9:00 - 9:10 Welcome
Stephen Mullin, Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
Jack Holefelder, President, Delco Chamber of Commerce

9:10 - 9:25 Development of Pennsylvania-Russian Business Relations
Val Kogan, President, Pennsylvania-Russia Business Council

9:25 - 10:05 Introduction to Changes in Russia
Igor Korotin, Deputy Trade Representative, Trade Representation of the Russian Federation
Eric Weinberg, Agricultural Attaché, American Embassy, Moscow

10:10 - 10:55 Business Environment for American Companies in Russia
Edward Lieberman, Head of Russian & Central Asia Practice Group, Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz
Sergey Chetverikov, International Business Counselor, Hogan & Hartson, LLP
Legal Issues
Natasha Alexeeva, Patterson, Belknapp, Webb & Tyler, LLP

10:55 - 11:15 Accounting System
Basic Russian Tax Rules

Bill Henry, Ernst & Young

11:20 - 12:00 Russian Financial System
Larissa Ostrovsky, Country Officer, International Banking Group, CoreStates Bank

Public & Private Funding
Deborah Devedjian, Principal, RoundTable Partners, Inc.

12:00 - 12:40 Investment Opportunities
Vladimir Kvint, Director, Arthur Andersen
American Depository Receipts for Russian Finance & Investment
Tom Stanford, Vice President, Bank of New York

12:40 - 13:00 Ocean Shipping, Transportation, and Insuring Cargo into Russia
Rick Shannon, President, AmeRussian Shipping Co., Inc.

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

Roger Cranville, Executive Director Worldwide Operations, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Keynote Speaker
Honorable Congressman Curt Weldon, US House of Representatives

14:30 - 17:15 Panel Discussions:

  • US export assistance programs related to Russia/NIS export
  • US federal export assistance organizations
    moderated by Mario Galindo, Executive Director, Philadelphia US Export Assistance Center
    panelists: Joan Morgan, BISNIS, US Department of Commerce
    Robert Elsas, US SBA - Philadelphia
    Sharon Hess, Business Development, Export-Import Bank

  • Best Prospects for Export to Russia
  • Local Successes in Russia
    moderated by Hans Koehler, Director, Wharton Export Network, University of Pennsylvania
    panelists: Paula Freer, Manager, Governor Affairs, USX
    Samuel Rendall, Manager, Export Sales, EXIDE Corporation
    Martin Gilligan, Principal, Martin & Associates
    Igor Oleynik, President, Russian Information & Business Center
    Irina Smetannikova, Head of Intl. Communications, International Business Creative Inc.

  • Agriculture, Food Processing, and Packaging Equipment
  • Agriculture Center for Russia/NIS in Pennsylvania
    moderated by: Glen Vanderschaaf, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and
    Ronald Gaskill, Executive Director, Eastern United States Agriculture & Food Export Council
    panelists: Eric Weinberg, Agricultural Attaché, American Embassy, Moscow

  • Technology Cooperation & Business Development
  • Telecommunications, Information Technology and Equipment
  • Russian Technology Center Project
    panelists: Lev Mukhin, East-West Space Science Center, University of Maryland
    Alfred Basilicato, President & CEO, Numonics Corporation
    Vladimir Kestelman, Director, KVN International, Inc.

  • Russian Participants' Presentations
  • Beyond Russia - Presenters from Newly Independent States

17:15 - 17:30 Conclusion

Announcement of Joint Russian-American Technology Exchange and Development Forum in November 1997 and the 3rd Annual Pennsylvania-Russia Business Opportunity Fair in June, 1998

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