Weekly Update Apr 02. Phan Thiet Weekend, TRG-Citrix, Indochina Capital, eBusiness in Vietnam

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Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

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

Request for comments: Draft Decree on Vietnam’s WTO Commitments
Click the link for information and to download the draft decree in both English and Vietnamese, and related documents. A Meeting to discuss the draft will be organized in first half of April 2007, after receipt of written public comments.

Chef Samuele Rossi showcases Italian delights at Opera Restaurant, Park Hyatt, April 3-10
Visit Park Hyatt Saigon April 3-10 and enjoy an exquisite Italian food promotion at the Opera restaurant, with dishes prepared by Guest Chef Samuele Rossi, Chef de Cuisine of Da Giorgio restaurant and Grand Café restaurant at Grand Hyatt Beijing.

Thu, Apr 5 TRG & Citrix Application Delivery InfraSolutions (ICT Committee Member Event)
IT executives now face the increased pressure to create new organizational efficiencies: to extract value from existing IT infrastructures, deliver business value in short time scales and manage corporate risks better. Consistent delivery of critical business applications can be that strategic lever. Join us to learn how Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 can address your business needs.

Thu, Apr 5 Indochina Capital Cocktail Reception (Member Event)
IndoChina Capital cordially invites AmCham members to a Cocktail Reception to celebrate the recent listing of Indochina Capital Vietnam Holdings on the London Stock Exchange. Click the link for details and to RSVP/register for the Member Event.

Wed, Apr 11 TRG & Microsoft – Picking the Right ERP Solution (ICT Committee Member Event)
TRG International and Microsoft Vietnam would like to share with you Insights into ERP – the enterprise backbone, and relationships and interdependencies among different functions such as finance, sales, engineering, purchasing, planning, production, and logistics.

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?

Mojito Friday Night BBQ at New World Hotel Splash Bar, 6-9pm
Enjoy a refreshing Mojito as a welcome drink, then start with a fresh seafood combination platter followed by juicy meat specialties, chef’s catch of the day and a variety of side dishes. Free flow of draft beer, Frontera Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon and soft drinks. Join the monthly rafle with a chance to win a weekend in the George Bush Presidential Suite.

Issues Updates and AmCham – related News

News Highlights. Click the link for these and more news highlights.

Industrial Parks and Export Processing Zones flourish in Vietnam
Areas for improvement include better pollution control, housing and training for workers, and road networks supporting the IPs and EPZs

Korean firm to build golf resort in “NW New Urban Area” of HCM City
The golf resort project will include other service facilities of five-star standard, such as villas, swimming pool, tennis courts and conference center.

Power cuts cause traffic chaos in Ho Chi Minh City
Traffic stopped when traffic lights had no electric power.

Ex-Deputy Minister of Trade jailed for quota corruption, Le Van Thang also jailed
Eleven other defendants were got sentences ranging from three years’ probation to 17 years in prison.

Corruption Case in China Breaks “Shanghai Taboo” – Washington Post
The official New China News Agency announced that Xi Jinping, 53, will be the new party secretary for Shanghai, moving from a similar job in neighboring Zhejiang province. He replaced Chen Liangyu, 60, who was fired and placed under investigation in September for allegedly using a government pension fund to make more than US$ 400 million in loans to a corrupt businessman.

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  • Mar 26 Antidumping Tutorial by U.S. Department of Commerce Experts
  • Mar 23 Seminar on APEC and ASEAN Integration: Opportunities for Global and Local Firms
  • Feb 01 Logistics and Supply Chain Management Committee by Mark Ketelaar, Managing Director, DHL Exel Supply Chain Vietnam.

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