Weekly Update Dec 10: Annual General Meeting Th Dec 13; Dalat Winter Weekend Jan 11-13

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Upcoming Events and Activities (next two weeks)

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Membership Directory 2008 If you have new or changed contact information, please contact Ms. Huong at the AmCham office (824 3562). And, as you plan your advertising, be sure to include the AmCham Membership Directory.

Thu, Dec 13 Annual General Meeting and Members Night Report of the Board of Governors and the previous year’s accounts, as well as the election of members to the Board of Governors. Networking cocktail reception will follow after the meeting. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend !

Thu, Dec 13 Roundtable on Trading Rights and Distribution Rights (Washington DC)
AmCham Vietnam has expressed concerns to the Vietnamese and U.S. Governments about Vietnam’s delay in implementing its WTO commitments on “Trading Rights” (the right to import and export), along with other concerns about distribution and retai commitments. This Roundtable will be an opportunity for your U.S. Government Affairs representatives to “close the loop” with both Vietnamese and U.S. Government officials. Click the link for information on how to register.

Mon, Dec 31, Countdown to 2008 at Park Hyatt Saigon. Celebrate the beginning of a New Year with music, dancing and party at Park Hyatt Saigon’s Ballroom. Wine, dine and be entertained with live soul, blues and rock music by NANA, a leading band from Singapore. The Dinner Package includes Cocktail Reception, 6-course menu, Free flow of selected beverages including beer, wine and champagne, All night entertainment, (Live music, Magician and DJ) at US$ 140 nett per person. Monday December 31, 2007, 7:00pm – 2:00am. Limited tickets available. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets, please visit our Reservation Desk at the Lobby Level or call our direct line 08 520 2357

Fri-Sun, Jan 11-13, Dalat Winter Weekend and Roundtable Roundtable discussion of key issues for U.S. trade and investment in 2008, and also enjoy excursions, trekking and golf tournament, and spa and exquisite cuisine. Don’t miss this weekend. Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.

Nov 22 – Dec 24: Turkey to Fly from New World Hotel Saigon Enjoy traditional roasted turkey at home with your friends, with the Chef’s famous Southern-style stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy. Pre-order 24 hours in advance and pick up your feast in a specially designed turkey box, including a bottle of Chilean Cabernet Sauvigon wine.

U.S. Expo 2008 Plan now for a major new initiative to celebrate U.S. commerce, culture, and cuisine. Click the link for information.

News and Issues Updates

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Position Paper: Concerns re WTO Commitments: Trading and Distribution Rights AmCham Vietnam Position Paper: Concerns re WTO Implementation: Trading and Distribution Rights, 09 Dec 2007. Originally prepared for U.S. Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Business Mission to Vietnam, Nov 4-8, 2007, and for meeting with USTR Schwab in Singapore, Nov 18, 2007.

Dec 4, 2007 Vietnam Business Forum – AmCham Statement on Business Conditions.

AmCham-United Way Grants and Scholarships – Information and Photo Albums AmCham – United Way Committee Chairman Jim Andrew announced grant awards to community organizations in support of education, health and wellness, and AmCham Scholarships to students of the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, in a ceremony held at the New World Hotel Saigon on Saturday, December 8, 2007.

Event Presentations, Downloads, and PHOTO ALBUMS

Event Presentations and PHOTO ALBUMS: Nov 5 United Airlines CEO, Nov 6 U.S. Commerce Secretary 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.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for our 400 member and associate companies, and about 800 representatives. Also with links to their company web sites for even more information about American and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 100,000 visitors and 200,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

Your announcement in AmCham’s Weekly Update email Early each week, AmCham’s Weekly Update email goes out to nearly 800 representatives of over 400 AmCham member and associate companies, plus thousands of subscribers in Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, and the USA. We welcome event announcements that are of interest to our business readers.

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