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ATLANTA, Georgia, October 22 (Itar-Tass) — The 12th annual session of the US-Russia Business Council (USRBC) opens here on Monday. Organizers have told Itar-Tass that participants in the forum will discuss relations between the two countries against the background of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization, oil and gas relations, the observance of intellectual property rights, the development of high-quality working personnel, and safety-related matters.
Get-togethers of delegates and a speech of greetings by USRBC President and CEO Edward Verona are planned for the first day of the forum. The bulk of work is scheduled for October 23 and 24.
Among participants in the session, there are Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Board of the ROSNANO state corporation, USRBC President and CEO Edward Verona, Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of Alcoa Inc (aluminium company of America), Sergei Belyakov, Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Michael Forman, US Assistant to the President and Deputy Adviser on National Security Affairs, Amos Hochstein (Hochstein), US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, Alexei Kudrin, Chairman of the Committee of Civil Initiatives and Russian ex-Minister of Finance,Sergei Katyrin, President of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vladimir Gruzdev, Governor of Tula Region, and Vadim Ivanov, Vice-Govenor of Nizhny Novgorod Region.
The program for the seesion provides for reports and discussions on the following themes: "Continuation of Russia's Integration into Global Economy", "The Training of Next-Generation of Russia's Personnel", "The Government Headed by Dmitry Medvedev and Orientation for the Development of Economic Policy in Russia", "Russia Goes Out East", and "US-Russia Relations".
A Memorandum of Understnading between the USRBC and the government of Tula Region is expected to be signed on the concluding day of the Council's session.
The US-Russia Business Council is an independent trading association with offices in Washington and Moscow. It was founded in 1993 with a view to developing bilateral commercial relations. It comprises about 250 companies that account for almost 80 percent of American investments in Russia.