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Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation Between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United States in the Area of Training of Management Personnel


Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
November 11, 2010

   
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The Government of the Russian Federation, hereinafter referred to as the "Russian Side," and the Government of the United States, hereinafter referred to as the "American Side," referred to jointly as the "Sides,"

On the basis of the shared goal of intensifying and expanding economic cooperation,

Affirming the importance of cooperation intended to assist In the sustainable economic development of nations,

Taking into consideration their mutual satisfaction with the results of bilateral cooperation, and in order to advance the goal of exploring new opportunities for partnership under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission created in July 2009 in Moscow,

Considering that the Russian Side intends to carry out cooperation under this Memorandum of Understanding within the framework of the National Plan of management staff training for the economic entities of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the "National Plan"),

Have identified training of management personnel as an area of cooperation that could strengthen ties between the Russian and American people as well as contribute to developing bilateral trade and economic relations and have come to the following understanding of their cooperation in the area:

1. The two Sides intend that cooperation in the area of training of management personnel in Russia and the United States includes:

--the participation of management personnel and specialists of Russian entities, who are participants of the National Plan (hereinafter "Russian specialists"), in training at industrial, commercial, services, innovation and other organizations in the United States;

--the participation of management personnel and specialists of American entities (hereinafter "American specialists") in training at industrial, commercial, services, innovation and other organizations in the Russian Federation, and

--assessment ofthe effectiveness ofthe training.

2. The two Sides share the following understandings related to their cooperation in the area of training of management personnel:

2.1. The cooperation between the Sides is intended to be an important element in raising bilateral trade and economic relations between the Russian Federation and the United States to a new level of development.

2.2. Cooperation is to be supported by the authorized organizations of the two Sides that have responsibility for resolving ongoing matters within the scope ofthe activities conducted pursuant to this MOU.

The authorized organization for the Russian Side is to be the Federal State Institution "Federal Resource Center for the Management of Training of Management Personnel," which is under the jurisdiction of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development.

The authorized organization for the U.S. Side is to be the Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

2.3. The U.S. Side will endeavor to identify U.S. entities willing to provide training for Russian specialists and the Russian Side will endeavor to identify Russian entities willing to provide training for U.S. specialists under this MOU. The content of training for Russian specialists at entities in the United States and of American specialists at entities in the Russian Federation, and the criteria for selecting the specialists, are to be determined and the selection process conducted by the authorized organizations of each Side.

2.4. The authorized organization for the Russian Side plans to arrange the preliminary selection of Russian candidates for training, and the authorized organization for the U.S. Side plans to approve the candidates selected by the authorized organization for the Russian Side in accordance with a schedule approved by the Sides on the basis of recommendations and questionnaires of the candidates provided by the authorized organization for the Russian Side.

The authorized organization for the U.S. Side plans to arrange the preliminary selection of American candidates for training, and the authorized organization for the Russian Side plans to approve the candidates selected by the authorized organization for the U.S. Side in accordance with a schedule approved by the Sides on the basis of recommendations and questionnaires of the candidates provided by the authorized organization for the American Side.

2.5. The number of specialists received each year by each Side would depend upon the number of candidates proposed by each Side and selected by the other Side.

2.6 In the first area of cooperation under this MOU, it is intended that:

(a) the Russian Side cover costs associated with conducting training for Russian specialists assigned to the United. States, including expenses related to the selection of Russian specialists, per diem, medical insurance, travel to, within and from the United States, consular fees, and accommodations in the United States; and

(b) the U.S. Side cover costs associated with conducting training for American specialists assigned to the Russian Federation, including expenses related to the selection of U.S. specialists, per diem, medical insurance, travel to, within and from the Russian Federation, consular fees, and accommodations in the Russian Federation. In the second area of cooperation under this MOU, it is intended that:

(a) the American Side cover costs associated with conducting training for Russian specialists under this MOU under mutual exchange programs, including expenses related to training at host entities, per diem, medical insurance, travel within the United States and accommodations in the United States;

It is intended that transportation expenses involved in the travel of Russian specialists to and from the United States be paid by the Russian Side; and

(b) the Russian Side cover costs associated with conducting training for American specialists under this MOU under mutual exchange programs, including expenses related to training at host entities, per diem, medical insurance, travel within the Russian Federation and accommodations in the Russian Federation;

It is intended that transportation expenses involved in the travel of American specialists to and from the Russian Federation be paid by the American Side.

3. This Memorandum of Understanding is not an international agreement and does not give rise to rights and/or obligations on either Side under international law or domestic law.

4. This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to be effective from the date it is signed and to guide the activities of the Sides until December 31, 2013.

5. Activities of the two Sides under this MOU are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and to the laws and regulations of each Side.

6. Signed in Yokohama, Japan, on 11 November, 2010, in two copies, Russian and English.

For the Government
of the Russian Federation


Elvira Nabiullina

For the Government
of the United States of
America

Gary Locke



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