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This list is comprised primarily of INVESTORS and PRUBLICLY OWNED MANUFACTURERS who have a background in corporate finance, venture capital, economics, trade, investment, or of those involved with matters relating thereto, such as monetary policy, economic policies and regulations and financial matters relating to financing economic reconstruction and changes in the environment, law, health, and education of Russia - The Baltics - Central Eurasia and the Former Soviet Union. Most members have personally invested in Russia for several years.
Among the members are officers in Fortune 500 companies, investment bankers, attorneys, economists, industrial engineers, Nobel laureates and government agencies which provide economic aid.
We urge you to send a biographical sketch to <palms@PeterPalms.com> so we may introduce you to existing members.
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Thank you and I hope you find the listservE useful,
Dr. Petrus Joannes. van de Waal-Palms, IV
aka Dr. Pyotr Joannevich van de Waal-Palms
Palms & Company, Inc., Investment Bankers
Tel 1 (425) 828-6774
Recent postings available to new members (we are not presently archiving postings):
Back issues of Tidbits for 1997 and 1998 and 1999 are available to subscribers upon request
Postings December 1996
1. USA assistance to Russia
2. New York Branch Inkombank steals American investors money
3. Izvetstia reports crime in Russia
4. Russia Encyclopedia project
5. Russian Ministries have graft of $450 million dollars
6. Population of Russia decreases by 1 million in 1996
7. Russian GDP fall further - Wage not paid 40.000.000.000.000,00 72 trillion rubles taxes not collected. Pensions very low.
8. Possibilities to convert Russian trade credits to hard currency
9. Russian government sells all remaining gold
10. Russian diamond mines receive U.S. credits
11. 700 books available free to every Russian.
12. GDP - Wage Arrears - Unpaid Taxes
13. Gazprom stoc prices according to nationality
14. Ruble uncnvertible - gold reserves sold
15. Contract Killng part of the rules of doing business
16. Norilsk Nickel - two sets of books
17. Crime economy now 40% of Russian economy says police chief
18. Moral decay continues in Ukraine and Russia - population disheartened
Highlights of March - May 1996 postings to Palmport-list:
The experience of both U.S. and Russian government agencies and private business during the period 1989-1996 are gradually being assessed. This experience includes economic assistance programs of all types, both for-profit and non-profit as well as private investment experience. The realization is dawning in both countries that there must be a better and more effective way and that results obtained for resources expended must be improved and produce concrete results. Such assessment and evaluations and dialog, will be posted to Palms Portal and the list server.
Dr. Pyotr Joannevich communicates regularly with government officials both in Russia and the U.S. Whenever possible such communication will be posted to the extent they are not confidential. Subscribers are invited to join in this dialog and offer their experiences and ideas for improving delivery of technical assistance dealing with economic development, monetary policy, and economic policies and regulations.
Of particular interest will be actual experience with barriers to trade and commerce and instances of unilateral arbitrary retroactive changes in economic policies and regulations, abuse or disregard for espoused policies and laws, including corruption and crime and its impact upon development of constructive commercial relations.
The purpose is to document where the "level-playing-field" and "rule of law" break down and hamper constructive economic progress.
Since 1989 Dr. Pyotr Joannevich has lectured on entrepreneurship micro-economics, marketing, international trade, corporate finance, and investment banking at the Moscow Business School, Leningrad Management School and Russian Academy of Science in Vladivostok. In addition since 1989 he has conducted Asynchronous 'just-in time' distance education mentorship for General Directors of Russian industry and elected and appointed officials
An ongoing dialog has developed regarding the strategy for revitalizing and re-tooling of industry, the effective utilization of human and natural resources, the creation of self sufficiency in micro-economic geographic regions and the reconstruction of relationships between social and non-profit sectors of the economy and the commercial sector, which are required to generate programs of self-help, boot-strap, and "barn-raising" and eliminate dependency on international aid. Position papers and essays by Dr. Pyotr Josannevich about such matters are largely found in "Commentaries". Assessments by other sources, will usually be found in the "Links" pages of Palms Portal.
Subscribers are encouraged to respond directly to the posted communications of participants with their suggestions and recommendations.
There is a gap between the large sums of capital ear-marked for investment and the utilization of such capital. International technical assistance is rarely ear-marked for investment and is primarily directed at providing "consulting services" by expatriate experts. These services produce descriptions of problems rather than pre-investment analysis, business plans, feasibility studies, projected operating statements, market studies, that might lead to portfolio creation. Neither Russian industry nor non-Russian capital managers have been willing to finance the expenses of such "due-diligence". As a result, technical assistance has not effectively lead to concrete investment results, nor addressed the need for economic policy and regulatory reform that would be disclosed by such "due-diligence".
Documentation of such gaps will be posted the the list server and the Palms Portal when appropriate and subscribers are invited to participate in a dialog about such gaps.
Suggestions for improving the effectiveness of Palms Portal are always
invited and encouraged. All matters involving economic reconstruction are
appropriate. This list is not for pen-pals, social dialog, travel advice,
cultural matters unrelated to economic development, student exchange programs,
employment searches, or traders notices. It is for politicians and businessmen,
NGO's, NPO's, and GO's concerned with creating a level-playing field and
rule-of-law climate for economic reconstruction.
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