Weekly Update Jan 10: 2011 Membership Directory, Party Congress, TET

Highlights

AmCham Membership Directory 2011 – update your listing
We-We, Jan 12-19, 11th Party Congress in Hanoi
Fr-Su, Jan 21-23 AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend – POSTPONED
We-Mo, Feb 2-7 TET Lunar New Year (Yr of the Cat)
We-Mo, Feb 2-7 TET Lunar New Year (Yr of the Cat)

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

AmCham Membership Directory 2011 – update your listing And, 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 more than 700 AmCham 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.

MK Smart, the Vietnamese leader of smart card providers, received VISA Card accreditation for its Global Vendor Certification Program VISA hereby confirms that the security configuration of MKSmart premises is in compliance with the VISA Physical Security Standards for Plastic Card Vendors and Logical Security Requirements for Card Personalization.

Th, Jan 13 “The Year Ahead: Executive Summary and Outlook 2011” Well-known guest speakers from a variety of sectors will shed light on the coming business year, including their ideas about corporate challenges and obstacles, as well as their positive (or negative) projections.

Jan 14 – Feb 27 Legend Hotel Saigon’s Tet Weekend Package Applicable for your stay on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tet Week (31 Jan – 7 Feb) and Valentine night, the package is priced at only VND 2,011,000++ per night for single or double occupancy in a Deluxe Room with several special benefits.

Mo-Tu, Jan 17-18 Michelin-Star Chef Jean Baptiste Natali Lights Up the Kitchens at Caravelle, with a special evening on Jan 17, a wine-maker’s dinner on Jan 18, and in addition, a cooking class at the Caravelle Hotel on Jan 17.

Tu, Jan 18 Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein & Michelin-Star Chef Jean Baptiste Natali at Caravelle present master class featuring five vintages from the vineyards of renowned American film-maker Francis Ford Coppola, and six course dinner, served at Caravelle’s Reflections.

Eight straight days of holiday at TET Lunar New Year 2011 Based on a proposal from MOLISA, the Prime Minister approved an (optional) alternative holiday schedule for TET Lunar New Year and Hung Kings Fesitival in 2011.

Mo, Feb 24 Seminar – From 4 to 5: Why upgrade to Infor FMS SunSystems version 5? SunSystems’ portfolio of integrated financial management and business intelligence applications gives decision-makers a broader perspective along with more power to analyze operational details. For over 20 years, SunSystems’ global, low-risk solutions and rapid, low-cost deployments, have helped managers achieve best-in-class financial management through rapidly changing business conditions.

Mo, Feb 24 Seminar – Infor FMS SunSystems for Hotels – VAS compliance For both Hotels that now use SunSystems or are looking for a Financial Management solution. We will explain how SunSystems v5 copes with VAS as well as the Uniform System of Accountings for Hotels as well as other report requirements such as IFRS.

Vietnam’s Most Productive Companies 2010 Profiles International has conducted its first Vietnam study about labor productivity based on human capital analysis to better understand the factors driving employee productivity within an organization.

Fr-Su, Jan 21-23 AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend – POSTPONED because of the early TET Lunar New Year in 2011 (Feb 2-7), and the press of other business in preparation for TET. We will inform you of the rescheduled dates.

We-Mo, Feb 2-7 TET Lunar New Year (Yr of the Cat) VN Holiday. Click on the link to learn more about this holiday and TET customs in Vietnam, the Lunar Year calendar. Traditionally there are four main holidays: TET Lunar New Year’s Eve (We, Feb 2), and The First (Th, Feb 3), Second (Fr, Feb 4), and Third (Sa, Feb 5) Days of TET Nguyen Dan. Since one of the official holidays is on the weekend, the holiday is observed from Wed, Feb 2 – Mo, Feb 7. Note: 2011 is the Year of the Cat in Vietnam, but the Year of the Rabbit in China. Pls click the link to find out why.

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News and Issues Updates

Key HCMC infrastructure projects to be completed in 2011 East-West Highway and Thu Thiem Tunnel are scheduled to open to traffic in June, easing congestion through the city’s Northeast-Southwest gates and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.

Vietnam’s exports up 25% in 2010; 10% target set for 2011 Apparel products led with over $ 11.2 billion, followed by footwear ($ 5.1 billion), seafood ($ 5 billion), crude oil ($ 4.9 billion), electronic products and computers ($ 3.6 billion), wood-based and handicraft products ($ 3.4 billion), rice ($ 3.2 billion) and machinery equipments instruments ($ 3 billion).

Vietnam’s apparel exports up 23% to $ 11.2 billion in 2011, topped oil as leading foreign currency earner Apparel exports to the US were US$ 6 billion, twice as large as exports to EU ($ 1.8 bn) and Japan ($ 1.2 bn) combined.

Diageo looks to Vietnam as potential market Along with China and India, Vietnam is one of the top three emerging markets for us, with good macroeconomic fundamentals and demographics.

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.

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.

Last week’s most popular links to events and articles

2011 Membership Directory Company Listing and Announcements
Profiles International issues report on Vietnam’s Most Productive Companies
TET Lunar New Year 2011 (VN Holiday), Feb 2-7, 2011
Party Congress Jan 12-19 in Hanoi
AmCham Dalat Winter Weekend, Fr- Su, Jan 21-23, 2011
Little cheer in TET bonuses
Vietnam’s dairy farm to be Asia’s largest
Th, Jan 13 The Year Ahead: Executive Summary and Outlook 2011 (Business Lunch)

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
14 Dec2010 Annual Report: Slides Notes
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

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