Weekly Update Aug 22: Mission to Laos, Build Employer Brand, Talent Management, Real Estate

Highlights

Mo-We, Aug 29-31, Business Mission to Laos
Fr, Sep 2 Vietnam’s National Foundation Day
We, Sep 7 Build Your Employer Brand
We, Sep 14 Sustainable Talent Management
Th, Sep 15 Real Estate Networking Night: Industrial Sector
Th, Sep 15 Annual Hospitality Management Conference 2011
Sa, Sep 17 International Coastal Cleanup Day
Mo, Sep 19 Economic Dynamism: Growth and Overcoming the Limits of Geography
Sa, Sep 24 – Sa, Dec 3 AmCham Scholarship 2011
We, Sep 28 Young Professionals Palooza Party
Photo Highights: AmCham’s July 4th Picnic
AmCham’s World Blood Donor Day in the News
Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, Roads
Developing a 21st Century Workforce in Vietnam

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Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

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Tu-We, Aug 30-31, Business Mission to Laos Organized by U.S. Embassy Thailand and AmCham Thailand. Meet with government officials such as the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, and the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Madame Khemmani Pholsena, Laos-based entrepreneurs. Learn about opportunities and challenges of doing business in Laos.

We, Sep 7 Members Lunch: Build Your Employer Brand in Vietnam An employer brand is like a hair-style. All organizations have an employer brand weather they like it or not. Smart organizations take time to define a style for their brand which is easy to recognize and adds value to their goals and objectives. 

We, Sep 14 Sustainable Talent Management Strategy: Asia Pacific’s vs. Vietnam’s Perspective Talent management remains one of the most pressing and challenging issues forbusiness leaders globally. With Asia Pacific being one of the fastest growing region and a rapidly ageing demographic, the war for talent is even more important to organizations in the region.

Th, Sep 15 Real Estate Networking Night: The Vietnam Industrial Sector – Today and Tomorrow Join us for our first ever exclusive Industrial market focused event and receive an update on the Vietnams National Industrial market from Vietnams only dedicated Industrial Real Estate agency team CBRE and Mapletree Logistics, Vietnam’s largest logistics warehousing provider in HCM City.

Thu, Sep 15 Making the right decision in choosing a hotel operator a Hospitality Management Conference designed for Hotel Owners, Investors and Operators. This one day in-depth conference focuses on the practical side of working with Hotel & Resort Management Companies. It is a comprehensive conference aimed at enhancing your hospitality assets.

Sa, Sep 17 International Coastal Cleanup Day, 2011 Please join us, and the global movement that is giving back to our ocean, by spending just one day cleaning up trash from our world’s waterways and oceans.

Mo, Sep 19 Economic Dynamism: Growth and Overcoming the Limits of Geography The future outlook of US, Europe and Asian economies; and at the end some comments on Vietnam

Sa, Sep 24 – Sa, Dec 3 AmCham Scholarship Program AmCham will grant scholarships to 40 top students in partnership with Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), Banking University, Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law and Hoa Sen University.

We, Sep 28 Young Professionals Palooza Party at Moevenpick Hotel Saigon Monthly networking event for young professionals at the coolest and latest nightspots in Ho Chi Minh City. A platform to develop new friendships, and information exchange.

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News and Issues Updates

Ireland tells Vietnam how to spot the warning signs of a real estate bubble Hanoi and HCM City have some of the world’s most expensive real estate in a country with average annual GDP per capita of just $ 1,200.

German insurance firm to buy 25 pct of Vietnam insurer for $ 92 million PVI Holdings is the leading non-life and industrial sector insurer in Vietnam, with a 24 percent market share and gross written premiums in 2010 of $ 183 million.

Toshiba to design LCD TVs in India, Vietnam One Toshiba LCD TV has built-in storage batteries for areas plagued by frequent blackouts and models with signal-boosting and noise-reducing functions.

Vietnam’s foreign debt widens to 42.2 pct of GDPVietnam’s foreign debt reached 32.5 billion dollars in December 2010, up from 27.9 billion dollars from the same period in 2009, authorities said.

Developing a 21st Century Workforce in Vietnam Vietnam’s top technical universities, working with universities in the U.S., Intel, and the U.S. and Vietnamese governments, have embarked on an ambitious initiative to modernize their engineering degree programs, in the “Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program.”

Vietnam Competitiveness Report, 2010 – Michael Porter, et. al. Vietnam’s growth since the mid-1980s has been driven by transition and structural change. More recently, the policy response mainly focuses on intensifying investment, especially in SOEs and infrastructure, to generate growth rather than on upgrading productivity and efficiency. But the economic logic behind this growth model ultimately has limited potential.

Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index, 2010 Using new survey data from 7,300 businesses in Vietnam that describe firm perceptions of their local business environments and hard data, the PCI 2010 continues to benchmark the capacity of local governments to develop regulatory environments for private sector development. The PCI 2010 report includes a special feature on survey results from 1,155 foreign invested enterprises.

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Recent Events and Information Resources on AmCham Web Site

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Aug 133rd Vietnam Education Foundation Conference: AmCham Support for Education
Aug 11Members Lunch: Consumer Product Safety Commission
.Presentation: Improving Consumer Product Safety for Products Exported to the USA
.http://www.SaferProducts.gov
.U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Jul 7Crisis Management: How to Manage a Crisis that Hurts Your Company’s Reputation
.Presentation: Crisis Management
Jul 2Photo Highights: AmCham’s July 4th Picnic
Jun 17Members Night TPP Briefing & Networking
.Photo album (11 photos)
Jun 14World Blood Donor Day 2011
.News Highights: AmCham’s World Blood Donor Day

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