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AmCham St Petersburg in 2011

AmCham St Petersburg – 2011 results and achievements

As the year 2011 is approaching its end and the world is enjoying the Holiday Season, AmCham St. Petersburg is summing up the results of the year. It would be no exaggeration to say that for 14 years of work, the St Petersburg Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia has evolved into the largest and most influential foreign business organization in North-West Russia, successfully advocating the regional business community’s common as well as member companies’ individual interests at all levels. The growing number of Russian companies seeking AmCham membership demonstrates that both the economy and the appreciation of our core values of transparency and responsibility are growing in Russia. AmCham St. Petersburg has become a key player in the local investment scene thanks in large part to the impressive work and dedicated efforts of our members.

Finishing 2011 and greeting the upcoming AmCham St Petersburg Jubilee Year of 2012, we are happy to report the following achievements:

In 2011, AmCham St. Petersburg grew to 170 member companies;

In 2011, the Chapter has maintained close working relationships with the St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast governments and regional representatives of federal authorities (Rosprirodnadzor, Customs, Rospotrebnadzor, Gospozhnadzor, Rostechnadzor, regional office of Federal Migration Service and others), enabling us to effectively advocate in the interests of our member companies and to lower administrative barriers that hamper international investments in the region. 

To give you just a few examples of the advocacy efforts that AmCham has been pursuing in 2011:

Federal Government Advocacy
(jointly focused on by AmCham in Moscow and St Petersburg)
  • Customs concept implementation - further closure of the remaining customs posts prevented;
  • Labor relations with the disabled - collected legislative amendments from St Petersburg members delivered to the Russian ministry of Health and Social Development through Moscow HQ;
  • Temporary staffing issue – data on potential impact on St Petersburg member companies collected and passed on to Moscow HQ;
  • United Social Tax increase  - reduced rate for IT sector;
  • Authorized Economic Operators - member companies views and suggestions delivered to the Ministry for Economic Development via Moscow HQ;
Regional and St. Petersburg Advocacy
  • Energy tariffs growth – the issue was raised through the St Petersburg government on a federal level, and maximum 15% controlled annual growth of tariffs was set up;
  • Customs procedures at Pulkovo, St Petersburg and Baltic customs;
  • Localization process and lack of local suppliers – special Search for Suppliers (S4S) program developed jointly with CEDIPT St Petersburg;
  • Lack of qualified labor force – Dual Education initiative launched; IT Academy established;
  • Ice situation in the St Petersburg Sea Port – the Port authorities jointly with the City government and Rosmorflot developed a plan for the 2011-2012 navigation season to mitigate winter weather implications.

On the international level, AmCham’s critical role in Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been widely acknowledged in Russia and abroad; but following this great success, in the year ahead, AmCham will now be a fundamental informational resource in terms of analyzing and communicating what this accession will directly mean to our member companies and across sectors.

During 2011, the Chapter has held the total of 148 events and activities, including but not limited to:

  • The Annual Meeting in March and two General Membership Meetings in May and September brought to you high-profile speakers – the State Duma Deputy Ilia Ponomarev, Chairman of the St Petersburg Investment Committee Alexey Chichkanov and a member of the Presidential Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russian Economy Igor Agamirzian, who spoke and answered your questions about most important issues on the economic agenda of the region.
  • The most active part of our operations—committee meetings—has continued to grow, having held 79 meetings on various issues and topics. A new committee – Procurement - has been launched, on the member companies’ initiative, and the Automotive sub-committee was graduated to a regular, fully-fledged committee.
  • Nine seminars and round tables on the topical issues - such as IT and Automotive clusters development; investment climate in St Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; changes in migration policy regulations; Unified Documents Center procedures for work permits; labor safety and ‘zero-accident’ programs; energy tariffs and quality standards for electricity; labor law; tax legislation and practices development - 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.
  • Four traditional social events—Annual mini-soccer tournament, Soccer match between AmCham Dream Team and St. Petersburg Government team, U.S. Independence Day and Holiday party—gave fun and warmth to AmCham members and friends and their families. This year, the most popular July 4 celebration brought together over 500 guests – representatives of the member companies, regional authorities and diplomatic corps who enjoyed delicious food, lively music, handcraft workshop and other entertainment.

Detailed information and reports on all our activities – events, meetings, conferences and seminars as well as projects and program - can be found on this website.

We hope you have enjoyed the passing year and your membership with AmCham St. Petersburg. We highly appreciate your support in 2011 and assure you that we shall do our best to meet your expectations in the Chapter’s Jubilee Year 2012.

Season’s Greetings!

AmCham St Petersburg Staff

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AmCham St. Petersburg in 2009

AmCham St. Petersburg membership by groups of countries
Fig. 1.  AmCham St. Petersburg membership by groups of countries
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Fig. 2.  AmCham St. Petersburg membership from EU countries
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Fig. 3.  Map of AmCham St. Petersburg membership
Flags of AmCham St. Petersburg membership (in the alphabetical order)
Fig. 4.  Flags of AmCham St. Petersburg membership (in the alphabetical order)

Dear AmCham members and friends:

Before the Annual Meeting, we are traditionally summing up AmCham St. Petersburg’s 2009 results.

Notwithstanding the harshening crisis, AmCham St. Petersburg managed to retain its membership representing virtually every major foreign investor in the region, and remain the largest and most influential, truly international business association in Northwest Russia. Over 20 new members joined the Chapter in 2009, proving perspectives of the regional economy. Today our membership flies the flags of 22 countries from three continents (for the complete list of our membership, visit www.amcham.ru/spb/members).

Last year, AmCham St  Petersburg kept its pace in terms of events and activities. We held an event every three working days (80 total), with a quarter of those being big-scale policy and social events, and three quarters — committee meetings (for the complete list of the events and activities, visit www.amcham.ru/spb/news/amcham). The family of the Chapter’s committees grew, too — meeting today’s challenges, we added the Environment, Health & Safety and Automotive committees to the agenda (for the full list of our committees, check www.amcham.ru/spb/committees).

Advocacy has remained AmCham St. Petersburg’s top priority in 2009, with a series of significant successful efforts. Over 50 advocacy activities covered a wide range of issues at the federal and regional levels. Within the full scope of its activities, the Chapter has made major advances in several directions of top importance:

  • Lowering administrative burdens. AmCham St. Petersburg’s systematic work on identifying and eliminating administrative burdens got utmost importance in 2009, when the crisis made the barriers an excessive burden that prevents companies from optimizing their operations and requires significant resources to overcome them. Many of those barriers exist at the federal level, and AmCham St. Petersburg in cooperation with AmCham’s Moscow HQ and the city authorities initiates relevant amendments. Among our successes:

    • certain improvement in the migration legislation and administration, including work permits;
    • important administrative reglaments have been adopted;
    • certain improvement in the field of the sanitary protection zones; etc.

    Yet, there are many more issues to resolve, including connecting industrial enterprises to engineering networks; customs logistics and administration; tax administration, etc.

    In this field, AmCham St. Petersburg has developed direct dialog with regional offices of the federal agencies, including:

    • Consumers’ Rights and Sanitary Inspection (Rospotrebnadzor);
    • Ecological and Technological Inspection (Rostechnadzor);
    • Ministry of Emergency Situations’ State Fire Inspection (Gospozhnadzor);
    • Federal Customs Service (FTS) and its Northwest Directorate (SZTU);
    • Federal Migration Service (FMS);
    • Federal Taxation Service (FNS);
    • State Labor Inspection (Gostrudinspekcia);
    • Post of Russia;
    • Federal Arbitration Court;
    • Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS);

    and others — to identify the challenges that investors face when dealing with those authorities, help them resolve the issues on the everyday basis, and suggest ways for improvement.

  • Improving investment climate. AmCham St. Petersburg is constantly monitoring application of the investment legislation and keeps suggesting ways of improvement in the direct dialog with governments of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.

  • Taxation. Among many issues of taxation and tax administration, a top priority in 2009 was the Unified Social Tax reform that jeopardized HR-intensive businesses, particularly in the IT sector. AmCham St. Petersburg collected member companies’ input, developed suggestions and forwarded them to the federal authorities through the Moscow HQ and city government.

  • Waste management. With the new legislation and administration in the field, member companies faced lack of information and established procedures. AmCham St. Petersburg worked closely with the regional and federal authorities to resolve the issue.

  • Labor market and professional development. AmCham St. Petersburg facilitates the multilateral dialog between employers, employees and educational institutions. With the Chapter’s assistance, many member companies have established successful partnership with relevant colleges and universities.

  • Competitiveness. One of AmCham St. Petersburg’s top priorities is establishing a dialog between international manufacturers that have built their production facilities in the region, and Russian suppliers and contractors, which can help both optimize logistics and cost structure and increase the localization percentage. Among the wide range of activities in this field, the Chapter regularly organizes round-tables to bring together foreign investors and their potential Russian counterparts and discuss issues of establishing mutually beneficial cooperation and increasing Russian enterprises’ competitiveness.

  • Innovations as an integral part of competitiveness are also a priority for AmCham St. Petersburg. Sharing vast international experience of the member companies, the Chapter is actively submitting various suggestions on how to stimulate innovative processes in Russia. In 2009, AmCham St. Petersburg took an active part in developing the St. Petersburg Innovation Development Program, and co-organizing the Russian Innovation Week in St. Petersburg.

  • Power saving as a way towards the economic efficiency. Recognizing member companies’ extensive experience in implementing power saving technologies, and AmCham St. Petersburg regularly holds round-tables to share that experience with Russian counterparts.

  • Handling individual issues of our member companies.

  • And the last but not the least, AmCham St. Petersburg continues actively participating in a number of advisory boards (among those the St. Petersburg Government’s Entrepreneurship Development Council and Industrial Council) and working groups formed by regional authorities, to deliver member companies’ issues and suggestions.

Neither the crisis nor the weather could prevent AmCham St. Petersburg members from having a good rest after a good work. All the traditional social events were preserved in the Chapter’s calendar 2009, attracting generous sponsors and contributors and happy guests:

  • the Chapter’s Mini Soccer Cup in June with over 30 member companies’ teams competing and the traditional super game between AmCham St. Petersburg “Dream Team” of member companies’ top executives and St. Petersburg Government’s team headed by Vice Governor Mikhail Oseyevsky;
  • the U.S. Independence Day celebration that attracted six hundred guests — AmCham members, regional authorities and diplomats with their families and friends — who enjoyed mouth-watering food from member hotels, foot-tapping music and cheerful entertainment; and
  • the Holiday Party in December that gave a nice coda to the hard but interesting 2009.
(Full listing of AmCham St. Petersburg’s events and activities is available at www.amcham.ru/spb/event-calendar.)

 

In 2010, AmCham St. Petersburg does not only continue pursuing the 2009 initiatives, but — considering the quickly changing environment during the economic crisis — is looking for every opportunity to assist member companies.

We cordially welcome your suggestions and initiatives, as best ideas have always come from you, AmCham members!

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AmCham St Petersburg 2012 Results

AmCham St Petersburg – 2012 results and achievements

As the year 2012 is approaching its end and we all start enjoying the Holiday Season, AmCham St. Petersburg is summing up the results of the year and happy to share them with you.

It has been a jubilee year. Having operated in Northwest Russia for 15 years, AmCham St. Petersburg has evolved into the largest and most influential international business association in the region, successfully advocating the regional business community’s common as well as member companies’ individual interests at all levels. Finishing the AmCham St Petersburg Jubilee Year of 2012, we are happy to report the following achievements:

2012 was a very productive year in terms of membership with new members joining the Chapter and bringing the total number to 165 members from 21 countries (please click here to see the list), business activities, governmental relations, committee meetings and social activities.


In 2012, the Chapter has maintained close working relationships with the St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast governments and regional representatives of federal authorities (Rostechnadzor, Rosprirodnadzor, St Petersburg Office of the Ministry for Emergency Situations, Customs, GosStroynadzor, regional offices of the Federal Tax Services and Federal Migration Service, and others), enabling us to advocate effectively the interests of our member companies and to lower administrative barriers that hamper international investments in the region. Successful dialog with new governments both of St Petersburg and Leningrad oblast was established.

To give you just a few examples of the advocacy efforts that AmCham has been pursuing in 2012:

Federal Government Advocacy (jointly focused on by AmCham in Moscow and St Petersburg)

  • Customs concept implementation – not only the customs posts, which have been previously closed, were re-opened, but the whole concept was canceled;
  • In May 2012, AmCham contributed to the cancellation of the telegram from the Federal Customs Services regarding customs clearance on excise customs posts;
  • The simplification of importation of samples and prototypes for R&D purposes – input from St Petersburg members collected, including one of the possible solutions, and sent to Moscow HQ which has already had a series of meeting with relevant authorities on that.
  • Labor relations with the disabled - collected legislative amendments from St Petersburg members delivered to the Russian ministry of Health and Social Development and the State Duma through Moscow HQ;
  • Work place assessment and compensations for hazardous conditions – input from St Petersburg member companies collected and passed on to the Russian Ministry of Labor through Moscow HQ;
  • Water treatment plants – following the meetings with the St Petersburg environmental prosecutor and representatives of Vodokanal, data and comments from St Petersburg members collected and delivered to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment through Moscow HQ;
  • VAT treatment of bonuses – consolidated inquiry to the Russian Ministry of Finance was sent to Moscow HQ for further delivery; response was published on the Ministry website.

Regional and St. Petersburg Advocacy

  • Following the announcement of new Leningrad oblast government on development of new investment strategy and legislation, AmCham took active part in the legislation discussion and contributed the suggestions from its members in order to protect interest of existing and potential members. We want to thank our members for their contribution to the preparation of suggestions, some of which were incorporated into this law;  
  • AmCham became a member of the Investment Council to the Governor of Leningrad oblast;
  • IT Cluster in St Petersburg - suggestions on IT cluster development generated by the AmCham’s IT Committee and submitted to the Government of St Petersburg; a roadmap for IT cluster development prepared;
  • Industrial zones development was one of the key issues discussed throughout a year and will be further discussed with both St Petersburg and Leningrad oblast nest year;
  • Localization process and lack of local suppliers issue was targeted this year and will be discussed next year with new St Petersburg Committees formed from CEDIPT;
  • Labor market and lack of qualified labor force – project on professional guidance of school children developed jointly with the St Petersburg Committee for Education;
  • Construction permits – input from the St Petersburg member companies collected and situation analyzed by the AmCham’s Manufacturing Committee members, and then delivered at one of the St Petersburg government sessions.

During 2012, the Chapter has held the total of 156 events and activities, including but not limited to:

The 15th Anniversary Annual Meeting in April and two General Membership Meetings brought to you high-profile speakers who spoke and answered your questions about the most important issues on the economic agenda of Russia and North West region, in particular:

  • in June  – Russia’s WTO accession and its benefits and implications;
  • in October - Agency of Strategic Initiatives (created by the order of (the then) Prime Minister Vladimir Putin) presented  a road map on improving investment climate in Russia. 

The most active part of our operations — committee meetings — has continued to grow, having held 85 meetings on various issues and topics.

Nine seminars and round tables on the topical issues - investment climate in St Petersburg and Leningrad oblast; tax legislation and tax administration; R&D financing – possible ways to increase efficiency of the state funding and stimulate private sector to invest; sewage water discharge; labor law; labor safety; energy tariffs; challenges of obtaining a construction permits; changes to the Russian environmental legislation; changes in customs regulations and procedures - 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, 1st AmCham Tennis tournament and Holiday party—gave fun and warmth to AmCham members, their families and friends. This year, the most popular July 4 celebration took place at a new venue, the site of the Upsala-Zirk social project, bringing together over 500 guests – executives of the AmCham St Petersburg’s member companies and their families, representatives of the regional authorities and diplomatic corps - who enjoyed delicious food, lively music, circus workshops, traditional raffle and other entertainment for kids and their parents.

Detailed information and reports on all our activities – events, meetings, conferences and seminars as well as projects and program - can be found on this website.

We hope you have enjoyed the passing year and your membership with AmCham St. Petersburg. We highly appreciate your support through the  Chapter’s Jubilee Year 2012 and assure you that we shall do our best to meet your expectations in 2013.

Season’s Greetings!

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AmCham Awards Selection Criteria

Investor of the Year Award - for achieving impressive growth, visibility, and a significant breakthrough in the Rus­sian market, demonstrating a long-term commitment and adhering to the highest standards of business ethics.

Innovator of the Year – for introducing cutting edge innovations resulting in significant breakthrough in the market.Specific innovation idea which demonstrates the creation of an original - or unique adaptation of existing - products, concepts, processes or services with clear social and/or economic benefit.


Corporate Social Responsibility Award
– for demonstrating outstanding dedication to the highest standards in improving social environment in the region.The nominated company made a significant contribution to the community in the region during the past year (which may be reflected in the facilities it provides, the number of people it has helped or the scope of its interest or the extent of its expansion).


Committee of the Year Award
– for demonstrating exceptional dedication in the Committee’s efforts to fulfill the mission of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. The nominated committee achieved the most impressive results and made a significant contribution to AmCham St.Petersburg’s activities and sustainable development last year (concrete facts are required to support the  nomination). You can find the full list of AmCham’s Committees here:
http://amchamrussia.ru/spb/committees

Significant Achievement of the Year – for non-manufacturing companies – for achieving outstanding results in expanding their presence in the region and

adhering to the highest standards of business ethics.


Efficiency Award -
for manufacturing companies - for achieving significant results in terms of sales growth / export increase, demonstrating readiness to overcome challenges and adhering to the highest standards of business ethics.


Main selection criteria
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1. The nominated company operates and/or invested in the North West region of Russia.

2. The project (product, service) has clearly generated economic and/or social value.


3. The project (product, service) is sustainable and had a positive impact on the organization development and/or industry growth and/or region economy (creates

 new jobs and fosters the economic growth)
 

4. The project (product, service) is being successful in all aspects and sets a good example of what other companies should strive to achieve.

 

Joint Program of St Petersburg Committee for Education and AmCham on Career Guidance of School Children

Following the HR Committee discussion on career guidance of school children and meeting with the Committee for education, AmCham members were invited to take part in the City program on career guidance.

We kindly ask those who have not replied yet, to complete the questionnaire by answering the questions, and send it to us.

You can download the questionnaire here.

Companies’ Demand in Labor Force and their Training and Education

Following the Roundtable with the St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast Committees for Employment we continue collecting the information on Companies’ demand in labor force and their training and education.
Please note that these figures are very important for both regions in order to plan their migration and education policies accordingly.
We kindly ask those who have not replied yet, to complete the questionnaire by answering the questions, and send it to us.
You can download the questionnaire here.

CALL FOR INPUT: Road Map to Improve the Investment Climate in St Petersburg

AmCham has recently become a member of the Investment Council under the Governor of St Petersburg, and the St Petersburg Committee for Investment asked us to help with the research they’re conducting to develop a road map aimed at simplifying and speeding up the existing procedures for investment projects in St. Petersburg.
We kindly ask those who have not replied yet, to complete the questionnaire received from the Committee for Investment, and send it to us.
You can download the questionnaire here.

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The St Petersburg Investment Council

Recently AmCham has become a member of the Investment Council under the Governor of St Petersburg and this Council’s Experts Group.

The Council is currently developing the City's Investment Strategy - please click here to download the first draft (pdf, 618 Kb) for your information.

 

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