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Investment Conference: ABAC Business Advisory Council, Jul 16 2012

When: Mon, Jul 16th 2012 8:15 am to 3:45 pm
Where: Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, Ballroom 3, Level 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Event Description

The US National Center for APEC and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry invite you to join us in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, July 16 for a special dialogue to examine the investment climate in Vietnam and the APEC region.

Senior representatives from the business community will join officials to examine foreign direct investment trends in the Asia Pacific, including the challenges and opportunities that businesses face and APEC’s ongoing work to encourage and facilitate free and open investment in the region.

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U.S. Chamber Asia Department Weekly Update, Oct 30 – Nov 6, 2011

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 ASIA DEPARTMENT WEEKLY UPDATE
October 31- November 6, 2011

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Thursday, November 10-Sunday November 13: The U.S. Chamber will participate in the upcoming APEC meeting in Hawaii.  The U.S. Chamber, in association with National Center for APEC and other organizations, is taking the lead in organizing a number of bilateral meetings on behalf of the U.S. APEC Business Coalition with heads of state and government leaders.  For additional information, please contact Catherine Mellor at [email protected].

November 15-16, 2011: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will next week host the second meeting of the annual U.S.-China CEO Dialogue with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, which is chaired by former Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan.  The event is by invitation only and will include top U.S. and Chinese CEOs and a handful of former cabinet-level officials on both sides.  For additional information, please contact Jeremie Waterman at [email protected].

PAST WEEK IN REVIEW

Thursday, November 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.: The U.S. Chamber, and Coalition of Service Industries and the US- China Business Council co-hosted a debriefing with Claire Reade, Assistant US Trade Representative for China and Craig Allen, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Reade and Allen discussed the latest developments and planning for the upcoming meeting of the JCCT. For more information, please contact

[email protected].

CHAMBER IN THE NEWS

Heads of state and captains of industry will gather for 3 days of trade discussions
Star Advertiser, October 6. This year’s APEC summit is expected to build on the momentum from the US Congress’ recent passage of trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. ‘Now is the time to think big; it’s time to be bold,’ Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the
US Chamber of Commerce
, said recently. ‘It’s time to commit to an aggressive new trade and investment agenda. It’s not time to rest on our laurels.’

ASIA IN THE NEWS

Reformist Japan farmers urge free trade to spur change
Reuters, October 27. Like other farmers on this fertile, coastal plain in northeast Japan, where patchwork rice fields stretch to the mountains beyond, Kazushi Saito knows firsthand that the nation’s shrinking agricultural sector is in dire straits.

Minister eyes Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc
Taipei Times, October 28. Progress made in enhancing Taiwan’s bilateral ties with Singapore and New Zealand in the form of economic cooperation agreements would help the country secure a seat in the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade bloc, Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (楊進添) said yesterday.

Olympus investor threatens shareholder suit over M&A deals
Reuters, November 2.
A Japanese investor in scandal-hit Olympus Corp has threatened to file a shareholder suit against managers responsible for controversial M&A deals, demanding they pay 139.4 billion yen ($1.78 billion) to the company, one of his lawyers said.

In a world of cybertheft, U.S. names China, Russia as main culprits
The Washington Post, November 3.
Online industrial spying presents a growing threat to the U.S. economy and national security, American intelligence agencies warned Thursday in a report to Congress that publicly accused China and Russia of responsibility for cyber-espionage.

Pakistan ties with U.S., India improving: Minister.
Reuters, November 5:
Pakistan’s most troubled foreign relationships have improved in recent months, its top diplomat said on Saturday, pointing to upcoming trade talks with New Delhi and broad agreement on regional security goals with Washington as evidence.

China to become world’s top farm products importer: researcher
Reuters, November 6. China will become the world’s largest importer of agriculture products in 5 to 10 years as the country faces from shrinking farmland and other constraints on production, a top government think-tank researcher was cited by local media as saying
China says U.S. APEC goals too ambitious

Reuters, November 7. U.S. goals of establishing regional free trade and an environmental policy at the APEC summit are useful but too ambitious for some developing nations, China said on Monday, days before President Hu Jintao heads to Hawaii for the meeting.

Budget battles to shadow Obama on Asia-Pacific tour
The Chicago Tribune, November 7. President Barack Obama’s efforts next week to persuade Asia-Pacific leaders of his commitment to the region may be undercut by distractions in Washington, where budget fights may come to a head while he is away.

Noda May Take on Trade Opponents in Pushing Talks With U.S.
Bloomberg, November 7. Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda risks sparking the deepest split in his party since taking office two months ago as he determines whether to join trade talks with the U.S., his country’s No. 2 export destination.

Google to support Korean software globalization
The Korea Herald, November 7.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt pledged to support the globalization process of local software and content beginning next year in a meeting with President Lee Myung-bak on Monday.

China not invited to Trans-Pacific Partnership
Market Watch, November 7. China hasn’t been invited to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, Yu Jianhua, assistant minister of commerce, said at a press briefing Monday on the eve of the APEC Hawaii Summit.

Chinese president to meet Obama at APEC summit
XinHua, October 7. Chinese President Hu Jintao will meet with his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, at the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Informal Leadership Meeting, said China’s Assistant Foreign Minister, Wu Hailong, on Monday.

PM to address Apec, Asean summits
The Bagkok Post, November 7.
 Prime Minister Yingluck will explain the flood situation to the international community at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) and the Asean summit meetings, government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng said on Monday.

   

For additional information, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

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Pre-APEC Forum in HCMC, Oct 6th, 2011

A/P and ASEAN Integration: Opportunities and Challenges for Local and Global Firms

Sponsored by

APCAC 40th Anniversary Sponsors

New World Hotel Saigon • Friday, March 23, 2007

Click the red-highlighted links to view and/or download the presentations and the speakers’ biographic information.

Click here to download a PowerPoint file with photos from the 40th APCAC Annual Meeting.

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Schedule and Agenda

08:00-12:00nMorning – U.S. Policy and Programs in the Asia/Pacific Region
.Ben Thanh Hall, New World Hotel Saigon

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Weekly Update Nov 20 Successful APEC Summit, President’s Visit

Keep up-to-date about U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment relations with Weekly Updates.

Upcoming Events – click for more information and to register online

Membership Directory 2007 – deadline is Nov 30
Please update your contact information. We have sent faxes to all members with a reminder that Nov 30 is the deadline for updated contact information. If you have new or changed contact information, please contact Ms. Huong at the AmCham office (824 3562) as soon as possible. And, as you plan your advertising, be sure to include the AmCham Membership Directory. We update it at the end of every year (Oct-Nov), print it over the holidays (Dec-Jan), and deliver it right after TET.

Annual Thanksgiving “Turkey Shoot” Golf Tournament, Fri, Nov 24
Join the 6th Annual “Turkey Shoot” Golf Tournament for AmCham Members and Guests. Registration extended to Wed, Nov 22 at 12:00 noon.

Members Lunch: Managing Change with New Economic Realities, Thu, Nov 30
WTO, APEC and ASEAN economic integration, energy, China’s growing economic role in the world, will affect businesses in Vietnam. In addition, changes in the U.S. Congress, with the 2006 elections, may also affect your business prospects. Don’t miss this perceptive analysis by a leading international fund manager, political consultant, and author of “Serious Money: Contrarian Investing in Times of Crisis, Chaos, and Corruption.”

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Weekly Update 2006-09-04 U.S. Treasury Secretary to visit Vietnam Sep 7-8

U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson will attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Hanoi Sep 7-8, according to a Treasury Department press release. Click here for details on this and other AmCham and Vietnam Related News Highlights.

Reminder: Sep 6 Members Lunch: Will port delays slow Vietnam’s growth?

Decisions or actions made this year could have a profound impact on Vietnam’s export growth, and its competitiveness with other countries in the region. As large infrastructure projects take years to complete, early planning, commitment and development of projects is critical. Click the ad at right for more information and to register on-line.

PNTR and WTO Accession – will be influenced by U.S. General Elections on Nov 7

Congress returns from its August “District Work Period” this week for a one month session before the October 6 target adjournment to prepare for the November 7 U.S. general elections. After a year of political turmoil, Republicans enter the fall campaign with their control of the House in serious jeopardy, and the possibility of major losses in the Senate. Two independent political analysts have forecast a narrow Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, if current political conditions persist. Read more … Two U.S. Senators have put a “hold” on PNTR legislation. Please click here for an update and background information: PNTR and WTO Accession.

In Geneva, additional informal meetings are planned and formal WTO Working Party talks to resolve remaining issues from the WTO Working Party talks starting July 19. The remaining issues not yet agreed in the multilateral report include labor standards, textiles and apparel, trading rights (importing into Vietnam), and the excise duty on spirits and beers. These September meetings are necessary to prepare for accession by the WTO General Council meeting October 10-11, or December 20-21.

Sep 28 is the inaugural meeting of the new Logistics and Supply Chain Management Committee. Mark your calendars now.

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