Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers
AmCham Membership Directory 2013 to be printed in February, and delivered after TET. AmCham Members update or provide company profiles to Cindy Tran no later than December 30, 2012. As you plan your marketing activities, be sure to consider this annual publication which is used daily by members and employees at AmCham’s more than 700 member companies, with over 1,400 representatives.
Welcome to new AmCham companies 83 new companies have joined AmCham in 2012. Brief descriptions, activities, representatives’ names, and links to their web sites for additional information.
AmCham Governors’ Ball • Christmas in San Francisco Click the link for photo gallery, video clips, and list of winners of many wonderful prizes and silent auction items !!
Enjoy luxurious living and convenient working spaces at The Landmark Saigon Designed to meet the needs of international businesses, The Landmark offers 10,000 square metres of office space, 65 serviced apartments, a Health Club with a rooftop swimming pool and a squash court and superb views of the Saigon River, creating your home address in Saigon. The Landmark is now offering office spaces ranging from 100 to 600 square metres.
We, Jan 23 The Year Ahead: Summary & Outlook 2013 (CanCham Event) Well-known guest speakers from a variety of business sectors will share their outlooks, identify challenges and opportunities in the Year of the Snake.
Th, Jan 24 Idea Foundry – Support for Business Creation and Entrepreneurial Accelerator in Vietnam Realizing the similarity between Pittsburgh city economic development history and the current stage of Vietnam’s economic landscape, Idea Foundry, a non-profit-organization founded in 2002 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A would like to introduce our programs to Vietnamese entrepreneurs, to assist Vietnam in its long-term economic and social development process.
Sa, Feb 9 – Su, Feb 17 TET Lunar New Year Holidays • 9 days • Plan ahead … Traditionally there are four main holidays: TET New Year’s Eve (Sa, Feb 9, 2013), and TET New Year’s Day (The First ) (Su, Feb 10, 2013), Second (Mo, Feb 11, 2013), and Third (Tu, Feb 12, 2013) Days of TET Nguyen Dan. However, since two of the official holidays are on the weekend, the holidays are observed on Sat, Feb 9 – Sun, Feb 17 (nine days). The Vietnamese traditionally celebrate Tet for one month: from the fifteenth day of the twelfth lunar month to the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. And even today, business slows two weeks before and up to two weeks after TET. Plan ahead … TET is only 6 weeks away.
Feb 24-28 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Mission to Yangon and Naypyidaw, Myanmar The delegation will seek meetings with the U.S. Embassy and Myanmar’s key government officials to assess the business climate in Myanmar and discuss the challenges to the full normalization of economic relations. For more information, please contact John Goyer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Mar 2 – 5, 2013 International Home + Housewares Show 2013 in Chicago Join us as an Exhibitor or Attendee. 2,100 Exhibitors from 6 continents, 60,000 professionals from 125 countries. Contact [email protected] for more information. Profit from inspiring ideas, qualified partnerships and global innovation in the home and housewares industry. Your opportunity to see first-hand consumer lifestyle and product trends for all areas of the home, both inside and out, under one roof. Click this link to: watch the videos of the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show
Th-Fr, Mar 21-22, 2013 APCAC Spring Conference Join senior-level executives and other dignitaries from Taiwan and throughout the region, as well as the United States, for networking and in-depth discussion of key issues facing the multinational business community. The gala dinner on March 21, held jointly with Hsieh Nien Fan, will feature a keynote address by President Ma Ying-jeou.
Mo-Tu, Apr 8-9 Asia Pacific Business Outlook, University of Southern California The annual Asia Pacific Business Outlook is the premier conference for exporters and investors targeting Asian markets. Get key intelligence on 17 markets by choosing from 60 focused sessions and private one-on-one consultations.
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News and Issues Updates
Private Sector Minimum Wage Adjustment for 2013 MOLISA issued the decree on Dec 4, 2012. VCCI and key export industry associations proposed 15% private sector minimum wage adjustment annually 2013 – 2015. MOLISA Vice Minister met in HCM City Aug 23 with companies and business associations, employees’ representatives, local authorities, for a full discussion before announcing the decision “in October.”
The Elderwood Project: “Watering Hole” Internet Attacks (Symantec) The “watering hole” attack is a clear shift in the attacking group’s method of operations. The concept of the attack is similar to a predator waiting at a watering hole in a desert. The predator knows that victims will eventually have to come to the watering hole, so rather than go hunting, he waits for his victims to come to him. Similarly, attackers find a Web site that caters to a particular audience, which includes the target the attackers are interested in. Having identified this website, the attackers hack into it using a variety of means.
TPP vs. RCEP: A new Washington-Beijing tug-of-war? The US is the engine behind the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), which doesn’t include China. The RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) has China as a major founding member, and the US isn’t part of that new regional scheme.
Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel to take 10-day trip with family to Vietnam (Chicago Tribune) He will return to Chicago after New Year’s and has planned his next public appearance for Jan. 3.
Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia Rising Significantly FDI in Indonesia jumped to a new record high of $ 587.41 million in the third quarter of this year, surging 22 percent compared to a year earlier.
Asean Secretarial General: South China Sea risks becoming ‘Asia’s Palestine’ Southeast Asia’s top diplomat has warned that the South China Sea disputes risk becoming “Asia’s Palestine”, deteriorating into a violent conflict that draws sharp dividing lines between nations and destabilizes the whole region.
Vietnam – U.S. Trade Status and Outlook, 2012 – 2015e Bilateral trade in 2012 may increase by about 12% over 2011, despite the difficult domestic and international economic environment. Growth of Vietnam’s apparel exports to the U.S. is likely to slow because of rising costs in Vietnam, increased competition from other supplier countries, and reduced demand in the United States.
Rampant corruption in Vietnam: most common in traffic, land management, customs, and construction Corruption is the main concern of Vietnamese people, followed by high prices and traffic accidents. Over 82% said corruption was widespread. And more than 75% said corruption was a serious problem for the country. World Bank-Inspector General’s Office Joint Report.
APEC Business Travel Card – Join the U.S. “Global Entry Trusted Traveler” Program Now Speed up your entry through immigration when traveling in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region.
Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program – TSA Pre-Check Expedited Screening Complete the application on-line, and schedule the required interview at an airport on your next trip to the USA. Also, Global Entry Trusted Travelers may benefit from expedited security screening for domestic travel at a number of U.S. airports.
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