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

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Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

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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.

Mon, Apr 23 Vietnam Economic Forum: Regionalism and Modernization of Vietnam
High-ranking Vietnamese officials, renowned Vietnamese and international speakers, representatives of diplomatic organizations and international organizations discuss Vietnam’s policies and investment climate.

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.

Wed, Apr 25, 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 understanding between government and businesses.

COLDWELL BANKER® International Realty Master Franchise Meetings, April 26-28
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 Development, will visit Vietnam to meet interested companies and entrepreneurs.

Thu, Apr 26 Hung Kings’ Festival Day (VN Holiday) – THIS IS A NEW HOLIDAY
The 10th day of the third lunar month is dedicated to commemorating the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Vietnamese nation—the first Hung King. The Hung kings ruled the country from 2879 to 258 BC, over 2,000 years.

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

World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Update – includes special section on Vietnam
East Asian economies are growing strong, but as they climb steadily to higher income levels, the next challenge is to avoid the “middle-income trap,” says World Bank’s semi-annual analysis of the region, published in April 2007.

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Event Presentations and Downloads
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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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