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Weekly Update Feb 04: TET Lunar New Year, Feb 6-11, 2008

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We-Mo, Feb 6-11 TET Lunar New Year (VN Holiday) “Tet is the festival which epitomizes the identity of Vietnamese culture. Many rites, festivities and practices of Vietnamese TET hark back to myths and legends of the Viet culture of the Bronze Age (first millenium B.C.) called the Red River Culture.” Click the link to learn more.

News and Issues Updates

Trading rights and Distribution rights: Mercedes-Benz to import vehicles and spare parts. Mercedes-Benz Vietnam has won a licence to import complete-built units. Customers would now be able to buy Mercedes-Benz vehicles from genuine sources and felt totally assured of the origins and verification of the cars, and could enjoy post-sale services and spare parts provided by Autohaus Mercedes-Benz nationwide.

Rents in major cities have sky-rocketed. Market observers said rising rents were dangerous for the economy, particularly as they hinder competitiveness and corporate expansion.

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Weekly Update Jan 21: Ambassador’s Education Conference, WTO Trading Rights

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Mo, Jan 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (U.S. Holiday) Click the link to learn more about this holiday and about Martin Luther King, Jr., who received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964.

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.

Fr, Jan 25 Meeting re Implementing WTO Commitments re Trading Rights. Meeting in Hanoi of AmCham members with Ministry of Industry and Trade to discuss detailed procedures for Decree 23 and Circular 9 implementing Vietnam’s WTO Commitments re Trading Rights.

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Weekly Update Jan 14: Ambassador’s Education Conference, TET Lunar New Year

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Mo, Jan 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (U.S. Holiday) Click the link to learn more about this holiday and about Martin Luther King, Jr., who received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964.

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.

Fr, Jan 25 Meeting re Implementing WTO Commitments re Trading Rights. Meeting in Hanoi of AmCham members with Ministry of Industry and Trade to discuss detailed procedures for Decree 23 and Circular 9 implementing Vietnam’s WTO Commitments re Trading Rights.

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

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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.

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Weekly Update Oct 29: Visas, United Airlines CEO, Commerce Secretary Business Mission

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Vietnam Business Forum: Annual Business Sentiment Survey Are conditions better for your business? Why or why not? Take this short survey and provide information to help improve the business environment.

Brief Guide to Intellectual Property in Vietnam, by Rouse & Co, will help companies doing business in Vietnam to understand the IP regime and know how best to protect and exploit IP in Vietnam.

Wed, Oct 31. Morning briefing: J-1 Visas for International Career-Related Experiences Since 1950, the Association for International Practical Training (AIPT) has provided expert advice and services to more than 55,000 people seeking international career-related experiences. AIPT provides support to thousands of students, early-career professionals, businesses, and attorneys seeking to expand their involvement in the global arena.

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Weekly Update Oct 22: J-1 Visas Made Simple, United Airlines CEO, Commerce Secretary Mission

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BTA / WTO Implementation: 6 Questions Confidential survey on Market Access in Vietnam—six questions about BTA / WTO implementation. You can complete the survey in five minutes.

Vietnam Business Forum: Annual Business Sentiment Survey Are conditions better for your business? Why or why not? Take this short survey and provide information to help improve the business environment.

Brief Guide to Intellectual Property in Vietnam, by Rouse & Co, will help companies doing business in Vietnam to understand the IP regime and know how best to protect and exploit IP in Vietnam.

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Weekly Update Jul 23: Vietnam Total Rewards Survey, WTO Committee

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Tue, Jul 24, WTO Committee Meeting
Review planning for upcoming committee-organized events.

2007 Vietnam Total Rewards Survey
Watson Wyatt Worldwide and SMART HR are offering to provide Industry Job Pricing Sessions to foreign invested companies from four industry groups: High Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, and Real Es

Issues Updates and AmCham – related News

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Infrastructure: port relocation proceeding slowly
HCM City’s ports recorded a 25-30 per cent per year growth rate, far higher than the other inspected provinces.

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Weekly Update Jul 16: Project HOPE, Vietnam Total Rewards Survey

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Wed, Jul 18, Lunch: VN-U.S. BTA Impact on Vietnam’s Economy (STAR Project Review)
On July 18, the STAR Project will release a major study of the BTA’s Impact on Vietnam’s Trade, Investment and Economic Structure (2001-2006). Join other AmCham members and guests at this lunch for a detailed presentation of the study’s conclusions.

Fri, Jul 20, Lunch: Project HOPE COO William Fox, M.D.
Project HOPE is partnering with the US Navy in a medical humanitarian mission that will include a visit to Vietnam July 15-25. COO of Project HOPE since Nov 2006, Dr. Fox served 28 years in the US Army in a variety of medical command, staff, and surgical positions. Trained in Special Forces and Airborne operations, he has commanded an Airborne Forward Surgical team, Special Forces Company, Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), and culminated his career as the commanding General for the Airborne Medical Brigade.

2007 Vietnam Total Rewards Survey
Watson Wyatt Worldwide and SMART HR are offering to provide Industry Job Pricing Sessions to foreign invested companies from four industry groups: High Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, and Real Es

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Weekly Update Jun 25. Sat: Independence Day Family Picnic, Fri: Business After-hours

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Fri, Jun 29, Business After-Hours: VIR Friday Review
The VIR Friday Review is a monthly “business after-hours” networking cocktail reception for Vietnamese and international business men/women. This is really a meeting of Saigon’s business leaders, who make things happen. It has been done for over 10 years now. Click the link for information and to register on-line.

We, Jun 27 Seminar: Increasing Productivity & Competitiveness with Enterprise Asset Management External market forces, Lean manufacturing strategies, and ever lower tolerances for late deliveries are putting pressure on manufacturers to ensure that facilities and equipment are not only available, but also operating at peak performance. Click the link for more information and to register online.

Sat, Jun 30, USA Independence Day Celebration and Family Picnic Join AmCham members, friends and family to enjoy our traditional American holiday and cultural event that is celebrated all across the USA, in big cities and small towns. An old-fashioned picnic, celebration with scrumptuous food, ice-cold genuine all-American BUDWEISER beer, fun and games for children and parents, great door prizes, and great live music by The Curtis King Band. Limited to 600 AmCham Members and their Guests.

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Weekly Update Apr 30 VBF/MPI Draft Decree on WTO, Workshops in Logistics & Operations

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Thu, May 3 VBF/MPI Meeting on Draft Decree on Vietnam’s WTO Commitments
Discuss the draft decree so as to have good understanding of the commitments, implementation, increase transparency, and improve

Thu-Sat, May 2-5 Workshops in Logistics and Operations
Workshops in HCM City and Hanoi on Logistics and Operations. Transforming world knowledge into Vietnamese reality.

Sat, Jun 30, USA Independence Day Celebration and Family Picnic
Join AmCham members, friends and family to enjoy our traditional American holiday and cultural event that is celebrated all across the USA, in big cities and small towns. An old-fashioned picnic, celebration with scrumptuous food, fun and games for children and parents, great door prizes, and good music. Limited to 600 AmCham Members and their Guests.

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