Russian American Pacific Partnership
22nd Annual Meeting Russian American Pacific Partnership
July 19-20, 2017 Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia
The leading US-Russian bilateral meeting partnering businesses, regional and federal governments in a working meeting to improve trans-Pacific cooperation and expand economic opportunity.
The Russian American Pacific Partnership (RAPP) is a bilateral forum engaging the private-sector and government to identify and address barriers to business and commerce between the Russian East and the United States. Committed RAPP volunteers, private-sector partners, and government representatives collaborate to expand opportunity between Russia’s East and the western United States.
The U.S. and the North Pacific Rim represent a leading economic region in the world; rich in resources and human capital with prospects for tremendous growth. As economic relations between the United States and Russia accelerate, more opportunities emerge for greater cooperation between the Russian East and the Western U.S. RAPP’s purpose is to develop these opportunities through its unique public and private forum dialogue.
Annual Meeting Summary Reports:
History of RAPP:
The Russian American Pacific Partnership (RAPP) – formerly the U.S. West Coast–Russian Far East Ad-Hoc Working Group – was established in 1994 to encourage commercial cooperation between the U.S. West Coast and the Russian Far East. Russian leaders selected the Russian Far East as a development priority for the nation, and saw the U.S. West Coast as the natural partner, based on geographic proximity and the wealth of common industry-sectors and similar histories.
Initially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and more recently by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), RAPP now increasingly depends on private sector sponsorships. RAPP’s Secretariats operate from the Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation (FRAEC) in Seattle, Washington, and the “Interregional Association for Economic Development of the Far East and Trans-Baikal Regions” of Khabarovsk, Russia. For over ten years, the program has regularly convened bilateral initiatives and annual meetings which attract ever increasing numbers of business and government leaders. RAPP continues to be the leading forum for business dialogue between the Russian East and the U.S. West.
As commerce develops, RAPP seeks to integrate the greater involvement of all Russian regions and U.S. states with activities in the Russian East, and welcomes the participation of all parties with interest to join in the meetings regardless of geography.
Among the regions we particularly target for involvement are:
Republic of Buryatia
Chukotka Autonomous Region
Jewish Autonomous Region
Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
If you are interested in doing business in the Russian Far East, interested in Russian-U.S. West Coast cooperation, or just would like more information about participating in RAPP, please contact us.