Weekly Update Dec 14: Financial Consolidation, New US Import Regulations, Dalat Winter Weekend

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Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Th, Dec 17 Financial Consolidation: Challenges and Solutions for VAS, IFRS, and Various Stock Exchanges For CEOs, CFOs, and key finance staff. A seminar / workshop for anyone involved in Financial Consolidation, which will address key tax and accounting strategies to comply with VAS, IFRS, and regulatory requirements as well as present technology solutions to cope with such challenges.

Th-Fr, Dec 24-25 Christmas Eve – Christmas Day Click the link to learn more about Christmas, including an online tracking of Santa’s sleigh-ride around the world on Christmas Eve, A Visit from St. Nicholas, A Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and The Nativity Story. Includes Christmas Music links.

Christmas and New Year’s 2009 at the Park Hyatt Saigon. The year-end holiday season always brings cosy and joyful feelings to both guests and hosts. Make this year’s holidays a time to remember with special events at Park Hyatt Saigon, where our team of culinary professionals will prepare a variety of festive seasonal favorites and authentic cuisines.

Caravelle lights up Christmas and New Year’s with festivities galore. There may be no place like home for the holidays, but there’s no home like the Caravelle Hotel when it comes to celebrating Christmas and New Year.

Sheraton Saigon Sensational Year-end Festivities Sheraton Saigon has created something special in each of its bars and restaurants to provide you with options and ideas this season. And, to accompany your meal, Christmas Carolers will be heard throughout the hotel from the HCMC Conservatory of Music.

Mo, Jan 11 KPMG International Chairman Tim Flynn Ethics and integrity are critical element of leadership at KPMG, according to International Chairm Tim Flynn. “Groups often ask what it takes to succeed. I used to say hard work, a little patience, a little bit of luck and taking advantage of breaks along the way. Now I add, and I used to take this for granted, operating at the highest level of integrity.”

Fr, Jan 15 Lunch: How to Meet Key Regulatory Challenges Facing Your U.S. Importer Customers Compliance is Critical. The USGovernment is implementing or expanding programs that place greater responsibilities on importers and their foreign suppliers. Failure to comply could have a serious negative effect on your bottom line. Learn how to succeed in exporting to U.S. customers by knowing and implementing these programs.

Sa-Su, Jan 22-24 Dalat Winter Weekend and Roundtable Join other AmCham members and guests in a networking weekend, with Chairman’s Roundtable discussion of key issues in Vietnam-U.S. trade and investment and outlook for 2010.

United Airlines Vietnam: Now you can do more online You can now take advantage of additional features on United’s Vietnam website, such as booking flights, checking in online, managing your upcoming trips, and customizing your itineraries with Travel Options by UnitedSM. To celebrate our expanded site, we are offering you a special bonus: Earn 1,000 bonus miles when you book paid, qualifying roundtrip travel to the U.S. or within Asia.

Th, Jan 28 Lunch: Vietnam Business Barometer Survey Nielsen Vietnam has recently released a study called Business Barometer (2nd wave) – a business leader’s sentiment survey. This is very exciting to see as most studies surrounding Vietnam are on the consumer side, but just as important, is what business leaders think, as they are the key decision makers.

New World Hotel’s Turkey to Fly.Too busy to cook? Then place your order 24 hours in advance and pick up your traditional stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a bottle of South African red wine from the New World Hotel Saigon.

Su-We, Feb 14-17 TET Lunar New Year – Year of the Tiger

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News and Issues Updates

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Better tidings for U.S. retailers: November sales climbed 1.3%

Social Networking in Vietnam – CNET

Rapprochement as Pope meets Vietnam’s President

VND deposits attract more interest with key rate hike

Voters upset by delays on infrastructure

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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.

Click the following link to download the Vietnam Consumer Trends: 2008 vs. 2009, Nov 11, 2009

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