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ASEAN and GMS Reap Rewards As Clinton Counters China • Clinton visits Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia


Cooperation with Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI)

China, which implemented a preferential trade agreement with Asean in 2010, has established a state-backed private equity fund to invest in Southeast Asia’s infrastructure, energy and natural resources that aims to have $ 10 billion in assets under management. Its $ 6 trillion economy is about 15 times the combined size of others in the Greater Mekong Subregion, which includes Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

The U.S. began the Lower Mekong Initiative in 2009 to boost ties with Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam on health, education, the environment and infrastructure. After convening that meeting, Clinton will take executives to meet business leaders at a forum in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Japan began similar meetings with Mekong nations in 2009 and in April pledged to invest 600 billion yen ($7.5 billion) in infrastructure over the next three years. South Korea last year held its first-ever meeting with representatives from countries along the river and is seeking further cooperation.

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The Ruby HCM forum at University of Science, May 25


Fr, May 25 Ruby HCM Forum It is a “once-in-20-years” opportunity for people in the IT field! The inventor of “Ruby”, Mr. Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, will come to Vietnam for the first time to speak at the 1st Ruby HCM Forum on 25th May with other speakers, where you will learn about the latest world of Ruby in web applications, testing frameworks, more efficient mobile applications and embedded systems development.


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The Ruby HCM forum is a “once-in-20-years” opportunity! By attending this forum on May 25th at Venue I, University of Science (227 Nguyen Van Cu, District 5, HCMC), you can:

  • meet the inventor of the “hot” Ruby language, as well as other researchers, developers, and employers
  • understand the world-wide demand for Ruby developers
  • learn the latest world of Ruby in web applications, testing frameworks, more efficient mobile applications and embedded systems development
  • become the first group to establish Ruby Community in Vietnam, and start to work with the world

    Ruby is a programming language born in February 1993 and just recognized as ISO Standard in April 2012. Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, Ruby language’s inventor, is often invited to give key-note speeches by companies and universities world-wide, such as Stanford University and Google Head-Quarters.

    On May 25th, he will come to Vietnam for the first time to speak at the University of Science on the exciting and expanding language.

    Please click here to Register Online

    The Ruby is now widely used all over the world, especially in Silicon Valley, where start-up companies need to release the creativity of programmers as well as to maximize the productivity of development. A research found that Ruby is 10 times more productive compared with java at maximum. And even comparing with easy language such as PHP, Ruby is still a few times quicker to develop. It is a perfect fit for Cloud Technology and Agile Development. Therefore, a lot of IT start-ups in Silicon Valley, such as Twitter / Groupon / Slideshare and so on, have employed Ruby as their start-up base.

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

Vietnam wants ASEAN as forum for discussion on maritime borders

Hanoi (AsiaNews) – As it prepares to survey the Spratly Islands for oil and gas, China continues to chase Vietnamese fishing boats. In a few days, the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) will meet for its annual summit on security. The territorial disputes between China and other nations over the islands in the East Sea (South China Sea) will be on its agenda.

Fishermen from the Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai reported on Saturday that a Chinese naval ship, bearing the number 44861, “threatened a Vietnamese fishing boat, numbered QNG- 98868TS, with machine guns. About ten Chinese sailors boarded the vessel and beat Vietnamese fishermen and seized about a tonne of fish”.

In China, media have reported the arrival of Ocean 981, a deepwater drilling platform. It is 650 metres long, 136 metres high, and has a load of 30,000 tonnes. It can drill at depths of 1,500-3,000 metres, and ha operational costs of about a US$ 1 million a day.

By engaging in such a survey, China is staking its claim to the area. Experts believe the East Sea (South China Sea) has an estimated equivalent of around 35-50 billion tonnes in oil and gas, second only to the Persian Gulf.

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Weekly Update May 31: Travel Warning: Thailand, Voter Registration, Members Night

U.S. State Department Travel Warning: Thailand – Update, May 27.

Th, Jun 3 AmCham Members Night and Networking Cocktail Reception

Th-Su, Jun 3-6 Meet U.S. Companies at Vietnam Architecture Conference & Exhibition

Su-Mo, Jun 6-7 World Economic Forum on East Asia: Rethinking Asia’s Leadership Agenda

Sa, Jul 3, 2010 American Independence Day Family Picnic

Th, Jul 8 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party at Hard Rock Cafe

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Mo, May 31 – Fr, Jun 4 Australian Wine & Food Show at the New World Hotel Saigon Enjoy an inspirational menu created by Guest Chef Peter Kuruvita, from the famous Flying Fish Restaurant in Sydney Harbour. Earlier, he was at Hayman Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and received a series of awards including TOURISM + LEISURE (US) MAGAZINE “Best Restaurant, Australia and South Pacific” World’s Best Awards 2002.

Tu, Jun 1 Work Permits and Visas Seminar Santa Fe and AusCham will present recent changes and practices of the immigration and labor departments that affect foreign employees and companies that employ them. Entry visas, types, what has changed. Common challenges that foreigners and companies face when trying to comply with labor regulations. Details regarding “legalization” of required documents, etc.

Tu, Jun 1 Enjoy Havana Night with the famous Cuban band Warapo at the well-known open-air rooftop Saigon Saigon Bar with free entrance. The night will be an extraordinary event where at the same time you can taste Cuban cocktails, Cuban cigars in the excitement of Cuban music. Moreover, the award-winning bar will offer FREE mojito specials for all ladies on the night.

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Weekly Update May 24: Travel Warning: Thailand, Voter Registration, Palooza, Members Night

U.S. Embassy (Bangkok, Thailand) Update, May 24.

U.S. Govt Web Site for Overseas Voters: Online Voter Registration & Ballot Delivery

We, May 26 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party

Th, May 27 (HCMC) Vietnam Environmental Forum: A Conference of Solutions Backed by American Technology

Fr, May 28 Market Access for Goods and Services in Vietnam

Th, Jun 3 AmCham Members Night and Networking Cocktail Reception

Th-Su, Jun 3-6 Meet U.S. Companies at Vietnam Architecture Conference & Exhibition

Su-Mo, Jun 6-7 World Economic Forum on East Asia: Rethinking Asia’s Leadership Agenda

Su-Th, Jun 13-17 Washington Doorknock

Sa, Jul 3, 2010 American Independence Day Family Picnic

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

We, May 26 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party A platform to develop new friendships, networking opportunities and information exchange.

Fr, May 28 Market Access for Goods and Services in Vietnam

Su, May 30 Celebrate Children’s Day at Saigon Pearl The International School Saigon Pearl will host Children’s Day celebration on Sunday, May 30 from 9:00am – 12:00 noon. Children are welcome to attend this fund day. Free entrance.

Legend Hotel Saigon Weekend Getaway Package Available from Apr 23 until Jun 27, 2010 only for Vietnamese people and expatriates residing in Vietnam, the package is priced at only VND 1,881,000++ (US$ 99++) for single or double occupancy in a Deluxe Room for the first night, VND 1,661,000++ per night for following nights and VND 1,661,000++ per night for an additional room with several special benefits.

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Weekly Update May 17: Travel Warning: Thailand, Voter Registration, Palooza, Members Night

U.S. State Department Travel Warning: Thailand The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand of ongoing political demonstrations and unrest.

U.S. Govt Web Site for Overseas Voters: Online Voter Registration & Ballot Delivery

Mo, May 24 Registration Deadline for U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer Test

We, May 26 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party

Th, May 27 (HCMC) Vietnam Environmental Forum: A Conference of Solutions Backed by American Technology

Th, Jun 3 AmCham Members Night and Networking Cocktail Reception

Su-Mo, Jun 6-7 World Economic Forum on East Asia: Rethinking Asia’s Leadership Agenda

Su-Th, Jun 13-17 Washington Doorknock

Sa, Jul 3, 2010 American Independence Day Family Picnic

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

May 17 – 23 Come and enjoy Duck Liver menu at Reflections Restaurant, Caravelle Hotel This is a true indulgence, a range of specially created dishes designed to appeal to real food-lovers.

May 18 – 21 Park Hyatt Saigon welcomes Chef Pedro De Artagao from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Square One Restaurant, where he will present Brazilian specialties on lunch and dinner menus.

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