A symposium on "Doing Business in Today's Russia" with an automotive focus will be held October 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

A four-member panel will discuss opportunities in Russia for auto suppliers - in the context of recent business, economic and political developments there.

Speakers include:

James Hitch III, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie in St Petersburg. Hitch will speak about new legal issues affecting foreign investors in Russia, including incentives available for manufacturers in the auto industry.

Dr Lev Lester, Vice President of Haden International Group in Detroit, which exported over $100 million to Russia in 1999. Dr Lester will discuss his work in Russia's auto industry, while offering guidelines on conducting business there.

Dr Trevor Gunn, Director of Business Information Services for the Newly Independent States at the US Commerce Department; and adjunct professor in the Center for East Europe and Russia in the School of Foreign Services at Georgetown University. Dr Gunn will talk about financing transactions in Russia.

Ryan James Tutak, Associate Editor at just-auto.com for Eastern Europe and former USSR. Tutak will analyse key news and trends in Russia's car industry.

The event takes place 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm on October 10 in the Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University, 301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, roughly 130 miles (220 kilometres) northwest of Detroit.

Admission is open, and the registration fee is $55.00.

The symposium is sponsored by the International Exchange Council and Van Andel Global Trade Center of GVSU.

To register by e-mail, contact:
Pat Kluz
kluzp@gvsu.edu

For more information, contact:

Barbara Van't Hof, President, International Exchange Council
bhof@ix.netcom.com

Jeff Meyer, Director, Van Andel Global Trade Center
meyerj@gvsu.edu