Weekly Update Jul 30: Vietnam Total Rewards Survey, East-West Corridor Week

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Upcoming Events, Committee Meetings, and Other Activities

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2007 Vietnam Total Rewards Survey
Do you need updated information on the remuneration trends and market practices in Vietnam ? Watson Wyatt Worldwide and SMART HR are collecting data for the 2007 Vietnam Total Rewards Survey. Now is the time to contact SMART HR to participate and have access to the latest figures.

East West Corridor Week, 27 Aug – 01 Sep
The East-West Corridor stretches 1,450 km across Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, from Mawlamyine in Myanmar to DaNang City in Vietnam. It is one of the key economic corridors in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), which aims at deepening integration and trade, investment linkages, and reducing poverty in the region. When the road infrastructure is completed, the EWEC may well become not only a dynamic development hub, but also an important link connecting the Greater Mekong Sub-Region to huge markets in Northeastern and Southern Asia. The Government of Vietnam has decided to organize the EWEC Week 2007 from August 27 to September 1, 2007 in DaNang City with a view to promoting trade, investment and tourism opportunities of the EWEC to business leaders within and outside the region. Click the link for more information about the East West Corridor and the week’s events.

News and Issues Updates

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Dengue Fever Fact Sheet from U.S. Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City
Dengue Fever occurs throughout Vietnam, with the greatest number of cases in the southern part of the country. Although Dengue Fever occurs year-round in Vietnam, it peaks in the hot rainy months of July and August. There is no vaccine or medicine against Dengue Fever. The only way to prevent it is to avoid being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes.

Cargill Cares inaugurates elementary school in An Giang Province
Cargill Cares Vietnam just inaugurated an 11-classroom elementary school located in My An hamlet, Cho Moi district, An Giang province. This school provides education to 320 students.

FCG Vietnam chosen by SAP Asia Pacific as All-in-One Solution Provider
SAP Asia Pacific announced that it has named FCG Vietnam, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Consulting Group (FCG) (NASDAQ:FCGI), as a SAP All – In – One solution partner. FCG Vietnam will sell and implement SAP’s powerful and affordable All-in-One solution to deliver value-added services for small and midsize enterprises in Vietnam.

NIKE Apparel Sale for Charity
AmCham HR Committee members and Volunteers organized a successful Nike Apparel Sale for Charity and over 8,700 pieces of clothing were sold in two days to almost 2,000 visitors, raising over US$ 38,000 for AmCham-United Way Charity Fund. Thank you NIKE!

Infrastructure: port relocation proceeding slowly
HCM City’s ports recorded a 25-30 per cent per year growth rate, far higher than the other inspected provinces.

Dengue fever alert in Vietnam – 24,255 cases, up 23% from last year
Dengue infected 24,255 Vietnamese in the first half of this year, up 23 percent from a year earlier, 19,000 of them live in southern provinces.

Saigon Hi-Tech Park and Vietnam’s Infrastructure
In this exclusive and in-depth interview, VentureOutsource.com speaks with Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) president Nguyen Dinh Mai about the Park and Vietnam’s infrastructure and developing electronics industry.

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Event Presentations, Downloads, 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. Download the AmCham HCMC Board of Governors Report on

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  • July 13-14 Nike Apparel Sale for Charity PHOTO ALBUM
  • June 30 AmCham Independence Day & Family Picnic PHOTO ALBUM
  • May 30 Vietnam Business Forum Presentations, and more

Online Membership Directory
Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for our 400 member and associate companies, and about 800 representatives. Also with links to their company web sites for even more information about American and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services
Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 100,000 visitors and 200,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

Your announcement in AmCham’s Weekly Update email
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Computing Tips: Facebook – the online social network
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. More then 25 million people use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. Microsoft is Facebook’s biggest business partner. Last year it contracted to broker banner ads for Facebook, reportedly guaranteeing a minimum of US$ 100 million a year through 2011. Click the link to see what it’s all about, and register to visit the networks for Vietnam, HCM City, etc. 27 Jun 07.

Computing Tips: LinkedIn – the online business network
Your professional relationships are key to your professional success. LinkedIn is an online network of more than 11 million experienced professionals from around the world as of June 2007, representing 150 industries. When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. Click the link to get started. 27 Jun 07.

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