About AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City



AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City is an independent association of American and international businesses. With about 500 companies, and more than 1,000 representatives, our membership of manufacturing and sales, transportation and logistics, professional and business services, and travel and tourism firms is unified by a common objective to promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the United States. After reviewing our web site, the benefits and services offered to members and associates, as well as business visitors to Vietnam, please review our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions, and if you have additional questions, please click this link to send us an email with your question(s).

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is Vietnam’s economic and business hub, the largest and fastest growing city, with more than two-thirds of Vietnam’s international flight arrivals and departures, 80 percent of container shipments, 75 percent of consumption of steel products, and together with neighboring provinces in Southern Key Economic Region, account for nearly 40 percent of Vietnam’s Gross Domestic Product. The city center is 60 km (37 miles) from the East Sea, with a population of about 5.6 million, or 6.7 million including the suburban and rural areas. The “greater metropolitan area,” which consists of Hồ Chí Minh City metro area, Thủ Dầu Một, Di An, Bien Hoa and surrounding towns, is 9 million people. By 2020, the population of the “Greater HCM City Metropolitan Area,” also known as the “Southern Key Economic Region” is projected to reach 20 million.

Ho Chi Minh City 2011 • Video Tour Fast-paced overview of Ho Chi Minh City as of Dec 2011. Many changes have taken place in recent years. Vietnamese, with English subtitles. Source: People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. Used with permission.

We are an active member of the Asia-Pacific Council of AmChams, representing 10,000 businesses, 50,000 executives, and millions of employees in the region. APCAC members manage over US$ 400 billion in trade and about US$ 300 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Asia/Pacific region.

Since 1996, AmCham Vietnam in HCM City has been a Member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents 3,000,000 businesses, 2,800 state and local chambers, 830 business associations, and 102 American Chambers of Commerce in 82 economies.

AmCham Vietnam offers regular events, committees that cooperate with government authorities to create a better business environment, and Corporate Social Responsibility Group to strengthen the community through programs that focus on education and healthcare.

AmCham Vietnam also offers members opportunities to meet visiting U.S. companies setting up operations, and participate in investment promotion missions to key cities and trade development missions to major trade exhibitions in the USA. Click here for more information on AmCham benefits and services.

Annual Reports
2010 Report of the Board of Governors Slides Notes Text
2009 Report of the Board of Governors Slides Notes Text
2008 Report of the Board of Governors Slides Notes .
2007 Report of the Board of Governors Slides
2006 Report of the Board of Governors Slides

Purpose and Background AmCham Vietnam is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, and non-political voluntary membership association of American businesses in Vietnam. In addition, AmCham welcomes international firms whose business relations with the United States and/or U.S. firms are such that membership would help achieve our objectives, which are:

•  Promote the development of trade and investment between the United States and Vietnam.
•  Provide a forum where American businesses in Vietnam can identify and discuss common interests regarding commercial activities in Vietnam
•  Work with organizations in Vietnam on matters of mutual interest
•  Maintain relations with chambers of commerce in the United States and other chambers of commerce or commercial organizations

AmCham Vietnam was founded as an informal association in March 1994, just one month after President Clinton lifted the trade embargo in February 1994. AmCham Vietnam is a national organization, with two Chapters, one in Ho Chi Minh City, and another in Hanoi. AmCham Vietnam’s charter was approved by the Board of Governors in 1998 and AmCham was officially licensed by the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City on September 19, 1998 under the provisions of The Degree of the Government Promulgating the Regulations on the Establishment of Foreign Business Association in Vietnam, Decree No. 8/1998/ND-CP, 22 Jan 98.

AmCham Companies and Membership Directory An online Membership Directory of HCM City Chapter members will be available on this website in the coming days. This directory presents information about all AmCham companies, as well as listing associated company representative(s). Each company is listed, along with address, tel/fax, a link to the member’s website, a description of their business, as well as a summary of their activities in Vietnam. A printed Membership Directory is published annually in February or March, soon after TET (Lunar New Year).

Monthly Events and Special Events Members and guests can confirm AmCham Vietnam events online using the event list. As soon as events are scheduled and confirmed, an information flyer and registration form is uploaded to the AmCham website. Events include committee meetings, and general membership lunches, morning briefings, and business networking nights. These regular events frequently feature speakers with important business or government program experience. Average attendance is approximately 70 to 80 members and guests.