Weekly Update Jan 01: Quake disrupts internet/email; Dalat Weekend Jan 26-28, TET Feb 16-19

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Earthquake on Tue, Dec 26 near Taiwan disrupts internet access and email service in Vietnam
… but www.amchamvietnam access in Vietnam was restored on Fri, Dec 29 after webmaster re-routed access through Europe. Click the link to read more.

Upcoming Events – click for more information and to register online

New Year’s Dinner Party @ La Habana, Sun, Dec 31
La Habana Restaurant – Bar – Lounge is well-known for its authentic Spanish cuisine and its wide choice of tapas, as well as its famous Cuban cocktails, its Cuban & Latin rhythm and live entertainment in a lovely cozy architecture. Click the link highlighted above for more information.

Dalat Winter Weekend and Roundtable, Fri-Sun, Jan 26-28, 2007
Plan now to join AmCham Governors, members and guests in a networking weekend, with Roundtable discussion of key issues and outlook for 2007. We have reserved seats on VN Airlines and 50 rooms at Dalat Sofitel Palace and Dalat Novotel Hotels. Please register now to avoid disappointment. Click on the link for Schedule and Registration Form.

TET Lunar New Year, Feb 17-18-19, 2007
It’s not too soon to make your plans for TET now. Click on the link to learn more about this holiday and TET customs in Vietnam, the Lunar Year calendar, and to download “Moon Menu,” a small program to keep track of the phases of the moon.

10th Annual Family Weekend and Golf Outing at Phan Thiet, Apr 28 – May 1, 2007
It’s also not too early to put this great AmCham weekend on your calendar. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment during this busy Spring holiday.

Issues Updates and AmCham – related News

Earthquake on Tue, Dec 26 near Taiwan disrupts internet access in Vietnam
www.amchamvietnam access in Vietnam restored on Fri, Dec 29. Click the link to read more.

Vietnam notified WTO on Dec 12; will become WTO member on Jan 11
Viet Nam informed the WTO on 12 December 2006 that it has ratified its membership agreement. It will now become the WTO’s 150th member on 11 January 2007, 30 days after WTO received the official notification.

President Bush signed PNTR bill on Dec 20, 2006
He pushed hard for approval of the trade legislation before opposition Democrats, who are more skeptical about trade, take control of Congress in January. They are expected not to renew “Trade Promotion Authority” to negotiate trade agreements when it expires July 1.

AmCham and Vietnam Related News. Click the link for more news highlights.

More news you can use

Event Presentations and Downloads
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. Download the AmCham HCMC Board of Governors Report on Activities in 2006.

Sec 911 – Housing cost amount eligible for exclusion or deduction – U.S. Citizens
The U.S. Treasury Department issued a notice concerning housing costs eligible for exclusion or deduction by U.S. citizens and .

FAQ – Dining in HCM City
We’ve added a “Ho Chi Minh City Restaurant Guides” page under our FAQ. There are links to two popular on-line restaurant guides that will help you find the restaurant you’re looking for. Or you can email the link to your visiting friends and relatives that are asking you for recommendations. Has maps, addresses, tel/fax numbers, etc.

AmCham Events and Committee Meetings
Click the link to make sure you are aware of the many networking opportunities, And click on REGISTER ONLINE for an efficient registration experience. We schedule lunches so that you can get in and out easily between 12:00 and 1:30 pm, on your lunch hour.

Online Membership Directory
Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory. We now have 325 member and associate companies, with nearly 700 representatives of those companies.

Other Chambers in Ho Chi Minh City. Click the link see other events in HCMC.

Other AmChams in the Asia/Pacific Region Click this link ff you plan to travel in the region and want to know about networking opportunities in the city(ies) you will visit. AmCham members are welcome to attend member functions at any AmCham in the Asia-Pacific region at local member rates. Be sure to have your AmCham member card with you and your www.amchamvietnam.com member listing up to date.

Benefits and Services
Review your benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 66,000 visitors and 120,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

Weather in Vietnam and Western Pacific
Get weather updates and view approaching typhoons from links on this page (satellite views, current and forecast weather, 5-year averages). A new link provides detailed information on 2006 West Pacific Typhoon Season.

Your announcement in AmCham’s Weekly Update email
Every Monday or Tuesday, AmCham’s Weekly Update email goes out to 700 representatives of AmCham member and associate companies, plus over 1,000 subscribers in Vietnam and the USA. We welcome event announcements that are of interest to members and associates and offer a service to include such announcements in the Weekly Update email.

Tips and hints from the AmCham webmaster

AmCham Webmaster’s Computing Tips: Web Browsers
The browser is the most important piece of software on most people’s computers. It shapes the way you use the internet, how you gather information and the speed and ease with which you collect it. Since the top browsers are free, there’s no reason not to shop around. Click on the link to read the reviews, download and install the browsers (it’s automatic), then try them to see which one you prefer.

View www.amchamvietnam.com’s web traffic rank on www.alexa.com (www.amazon.com)
Compare the traffic rank of www.amchamvietnam.com with other web sites. The smaller the number the higher-ranking the web site. Yahoo=#1, Google=#2, www.amchamvietnam.com=#75,000.

www.amchamvietnam.com traffic ranking graph (www.alexa.com)

Speakeasy Speed Test Click on the SPEED TEST image to test your internet connection speed. By measuring the download and upload rate you are able to accurately judge your current line throughput or internet connection speed.

Try it now to see how if your internet connection measures up.

And if you don’t have high-speed cable access, get it now. You can’t afford not to.

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