Weekly Update Jan 16: Chuc Mung Nam Moi: TET Lunar New Year, Winter Weekend

Highlights

Mo, Jan 16 M.L.King, Jr. Day (U.S. Holiday)
Tu, Jan 17 Legal & VBF Liaison Committee Meeting
Mo-Th, Jan 23-26 TET Lunar New Year (observed)
Fr-Su, Feb 24-26 Winter Weekend: Register Now
Th-Fr, Mar 1-2 APCAC 2012 U.S. – Asia Business Summit (Tokyo)
Mo-Tu, Mar 26-27 Asia Pacific Business Outlook 2012 (Los Angeles)
World Bank Economic Update: Vietnam, Nov 2011
World Bank: Vietnam Key Indicators, Nov 2011 (East Asia & Pacific Update)

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers

Sa-Sa, Jan 14-21 Choux & Eclairs Promotion at the Lobby Lounge Chefs at Caravelle Hotel are whipping up much-loved light French pastries with classic cream fillings and decadent toppings to delight guests in the Lobby Lounge.

Su-Mo, Jan 22-23 Nineteen Restaurant lays out full-course feast for TET 2012 Bring the whole family together with a delicious banquet to welcome Vietnam’s favorite traditional holiday. Caravelle Hotel is putting on a mouthwatering Lunar New Year Buffet Dinner of Asian, Western and traditional Tet delicacies at Nineteen Restaurant on Jan. 22 and 23.

Su-We, Jan 22–25 Legend Hotel Saigon’s Tet Celebration Celebrate Tet in style by savoring Saigon’s most spectacular international buffet added with Vietnamese delicacies at Legend Hotel Saigon’s renowned Atrium Café.

Celebrate a Cozy Lunar New Year at Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon at the Riverside Cafe, Kabin, or Poolside Terrace, including countdown party fare, free flow of sparkling wine, red and white wine, beer and soft drinks.

Vietnam’s Most Productive Companies 2011 Profiles International Vietnam has released the report “Vietnam’s Most Productive Companies 2011,” presenting findings of their study on the productivity of over 600 publicly traded companies in Vietnam. The “Vietnam’s Most Productive Companies 2011” study focuses specifically on labour productivity, defined as revenue produced per full-time employee or full-time employee equivalent of Vietnam-based companies.

Tu, Feb 7 “The Year Ahead: Executive Summary and Outlook” (co-hosted CanCham event Well-known speakers from a variety of business sectors will present their outlooks, and identify challenges and likelihoods for the Year of the Dragon.

Fr, Feb 17 Vietnam’s Tertiary Education: Preparing Graduates for Work? (co-hosted BBGV event) Leaders in Vietnam’s tertiary education sector and business leaders will explore how universities and business could cooperate to bring the very large numbers of Vietnamese graduates into the work place more efficiently.

Fr-Su, Feb 24-26 Winter Weekend: Register Now 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 2012. Three days/two nights including room with American breakfast, Fri: Welcome Wine & Cheese reception; Sat: Morning Chairman’s Roundtable, Evening Cocktails, Gala Dinner. Plus optional outings, golf, or just relax in the brisk mountain air.

Th-Fr, Mar 1-2 APCAC 2012 U.S. – Asia Business Summit (Tokyo) Over 300 senior leaders from business and government. Ambassadors from around the region. High-level American government trade policy and investment promotion officials from Washington. Business executives based in the region and from head offices in America. Japanese political and business leaders.

Mo-Tu, Mar 26-27 Asia Pacific Business Outlook 2012 (Los Angeles) Access 17 Asia/Pacific Markets in 2 days! If you are doing business in the Asia/Pacific region, this is the one conference you can’t afford to miss. Find answers to your questions on 17 economies by choosing from 60 focused sessions and private one-on-one consultations. Get the latest information and connect with expert and insiders. APBO’s 25th Anniversary: since 1987, APBO has been the premier business conference focused on trade and investment in Asian markets.

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News and Issues Updates

ISHCMC Celebrates Opening of New Wing and Launches HCMC’s only 1 to 1 computer tablet program ISHCMC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an Open House with nearly 300 students, teachers and parents on hand to join in the festivities.

Vietnam deputy PM orders better labor policies given soaring strikes 857 wildcat strikes during the first 11 months of 2011, more than 4,100 since 1995. 75.4 percent, occurred at businesses invested in by Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

Illegal foreigners in Vietnam labor market MOLISA said 40 percent of the 78,440 foreign workers are “illegal.” Most are manual laborers performing simple tasks, for example, a bauxite mining project in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong Province, is using around 1,200 foreign workers.

World Bank Vietnam development report 2012 : market economy for a middle-income Vietnam, Dec 6, 2011 Factors that have contributed to Vietnam’s success and explores the emerging challenges: restructuring state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the public investment program and how to raise its effectiveness, transparency needed to support Vietnam’s middle income status, a critical issue that needs to be tackled if Vietnam is to achieve its socioeconomic aspirations.

World Bank Update on Vietnam’s Economic Development, Dec 6, 2011 Vietnam’s ambition to maintain high growth into the next decade will require as bold a set of reforms as the one adopted with Doi Moi.

World Bank: Vietnam Key Indicators (East Asia & Pacific Update) Domestic credit expansion … ; inflation … ; other key indicators.

Apple Nagivates China Maze Under pressure from activists in the U.S. and abroad, the company released a 27-page report detailing working conditions throughout its supply chain, which sprawls throughout Asia, but especially China.

Hot Money’s Chinese Exit All of the normal arguments for investors to keep their money in China no longer apply.

Ten little things to secure your online presence Basic advice on the tools and tricks you can implement immediately to secure your identity and online presence.

An Analysis of State-owned Enterprises and State Capitalism in China, 2011 The Chinese government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) remain potent economic forces. Indeed, some of China’s SOEs are among the largest firms in China and the world. They are major investors in foreign countries. They have been involved in some of the largest initial public offerings in recent years and remain the controlling owners of many major firms listed on Chinese and foreign stock exchanges.

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment News for the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), prepared by the BGR Group.

U.S. Chamber Asia Weekly Update, Jan 9-17, 2012. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents 3,000,000 businesses, 2,800 state and local chambers, 830 business associations, and 115 American Chambers of Commerce in 102 economies.

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Last week’s most popular links to events and articles

AmCham Membership Directory 2012: Company Listing and Announcements
World Bank Economic Update: Vietnam
Breakfast Briefing: Emotion Control – the Secret of a Joyful and Successful Life
Vietnam’s Most Productive Companies 2011
AmCham Winter Weekend, Feb 24-26, 2012
World Bank: Vietnam Key Indicators (East Asia & Pacific Update)

Recent Events and Information Resources

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 and view photos.

Members Lunch: Do you have the right KPIs? – Balanced Scorecard approach
Presentation by Adrian Gardiner
Breakfast Briefing: Making Arbitration Work for You
Presentation by Nguyen Manh Dzung
Networking Night: How do Companies React to High Inflation in 2011?
Presentation by Hoa Nguyen

Other popular information downloads

Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, Roads
Developing a 21st Century Workforce in Vietnam
AmCham Letter to Prime Minister re Decree 46 and U.S.-Vietnam BTA
Project 30: PM’s Advisory Council on Administrative Reform
Labour Code and National Conference on Industrial Relations
About AmCham : New Members Welcome Briefing, Sep 20, 2011
Industrial Real Estate in Vietnam, Sep 2011
Vietnam Competitiveness Report, 2010 – Michael Porter, et. al.
Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index, 2010
Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Road Network in 2015
ADB to Mobilize $ 10 billion for Vietnam projects over 2011 – 2015
Connecting Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Railways: A Strategic Framework
Asian Development Bank: VN Economic Fact Sheet
World Bank: Vietnam Economic Data and Statistics
World Bank: East Asia & Pacific Economic Update, Nov 2011: Vietnam Report
2011 Total Remuneration Survey: Mercer & Talentnet. 329 Firms, 90,282 employees
Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project Map
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Responsible Tourism
About AmCham : Support for Education in Vietnam
Consumer Trends in Vietnam, 2005 – 2011
BRIBELine: Report a Bribe (anonymously)
TRACE International: Anti-bribery compliance solutions
An Analysis of State-owned Enterprises and State Capitalism in China, 2011
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Ministers’ Report (Summary), Nov 2011
Outlines of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (Details), Nov 2011
Sr Official: Background Briefing: ASEAN, East Asia Summits, Nov 2011
White House Fact Sheet: ASEAN-United States Leaders Meeting, Nov 2011

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