The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) organized an Energy Trade Mission on November 18 – 22, 2013 under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Energy Working Group.
Leading the trade mission delegation were Andrew Pidgirsky, Chairman of the USRCC, and the USRCC Executive Director, Daria Westerfield. While in Moscow, the participants met, in pre-arranged, intimate meetings, with representatives from a wide range of companies and governmental organizations. Conversations with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Commerce at the American Embassy filled the first day. During the following days, participants met with CEOs, Vice Presidents, and other distinguished officials of well known, multinational Russia-based companies. These companies included: TMK, Lukoil, Rosneft, GazpromNeft, Shell Exploration and Production Services (RF), Eurasia Drilling Company, Russneft, Bashneft, Rusperto, BPC Engineering and ILF Engineering. These meetings with Russian company officials were productive in opening dialogue for future business opportunities for all participants concerned. And, these meetings not only benefited the current trade mission participants but also laid a foundation for future trade missions for USRCC members.
In addition to the high-level meetings, participants also visited the opening day of Moscow’s Annual International Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Forum. Evenings were an opportunity to relax, explore Moscow’s night life, and enjoy “Russian culture” through authentic culinary experiences only available in Moscow.
The success of this trade mission cannot be understated. Through its wide range of contacts and experience, the USRCC again gained access to important, multinational Russian company decision makers in Moscow. This 2013 trade mission accomplishment will only enhance the USRCC’s dedication to excellence in these matters; and the Chamber is already developing plans for another such mission in 2014. Given the extremely positive feedback from the participants for this trip, we are excited about the possibilities in 2014. We believe it will be an opportunity you will not want to miss. Stay tuned for more information!