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2017 marks the seventeenth year of The AmCham Scholarship Program. During the last 17 years, the program has been devoting to improving the business environment in Vietnam in general, and the HCM City area in particular,  by helping develop high quality human resources for member companies, as well as helping students develop essential professional working skills.

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Vietnamese people’s demand for foreign property, especially in the US, has been increasing in recent years. Experts say this increase can be attributed to Vietnam’s fast growing economy and Vietnamese people’s belief that the US is a good place to live and work.

A report by the US National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that between April 2016 and March 2017, Vietnamese buyers purchased approximately 5,689 residential properties in the US, roughly double of the previous 12-months period.

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A new decree will help improve the quality of corporate governance in public companies and benefit small, individual investors, a senior official said yesterday.

Corporate governance has become an urgent issue for public companies as it affects a firm’s sustainability when its size and scale develops at a fast speed, Pham Hong Son, vice chairman of the State Securities Commission (SSC), said at a conference.

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This week the CDC reported that at least 47 people were stricken with Salmonella, with one death, likely linked to papayas imported from Mexico. In the summer of 2016 came reports of hepatitis A tainted scallops sickening 292 in Hawaii. In that outbreak two died of liver failure complications. And, also in 2016, 143 people, mostly in Virginia, were also stricken with hepatitis A. This time the culprit was hepatitis A-tainted strawberries imported from Egypt.

While most food we consume is still produced in the United States, we rely on imports for some of our most nutritionally important but more risky commodities. And, imported food is increasingly taking a larger “bite” out of our food consumption.

We now import over 90 percent of our seafood, 50 percent of our fresh fruit and 20 percent of our vegetables. Canada, Mexico, China and India are our top food trading partners. In 2014, we imported nearly $50 billion of food from just those four countries. Imports from all countries have increased, and that is especially true for China and India.

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Awad Lsallum has been waiting for a heart for 40 days at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. One of the worst parts of a long hospital stay, he said, can be not having a clear picture of what your situation is, or even who is taking care of you as the days drag on.

But now, at least at Cedars-Sinai, there’s an app for all of that. Actually, there’s a whole tablet. The hospital is offering some patients the option to check out iPads during their stay for free, to provide more insight into their health. The program offers a glimpse of how Apple is trying to further tap into the $3 trillion health-care market.

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Vietnam’s first Energy Efficiency Network has been officially launched in Ho Chi Minh City, giving a platform for companies to connect and improve energy efficiency.

Speaking at the launch, Markus Bissel, head of the Energy Efficiency component of the project, said, “The objective of the network is to provide a platform to connect companies to improve energy efficiency by sharing and learning from each other.”

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After years of failing looking for suitable investors to take its place and carry out the $1.2-billion project in Ho Chi Minh City, First Solar (US) has decided to resume the solar panel manufacturing project.

Late last year, in a conference call with investors and industry analysts to discuss the firm’s 2017 operations, chief executive officer Mark Widmar revealed that they could even look to use the plant in Vietnam that was built but has not yet put into operation.

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