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On March 6th, Experts Gather to Discuss European, Eurasian, US Trade Relations

On March 6th, Experts Gather to Discuss European, Eurasian, US Trade Relations

On March 6th, the Center for European & Eurasian Studies will host a conference on European, Eurasian, United States Trade Relations. Co-sponsored by the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach, the half day conference brings together scholars, policy analysts, and business representatives for a discussion of prospects and avenues for pursuing trade in this part of the world.

Carla Thorson Email CarlaThorson

As numerous nations in East-Central Europe join, or are preparing to join, the European Union and other markets open up to international trade, it is important to expand our understanding of trade relationships and prospects for the development of new trading partners in an expanding global marketplace.  The Russian/Eurasian markets in particular, hold great potential for the future.  The EU is the major trading partner for Russia and most of the newly independent states, accounting for 40-50% of their global trade.  In 2001, US imports from Russia totaled $6.2 billion, while exports to Russia totaled $2.7 billion, and the figures for the first three quarters of 2002 are holding steady.  In December 2002, according to the Lehman Brothers Eurasia Group Stability Index (LEGSI), Russia's state stability increased.  The rating rose to 61, its highest score to date and is considered to be in the High Stability range (60-80).

This seminar will focus on the business outlook between Europe, Eurasia and the United States.  It is targeted toward an audience of business representatives interested in these markets, policy analysts, and UCLA faculty and students.  To attend, RSVP required by February 28th to cers@international.ucla.edu or telephone: (310) 825-4060.

Program:

8:30am
REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
UCLA Faculty Center, California Room

9:00 am-12pm
PANEL
Moderator:
Dr. Ivan T. Berend
Director
Center for European & Eurasian Studies
Professor of History, UCLA

EU-RUSSIAN RELATIONS AND WTO ACCESSION
Dr. Anthony Gooch
European Union Fellow
University of Southern California

RUSSIA AND THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION
Dr. DJ Peterson and Dr. Jeremy Azrael
Center for Russia and Eurasia                                                                                                                            The RAND Corporation


ONE COMPANY'S VIEW OF RUSSIAN HIGH-TECH: EXPERIENCE AND PROSPECTS                                                                                                                                                                             Mr. Jason Horowitz
Manager Russia Program Office
Sun Microsystems

DOING BUSINESS WITH RUSSIA
Mr. John Ehret
President
TPL Communications

RESOURCES AND PROSPECTS                                                                                                                 FOR DEVELOPING TRADE RELATIONSHIPS IN RUSSIA/EURASIA
Ms. Tanya Shuster
Deputy Director, BISNIS (Business Info. Svc. for the Newly Independent States)
USA Trade Center, US Dept of Commerce

12:00pm
LUNCHEON
UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room

Keynote Speaker:
RUSSIA AS EXPORTER OF ENERGY AND CAPITAL
Dr. Leonid Grigoriev
Deputy Director of Export Institute under Russian Union of
Entrepreneurs and Industrialists
Former Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance, 1991-1992

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