On February 13, 2013, USRCC, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, held a half-day Seminar on “After the Reset–A New Era in U.S.-Russian Business Relations.” Held in the Mickey Leland Federal Building in Downtown Houston, the seminar highlighted various resources, events, and individual experiences to assist those wanting to do business in Russia.
USRCC’s Chairman, Mr. Andrew Pidgirsky, gave an overview on doing business with Russia, while then-Executive Director, Ms. Christine Buzzard, presented on “Potential Trade/Business Development Delegation to Russia in 2013.” Notable speakers at the seminar included: Ms. Danieele Caltabiano of the U.S. Commercial Service, Houston; Mr. Duaine Priestley of Priestley International Consulting; Mr. Christopher Van Reit, Managing Director of Radius Group; Mr. Kevin Brown, Co-Chairman of the Board, Intercomp Global Services; Mr. Meril Markley, International Tax Principal, UHY Advisors TX, LLC; Mr. Carlos Guerrero, Texas Department of Agriculture. Welcome remarks were given by Mr. Steve Recobs, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service, Houston, and The Honorable Alexander Zakharov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Houston.
With Russia’s recent accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), USRCC believes now is an opportune time to learn more about how to do business with Russia successfully. Russia is the world’s 11th largest economy and has the highest per capita GDP of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries. It has ambitious plans for growth in the short-term and bilateral trade between the U.S. and Russia is continuously growing. There are more than 400 Houston companies doing business in Russia, and Houston is responsible for 25 percent of overall U.S.-Russia trade. Energy continues to be an area of mutual interest, but there are a number of other sectors of common interest, including agriculture, chemicals, IT, medical, and metals, to name a few.