Russian - American Business Forum (RABF), San Francisco, June 23-24, 2008

The Russian Managers' Association, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the San Francisco Global Trade Council announce the Russian-American Business Forum, to be held in San Francisco, California, June 23-24, 2008.

The objectives of the event are to promote Russian-American commercial ties and to increase cooperation between business communities, creating needed synergy and promoting economic growth. This is the first time such a conference is held in California. The event will bring together government officials at the ministerial level, members of parliament, experts and senior executives from American and Russian corporations.

The idea of holding this conference in San Francisco was suggested and supported by the California-based Intel corporation, HP, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Chevron, Sun Microsystems and other companies which have been operating in the Russian market for over a decade.

All panels and roundtables are designed to cover a wide range of common issues, including:
the prospects of providing innovative products and services to a growing customer base in Russia; enforcement of intellectual property rights as the foundation for the growth of innovative industry;
developing the opportunities the rapidly-expanding Russian export market offers to Californian agricultural, medical, pharmaceutical and biotech products; acquaintance with California's initiatives addressing climate change and emissions reduction, practices in renewable and sustainable power generation, possible collaborative efforts in energy efficiency and environmental protection; recent experience and approaches to infrastructure projects funding; suggestions on how to solve common challenges facing small and medium businesses at the regional level.

Delegates will clarify the emerging trends in Russian investments in the U.S. and will raise California's profile as an investment destination among Russian companies planning to establish their presence on the West Coast.

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