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News Release

Feb 21, 2003

Auriga Supports Cooperation Agreement between New England Software Associations and RUSSOFT

Auriga Inc., an Amherst-based IT consultancy with a well-established software engineering operation in Russia, welcomes an agreement reached by software and business associations from four New England states and Russia’s National Software Development Association RUSSOFT to sign a Protocol of Agreement for Mutual Cooperation. The agreement was reached at the U.S. - Russia ICT Roundtable session which was held within the framework of the Russian-American Business Dialogue initiatives and the ICT Roundtable process on 20 February in San Mateo, California.

The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, Inc. has contributed to this event by bringing together RUSSOFT, the leading Russian organization for software development companies, and IT and business associations of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont, such as the Massachusetts Software and Internet Council, the Connecticut Technology Council, the Software Association of New Hampshire, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The American and Russian organizations have committed themselves to promote the interests of their members in the global IT environment and to explore the benefits of cooperation between the technology industries of New England and the Russian Federation.

“We are honored to participate in this momentous event which paves the way for U.S.-Russia mutually beneficial strategies in the technology industry,” said Alexis Sukharev, President of Auriga, Inc. “Our company has been an advocate of fostering the U.S.-Russia business dialogue in information technology, particularly in the area of software development, which opens new opportunities for mutually advantageous cooperation between Russian and American companies. We express our support for the Protocol which will encourage business partnerships between industry associations and companies in the information technology industry in Russia and in New England.”

The Protocol of Agreement for Mutual Cooperation will be signed in official ceremonies in the Boston area in late April and in St. Petersburg in June 2003.

The U.S. - Russia IT Roundtable was held under the umbrella of the Russian-American Business Dialogue, a private-sector effort designed to strengthen the economic and commercial relationship between the U.S. and Russia. The creation of this business-to-business mechanism was announced by U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin in May 2002. It is led by two American and two Russian umbrella trade associations: the U.S.-Russia Business Council, the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and the Russian-American Business Council.

Julia Rovinskaya,
+ 7 (495) 975-7400 # 231

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