About the American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
With over 500 companies, and more than 1,500 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).
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:
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 sepparate and independent offices, one in Ho Chi Minh City, and another in Hanoi, that focus on local events and activities, but cooperate on “national” issues and events. 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.
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.
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.