Weekly Update Dec 6: 15 Years Anniversary Dinner, IT Business Networking: Retail Solutions


Highlights

Tu, Dec 7 VN-US Business Forum: 15th Anniversary Dinner
We, Dec 8 IT Business Networking Night: Retail Solutions
Tu, Dec 14 Annual General Meeting
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.

Vietnam-U.S. Trade, 1996 - 2010 Vietnam-U.S. Business Forum Celebration Dinner: 15 Years Vietnam-U.S. Relations The Vietnam – U.S. Business Forum is organizing a year-end dinner to celebrate 15 years of Vietnam-U.S. relations (July 1995), 10 years since the signing of the Vietnam – U.S. Bilateral Trade Agreement (July 2000), and the remarkable development of Vietnam – U.S. trade and investment relations. Total bilateral trade between Vietnam and the United States will be about $ 18 billion in 2010. A few tickets are available. Click the link for more information and to register online.

Fly Business/First Class to American on American Airlines to enjoy a free luxury cruise tour in Halong Bay aboard Bhaya. Apply for tickets issued in Vietnam from Nov. 11, 2010 to Mar. 31, 2011.

American Sensation Heather Jakeman at Purple Jade Award winning Heather Jakeman has sung for the First Lady of the United States and now she is in Saigon to sing for you! Chill out to her stunning tunes as you enjoy a cocktail classic or a Purple Jade special – the choice is yours!

RSVP Dec 7 “Drive Hospitality Business Growth with Finance Management Excellence” Join TRG International, Infor, SoftBrands and IBM speakers who will help you struggle your spreadsheets and generic information to get hospitality-specific financials.

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.

Caravelle Festive Season 2010 Make this holidays special with friends, family and loved ones by celebrating over intimate get–together at Reflections or Nineteen Restaurants; or simply enjoy afternoon tea or signature cocktails at the Lobby Lounge.

Dec 1 – 31 Legend Hotel Saigon’s Festive Season Buffet The Festive Season is time to celebrate and make merry with family and friends. Gather at the renowned Atrium Café for a spectacular buffet with traditional festive delicacies.

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.

Get your glow back at Spa InterContinental Christmas is around the corner, and New Year is just a little behind. Treat yourself to a luxurious experience to prepare for the festive season.

Tu, Dec 14 Annual General Meeting, with report of the Board of Governors, and election of members to the Board AmCham invites members, associates and their guests to attend the Annual General Meeting and cocktail reception. Spouses and partners are not only invited but encouraged to attend with you. Voting by secure online ballot will begin Mon, Nov 29 and end on Tue, Dec 14 at 6:30pm.

Delectable All You Can Eat Dim Sum at Yu Chu a wide selection of authentic delicacies, freshly prepared by our skillful Chinese restaurant culinary team.

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

Networking Night: Enabling a Resilient Business in Vietnam (IBM)
Human Resource Factors Influencing Investment in Vietnam (TalentNet)
VN-US Business Forum: 15th Anniversary Dinner – VN-US Relations
2011 Membership Directory Company Listing and Announcements
Fly Business/First Class to USA with American Airlines and enjoy …

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

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

P&G commits to deep investment in Vietnam The company has a new diaper factory in Vietnam that mainly produces Pampers diapers for babies using the latest technology of magic compressed core. The facility covers 60,000 square meters in Binh Duong’s Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park II.

Forex concerns take center stage at Gov’t briefing Most of the questions centered on the widening difference between the formal forex rate, at VND19,500 to the U.S. dollar, and the black market rate at some VND21,500.

Vietnam targets commodities prices as inflation increases again Annual inflation hit 11% in November, up from 10% in October. Vietnam will impose price controls on certain commodities in an effort to tame inflation that has surged to the double digits.

Vietnam’s Policy Credibility “Low” as Prices Rise, JPMorgan Says The Vietnamese central bank’s lack of independence and credibility as well as a “vague” monetary policy framework have allowed inflation to accelerate.

Near Bankrupt Vinashin May Owe 3% of Vietnam’s Bank Loans “Before this, we thought the government would be willing to step in and bail out any bank in time of default. Now, we are not sure.” Vinashin used resources obtained from government guarantees to invest in non-core activities, falsified financial reports and is on the verge of default, the World Bank said in October. The episode raises questions about the risk of further credit losses in loans to Vietnam’s state-owned enterprise sector. Vietnam’s banking industry may have an overall loan exposure to state-owned companies of as much as 40 percent, according to Moody’s.

“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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