Program Agenda

The 3rd Annual Pennsylvania-Russia Business Opportunity Symposium
The Changing Face of Russia: Outlook for Business

Program Agenda

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ramada Inn, Philadelphia International Airport, 76 Industrial Highway, Essington

October 14,1998

Registration:8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Program:9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome
Val Kogan, President, Pennsylvania-Russian Business Council
9:10 - 10:40 Introduction to the Changes in Russia
Igor Korotin, Deputy Trade Representative, Trade Representation of the Russian Federation
Special Guest: Alfred Kokh, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, former Chairman of the Russian Federation Committee for State Property
Dana Marshall, Senior Advisor, US Department of Commerce
Daniel Rosenblum, Special Advisor for Economic Programs, Office of the Coordinator for Assistance to the NIS, US Department of State
Anne Grey, Executive Director, BISNIS, US Department of Commerce
10:40 - 11:10 Business Environment for American Companies in Russia:
Legal Issues. Accounting System.
John J. Gallagher, Law offices of John Gallagher
Edward Lieberman, Coudert & Brothers
Bill Henry, Ernst & Young
11:10 - 11:20 Break
11:20 - 12:30 Current Financial Crisis in Russia.
Russian Financial System. Public and Private Funding.
American Banks and Financial Organizations in Russia.
Larissa Ostrovsky, Country Officer, International Banking Group, First Union Bank
Thomas Butler, Vice President, Chase Manhattan
Tom Sanford, Vice President, Bank of New York
Ona Rose, Bloomberg
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
Introduction of Russian Participants
Russell C. Redding, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Keynote Speaker
Honorable Congressman Curt Weldon, US House of Representatives, Liaison for US Congress in Russia
2:00 - 5:00 Panel Discussions:
2:00 - 2:30 "My Family House": Joint Housing Project between U.S. Congress and Russian Duma
Moderator: John J. Gallagher, Law Offices of John Gallagher
Panel: Mike Ferrara, Ferrara, Rosetti & DeVoto
Honorable Congressman Curt Weldon, US House of Representatives
2:30 - 3:40 Cooperation between Russian Regions and US Mid-Atlantic States
Moderator: Val Kogan, President, Pennsylvania-Russian Business Council
Peter Cunningham, Executive Director, Worldwide Operations, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Molly Hughes, Director, Maryland Sister States Program,
Jack Peltier, North American Representative, Kotka-Hamina Region of Finland
Aggie Bednarz, ABC Thunderbird,
Daniel Rosenblum, Special Advisor for Economic Programs, Office of the Coordinator for Assistance to the NIS, US Department of State
Spenser Ross, President, National Institute for World Trade
3:40 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 4:30 Best prospects for Export to Russia
Business Experience in Russia
Panel: Frank Orban, Associate Counsel, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Mark Stanga, Vice President, York International
George DeVoult, Rodale Press
Lucy Merrill Duncan, President & CEO, Diplomatic Resolutions, Inc.
Bob Swan, President, Corporation for Russian-American Enterprise
David Simons, President, Euro Universal Trading, Inc.
3:45 - 4:30 US Programs Involved with Russia/NIS
US Export Assistance to Russia
Panel: Greg Mamary, U.S. Agency for International Development
Elona Strom, US Department of Commerce, SABIT
Bill Fanjoy, US Department of Commerce, ABC Centers
Jim Gale, Regional Manager for Europe, Russia and NIS Business Development, OPIC
4:30 - 5:00 Opportunities for Agriculture and Food Processing
Moderator: Russell C. Redding, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Panel: Allen Weicksel, PA Producers
Christian J. Foster, Agribusiness Advisor for Russia, Ukraine & NIS
Co-Chair, Working Group on Agricultural Reform & Privatization, Agribusiness Committee/Gore-Primakov Commission
4:30 - 5:00 Support Services to US Companies in Russia
Technology Cooperation & Business Development
Jeff Rushing, Russian Certification Department Manager, SGS
Gustave Alba, Director of Commercial Sales, Finnair
Edmonton Pope, ARL Penn State University
Vladidmir Kestelman, Director, KVN International, Inc.
5:00 - 5:10 Conclusion
Announcements of Russian Regions' Presentations in Philadelphia in 1999 and the 4th Annual Pennsylvania-Russian Business Opportunity Symposium

To register for this event, please contact the Pennsylvania-Russia Business Council at 215-963-7079, fax your registration to (215) 963-9104


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