Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018 !

As the year draws to a close, we sincerely thank AmCham companies, members, and business associations and government partners for their friendship and cooperation during the year in our efforts to help make Vietnam the best business and investment destination in Southeast Asia.

We wish you all health, happiness and prosperity in 2018, the TET Lunar Year of the Dog !

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Survey Says: Americans Will Splurge On Sustainable Seafood

Seafood is in higher demand than ever before, with 82 percent of Americans adding salmon, shrimp and tilapia to their lunch and dinner plates. However, they won’t settle for just any seafood. They want to know where it’s coming from and that it was sourced responsibly, according to a June 2017 Cargill Feed4Thought consumer survey.

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Daniel J. Kritenbrink to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Daniel J. Kritenbrink of Virginia to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  Mr. Kritenbrink, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1994.  He is currently the Senior Advisor for North Korea Policy at the Department of State.  A former Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing, China, Mr. Kritenbrink has held senior leadership positions at the Department of State and served as a Senior Director at the National Security Council.  He has two decades of experience overseas and in Washington working on Asian affairs as a policy maker, analyst, and practitioner.  Mr. Kritenbrink earned a M.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.A from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  He speaks Chinese and Japanese.

Trump, Xi Meet to chart a way forward for the U.S.-China bilateral relationship

A Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the Visit of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China focused on the opportunity for the two leaders to exchange views on each other’s respective priorities and to chart a way forward for the U.S.-China bilateral relationship.

” Together, the United States and China represent 40% of the global economy, and as the world’s two largest economies, there’s no greater or more consequential economic relationship.  Indeed, our economies have become increasingly interdependent through growing trade and investment.

‘The key premise of our economic relationship is that bilateral trade and investment should be mutually beneficial.  However, progress on a range of bilateral economic issues has become increasingly difficult.  This reflects a slowdown and, in certain cases in our view, a retreat in China’s move toward giving the market a more decisive role in the Chinese economy. Read more

Vietnam, U.S. team up for food safety

The High Quality Việt Nam Products Business Association, the American Chamber of Commerce in Việt Nam and the Washington-based Global Food Safety Forum signed a memorandum of understanding on co-operation in food safety.  The US imports 15% of its food, 20% of vegetables, 50% of fruit and 80% of seafood, according to the U.S. FDA, which has established an International Food Safety Capacity Building Plan to train foreign governments and food producers on U.S. requirements for food safety. Read more

Asia Pacific Business Outlook, Mar 27-28, 2017

Now in its 30th year, Asia/Pacific Business Outlook (APBO) is North America’s premier event for business leaders who want to expand their trade and investment in the Asia/Pacific region. The USC Marshall School of Business and the U.S. Department of Commerce have been working together on APBO since 1988 to help exporters and investors take advantage of tremendous opportunities and overcome challenges in the constant changing economies of Asia.  Read more

Weekly Updates 2016


Dec 26: China’s NME Status, Vietnam Visas, Renew Membership, TET Holidays
Dec 19: New Board Members 2017-2018, Renew Membership, Update profile for Membership Directory 
Dec 12: FedEx CEO supports TPP; WB – VN’s Economic Outlook; Governors’ Ball Prize Winners List
Dec 05: TPP is not dead; Minimum Wage 2016; Annual General Meeting
Nov 28: TET Lunar New Year; Membership Renewal; Directory
Nov 21: Investment Funds’ Opportunity with OPIC;  Governors’ Ball
Nov 14: Administration Gives Up on TPP …? Global Product Safety & Compliance; Governors’ Ball
Sep 19: TPP benefits U.S. whiskey exports; VTV DigitalTV; GE Wind Power; Governors’ Ball
Sep 12: PM approves NCTF; Expat Explorer; Global Product Safety Conference
Sep 05: TPP helps SMEs; Customs unimproved; HCMC Smart Traffic System
Aug 29: Sen. Hatch: “TPP in lame duck;” Airports Expansion; Low Quality Coffee
Aug 22: Vietnam’s TPP Implementation; 2017 Minimum Wage; Members’ Night; Food Safety
Aug 15: Food Safety; TPP Statement; Ashley Grand Opening; Members’ Night
Aug 08: TPP prospects in “lame duck” session; Country-specific implementation plans
Aug 01: Fisheries dispute; TPP prospects in “lame duck” session; Food safety efforts needed
Jul 25: Minimum Wage, Vietnam Pension System, Customs Assistance for U.S. Exporters, TPP Update 
Jul 18: GDP up 5.5%, CBP’s “Global Entry”, Food Safety – Fish, TPP Update
Jul 11: Investor Survey 2016, TPP Update, $45,000 in Raffle Prizes for Winners
Jul 04: $45,000 Raffle Prizes for Winners, More Technical Assistance for TFA, TPP remaining issues
Jun 27: ADB supports Vietnam, cautions on SOEs; U.S. fashion firms share sourcing strategies
Jun 20: China is not a Market Economy, Food Safety not trusted, Listed firms must adopt IFRS
Jun 13: New Era in U.S. – Vietnam Relations; TPP Impact on Vietnam’s Legal Reforms; Fake Fertilizers
Jun 06: TPP in Lame Duck Session; Cargill opens 11th plant in Vietnam; Bosch invests more
May 30: President Obama in Vietnam; U.S. ITC Initiates Investigation of Steel Products from China
May 23: President Obama in Vietnam, EU Parliament: China is NME, Food Safety
May 16: Obama Visit, USTR: TPP Vote in 2016, ITC Report on TPP Impact, Coal-fired Power a Disaster
May 09: VN GDP Growth 6.3% (IMF); Drought hurts coffee production; Steel execs: China is NME
May 02: Vietnam-U.S. Relations; WTO DG visits Vietnam, highlights TFA; U.S. Steel complaint vs. China
Apr 25: Mekong Delta suffering worst drought in nearly a century; TPP trade opportunities
Apr 18: TPP: focus on implementation; U.S. Seafood imports; TPP outlook in U.S. Congress
Apr 11: Prime Minister’s meeting; U.S., China MOU to end China’s export subsidies; Members’ Night
Apr 04: One-year, multiple-entry visas for AmCits; Food safety concerns; New U.S. FDI
Mar 28: Is Vietnam ready to reap benefits of TPP? Unions in transition; U.S. leading source of FDI
Mar 21: Apple to invest $1 billion ? 500 Startups to invest; PV, Target, IFC partner for sustainability 
Mar 14: 500 Startups launches $10mm Fund, NA vote on 7 laws, Engineering Education, APBO 2016
Mar 7: People’s Committee Meeting, Vietnam 2035, Vietnam Engineering Education, APBO 2016
Feb 29: Vietnam Engineering Education Conference, Joining Global Supply Chains, Vietnam 2035
Feb 22: TPP to increase VN exports by 30%, Macroeconomic Implications, Sander Levin Opposes 
Feb 15: U.S.-ASEAN Summit & TPP, Car Sales Soar, EU-VN FTA Available Online, Dams on the Mekong
Feb 08: TET Lunar New Year; TPP signing on Feb 4; Congressional consideration of TPP
Feb 01: TET Lunar New Year; Meaningful public-private consultations needed to make Vietnam competitive – World Bank
Jan 25: TPP Entry into effect: two years, three scenarios; FDI Exports 71% of total; Walmart Supplier Development
Jan 18: ITC Hearings on TPP, ANA Buys Stake in VN Airlines, Party Congress, TET
Jan 11: Walmart Conference, Directory, TPP Hearing, Party Congress, TET, NETFLIX
Jan 04: Walmart Supplier Development; ITC Public Hearing on TPP; National Party Congress; TET


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Candidates for Board of Governors – Annual General Meeting 2016

The 2017 Board of Governors of AmCham Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) will have 18 Governors. Nine governors will be elected from the below-listed candidates in on-line secure voting between on or about Nov 21 and the Annual General Meeting on Dec 13, 2016 for a two-year term January 2017 – December 2018.

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ILA Vietnam – education training centers

HPEF Capital, formerly Headland Capital Partners, and other shareholders of Vietnam-based education company ILA Vietnam are seeking to sell the business for $150 million. First-round bids will be made by the end of this year, according to a Bloomberg report. Read more