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Rethinking Eurasia: Spotlight on Central Russia, Armenia and the Republic of Georgia

Category: Conference
Date(s) and Time(s): Friday, Sep 05, 2003, 10:00 AM - Friday, Sep 05, 2003, 12:00 PM
Venue: Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
Address: 411 Pacific, McGowan 102
City / State / Country: Monterey / CA / US
Organizer / Promoter: MBITA, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
Phone: 831-469-0148
Email: info@mbita.org
URL: http://www.bisnis.doc.gov/outreach03/index.cfm
Description: BISNIS of the USDOC (http://www.bisnis.doc.gov), the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) (http://www.mbita.org), the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) (http://www.miis.edu) in cooperation with the US Export Assistance Centers in San Jose and Monterey (http://www.buyusa.gov/norcal/page9.html) present

\"Rethinking Eurasia: Spotlight on Central Russia, Armenia and the Republic of Georgia\" Conference.

Co-Sponsors include:
International Business Incubator-Silicon Valley (http://www.ibi-sv.org)
Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (http://www.svcitd.org)

BISNIS representatives Polina Belkina (Moscow, Russia), George Isayan (Armenia), and Alexander Lotuashvili (Republic of Georgia) along with Washington-based international trade specialist Joan Morgan, and Tony Livoti, Executive Director of MBITA will make presentations and be available for one-on-one meetings with companies interested in specific projects or with questions related to the region.

Speakers will discuss:

„« How U.S. companies in key sectors can capitalize on opportunities in the region
„« Key considerations for doing business in the region: challenges and prospects
„« Opportunities across multiple sectors such as agribusiness machinery and food processing and packaging, construction, pharmaceuticals, tourism, and more.
„« USG resources to aid your business activities and development in Eurasia

One-on-one meetings available following program

Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)
Tony Livoti (Executive Director)

The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) is a non-profit international trade center dedicated to provide trade promotion services to the California, U.S. and foreign country business communities. MBITA utilizes advanced Global eCommerce technologies for its clients and members to maximize global trade opportunities. MBITA is also a partner in the CalTrade Coalition (http://tradeport.org/assistance_centers/index.html).

U.S. Department of Commerce BISNIS Program

BISNIS is the U.S. Government\'s primary market information center for U.S. companies exploring business opportunities in Russia and other Newly Independent States. BISNIS provides U.S. companies with the latest market reports and tips on developments, export and investment leads, and strategies for doing business in the NIS. Since opening in 1992, BISNIS has facilitated more than $3.2 billion worth of U.S. exports and overseas investments.

Speaker Biographies:

Polina Belkina (BISNIS, Moscow, Russia ˇV stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow)
Ms. Belkina covers the City of Moscow, Russia\'s capital city and premier growth center, also central Russia. She advises local companies on how to work with U.S. businesses, to find U.S. partners, and also counsels U.S. companies on different issues of doing business in Central Russia and Moscow. Ms.Belkina graduated from the Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, with bachelor degree in economics. Prior to joining BISNIS Moscow team, Ms. Belkina worked for Commercial Service of the Swiss Embassy in Moscow. During 2000 to 2002 period, Ms. Belkina was actively supporting Swiss companies doing business all across Russia, which resulted in multiple export successes. Her industry experience include food processing and storage, and work as an Associate Analyst at the Research Department of a prominent Russian investment company ATON Investment Bank, followed by a position of a Researcher in a mutual fund management company.

George Isayan (BISNIS, Yerevan, Armenia ˇV stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan)

George Isayan has been working as the BISNIS representative in Armenia since January 1998. George has accompanied delegations of Armenian companies to a number of trade shows both in the US and Europe, including the International Builders Show in Dallas in 1999 and 2000, Comdex computer show in Las Vegas in 2000, BILISIM IT show in Istanbul, Turkey, and SviazExpoComm IT and Telecom show in Moscow in 2002.

Alexander Lotuashvili (BISNIS, Tbilisi, Georgia ˇV stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi)

Alex Lotuashvili became the BISNIS representative in Georgia in January 2000. As a BISNIS representative he is responsible for promoting U.S. exports and investments in Georgia. Alex has guided a delegation of Azeri, Armenian and Georgian farmers/food processors to a Trade Development Agency sponsored orientation visit in the United States. He also guided a delegation of Georgian IT companies to the BILISIM IT trade show in 2002. Alex has written numerous reports on agribusiness, construction, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.

Joan Morgan (BISNIS, Washington, DC)
BISNIS international trade specialist Joan Morgan provides information and counseling to U.S. companies interested in business opportunities in the Siberian region of Russia and the countries of Georgia and Turkmenistan. She also covers several industry sectors across Eurasia including: agribusiness, food packaging and processing, fisheries, and tourism. Ms. Morgan has conducted outreach programs in Russia and Georgia as well as in the United States.

Jim Lucchesi (Manager, Eximbank, San Francisco, Ca Branch)
Jim Lucchesi joined the Export-Import Bank of the United States in January of 1999 as Manager of Eximbank’s first satellite office, in San Jose, Ca. The office was relocate to San Francisco in August 2000. Mr. Lucchesi joined Eximbank after twenty-five years as a commercial banker, all in the areas of International Trade & Structured Trade Finance.
Mr. Lucchesi spent five years with Bank of America, preceded by ten years with The First National Bank of Chicago (Bank One) and ten years with Wells Fargo Bank. He held positions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Teheran, Istanbul, Toronto and New York. Mr. Lucchesi holds a BA Degree from the California State University at Chico and an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

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