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Weekly Update Dec 3: VBF, Direct Selling, Governors’ Ball, Annual General Meeting, Customs Dialogue

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Mo, Dec 3 Vietnam Business Forum
Fr, Dec 7 Roundtable • Direct Selling in Vietnam
Sa, Dec 8 AmCham Governors’ Ball • Christmas in San Francisco
… Many Wonderful Prizes and Silent Auction Items at the Governors’ Ball
Tu Dec 11 Annual General Meeting and Members’ Night
We, Dec 12 AmCham Dialogue with General Department of Vietnam Customs
Sa, Dec 15 Application Deadline for VN and U.S. Professionals Fellowships
Sa, Feb 9 – Su, Feb 17 TET Lunar New Year Holidays • 9 days • Plan ahead …
New FDI $12 billion, 21.4% drop compared with 2011
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
Tropical Storm (ex Super Typhoon) Bopha in Eastern Sea … Vietnam next?

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Overseas Vote Foundation Calls for Americans Abroad to Stand Up and Be Counted

Overseas Citizens Count BadgeOverseas Vote Foundation has launched a first-of-its-kind research project to establish a reliable count of Americans living outside the U.S. The "Overseas Citizens Count Project" provides a formalized methodology for counting Americans living abroad while guaranteeing their anonymity, as with the U.S. Census itself.

Essential to the project is a website (www.counting-citizens-abroad.org/) and a Facebook application (apps.facebook.com/occount/) where, until July 15, 2011, citizens can self-report their data.

"Heading into another General Election Year it becomes painfully obvious that if we don’t know our own community, how many and where they are, we cannot properly harness the power of the overseas vote," stated Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, Overseas Vote Foundation President and CEO.

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