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Weekly Update Dec 17: Membership & Directory, Christmas, New Year’s and TET

Highlights

Winners’ List … Prizes and Silent Auction Items at the Governors’ Ball
Mo-Tu, Jan 14-15 Lower Mekong Initiative Infrastructure Best Practices Exchange
We, Jan 23 The Year Ahead: Summary & Outlook 2013 (CanCham Event)
Sa, Feb 9 – Su, Feb 17 TET Lunar New Year Holidays • 9 days • Plan ahead …
Business leaders discuss investment environment at VBF
Vietnam Empty Office Towers Show Dreams Turned to Rubble
SOEs debts up 19% over 2011, equal 65% of Vietnam’s GDP
Rampant corruption in Vietnam: #1 Concern of Vietnamese Citizens

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17th Annual Governors’ Ball • Christmas in San Francisco, Dec 8, 2012

Governor Ball Title

WHEN: Sat, Dec 8th 2012 6:00 pm to 11:59 pm
WHERE: InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Corner of Hai Ba Trung St. & Le Duan Blvd., District 1

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Video Clip: Welcome to Christmas in San Francisco Note: it may be slow the first time you download, because of a slow connection. So play it a second time, when it will be smoother.

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Weekly Update Dec 21: New US Import Regulations, Dalat Winter Weekend, Business Barometer Survey

Latest updates on H1N1/A Flu from U.S. Center for Disease Control, U.S. Department of State (Travel), and World Health Organization (WHO)

Final Notice: update your listing in the print Membership Directory

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Th-Fr, Dec 24-25 Christmas Eve – Christmas Day Click the link to learn more about Christmas, including an online tracking of Santa’s sleigh-ride around the world on Christmas Eve, A Visit from St. Nicholas, A Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and The Nativity Story. Includes Christmas Music links.

Christmas and New Year’s 2009 at the Park Hyatt Saigon. The year-end holiday season always brings cosy and joyful feelings to both guests and hosts. Make this year’s holidays a time to remember with special events at Park Hyatt Saigon, where our team of culinary professionals will prepare a variety of festive seasonal favorites and authentic cuisines.

Caravelle lights up Christmas and New Year’s with festivities galore. There may be no place like home for the holidays, but there’s no home like the Caravelle Hotel when it comes to celebrating Christmas and New Year.

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Weekly Update Dec 7: Annual General Meeting, Scholarship Awards, Financial Consolidation

Latest updates on H1N1/A Flu from U.S. Center for Disease Control, U.S. Department of State (Travel), and World Health Organization (WHO)

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Tu, Dec 08 Annual General Meeting, with report of the Board of Governors, and election of members to the Board AmCham invites members, associates and their guests to attend the Annual General Meeting and cocktail reception. Spouses and partners are not only invited but encouraged to attend with you.

Sa, Dec 12 AmCham Scholarship 2009 Award Ceremony

New World Hotel’s Turkey to Fly.Too busy to cook? Then place your order 24 hours in advance and pick up your traditional stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a bottle of South African red wine from the New World Hotel Saigon.

Th, Dec 17 Financial Consolidation: Challenges and Solutions for VAS, IFRS, and Various Stock Exchanges For CEOs, CFOs, and key finance staff. Details to be provided.

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Weekly Update Dec 08: Membership Directory, Annual General Meeting, Christmas

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

Upcoming Events and Activities

Plan ahead. Click here to see all upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

List of Governors Ball Raffle Prize Winners Please click the link to see a list of winning ticket numbers. If you are a winner, please contact the AmCham office to arrange to pick up your prize.

Megan Burtt at the Park Lounge, Park Hyatt SaigonMegan Burtt at the Park Lounge . Park Hyatt Saigon is delighted to introduce Megan Burtt from Colorado, USA, who will provide live entertainment in the Park Lounge every evening (except Tue) until 12 Jan 2009.

We, Dec 10: AmCham Annual General Meeting and Members Night Join other AmCham members and guests to review the year’s activities, Report of the Board of Governors, etc., and election of members to the Board of Governors, then enjoy a Members Night Networking Cocktail Party. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend ! Voting members – check your email for username and password to vote online.

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Weekly Update Dec 24: Christmas-New Year’s, Dalat Winter Weekend Fr-Su, Jan 11-13

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

Upcoming Events and Activities (next two weeks)

Plan ahead. Click here to see all upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

Mo-Tu, Dec 24-25, Christmas Mo-Tu, Dec 31-Jan 1 New Year’s U.S. Government offices and AmCham office closed. Click the link to learn more about this holiday, including Christmas music and readings (A Visit from St Nicholas, A Christmas Carol, etc.). Click here for a list of Vietnamese and U.S. holidays.

Fri-Sun, Jan 11-13, Dalat Winter Weekend and Roundtable Roundtable discussion of key issues for U.S. trade and investment in 2008, and also enjoy excursions, trekking and golf tournament, and spa and exquisite cuisine. Don’t miss this weekend. Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.

Th-Fr, Jan 24-25 Ambassador’s Conference: Support for Education in Vietnam will enable representatives of American universities, American companies with training or educational programs, American NGOs active in education, and U.S. Government educational programs such as the Fulbright Program to generate ideas and action plans about how best to progress toward achieving goals.

Every Friday, Semillon and Seafood at Park Hyatt Saigon. Savour a fine selection of local and imported seafood, fresh on ice, from the BBQ grill and more, accompanied by Margan Hunter Valley Semillon, a wine characterized by an intense citrus and lemon grass nose. The perfect partner for a great seafood dinner. Only 14 weeks … every Friday from November 23, 2007 until February 29, 2008 from 19.00 until 21.30 hrs (weather permitting). US$ 48++ per person, including free flowing Semillon.

News and Issues Updates

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U.S. imports of apparel from Vietnam continue to surge: up 30% over 2006 and are expected to reach $4.4 billion this year, more than 40% of Vietnam’s total exports to the U.S. of $10.5 billion. Major constraints on Vietnam’s apparel exports to the U.S. are not market access, but infrastructure shortages (lack of deepwater ports) and growing labor problems (shortages of workers, sharply increasing labor costs, and illegal strikes).

Concerns re WTO Commitment on Trading Rights and Distribution Rights Vietnam confirmed in the WTO Working Party Report that ” … from the date of accession, all foreign firms and individuals (including foreign-invested firms) would be able to engage in importation and exportation of producs … and, … would be permitted to sell or otherwise provide the imported product(s) to … firms in Viet Nam that have the right to distribute such product in Viet Nam.”

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS

Event Presentations and PHOTO ALBUMS Did you miss an AmCham event? Were you there but wanted to have a copy of the presentation? Didn’t get the business card of the person you were talking with? Now you can download the presentations by clicking on the above link. Also, you can see a list of people that attended the event, with links to their company contact information.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for our 400 member and associate companies, and about 800 representatives. Also with links to their company web sites for even more information about American and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 100,000 visitors and 200,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

Your announcement in AmCham’s Weekly Update email Early each week, AmCham’s Weekly Update email goes out to nearly 800 representatives of over 400 AmCham member and associate companies, plus thousands of subscribers in Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, and the USA. We welcome event announcements that are of interest to our business readers.

Computing Tips from the AmCham Webmaster

Not receiving AmCham’s weekly update emails? Then, please check your spam of junk mail folder. To insure that you receive all future communication from AmCham, please add our email address to your address and your safe list or “white list” (if applicable).

Colleges lectures online … for free Can’t afford the time for college? Too old, too young, or too far away? Now you still learn from the world’s most renowned professors. You can listen to hundreds of lectures from many colleges and universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and Yale, by downloading select courses without charge at iTunes.

Speed up your internet connection You can test the reliablity and operational status of your desktop computer and network connection in about 20 seconds with the Web100 based Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT). Then, by tuning your computer parameters, you can increase the internet connection speed by two, three, or even four times. Click the link to get started.

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

Weekly Update Dec 17: Christmas, Dalat Winter Weekend Jan 11-13, Governors Election Results

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

Upcoming Events and Activities (next two weeks)

Plan ahead. Click here to see all upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

Mon-Tue, Dec 24-25, Christmas U.S. Government offices and AmCham office closed. Click the link to learn more about this holiday, including Christmas music and readings (A Visit from St Nicholas, A Christmas Carol, etc.). Click here for a list of Vietnamese and U.S. holidays.

Fri-Sun, Jan 11-13, Dalat Winter Weekend and Roundtable Roundtable discussion of key issues for U.S. trade and investment in 2008, and also enjoy excursions, trekking and golf tournament, and spa and exquisite cuisine. Don’t miss this weekend. Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.

Membership Directory 2008 If you have new or changed contact information, please contact Ms. Huong at the AmCham office (824 3562). And, as you plan your advertising, be sure to include the AmCham Membership Directory.

Every Friday, Semillon and Seafood at Park Hyatt Saigon. Savour a fine selection of local and imported seafood, fresh on ice, from the BBQ grill and more, accompanied by Margan Hunter Valley Semillon, a wine characterized by an intense citrus and lemon grass nose. The perfect partner for a great seafood dinner. Only 14 weeks … every Friday from November 23, 2007 until February 29, 2008 from 19.00 until 21.30 hrs (weather permitting). US$ 48++ per person, including free flowing Semillon.

Until Mon, Dec 24: Turkey to Fly from New World Hotel Saigon Enjoy traditional roasted turkey at home with your friends, with the Chef’s famous Southern-style stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy. Pre-order 24 hours in advance and pick up your feast in a specially designed turkey box, including a bottle of Chilean Cabernet Sauvigon wine.

News and Issues Updates

Click this link for these and more News Highlights

Results of Election at the Dec 13 Annual General Meeting for Governors of AmCham Vietnam in HCM City for the two-year term Jan 2008 – Dec 2010. List of Governors for the term 2007-2008.

U.S. imports of apparel from Vietnam continue to surge: up 30% over 2006 and are expected to reach $4.4 billion this year, more than 40% of Vietnam’s total exports to the U.S. of $10.5 billion. Major constraints on Vietnam’s apparel exports to the U.S. are not market access, but infrastructure shortages (lack of deepwater ports) and growing labor problems (shortages of workers, sharply increasing labor costs, and illegal strikes).

Concerns re WTO Commitment on Trading Rights and Distribution Rights Vietnam confirmed in the WTO Working Party Report that ” … from the date of accession, all foreign firms and individuals (including foreign-invested firms) would be able to engage in importation and exportation of producs … and, … would be permitted to sell or otherwise provide the imported product(s) to … firms in Viet Nam that have the right to distribute such product in Viet Nam.”

AmCham Statement at Vietnam Business Forum highlighted the “success story” in apparel trade. At the same time, there are concerns about Vietnam’s “infrastructure gap” not keeping pace with increased FDI and “implementation gap” not keeping pace with Vietnam’s BTA/WTO commitments.

AmCham-United Way Grants and Scholarships. Committee Chair Jim Andrew announced grant awards to community organizations in support of education, health and wellness, and AmCham Scholarships to students of the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, in a ceremony held at the New World Hotel Saigon on Saturday, December 8, 2007.

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS

Event Presentations and PHOTO ALBUMS Did you miss an AmCham event? Were you there but wanted to have a copy of the presentation? Didn’t get the business card of the person you were talking with? Now you can download the presentations by clicking on the above link. Also, you can see a list of people that attended the event, with links to their company contact information.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for our 400 member and associate companies, and about 800 representatives. Also with links to their company web sites for even more information about American and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 100,000 visitors and 200,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

Your announcement in AmCham’s Weekly Update email Early each week, AmCham’s Weekly Update email goes out to nearly 800 representatives of over 400 AmCham member and associate companies, plus thousands of subscribers in Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, and the USA. We welcome event announcements that are of interest to our business readers.

Computing Tips from the AmCham Webmaster

Not receiving AmCham’s weekly update emails? Then, please check your spam of junk mail folder. To insure that you receive all future communication from AmCham, please add our email address to your address and your safe list or “white list” (if applicable).

Colleges lectures online … for free Can’t afford the time for college? Too old, too young, or too far away? Now you still learn from the world’s most renowned professors. You can listen to hundreds of lectures from many colleges and universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and Yale, by downloading select courses without charge at iTunes.

Speed up your internet connection You can test the reliablity and operational status of your desktop computer and network connection in about 20 seconds with the Web100 based Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT). Then, by tuning your computer parameters, you can increase the internet connection speed by two, three, or even four times. Click the link to get started.

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

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The Twelve Days of Christmas – Dec 25/26 – Jan 05/06

Background information: The Twelve Days of Christmas – the Festival and the Song

The Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive days beginning the evening of Christmas Day (December 25) through the morning of Epiphany on (January 6). The first night of Christmas is December 25–26, and Twelfth Night is January 5–6.

The Twelve Days of Christmas as a celebration and festival is old and steeped in traditions from Christian cultures around the world. For many, the idea of the 12 days as a length of celebration is based on a verse in the Holy Bible (Matthew 2:1-12), and a belief that it may have taken 12 days for the three kings (or magi) to travel to Bethlehem after first seeing the star.

Over the centuries, differing churches and sects of Christianity have changed the actual traditions, time frame, and their interpretations. By this day in time, the 12 days and nights are celebrated in widely varying ways around the world. For example, some give gifts only on Christmas night, some only on Twelfth Night, and some each of the 12 nights. What remains constant is the respectful and deeply religious honor celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th, and a period of twelve days and nights following leading to Epiphany.

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