Weekly Update Dec 20: Christmas, New Year’s, Dalat Winter Weekend, Membership Directory


Highlights

AmCham Membership Directory 2011
Fr-Su, Jan 21-23 AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

AmCham Membership Directory 2011 As you plan your marketing activities, be sure to consider the AmCham Membership Directory. We update it every year over October-December, print it in January, and deliver it after TET. It’s used daily by members and employees at AmCham’s more than 700 member companies, with over 1,400 representatives. New members use it when they join, referencing the special section on member benefits and Chamber programs and activities, as well as surveying the directory to find new business partners.

New Year at Park Hyatt Saigon Celebrate the last memorable moments of 2010 and welcome the New Year with Rie Furuse at the Park Lounge. Join us at the 2 Lam Son bar to revel in the spirit of the night with the savvy Saigon crowd and our guest DJ. Make your holiday special with loved ones, friends and family by celebrating with intimate get-togethers at our Opera and Square One restaurants.

Festive Season Celebrations at InterContinental Asiana Saigon include a range of exciting events in InterContinental style to ensure you have a memorable festive season and a truly special start to your New Year.

Fr-Sa, Dec 24-25, Legendary Christmas at Legend Hotel Saigon Celebrate Christmas with buffet extravaganza, novelties and live entertainment in Yuletide atmosphere of the hotel’s exotic-setting Poolside and renowned Atrium Café.

Festive Celebrations at Sheraton Saigon Sheraton Saigon has created something special in each of its restaurants and bars to provide you with options and ideas this festive season.

Opera Restaurant – Park Hyatt Saigon Located at lobby level of Park Hyatt Saigon, overlooking the elegant Opera House of Ho Chi Minh City, Opera restaurant has become a familiar dining venue for both local and international guests in town.

Embrace the Essence of Spring with Xuan Spa Abundant with natural light, Xuan Spa was designed to reflect the beauty of the surroundings, providing guests with a sense of renewal and rejuvenation.

Fr-Su, Jan 21-23 AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend 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 2011. Register now for this stimulating weekend, with optional activities including excursions, trekking and golf, spa and exquisite cuisine. The Dalat Palace epitomizes the seductive charm of Dalat. It is one of the few remaining historical hotels in Asia, and offers the finest in European atmosphere, amenities and service. Spaces are limited, so early registration is advised.

Plan ahead. Click here to see all upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

Stay informed about Vietnam-U.S. trade and investment with Weekly Updates (Past Issues).

Last week’s most popular links to events and articles

Annual General Meeting & Members Night
Vietnam-U.S. Business Forum: Opportunities for U.S. Investment & Trade with the SKER
2011 Membership Directory Company Listing and Announcements
Festive Celebrations at Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang and Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Vietnam-US Business Forum: 15th Anniversary VN-US Relations Dinner
AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend, Fr- Su, Jan 21-23, 2011

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 links for recent event information and to download presentations

16 DecInvestment & Trade with Vietnam’s Southern Key Economic Region
23 NovCai Mep Deepwater Ports: Vietnam’s Trans-Shipment Hub for ASEAN
.Presentation: Cai Mep Deepwater Ports
16 NovMembers Lunch: Vietnam’s Consumer Trends 2010
.Presentation: Vietnam’s Consumer Trends 2010
11 NovAAFA Briefing on U.S. Trade Policy: Implications for Vietnam
.Presentations on U.S. Trade Policy: Implications for Vietnam
.Welcome: Sesto Vecchi, Governor & Managing Partner, Russin & Vecchi
22 OctWork Force Development in Vietnam
.Presentation by Roma Arellano, Intel, and Jeff Goss, Arizona State Univ.
14 OctTowers, Watson 2010 Global Survey: Talent Management & Rewards
.Presentation by Yvonne Cox, Managing Director, Southeast Asia

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.

News and Issues Updates

U.S. Investment and Trade Opportunities in Vietnam’s Southern Key Economic Region A “third wave” of U.S. FDI interest in Vietnam offers business opportunities. A robust and efficient trading and distribution environment will promote and support FDI.

Marubeni Wants to Build Garment, Textile Factories in Vietnam The Japanese trading company “started moving gradually its investment” to Vietnam from neighboring China this year. Vinatex, the country’s biggest company in the industry, is trying to draw investments from Japan and Taiwan to develop its fabric production.

Vinashin can’t make debt payment Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group is quoted saying that the firm informed creditors on Dec. 10 that it will be impossible to make the first repayment of principal due Dec. 20 on a $ 600 million loan from a group of creditors led by Credit Suisse.

Moody’s Lowers Vietnam’s Rating to B1 from Ba3 due to the threat of a balance-of-payments crisis, depreciation pressure on the dong and rising inflation in a further sign of growing doubts over the economy.

S&P: Vinashin May Hurt Vietnam Banks “Vinashin’s woes highlight the lack of transparency, weak accountability and poor corporate governance in Vietnam, which is still in the early stages of transitioning from a centrally planned to a market-based economy,” S&P credit analyst Ivan Tan said in a statement Monday. The ratings agency said Vietnam’s economy continues to rely heavily on state-owned enterprises, which account for about 40% of gross domestic product. At the same time, 30%-40% of state-owned commercial banks’ loan book exposure is to those state-owned enterprises, S&P said.

“U.S. Trade Policy – Implications for Vietnam” Vietnam’s large and growing market share in the apparel and footwear markets, as well as other consumer goods markets, make it imperative that we in Vietnam understand the trends in U.S. trade policy. Download the presentations …

English Language Fluency Program With the specific aim to dramatically improve learners’ listening and speaking for use in business as well as socializing with foreigners, AmCham announcing the launch of the AmCham English Fluency Program on Oct 28.

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

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. Malaysia has officially 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.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with over 100,000 visitors and 260,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

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