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Weekly Update Apr 23: Incentive Compensation Seminar, WTO Implementation, Coldwell Banker

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Tue, Apr 24 Designing an Incentive Scheme: SmartHR Seminar
Learn to design incentive schemes that will give you a competitive edge and help you attract, motivate, and retain frontrunners.

Tue, Apr 24 WTO Implementation Committee
Review Committee work plan and upcoming events.

Thu-Sat, Apr 26-28 COLDWELL BANKER® International Realty Master Franchise Meetings
Membership in the Coldwell Banker International Realty franchise system is offered to select real estate companies and successful business entrepreneurs through an exclusive master franchise program. Coldwell Banker has recently started pursuing a very well structured and aggressive expansion plan for the Vietnam market, and Al Mendoza, Vice President for International Deve

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Weekly Update Apr 16: Phan Thiet Weekend Apr 28-May 1, New Holiday Apr 26

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10th Annual AmCham Family Weekend in Phan Thiet, Apr 28-May 1
Register now to avoid disappointment during this busy Spring Holiday.

Tue, Apr 17 Monthly Lunch: eMarketing and eBusiness in Vietnam
Vietnam will have an estimated 30 million people online by 2010 Currently there is a 15% internet penetration rate. Online ads maturing: now being more accepted by advertisers as a legitimate and useful means of spending advertising dollars. Online payment systems are coming. How will this affect your business?

Wed, Apr 18 : How to achieve ROI from your ERP investments (member event) (Member Event)
ERP investment is supposed to help businesses, but even big companies can find themselves spending money without a return. TRG and Infor will show you how some up-front analysis with an eye to your industry, competitors and business processes will make your investments pay off.

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Weekly Update Mar 19: APEC – ASEAN Business Opportunities Mar 23, Antidumping Tutorial Mar 26

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APEC and ASEAN: Business Opportunities and Challenges for Local and Global Firms, Fri, Mar 23. Four Ambassadors confirmed to participate. Panel discussion on moving information and goods across boarders. Lunch with Prime Minister (invited), dinner at Reunification Palace with Chairman of People’s Committee (invited). AmCham welcomes leaders of Asia-Pacific Council of AmChams (APCAC), which consists of 25 member AmChams that represent 10,000 businesses and 50,000 executives in 19 countries and economies of the Asia-Pacific region. The APCAC membership manages trade of over US$ 400 billion and direct foreign investment (FDI) of nearly US$ 300 billion. Participation is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Commerce Department Tutorial on Antidumping, Mon, Mar 26
Tutorial from the experts in charge of antidumping cases about the basics of antidumping and countervailing duty. Vietnam has lost 23 of 28 antidumping cases, so this could be a useful exercise for Vietnamese and FDI firms, and their advisors. Click the link to register online early. Participation is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Information Session, University of Hawaii Executive MBA in HCM City, Sat, Mar 31
University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business will provide information about its new program in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Weekly Update Mar 5: Apparel Trade Preserved, Sotheby’s, APCAC Annual Meeting

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Tue, Mar 6 and Wed, Mar 7, Sotheby’s International Realty Master Franchise Meetings
Membership in Sotheby’s International Realty franchise system is offered to select real estate companies and successful business entrepreneurs through an exclusive master franchise program. Sotheby’s has recently started pursuing a very well structured and aggressive expansion plan for the Vietnam market, and Scott Schubiger, Vice President for International Development, would like to meet qualified interested parties to share this exciting news. Please click the link for more information and to contact Scott.

Wed, Mar 7, 8am-2:00pm, WTO Seminar and Lunch, organized by AusCham and EuroCham
A detailed look at the goods and services commitments, trading and distribution rights, intellectual property, and other issues related to Vietnam’s WTO accession, for businesses operating in Vietnam. This notice provided in support of AusCham and EuroCham organization efforts.

Wed, Mar 7, 12pm, Hanoi – Lunch and Q&A Discussion with Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy PM Pham Gia Khiem will visit tht U.S. Mar 11-16 to discuss U.S.-Vietnam bilateral issues, regional issues, and preparations for visits by President Nguyen Minh Triet this summer and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung this fall. He will hold a dialogue with local US businesses before beginning his visit.

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Weekly Update Jan 29: Lunch: Corporate Governance in VN, Jan 30; TET, Feb 16-19

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Tue, Jan 30. EuroCham Lunch: Corporate Governance in Vietnam
Alain Cany, President and CEO, HSBC in Vietnam and Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam will give a presentation on Developing the Corporate Governance model in Vietnamese banking system toward international best practices Oliver Massmann, Partner, Baker & McKenzie in Vietnam and EuroCham Board member will present on Corporate Governance: Principles and Implementation in Vietnam

Wed, Jan 31. WTO Implementation Commitee Organizational Meeting
to discuss organization and 2007 work plan.

Thu, Feb 1 Logistics and Supply Chain Management Committee Meeting
Presentation by Mark Ketelaar, DHL Supply Chain Group, Vietnam. Discuss committee organization and activities for 2007

TET Lunar New Year, Feb 16-17-18-19, 2007
It’s not too soon to make your plans for TET now. Click on the link to learn more about this holiday and TET customs in Vietnam, and the Lunar Year calendar. There are four “core” days of celebration: TET Eve (12/29 in the Lunar Calendar, Feb 16 in Western Calendar), First Day of TET (1/1 in Lunar, Feb 17 in Western Calendar), 2nd Day of TET (1/2 and Feb 18), 3rd Day of TET (1/3 and Feb 19).

President’s Day – President George Washington’s Birthday, Feb 19
While Americans may be interested in learning more about TET, Vietnamese may be interested ln learning more about George Washington, the first President of the United States (for two terms: 1789-1797). Please click the link for more information about George Washington, his important role in the eight-year long Revolutionary War (1775-1783), and the founding of the United States. Note that the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will be closed on this holiday.

10th Annual AmCham Family Weekend in Phan Thiet, Apr 28-May 1
It’s also not too early to put this great AmCham weekend on your calendar. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment during this busy Spring holiday.

Issues Updates and AmCham – related News

Vietnam’s WTO Commitments – Download the Presentation (44pg pdf file)
These commitments will have a major impact on your business development in the future. Fred Burke, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie Vietnam, and Chairman of the Legal and Vietnam Business Forum Liaison Committee, higlighted the key issues for nearly 100 members and guests.

AmCham and Vietnam Related News. Click the link for more news highlights.

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Event Presentations and Downloads
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. Download the AmCham HCMC Board of Governors Report on Activities in 2006.

Sec 911 – Housing cost amount eligible for exclusion or deduction – U.S. Citizens
The U.S. Treasury Department issued a notice concerning housing costs eligible for exclusion or deduction by U.S. citizens and .

Online Membership Directory
Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory. We now have 373 member and associate companies, with more than 700 representatives of those companies.

Other Chambers in Ho Chi Minh City. Click the link see other events in HCMC.

Other AmChams in the Asia/Pacific Region Click this link ff you plan to travel in the region and want to know about networking opportunities in the city(ies) you will visit. AmCham members are welcome to attend member functions at any AmCham in the Asia-Pacific region at local member rates. Be sure to have your AmCham member card with you and your www.amchamvietnam.com member listing up to date.

Benefits and Services
Review your benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 66,000 visitors and 120,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

Your announcement in AmCham’s Weekly Update email
Every Monday or Tuesday, AmCham’s Weekly Update email goes out to 700 representatives of AmCham member and associate companies, plus over 1,000 subscribers in Vietnam and the USA. We welcome event announcements that are of interest to members and associates and offer a service to include such announcements in the Weekly Update email.

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AmCham Webmaster’s Computing Tips: Internet use in Vietnam
81% of firms in Vietnam use broadband internet, up from only 54% in 2004. About 17.5% of Vietnam’s population use the internet. Click the link for more information, including information about the “Top 100 Sites” for users in Vietnam.

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This week’s quote: “Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner and you can keep the golf clubs and the fresh air.” (Jack Benny)

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