read more...
Gazprom’s Financial Statements under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the Year Ended December 31, 2019

Gazprom.com, April 29, 2020:   Today PJSC Gazprom issued its audited consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards for the year ended December 31, 2019. Read more...
Emerson’s New Virtual Valve Repair Service Offers Efficient, Immediate Support

Emerson.com, April 29, 2020: Emerson announced its new  Remote Assistance service capability  to help plant operators immediately respond to industrial valve issues by using augmented reality (AR) technology. The AR technology uses a robust, secure channel certified as ISO 27001-compliant. Valve repairs are advised and guided by Emerson experts as part of the company’s expanding Connected Services portfolio in its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem. Read more...
XTO Energy Inc. Extends Tender Offer to Purchase All Outstanding Units in Hugoton Royalty Trust

Exxonmobil.com, April 29, 2020:   XTO Energy Inc. (“XTO Energy”) today announced that it has extended the offering period of its previously announced tender offer to purchase all outstanding units of beneficial interest (the “Units”) in Hugoton Royalty Trust (OTCQX: HGTXU, the “Trust”) at a price of $0.20 per Unit, net to the seller in cash, without interest and subject to any withholding of taxes. Read more...
This Week in Review
Action Plan for Economic Recovery to Address New Reality, Says Putin

Tass.com, April 30, 2020:   The government should take into consideration the new reality related to the coronavirus pandemic when drafting the action plan on economic recovery, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "We must address the new reality when planning the long-term action strategy," the head of state said. It is also required to take into account changes on market and in cooperation ties, use new business models and scientific achievements, Putin added. Read more...
Russia Cuts Key Interest Rate amid Coronavirus Lockdown & Plunging Oil Prices

Rt.com, April 24, 2020:   The Bank of Russia slashed its interest rate by 50 basis points on Friday, for the first time since October 2019, to 5.5 percent. The regulator said that further reductions may follow soon. The Bank of Russia added that it has reviewed the baseline forecast scenario and is shifting to an accommodative monetary policy. According to the bank forecast, given the monetary policy stance, annual inflation will reach 3.8-4.8 percent in 2020 and will stabilize around four percent later on. Read more...
Russian Cargo Spaceship Reaches ISS in Fastest Trip Yet

Russiabusinesstoday.com, April 25, 2020:   A Russian cargo capsule with 2.5 tons of supplies docked with the International Space Station ( ISS ) on Saturday after the fastest such trip yet from earth, the state space agency  Roscosmos said, according to  AP . Read more...
Russia Starts Drawing Up Lockdown Exit Plans

Themoscowtimes.com, April 27, 2020:   Russia will begin drawing up lockdown exit plans to switch the economy back on, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Monday. In a meeting with ministers, Mishustin ordered various government departments to start working out how businesses could get back to work once the coronavirus pandemic becomes less severe, news site RBC reported. Read more...
Russia to Cut Crude Production by 10% within OPEC+ in 2020

Tass.com, April 29, 2020:   Russia’s crude oil production will go down by around 10% in 2020 due to OPEC+ restrictions compared with 2019 when it reached the record 560.2 mln tonnes, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said at a meeting on energy development issues headed by President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Read more...
Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities
Tyumen Authorities Earned Several Billion in Bank Deposits

Uralpolit.ru, April 30, 2020:   The government of the Tyumen region reported on earnings on the placement of funds on bank deposits. For 2019, the budget of the Tyumen region was additionally replenished with income received from bank deposits in the amount of almost seven billion rubles. Information about this is published on the website of the Tyumen Regional Duma. Read more...
CIS Business News
Kazakhstan Negotiating 22% Oil Output Cut

Oilprice.com, April 29, 2020:   Kazakhstan is in talks with the companies operating its two large oil projects to reduce total output by 22 percent in compliance with the latest OPEC+ production cut agreement. The Central Asian country’s cut quota under the OPEC+ deal was 390,000 bpd, from a total daily production of some 1.7 million bpd, to 1.3 million bpd, most it coming from the Tengiz field onshore and the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea, which last year accounted for a combined daily output of 900,000 barrels of crude. Read more...
Belarus to Get 1.13m Tonnes of Oil from Russia in May, Work with Alternative Sources to continue

Eng.belta.by, April 29, 2020:   Belarus will get 1.13 million tonnes of oil from Russia in May. Work with alternative sources will continue, BelTA learned from Press Secretary of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim Aleksandr Tishchenko. Read more...
Azerbaijan to Spend $67 Million on Tax Benefit Package for Entrepreneur over COVID-19

Azernews.az, April 28, 2020:   The total cost of a package of tax benefits intended for entrepreneurship entities operating in areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is about 114 million manat ($67 million), said First Deputy Minister of Taxes Sahir Mammadkhanov at a meeting of Azerbaijani Parliament’s committee on economic policy, industry and entrepreneurship,  Trend  reports. Read more...
Armenia’s Central Bank Reduces Refinancing Rate by 0.25%, Sets it at 5.0%

Azernews.az, April 28, 2020:   During today’s session the Board of the Central Bank of Armenia made a decision to reduce the refinancing rate by 0.25%, setting it at 5.0%, the CBA told Armenpress. In March 2020 0.5% inflation was registered in the Republic, compared to the 0.1% inflation in March 2019. In such circumstances the 12-month deflation was cut and comprised 0.1%. Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russia
Новости недели
Налоговая Служба Анонсировала Новый Антикризисный Сервис

Kommersant.ru, April 24, 2020:   С 1 мая Федеральная налоговая служба (ФНС) запустит специальный сервис по выплате субсидий малому бизнесу, пострадавшему от COVID-19. Выплаты в размере одного МРОТ на каждого сотрудника компании не будут облагаться подоходным налогом, сообщил глава службы Даниил Егоров. По мнению экспертов, появление таких сервисов поможет изменить мнение представителей бизнеса, пока скептически оценивающих меры государства по поддержке предпринимателей. Читать далее...
ЛУКОЙЛ Приостановит 20% Бурения в Западной Сибири

Rbc.ru, April 27, 2020:   Крупнейшая российская частная нефтяная компания ЛУКОЙЛ уведомила подрядчиков о планах сократить объемы эксплуатационного и разведочного бурения на своих месторождениях в Западной Сибири, Коми и Пермском крае на 20% от годового плана. Об этом РБК сообщил источник в одной из сервисных компаний, работающих с ЛУКОЙЛом, и подтвердил собеседник в другом подрядчике этой нефтяной компании. Читать далее...
«Антиотмывочный» Закон: с Бизнеса Снимут Презумпцию Виновности

Gazeta.ru, Апрель 27, 2020:   В России могут внести изменения в законодательство, которые не позволят банкам блокировать счета предпринимателей из-за подозрения в легализации преступных доходов без объяснения причин. Это должно облегчить жизнь добросовестному бизнесу. Предложение об изменении норм антиотмывочного законодательства обсуждалось 23 апреля на заседании российского правительства.   Читать далее...
Путин Объявил о Продлении Нерабочих Дней до Конца Майских Праздников

Vedomosti.ru, Апрель 28, 2020:   Президент России Владимир Путин объявил 6, 7 и 8 мая официально нерабочими днями с сохранением заработной платы. Таким образом, режим нерабочих дней, который должен был завершиться 30 апреля, продлен до 11 мая включительно. Об этом президент сообщил в ходе своего выступления в начале совещания с руководителями регионов и членами правительства по ситуации с коронавирусом.   Читать далее...
РСПП запустил сайт для поддержки бизнеса в условиях пандемии

Tass.ru, Апрель 27, 2020:   Координационный совет Российского союза промышленников и предпринимателей (РСПП) по противодействию коронавирусной инфекции запустил сайт ситуационного центра для поддержки бизнеса и граждан в условиях пандемии. На сайте  rspp-centre.com  в открытом доступе находятся материалы по международной экспертизе и протоколам действий в условиях эпидемий, что позволит использовать лучшую практику противоэпидемических мероприятий. Читать далее...
«Транснефть» Просит Дать Рассрочку в Выплате Дивидендов

News.ru, Апрель 29, 2020:   Компания «Транснефть» просит правительство по причине внешних факторов разрешить выплачивать дивиденды по итогам 2019 года частями. Направить на эти цели фирма намерена 81 млрд рублей, или 11,2 тысячи рублей на акцию. Читать далее...

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