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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.
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)
Regional and St. Petersburg Advocacy
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:
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.