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E-Customs Briefing / Q&A Session, May 31 • Registration Closed

When: Thu, May 31st 2012 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: Intel Products Vietnam, Lot 12 D1 Road, Saigon High Tech Park (SHTP), District 9, HCMC
Register by: Thu, May 24, 2012 (see Registration Form below)

Facilitated by: Intel Products Vietnam, AmCham Manufacturing Committee, and Economic Office of US Consulate General

Event Description

Efficient and timely customs operations for both imports and exports are essential for FDI factories in Vietnam. While there has been a lot of talk about e-customs, the reality is that most importers and exporters are still using a variant of manual paper-based customs. Often the so-called “e-customs” just duplicates the paper-based manual procedures, which are still required.

Real e-customs does exist in Vietnam.

Come to this briefing/Q&A session to learn how it works in the case of Intel Products Vietnam, and learn about the next steps to make e-customs widely available.

Who should attend

AmCham manufacturing companies’ General Directors and respective Key Internal Logistic Leaders.

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Thu, Mar 29 Members Night and Meet the U.S. Consulate General

Event background

AmCham invites you to attend a Members Night where you can the meet U.S. Consul General An Le and his key team members. Get an update and key issues brief. And learn about the many services offered by the Consulate General to U.S. citizens and AmCham companies and staff. After the briefing, enjoy a cocktail reception with networking opportunities for many members.

You’ll meet other members, as well as AmCham leaders from the Board of Governors and Committee Chairs. In addition, you’ll meet the US Consul General and his key team members.

With nearly 500 companies and over 1,000 representatives, the AmCham Members Night will offer you an opportunity to get to know the key officers at the U.S. Consulate General, and your fellow members, while they learn about you and your company.

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Weekly Update Feb 13: US Taxation (Feb 17), Baker & McKenzie Global Chairman, Winter Weekend

Highlights

Fr, Feb 17 Lunch: U.S. Taxation: A Territorial Approach
Survey re: Career Fair 2012
Fr, Feb 17 Vietnam’s Tertiary Education: Preparing Graduates for Work?
Fr, Feb 24 Lunch: Competing in an Uncertain Global Economy • Baker & McKenzie Global Chairman
Fr-Su, Feb 24-26 Winter Weekend: Register Now
Wed, Feb 29 AmCham Palooza Party
Th-Fr, Mar 1-2 APCAC 2012 U.S. – Asia Business Summit (Tokyo)
Fr, Mar 16 Brkfst Briefing: Social Media • Online Safety for Children
Mo-Tu, Mar 26-27 Asia Pacific Business Outlook 2012 (Los Angeles)
VGCL wants higher minimum wage, same overtime
Vietnam – U.S. Trade Status and Outlook, 2011 – 2020e
Volvo Round-the-World Ocean Race Off Coast of Vietnam (YouTube)
What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) … ?

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Two Web Sites for Overseas U.S. Voter Registration in 2012


Online Voter Registration & Ballot Delivery

Did you know that there are 6 million + Americans living overseas? If the overseas American community were a state, we would be the 18th most-populous state in the union. Our votes count … enough to have changed the outcome of elections in several states.

Register now to vote, by clicking one of the banner links below.

www.overseasvotefoundation.org
www.overseasvotefoundation.org


FVAP Federal Voting Assistance Program

www.fvap.gov

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 is U.S. General Election Day

We encourage you to visit either the website at www.overseasvotefoundation.org or www.fvap.gov.

Voter Registration & Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Voters who have not yet registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot should do so now using either the www.overseasvotefoundation.org or the FVAP website.

You may also pick up a hard copy of the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) from any U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Voting

Your local voting officials should mail your absentee ballot 30 to 45 days before the November 6 election day. Return your voted ballot as early as possible. Be aware of your state’s ballot receipt deadline, as well as any postmarking requirements.

Emergency Ballots

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) serves as an emergency ballot for voters who registered in time but fail to receive an official ballot from local election officials. You can access the FWAB by clicking here: https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/overseas/FwabStart.htm as well.

Questions?

The Voting Assistance Officer at the U.S. Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City is also always available to answer questions about absentee voting. To contact the Voting Assistance Officer, call +84-8-822-9433×2159 or send an e-mail to Voting Assistance Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

American Citizen Services Unit
Consular Section
U.S. Consulate General
Ho Chi Minh City
Ph: (84-8) 822-9433
Fax: (84-8) 824-5571
E-mail: American Citizen Services Unit
http://hochiminh.usconsulate.gov/gen_citizenservices.html

Seminar: How to Overcome the Complexity of the Foreign Contractor Tax in Vietnam

WHEN: Thu, July 7 from 8:15am – 5:30pm
WHERE: Legend Hotel Saigon, 2A-4A Ton Duc Thang Street, Dist.1, HCMC

A practical seminar entitled “How to Overcome the Complexity of the Foreign Contractor Tax in Vietnam” will be organized by Irving Seminar and Training.

Foreign Contractor Tax (FCT) is fairly complex in practice. Different tax rates and values apply to different business lines. FCT issues are often highly frequent, important and difficult in the business of many enterprises. An incorrect understanding of the FCT liability may result in penalties, interests or in overpaying taxes that are actually not even due. Enterprises cannot always engage tax consultants for each and every payment. It is, of course, quite beneficial to enterprises that they dispose over a good understanding of how the FCT applies to the payments they make.

In this one day in-depth seminar, well-known experts of the advisory profession such as Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, DFDL Mekong, EP Legal and Ernst & Young will share their valued knowledge and practical experiences with the course registrants. A detailed course program has been designed to meet the needs of key staff of enterprises in this regard. The objective is to provide a detailed practical understanding of the application of the tax, so that registrants are able to determine the tax consequences of real-life cases in their enterprise.

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Enhancing Vocational Training in Vietnam through Public Private Partnerships


When: Fri, Mar 25, 2011, 08:00 – 13:00 (includes buffet lunch)
Where: New World Hotel Saigon

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Weekly Update July 26: Energy & Infrastructure Arbitration, Project 30, U.S. Voters Registration

We, Jul 28 Seminar: Developing a Low Carbon Economy

Fr, Jul 30 International Energy and Infrastructure Arbitration: A Vietnam Perspective

Th, Aug 12 How to meet new U.S. import requirements for quality, safety, labor and environment

Project 30: Administrative Procedures Reform: Update (Jun 15, 2010)

Two Web Sites for Overseas U.S. Voters: Online Voter Registration & Ballot Delivery

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

EPLegal supported the 1st offshore syndicate facility in Vietnam On Jul 21 at PetroVietnam Head Office in Hanoi, for the first time a syndicate of six top local and international banks in Vietnam have signed a syndicate loan agreement with a Singaporean FPSO owner – PVKEZZ Ltd. For financing its FPSO investment project with the total value of US$227 Million. This is the first known overseas loan in Vietnam approved by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), where EPLegal has been acting as the Borrower’s legal counsel.

We, Jul 28 Seminar: Developing a Low Carbon Economy A seminar to further business dialogue and awareness of topics related to fostering a low carbon economy. The objective is to share international and regional experience on carbon and energy issues, and on current priorities and challenges related to carbon emissions reduction and energy efficiency in the region.

Fr, Jul 30 International Energy and Infrastructure Arbitration: A Vietnam Perspective The Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC) in partnership with The Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC) will host a half-day seminar to examine the latest regional developments in dispute management and arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The conference will take place on Jul 30, 2010 at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The keynote speaker at the Conference will be Mr K Shanmugam, Singapore Minister for Law. Click the link for details and a registration form.

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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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Weekly Update May 10: U.S. Voter Registration, Environmental Forum, Palooza

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

Th, May 13 Registration Deadline: Washington Doorknock Jun 13-17

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

Mo-Tu, May 10 – 11 Fine dining with Culinary pioneer Chef Alex Gares at Caravelle’s Reflections Restaurant Let’s come and taste the menu emphasizing fresh and local ingredients. Three or five course menu or a la carte selections are available. Menus are from VND 692,000++ per person. Advance reservation is required.

We, May 12 University of Hawaii Executive MBA in Ho Chi Minh City – Information Session Vietnam citizens or foreign nationals living in Vietnam, with an average of 5 to 10 years work experience, are invited to attend a free-of-charge information session: University of Hawaii and its international recognition; UH Shidler College of Business and its AACSB accreditation; program curriculum and our distinguished teaching faculty; admissions requirements and application procedures.

May 13 Registration Deadline: Washington Doorknock Jun 13-17 Annual meeting in Washington DC with leaders of the U.S. Government Executive Branch (White House, State, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security, U.S. Trade Representative, etc.) and Legislative Branch, both the Senate and the House of Representatives, to discuss issues in U.S. relations with the Asia Pacific region and countries.

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