Weekly Update Aug 30: Pre-Employment Screening, AmCham Scholarship, ADB Projects, Credit Guarantees

Tu, Sep 7 Pre-Employment Screening in Vietnam

Sa, Sep 25 AmCham Scholarship 2010 Information Session

Tu, Sep 28 ADB Finance/Development Projects in Vietnam and the GMS

Tu, Sep 28 Business Networking: Credit guarantees for agricultural imports from the USA

Vietnam and the TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, and Other Infrastructure

Project 30: Administrative Procedures Reform: Update (Jul 20, 2010)

Two Web Sites for Overseas U.S. Voters: Online Voter Registration & Ballot Delivery

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Th, Sep 2 National Foundation Day Official Vietnamese Holiday celebrating Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence and National Foundation. Offices closed. Click the link to learn more about this holiday.

Th, Sep 2 Celebrating 65th Vietnamese National Day at Caravelle Hotel Make it a special and unforgettable event. Large selection of carving stations as well as unique cooked to order fresh seafood selection. VND 888,000++ per person including 1 glass of Mumm Champagne and unlimited orders of Margaritas & Martinis and free flow of house wines Italian and Spanish Wines.

Th, Sep 2 Legend Hotel Saigon: VIETNAM NATIONAL DAY This holiday, please your palate with Saigon’s most spectacular international buffet and pamper your spirits with live entertainment by the four-member Jamm’n Essence Band at the renowned Atrium Café.

Mo, Sep 6 U.S. Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. U.S. Government offices closed. Click the link to learn more about this holiday, and links to a list of all Vietnamese and U.S. holidays.

Tu, Sep 7 Pre-Employment Screening in Vietnam Over 96% of HR professionals in the U.S. report that their companies do pre-employment checks of new employees, up from 66% in 1996.

Fr-Th, Sep 10-16 Square One restaurant proudly introduces a Japanese Food promotion hosted by Chef de Cuisine Hirokozu Nakazato and Sous Chef ‘hyakumi-an’ Hideyuki Kano, two celebrated chefs from Japan to bring you the best of Japanese cuisine in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

Spa InterContinental has created a unique experience for spa goers inspired by the diversity of Vietnamese natural products. To celebrate its first year anniversary Spa InterContinental offers this whole 150 minutes of sensory indulgence for only 1,750,000VND ++/person during September, which represents a 30% discount on the standard price.

Towers Watson’s 2010 Reports on Compensation, Benefits and Employment Practices in Vietnam provide the latest market data that will help you to make strategic and informed decisions, and manage and reward your talent objectively and effectively.

Sa, Sep 25 AmCham Scholarship 2010 Information Session Meeting to explain AmCham Scholarship Program, Application and Selection procedures, to prospective applicants.

Tu, Sep 28 ADB Finance/Development Projects in Vietnam and the GMS The ADB is a major development assistance partner for Vietnam, for the period 2007-2010 the ADB provided US$ 3 billion in loans to Vietnam. This session will help you learn about ADB priorities and projects in Vietnam. In addition, you will understand the qualification and procurement requirements to do business with ADB-funded projects.

Tu, Sep 28 Business Networking: Credit guarantees for agricultural imports from the USA The U.S. Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) programs encourage imports of U.S. agricultural products from buyers in countries where credit is necessary, but where financing may not be available without CCC guarantees.

Project 30: Administrative Procedures Reform: Update (July 20, 2010) Vietnamese citizens and businesses have high expectations for Project 30 with its enormous target of reducing administrative procedures (APs) to save AP compliance costs, ensure openness and transparency of the administrative system, and to overcome needless and costly red tape.

Two Web Sites for Overseas U.S. Voters: Online Voter Registration & Ballot Delivery

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News and Issues Updates

Vietnam and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement) The TPP negotiating partners currently include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. U.S. participation in the TPP Agreement is predicated on the shared objective of expanding this initial group to additional countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and several have already expressed interest in potentially participating in the agreement. Malaysia has official requested to join the TPP negotiations.

Vietnam’s Socio-Economic Development Strategy for 2011-2020 Essential reading for any serious student of Vietnam’s policy formation process, and an important public document designed to frame informed debate. It is a key step in the preparation for the eleventh national congress of the ruling Party that will convene in January 2011.

Click this link to read News Highlights: Business, Trade, and Investment in Vietnam and Asia.

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Ho Chi Minh City and Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, and Other Infrastructure
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Vietnam’s Dong Has Worst Week Since February on Devaluation

Recent Events and Information Resources on AmCham Web Site

Event Presentations and PHOTO ALBUMS Did you miss an AmCham event? Were you there but wanted to have a copy of the presentation? Didn’t get the business card of the person you were talking with? Now you can download the presentations by clicking on the above link. Also, you can see a list of people that attended the event, with links to their company contact information.

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Project 30 Updates: Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Administrative Procedures Reform, Jun 15, 2010.

“China Plus One = Vietnam and ASEAN Presentation at Asia-Pacific Business Outlook, Apr 19, 2010.

Real Estate Market Update Presentation by CBRE Vietnam at Real Estate Networking Night, Apr 21, 2010.

Bitexco Financial Tower in HCM City Presentation by Turner International at Real Estate Networking Night, Apr 21, 2010.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham companies? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for nearly 500 AmCham companies, and over 1,000 representatives. Members can contact other members by email via the AmCham web site. Also, links to company web sites for even more information about AmCham companies in Ho Chi Minh City.

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