In 2004, the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia celebrated its
10th anniversary. Representing close to 800 member companies, the
Chamber has established itself as one of the largest and most influential
foreign business organizations in the Russian Federation. With its
Moscow headquarters, its St. Petersburg chapter, and representatives
in Washington, D.C., the Chamber advocates members’ interests
to the Russian and U.S. governments, and provides a forum for dialogue
between the international business community and policy-makers.
The Chamber is a lead organization of the Russian-American Business
Dialogue, initiated by Presidents Bush and Putin as a vehicle for
the private sector to make recommendations to both governments on
how to reduce barriers to trade and investment. The Chamber also
co-chairs the U.S.-Russian Commercial Energy Dialogue, the U.S.
Russia Information Technology Roundtable and other important forums
to advance business in Russia.
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The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (AmCham) is among the most active non-
government non-profit business organizations operating in Ukraine. One of our principle
activities is to represent the foreign investment community as well as to facilitate the entrance of
potential new investors into this market. We advocate on behalf of our Members not only to the
Ukrainian government but also to all other governments who are economic partners of Ukraine
on matters of trade, commerce, and economic reform. The over 425 Member organizations of
AmCham represent many of the largest companies operating in Ukraine with a majority of the
foreign direct investment. Our diverse membership base unites companies from a variety of
regions and countries, including North America, Europe, Asia, Russia and Ukraine. Our
Members collectively employ hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians providing them with
exposure to international business practices and an opportunity to develop into leading Ukrainian
professionals, bring international expertise and business knowledge to Ukraine, are among some
of the largest tax-payers in Ukraine and strive to be good corporate citizens.
Since its creation in Kyiv 12 years ago, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine has
always been the major advocate of American business interests in the country. The Board of
Directors of AmCham is elected by the Membership every year and includes both Ukrainian and
foreign top-managers of the most influential and successful companies in Ukraine.
A critical part of AmCham’s work is to advocate on behalf of its Members. This entails
establishing and nurturing relationships between the American Chamber of Commerce in
Ukraine, the Ukrainian government, the United States Government, the European Commission
and other diplomatic missions and donor organizations in Ukraine. The American Chamber of
Commerce represents its Member’s interests as investors in Ukraine before key policy makers.
Examples of issues that AmCham has undertaken in the past include: tax reform, judicial reform,
joint stock company law, law on advertising, law on telecommunications, intellectual property
rights legislation, land code, civil code, commercial code, visa and work permit issues, banking
issues, non-banking financial institution regulator, VAT refunds for exporters, special VAT-
accounts implementation, commercial real estate classification and a whole host of other
complicated and important issues that impact our Members.
The AmCham’s Committees are an integral component of the overall success of the organization
and a key source of information utilized by the AmCham to establish policy objectives that are
pushed forward by AmCham for the benefit of the Membership. Committees are made up of
Amcham Members and are valuable forums to share information, devise solutions to relevant
issues, network with fellow industry Members, and receive information on legislative, economic,
and political developments affecting business.
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Your guide to
doing business in Russia’s regions: facilitating dialogue
The Council for Trade and Economic Cooperation
(USA-CIS), Inc. (CTEC) is a nonprofit organization established in
1992 to assist and support Russian and American companies in developing
their trade and investment operations.
- Promoting trade, economic, scientific and
technical cooperation between companies and organizations in the
Russian Federation and the United States.
- Working to improve the business environment
for trade and investment in Russia.
- Trade and Investment consulting: through
The Council, buyers, sellers and investors can engage in direct
dialogue with companies and decision makers throughout the Russian
Federation. With an extensive network of contacts in
the regions including government, businesses and service providers,
the Council provides specialized market research and analytical
services, due diligence, assistance in structuring financing.
- Conferences and Customized Business
Programs: issue oriented conferences and seminars; introductions
and briefings with companies and government officials.
- Visa and Administrative Support:
full range of passport and visa services: translation, interpretation
and travel services.
- Legal Services: full corporate
legal services – incorporation, registration, accreditation,
In December 2002, The Council launched an ambitious
initiative: to compile, edit and publish the most complete business
resource on all 89 Russian regions – Russia: All 89 Regions,
Trade and Investment Guide. The Guide provides the
most accurate, up-to-date data on markets, current economic conditions,
sources of supply, infrastructure, trade opportunities, operating
conditions, investment projects, legal and tax environment
for all Russian regions. (www.ctecpub.com).
CTEC Publishing will be producing updates to the
Guide, industry-specific titles, in-depth research on regions,
and customized research.
Managing Director – Veronika Krasheninnikova-Berger
445 Park Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10022
Tel.: (212) 829-5724 Fax: (917) 322-2105
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BISNIS was established in 1992 under the Freedom
Support Act and is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International
Trade Administration, which promotes market access for U.S. companies
BISNIS, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is
the U.S. Government's market information center for U.S. companies
pursuing business development in the NIS - some of the world's promising
developing market economies. A critical feature of BISNIS is its
ability to bring buyers and sellers together to facilitate successful
transactions, which has resulted in more than $3 billion worth of
U.S. exports and overseas business activities since 1992.
At the core of BISNIS' operations is its staff of trade specialists
based in Washington, D.C. and its network of overseas network representatives.
BISNIS has representatives in the following NIS countries / cities:
Armenia - Yerevan
Azerbaijan - Baku
Georgia - Tbilisi
Kazakhstan - Astana
Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek
Moldova - Chisinau
Russia - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg,
Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Sakhalin.
Tajikistan - Dushanbe
Ukraine – Kiev
Uzbekistan - Tashkent
BISNIS also gathers additional market information
on the NIS through other US government offices, as well as through
NGOs, the private sector, and reliable sources in the NIS.
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- produces the leading on-line news service
- maintains offices and correspondents
throughout Russia and 50 other countries;
- holds one of Russia's largest photographic
archives, continually updated by its own team of photographers;
- established in 1991 using the infrastructure
of the APN "Novosti" Press Agency , RIA-Novosti, forms
part of the federal mass media holding that includes Russian Federal
TV and Radio company (VGTRK), 99 regional state TV and radio companies,
"Culture" TV Channel 5, "Radio of Russia"
and "Mayak" radio stations;
- transmits daily current events in political
and public life, provides economic, scientific and financial news
in Russian, main European and Arabic languages via Internet, e-mail
and other electronic means of communication, issues newsletters,
bulletins and reference editions;
- provides on-line news, bulletins and
reference publications to thousand of subscribers inside and outside
Russia. The Presidential Administration and Government, Parliament,
regional administrations, national and local media, major financial
and industrial corporations, foreign news agencies, media organizations,
diplomatic representations, and businessmen are among the Agency’s
- publishes "Sputnik-Novosti"
weekly newspaper and "Russia from A to Z" mini-encyclopedia;
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For the past ten years, MARBC has worked to foster business relations between Russia and the
Newly Independent States (NIS), and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, while cultivating mutual
appreciation of political, economic, cultural, and educational interests. The goal of MARBC is to
enable companies based in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region to enhance their positions in Russia and
the NIS and to attract Russian businesses to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region.
MARBC is a major non-profit organization in the Mid-Atlantic Region that provides information
about and services related to Russia and the NIS. MARBC organizes more than 25 events
annually, with emphasis on industries in which the Russian market is most lucrative and
prosperous, including Advanced Technology, Energy and Environment, Pharmaceutical and
Biotechnology, Advanced Materials/Nanotechnology, Manufacturing Technology, Information
Technology, Transportation, Instrumentation, Communications, Air, Space and Surface
Transportation, Agriculture, and more.
Latest Achievements and Outlook for 2005:
The emerging Russian and the Newly Independent States market is proving to be challenging but
profitable for companies in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region. MARBC provides U.S. companies
with the necessary tools and connections to succeed in this rapidly expanding market, and helps
Russian companies to gain access to and establish a presence in the American market.
Since 1997, MARBC has been actively involved in developing cooperation with Russian
regions. MARBC has developed partnerships with nearly twenty Russian and thirty American
regional Chambers of Commerce and Business and Trade Associations. Every year MARBC-led
delegations visit several Russian regions and MARBC hosts Russian regional delegations in the
In recognition of our Ten Year Anniversary, MARBC is holding the 5th Biennial Mid-Atlantic –
Russia Business Opportunities Symposium, “Ten Years After – Russian-American Business
Opportunities,” on May 16, 2005 in Malvern, PA. This symposium will reconvene most of the
speakers of the original 1995 Russian Business Opportunities Symposium and Ambassadors
Business Forum to evaluate past and present opportunities. The Russian Business Opportunities
Symposia are the foremost events in the Mid-Atlantic Region dedicated to promoting business
opportunities within Russia and the Newly Independent States. In 2005 MARBC also is
reestablishing the successful series of sixteen seminars entitled The Changing Face of Russia.
These seminars were critical to the education of American companies with regard to the
changing business environment in Russia from 1998-2000.
In an effort to establish the Mid-Atlantic region as a leading partner for Russian-American
technology cooperation, MARBC has expanded most in this area over the past few years. From
2001 - 2003, MARBC, jointly with the U.S. Department of State, organized a thirteen-seminar
series entitled “Russian Science and Technology Opportunities for U.S. Businesses”. MARBC
will continue the Series with five new seminars, which will kick off at the MARBC Russian
Conference at the C3 EXPO from June 28-30, 2005. The largest 2005 MARBC event will be the
2nd Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week from June 18 – 30, 2005. This
Week will include Russian Pavilions in Philadelphia at BIO 2005, the world’s largest
biotechnology event, and in New York City at the C3 Expo 2005, a major information
technology and telecommunications event. The 3rd Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation
Technology Week will take place in November. Another major MARBC achievement is
establishing the semi-annual Days of Russian-American Venture Industry Cooperation. As part
of these Days, MARBC is organizing Russian participation in Early Stage East in May and the
Mid-Atlantic Venture Conference in October, the largest venture capital events on the East
Coast. These events promise to make 2005 a special year for Russian-American technology
cooperation in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
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PRIME-TASS is Russia’s leading business
news agency. Privately owned, the agency has no political affiliations,
and is known for its objective coverage worldwide. With over 200
permanent staff and scores of stringers across Russia, the Commonwealth
of Independent States and the world, we provide quality live coverage
of major economic and political news in Russia and 14 former Soviet
states. Prime-Tass’ English language service produces over
100 news and analysis pieces daily. The agency is particularly strong
in commodity, energy and financial markets coverage.
Tel: +7 095 974 7664
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The U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC) is
a Washington-based trade association that
represents the interests of 300 member companies operating in the Russian market. The
Council’s mission is to expand and enhance the U.S.-Russian commercial relationship. Guided
by member interests, the Council promotes an economic environment in which businesses can
succeed in a challenging Russian market. Through a range of activities, the Council contributes
to the stability and development of a free market in Russia and supports Russia’s integration into
the global economy.
To achieve its mission, the Council conducts activities and provides services that fall into the
- Company-specific assistance and industry-sector efforts;
- Russian and U.S. government policy work;
- Information products;
- Russian business relationships; and,
- Briefings, conferences and formal/informal networking opportunities.
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