Weekly Update Jan 9: Emotion Control, Winter Weekend

Highlights

Membership Directory 2012: Listings and Announcements
Tu, Jan 10 Emotion Control: Secret of a Joyful and Successful Life
Mo, Jan 16 M.L.King, Jr. Day (U.S. Holiday)
Mo-Th, Jan 23-26 TET Lunar New Year (observed)
Fr-Su, Feb 24-26 Winter Weekend: Save the Date
World Bank Economic Update: Vietnam, Nov 2011
World Bank: Vietnam Key Indicators, Nov 2011 (East Asia & Pacific Update)

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers

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Celebrate TET Lunar New Year Festivities at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers with a sumptuous traditional menu at Li Bai or at the Saigon Cafe. Relaxing special breakfasts at Mojo, and Moët & Chandon Champagne Brunch on Sundays at the Saigon Cafe.

VILAF is proud to be the winner of several international awards, such as: “Banking and Finance Law Firm of the Year” 2011 for Vietnam at the Acquisition International Legal Awards; the “Best Firm in Vietnam” Award; and was nominated for the “Best Firm in Talent Management” Award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural Asia Women in Business Law Awards. These recognize VILAF’s commitments for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Tu, Jan 10 Breakfast Briefing: Emotion Control: the Secret of a Joyful and Successful Life The combination of personal ability, high energy and the power of emotion can help anyone to have anything in life.

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.

Fr-Mo, Jan 20–29 Legend Hotel Saigon’s Tet Package This luxury river-front 5-star international hotel will offer Tet Package from 20 – 29 January 2012 for Vietnamese and expatriates residing in Vietnam at the rate of only VND 2,012,000++ for single or double occupancy with several special benefits.

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.

Fr-Su, Feb 24-26 Winter Weekend: Save the Date

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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 Top Choice For Nike Footwear About 50% of Vietnam’s footwear exports are Nike products, with the value of Nike shoes made in Vietnam for export to the US more than US$ 2 billion. Local made-in-Vietnam content accounts for 44% of the raw materials to produce the Nike shoes.

Vietnam More Vulnerable to World Slump Than Neighbors, HSBC Says The spillover risks through the trade and finance sectors in Vietnam are aggravated by large domestic and external imbalances.

Vietnam receives its largest container ship call CMA CGM’s Laperhouse, with nearly 14,000 TEU (20-foot equivalent units of capacity), called at the Cai Mep International Terminal, a joint venture between Saigon Port, Vietnam National Shipping, and APM Terminals.

World Bank Economic Update: Vietnam Stabilization gains remain fragile and any premature loosening of policy will risk repeating the recent pattern of recurring instability. Vigorous implementation of fiscal consolidation and structural elements of Resolution 11, including restructuring and reform of the state enterprise sector and the financial sector should help Vietnam return to a more sustainable macroeconomic environment while laying the foundations for greater efficiency and productivity to drive medium and longer term growth. But undertaking these deep, structural reforms will require strong leadership, careful implementation, support from development partners and foreign investors, and some short-term pains.

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

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 4-8, 2012.

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

AmCham Membership Directory 2012: Company Listing and Announcements
World Bank Economic Update: Vietnam
World Bank: Vietnam Key Indicators (East Asia & Pacific Update)
Vietnam’s Most Productive Companies 2011
List of Winners – Governors’ Ball Raffle Prizes, Silent Auction
AmCham Winter Weekend, Feb 24-26, 2012
TET Lunar New Year 2012 (VN Holiday) – Year of the Dragon – Jan 22-26, 2012

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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