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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!