We are pleased to invite you to the USRBC's 17th Annual Meeting, "U.S. and Russia: Rebuilding Confidence, Resuming Growth," to be held on September 24-25, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.
This year's Annual Meeting will bring together a host of experts to discuss topics including the reset of the bilateral relationship, how companies are coping with the economic crisis and opportunities and challenges in addressing the diversification of Russia's economy.
We will send updates to the agenda and announcements regarding confirmed speakers over the coming weeks. Please also visit our website for more information on the Annual Meeting at www.usrbc.org.
Marriott Marquis Room Block
The Council has reserved a room block at the Marriott Marquis for USRBC Members at a reduced rate. Space is limited and the room block expires on September 3, so it is important to reserve your room as soon as possible. To reserve a room in the USRBC block, please call the hotel's reservations department at 1-800-843-4898 and ask for a room in the U.S.-Russia Business Council block.
Marriott Marquis Times Square 1535 Broadway New York, New York10036USA 1-800-843-4898
As a reminder to all traveling from Russia, it is important to begin the visa application process as soon as possible so that you receive it in time for the conference. All USRBC members are eligible for the Council's Expedited Visa Program, which allows members traveling from Russia to receive their visas in a shorter time period. For information on how to apply through the USRBC Expedited Visa Program, go to our website.
If you are not a USRBC member, you can find further information on the standard visa application process, as well as the visa application, on the U.S. Embassy's website at http://moscow.usembassy.gov/.
What progress has been made in improving the U.S.-Russia relationship and how have those changes affected commerce between the two countries? What aspects of the relationship need more attention? Where can the business community's input make the biggest difference? How is the work program of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, its relevant Working Groups and a corresponding bilateral business dialogue taking shape? Political insiders and industry leaders assess the dynamics of the reset and its concrete impact on bilateral relations.
Coping with the Crisis
What are companies-large, small, and across sectors-doing to manage their way through the crisis? How have government initiatives in both the U.S. and Russia helped or hindered these efforts? What can businesses do to make themselves less susceptible to similar downturns in the future? How has the outlook changed for U.S. investment in Russia and Russian investment in the U.S.? Industry executives share their experiences and offer insights regarding commercial strategies in the current market.
LUNCHEON with Keynote Speaker
Identifying Opportunities in Russia's Regions
The investment opportunities outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg are many, but they remain largely unexploited. Which regions have the most compelling value propositions and investment-friendly climates? What are the major impediments to successful investment in the regions? What is the Russian government doing to encourage investment in the country's communications, transportation, power, and other infrastructure? What opportunities are afforded by the 2012 APEC Summit and the 2014 Sochi Olympics? RF Government and regional officials highlight the offerings of Russia's regions.
Diversifying the Russian Economy
The crisis has highlighted the risks of having an economy that relies too heavily on commodities for its revenues. What is the Russian government doing to encourage the growth of sectors unrelated to natural resources, and what more needs to be done? How can foreign investment help broaden and deepen this economic diversity, and where can the most promising opportunities be found? Experts review Russia's promise for economic diversification.
Developing an Effective Government Relations Practice in Russia
How does an organization develop a successful government relations /corporate affairs/ public relations practice in Russia? This insider's guide to lobbying in Russia offers not only experts with practical advice for neophytes but also an opportunity for seasoned corporate representatives to compare notes on strategies that work to further business goals in Russia.
USRBC Members: Annual Meeting and Gala Dinner: $995
Gala Dinner Only: $400 Non-Members: Annual Meeting and Gala Dinner: $1695 Gala Dinner Only: $800