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AmCham St Petersburg - 2014 Results & Achievements
Although 2014 was really challenging year due to the political instability, we can say that, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our members, we’ve contributed a lot to the business environment improvement in Russia and in St Petersburg and Leningrad region, in particular, and managed to achieve quite impressive results. We are happy to report that:
In 2014, the Chapter has maintained close working relationships with the St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast governments, Russian Ministries of Economic Development and of Industry & Trade, Federal Tax Services, as well as regional representatives of federal authorities: Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Rosprirodnadzor, Business Ombudsman for St Petersburg, Northwest Customs Administration, Federal Migration Service, St Petersburg Office of the Ministry for Emergency Situations, and others. This helps us resolve members’ everyday issues as well as make system improvements to the current business environment in the region, eg to lower administration barriers.
AmCham St Petersburg is a member of a number of the regional governmental councils including: the St Petersburg Investment Council, Investment Council of Leningrad Oblast, Economic Council under the Governor of St Petersburg and the Industrial Council of St Petersburg, St Petersburg Investment Committee’s Council for reducing administrative barriers, NW Customs Administration Advisory Council and others, which allows us promptly inform regional authorities about the most pressing issues and challenges of our members.
2014 was a very productive year in terms of business activities, governmental relations, committee meetings and social activities – the Chapter held the total of 212 events and activities, including but not limited to:
The Annual Meeting in April and two General Membership Meetings in June and October featuring high-level speakers updating AmCham members on various aspects of the Russian and regional economic development.
Two Roundtable meetings with the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Ministry of Industry and Trade on Automotive industry development in Russia – in March and September.
Committees meetings - the most active part of our operations - has continued to grow, having held 87 meetings on various issues and topics.
Twelve seminars and round tables on the topical issues – such as Automotive and IT sectors development; investment climate in St Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; sanctions’ impact on member companies operations, changes in labor migration regulations; energy tariffs; labor law; tax legislation and practices development; World Bank’s reports on Russian economy; changes to the Russian environmental legislation - have drawn a lot of attention and attracted speakers and participants from the relevant federal and regional authorities as well as member companies’ leading experts. As a result of these discussions feedback from AmCham members with concrete suggestions was delivered to the relevant authorities.
Four traditional social events—Annual mini-soccer tournament, U.S. Independence Day, Tennis tournament and Holiday party—gave fun and warmth to AmCham members and friends.
This year AmCham launched two new programs – ‘Industrial St Petersburg’ Tour program to share manufacturing member companies’ experience in LEAN management, labor safety and other issues; and a ‘Hotel Tours’ program to familiarize AmCham members with possibilities and facilities which hotels have to offer to their existing and potential clients.
New marketing tool for member companies – ‘Member2Member’ newsletter – was launched at the end of last year and successfully developed throughout 2014.
AmCham Advocacy Pipeline 2014-2015
Please visit our website for the full list of AmCham St Petersburg 2014 events and photo reports:
We sincerely thank everyone for their valuable contribution to these advocacy successes