1994, with the assistance of a lot of people, we finally signed
agreements with the International University Moscow and the
Federal Information Center for Investment Promotion to develop
an on-line system for promoting trade and investment between
Russia and the rest of the world.
project called the Russian Business Exchange has been a most
challenging project to say the least. In 1995 we signed an investment
package to provide $30 million for R&D associated with this
project, but the deal was subsequently not approved by the Australian
Government in 1996. And in December 1996 one of the leading
researchers on the project died. This was a major set-back,
but even now we are hoping to have the system operational by
Among those who have worked with us, and have helped us, are
General Nicholai Stolyarov of the Russian Air Force. General
Stolyarov is also a member of the Russian Parliament and Dean
of the Business School for Former Russian Military Officers.
Vice Rectors of the International University Moscow Ludmila
Tretyakova and Alexander Terekhov have also been particularly
As have Christian missionaries Peter and Anita Deyneka and our
personal friends and interpreters, Yuri Gromov and Colonel Michael
The project involves students of the International University
Moscow and graduates of the Business School for Former Russian
Alan meeting with MBA graduates of the Business School for former
Russian Military Officers.
Alan speaking with business students in the great hall at the
International University Moscow.
The latest program involves establishing an AlphaInfo Server
in Moscow towards the end of 1997 for commissioning in 1998.
This server will then be linked in with AlphaInfo Servers in
Australia, the United States and elsewhere to promote trade
In addition to the Russians, Americans and Australians who have
been helping us with this project, special thanks also is due
to our old friend Fred
Potter who has provided office facilities for the project
in Washington, DC.
Washington office has been important because of the need to
stay abreast of US Government policies and projects involving