The American-Russian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ARCCI) announces its 10th Anniversary celebration and presentation of the 3rd Golden Galaxy Awards. The gala presentation and reception will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 5:00 pm at the Embassy of Russia, 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C.

The award ceremony and reception are co-organized by the Embassy of Russia and the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (headquartered in Chicago) with the support from the U.S. Commerce Department Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States (BISNIS) and the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in the United States.

The event is targeted to senior executives of the U.S. companies interested in U.S.-Russian trade & investment, government officials, and leaders of professional/trade associations.

In conjunction with the 10th Anniversary celebration, the ARCCI will host the delegation from Russia led by the Governor of Arkhangelskaya Oblast Anatoly A. Efremov and Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Hakassiya Alexei I. Lebed.

Executive roundtables and individual meetings with the Governor of Arkhangelskaya Oblast, Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Hakassiya and delegation participants representing oil & gas, machine building, ship building, lumber, shoe manufacturing, agribusiness, construction, retail software development and financial investments and management sectors will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2002, from 3:00 - 5 pm at the Embassy of Russia, 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C.

The roundtables will be followed by the 10th Anniversary celebration and presentation of the 3rd Golden Galaxy Awards.

The ARCCI Board of Directors has instituted the Golden Galaxy Awards to facilitate U.S.-Russian trade and investment and promote US and Russian enterprises demonstrating outstanding performance in quality manufacturing, management, implementation of advanced technologies, efficient use of natural resources and sustainable development.

The Golden Galaxy Award winners and their products and services will be featured at the ARCCI website arcci.org – Spotlight and Events Sections on November 25, 2002.

Russian Delegation Participants List
(As of November 21, 2002)

Anatoly Efremov, Governor of Arkhhangelskaya Oblast

Arkhangelskaya Oblast - Located in the Northern European part of Russia, this region is one of the nation’s leaders in forestry, wood processing, paper and cellulose production; oil and gas extraction, raw material mining, including diamonds and copper; and fisheries. This region features the well developed defense industrial complex, the only European space launch center, numerous shipyards, and offers efficient transportation via air, ground (rail and road), and marine. Open year round, the Arkhangelsk sea port is one of Russia’s major transportation hubs.

Alexei Lebed, Chairman of the Government of Republic of Hakassiya

Republic of Hakassiya – Autonomous republic within the Russian Federation, located in Eastern Siberia. One of the nation’s leaders in oil and gas extraction; raw material mining, including gold, silver, iron ore, coal, copper, and molybdenum; construction materials – marble, granite, sands, construction stones and clays; and semi-precious stones. In addition to fuel industry, the region specializes in electric power generation; color metallurgy (one of the largest aluminum producers in Russia); machine building and metal processing; light industry; wood processing and furniture manufacturing; food processing; microbiological industry; and mechanical engineering.

Senior Executives from:

Nobel Oil: One of the major oil producers in Russia. The leader in Russian oil production utilizing thermal technology, Nobel Oil develops complex equipment designed to provide an efficient system of steam cyclic treatments (SCT), capable of producing and injecting in formation at depths of 1400 meters and between 320-330C.

Polar Lights Company: Polar Lights is a joint venture between Conoco, Arkhangelskegologia and Rosneft. Annual production of oil – about 14 million barrels. In 1994 and 1998 Polar Lights was recognized for its environmental achievements as having the best application of advanced environmental technologies in the harsh polar climate of the Nenets Region.

Tatneft (Arkhangelsk branch): Headquartered in Almetyevsk, Tatarstan, Tatneft is one of the leading oil companies in Russia involved in exploration and development of oil fields, oil processing and sale of oil products, manufacturing of metal/plastic pipes, tires, and cables.

Econika Corporation: In business since 1989, Econika is a diversified corporation that operates in a variety of industries including:
Econika Footwear - Development, production of four exclusive brands;
Econika Techno- Manufacturing of industrial equipment for multiple spheres of activity, including equipment under its own trademark MAKAR;
Econika Flax- Utilizing its own source of materials, this division creates and markets a wide range of flax products.

Grumant Flot: Ship design, manufacturing and exploitation. Grumant Flot’s newest innovation is manufacturing of M-class energy efficient trawlers.

Kyshtumsky Mechanical Engineering Plant: Founded in 1757, this enterprise is a major exporter of mining and drilling equipment and instruments. MEP is a producer of pneumatic drills utilized in hydro-technical construction and hydro-electrical power stations.

Lumber Enterprise N3: Founded in 1881 and nominated as the “Best Timber Exporter in 2002” in Russia, this enterprise manufactures and exports a wide variety of lumber and industrial chips.

Livensk Plant of Submersible Pumps (LPSP): In business for more than 30 years, LPSP is a “Leader of Russian Economy” based on production growth and selling rate. LPSP’s production of submersible pumps exceeds 135,000 since production began in 1992. LPSP is a market leader in manufacturing pumps for Russia's oil, gas and power generation industries.

Information on the following organizations will be posted on the ARCCI website arcci.org Spotlight and Events sections will be posted on November 25, 2002:

MAVR Agribusiness Company (Republic of Khakassiya)

Construction Materials Plant N 1 (Rostov on Don)

Rostov Specialized Construction Company (Rostov on Don)

Bakhus Wine and Spirits Plant (Smolensk)

Kronshtadt Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Leningradskaia Oblast)


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EVENT REGISTRATION
Attendance at the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ARCCI) 10th Anniversary roundtables and attendance at the Golden Galaxy Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception is by invitation only. Thanks to generous contributions from our corporate sponsors, complimentary invitations have been extended to members of the ARCCI, government officials, members of the U.S. Congress, and guests of the Embassy of the Russian Federation. Subject to space availability, a limited number of additional invitations may be provided to senior corporate executives interested in U.S.-Russian trade and investment. DEADLINE FOR INVITATION APPLICATIONS IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 27, 2002.
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Application for Complimentary Invitation
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Name

Title

Company Name

Mailing Address

Telephone

Fax

E-mail

Company website

Brief description of commercial activities and areas of special interest in U.S.-Russian trade and investment (e.g. joint ventures, direct investment, import-export, etc.)
Please indicate if you will be interested in participating in individual meetings with the members of the Golden Galaxy Awards delegation.


Applications for invitations should be sent to postmaster@arcci.org or sent via fax to (202) 362-4634 or (202) 274-1996

For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
American-Russian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
(202) 756-4943, (202) 895-1394, (312) 494-6562

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