Weekly Update Jan 25: Counterfeit U.S. Currency, Business Barometer Survey, TET Lunar New Year

Latest updates on H1N1/A Flu from U.S. Center for Disease Control, U.S. Department of State (Travel), and World Health Organization (WHO)

Tu, Jan 26 US Importers Security Filing is Mandatory; Penalties for Failure to File

We, Jan 27 U.S. Currency and How to Detect Counterfeit

Th, Jan 28 Lunch: Vietnam Business Barometer Survey

Revised Labour Code, Draft 2, Nov 2009 (Vietnamese version, English translation).

Draft Circular on Price Registration and Stabilization for public comment.

Feb 15, 2010: Application Deadline – Intel Vietnam Study Abroad Program 2010-2012

Mo-Tu, Mar 22-23 Vietnam Infrastructure Development Summit 2010 – Hanoi

Mo-Tu, Apr 19-20 Asia/Pacific Business Outlook 2010 – Los Angeles


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Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Fr-Su, Jan 22-31 Authentic Sicilian Fare at the Opera Restaurant, Park Hyatt Saigon Although each region in Italy has its own features, food and wine are the main focus. When most people think of Italian food, pasta and pizza come to mind, but Sicilian cuisine and the Mediterranean diet transcend these culinary delights. Tiếng Việt.

Michelin Star Chef at the Caravelle Hotel, Jan 25-20 Be stunned by a beautiful union of gastronomic creations tailored by Michelin Star Chef Jean-Baptiste Natali. 4-11pm. Reservations highly recommended.

Tu, Jan 26 New US Import Requirement Effective U.S. importers must file a mandatory “Importer Security Filing” 24 hours before loading a U.S. bound vessel. Failure to file a “timely, complete and/or accurate” ISF transmission could result in increased inspections, delay of cargo, and monetary penalties (liquidated damages of $ 5000 for each violation).

Champagne Brunch at the Caravelle Hotel, Sundays in January 2010 Free flow of Moet & Chandon Champagne, and unlimited Margheritas and Martinis, and the buffet is on us … Nineteen Restaurant, 11:30 – 15:00.

We, Jan 27 Project 30 (Round 2) Telecoms & IP Working Group Meeting The first meeting of Round 2 of the Administrative Procedure (“AP”) review phase for Project 30 Telecommunications & Intellectual Propery Working Group. Click the link for meeting details and to confirm your participation.

Nha Trang: White Sand Doclet Resort & Spa – Special Offer for AmCham members 40% discount on published room rates for AmCham members. effective until May 2, 2010. Please give your AmCham Membership Card Information upon making reservation and when checking in.

We, Jan 27 U.S. Currency and How to Detect Counterfeit Special Agents from the United States Secret Service will give a presentation/workshop/training course about U.S. currency and the detection of counterfeit. For employees that regularly handle cash (i.e. cashiers, front desk personnel, bank tellers).

Th, Jan 28 Lunch: Vietnam Business Barometer Survey Nielsen Vietnam has recently released a study called Business Barometer (2nd wave) – a business leader’s sentiment survey. This is very exciting to see as most studies surrounding Vietnam are on the consumer side, but just as important, is what business leaders think, as they are the key decision makers.

Project 30, Administrative Procedures Review (2nd Round) The Prime Minister’s high profile campaign to simplify administrative procedures (“APs”) for businesses, is entering its final phase, when businesses will have one final opportunity to recommend burdensome APs be abolished. Click the link to provide your feedback and input about which APs AmCham should recommend be revised or abolished.

Feb 15, 2010: Application Deadline – Intel Vietnam Study Abroad Program 2010-2012 Students selected for the Intel Vietnam Study Abroad Program will be destined to become future leaders with Intel and play an important role in this fast-changing country. Intel and PSU are seeking students with strong academic performance, English capacity, and desire to learn and grow. Above all, we want individuals who are committed to making a difference with Intel in Vietnam.

Su-We, Feb 14-17 TET Lunar New Year – Year of the Tiger 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 Eve (Sat, Feb 13), and The First (Sun, Feb 14), Second (Mon, Feb 15), and Third (Tue, Feb 16) Days of TET Nguyen Dan. Since Feb 14 is a Sun, offices will be closed officially for the four days: Mo-Th, Feb 15-18.

Mo-Tu, Mar 22-23 Vietnam Infrastructure Development Summit 2010 – Hanoi

APBO 2010 Asia/Pacific Business Outlook 2010 Asia/Pacific Business Outlook 2010 in Los Angeles. Access 15 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 15 economies by choosing from 60 focused sessions and private one-on-one consultations. Get the latest information and connect with experts and insiders.

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News and Issues Updates

Revised Labour Code, Draft 2, Nov 2009, including the Vietnamese version and an English translation, which is currently posted on the government website for public comment.

Draft Circular on Price Registration and Stabilization, which is currently posted on the government website for public comment.

Tu, Jan 26 US Importers Security Filing (ISF) Becomes Mandatory; penalties for failure to file.

Click this link to read News Highlights: Business, Trade, and Investment in Vietnam and Asia.

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 link to download the How to Meet Challenges Facing Your U.S. Importer Customer, Jan 15, 2010.

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