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Artem Nadikta, Chair of the Hoston-Tyumen Sister Cities Committee for the Chamber, recently traveled to Tyumen to further progress under the initiative. The Sister Cities relationship started in 1995, but USRCC was only recently charged with responsibility for its implementation. Please find below additional information, which is an excerpt from the Mayor’s Newsletter in November 2012.
During his very productive visit to Tyumen, Mr. Nadikta discussed six areas of future cooperation with Tyumen City officials including: education, entrepreneurship, municipal, regional tourism, oil and gas industry, and healthcare. The leadership of Tyumen expressed an interest in developing educational travel programs for Tyumen high school students, which would familiarize them with various industrial sectors and spur interest in science careers. Additionally, the formation of university linkages was seen as critical. The Tyumen City Administration also proposed the development of a joint project in support of entrepreneurship that will encourage collaboration and knowledge-sharing between the two cities. The administration’s own efforts in support of small and mid-sized businesses led to the establishment of “Tyumen Brand” competition, which promotes high-quality and service-oriented businesses.
Lastly, collaborative programs were suggested in the areas of municipal planning and development, healthcare and oil and gas industries. Among other things, Tyumen is interested in learning from Houston’s experience in development of urban transport, infrastructure and recreational zones. The city administration hopes that cooperative conferences expos and fairs will provide a forum for open dialogue between engineers and medical professionals, which in turn will increase opportunities for future partnerships and provide exposure to different research environments.
“A large delegation led by Harry Gee, President of Sister Cities of Houston attended the Sister Cities International Conference in Aurora, Colorado last week. A major theme of the conference was the Silk Road, land route. Next year the SCI Conference will be held in Houston on July 15-17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel with a continuation of the Silk Road, sea route theme.
The conference enabled the members to network and to share best practices as to how to build sister to sister relationships and practice the citizen to citizen diplomacy advocated by President Dwight Eisenhower. Also attending were delegates from around the world. A delegation of young people who constitute the next generation met and discussed entrepreneurial and leadership topics of interest. Houston, a city with no limits will be the next host and we invite everyone who is interested in volunteering or participating to go to the web site of Sister Cities of Houston and sign up. Look forward to extending our warm southern hospitality with a western flavor to our SCI visitors next year”.
In furtherance of the Houston-Tyumen sister cities collaboration, representatives of the Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities committee of the USRCC attended the Tyumen Oil and Gas Forum 2016.
Tyumen is the oil and gas capital of Russia. More than 90% of Russian gas and 65% of the country’s oil is located and produced in the region. The region’s strong economic performance, federal support, and the arrival of internationally reputed corporations have made Tyumen into Russia’s largest oil services hub.
Tyumen Oil & Gas Forum – the annual international business event with an oil and gas agenda, one of Russia’s top five industry fora. The Forum is supported by the Government of Tyumen Region, the Ministry of Energy, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. The forum includes more than 30 discussion panels and roundtables.
Among others, the 2016 Forum was attended by business executives from LUKOIL, Baker Hughes, Rosneft, Gazpromneft, Belorusneft, Schlumberger. The 2016 Tyumen Oil and Gas Forum overview is available here
As a part of our efforts to support Houston-Tyumen business relations, and on behalf of the USRCC Houston-Tyumen Sister Cities Committee, the USRCC Executive Director, Tamara Doescher attended the U.S. – Russia Mayors Summit which was a part of the 61st Sister Cities Annual Conference that took place at Virginia Beach, VA on July 13- July 15 2017.
During the Summit attendees had a chance to learn about the history and critical importance of the U.S.-Russia Citizen Diplomacy, the current state of exchange programs, trade and economic relations, the role of Sister Cities, and development and future cooperation between the two countries.
Some of the presenters included: Hon. John Beyrle, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Hon. Will Sessoms, Mayor of Virginia Beach, VA, Ambassador John O’Keefe, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation/Executive Director, Open World Leadership Center, Mary Kane, President/CEO, Sister Cities International, James Wood, City Councilman, City of Virginia Beach, VA.
During the Conference Harry Gee, President of the Sister Cities of Houston and Ellen Goldberg, Immediate Past President of the Sister Cities of Houston had a chance to make a presentation to Sister Cities International and was selected to host the 2019 conference in Houston. Since that will be the 50th anniversary of Man’s landing on the moon, we all hope to work together with Sister Cities and NASA to make it a memorable event.
The USRCC was honored to welcome Russian Healthcare Delegation that participated at the International Visitor Leadership Program under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. Full information about the participants of the Healthcare Delegation is available here .
It was also our pleasure to welcome the first-time Houston Livestock and Rodeo participants and exhibitors from Russia. The Agricultural Delegation was led by Sergey Arkhin, P resident of Russian Regional Association of Agricultural Producers.
The Russian Healthcare Delegation included representatives from Federal Center of Neurosurgery, Novosibirsk, National Chamber of Medicine, Tyumen Region, Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Vocational Education, Irkutsk, Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk.
The Delegations were greeted by the management of the USRCC and the Consul General of the Russian Federation, Alexander Pisarev. Harry Gee, the President of Sisters Cities of Houston extended his warm welcome and emphasized the importance of the Sister Cities relations.
The event was attended by healthcare professionals from Texas Medical Center, MD Anderson, the University of Texas School of Public Health, Spring Branch Healthcare Community Center, Sunbelt Medical Corporation, Houston Health Concierge, Sister Cities of Houston Committee Members, representatives from the Office of the Governor, and others.
We would like to thank all the attendees, Sister Cities of Houston, as well as the USRCC volunteers for making this event a success.
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Testimonial by the President of Sister Cities Houston Association, Harry Gee:
“Houston is the beneficiary of the good will create by the hospitality of the Houston Tyumen Sister City Association in welcoming the healthcare and agricultural delegation from Russia. The warm reception extended to the visitors was quite evident in the animated conversations in multiple languages heard in the St. Regis hotel. We applaud the Houston Tyumen SCA in its extension of our southern hospitality to ensure the Russian delegation of a memorable visit to our fair City”.