Weekly Update Jun 25: Palooza, Independence Day Picnic

Highlights

Independence Day Picnic Door Prizes • Airline tickets to USA, Resort Stays, More!
We, Jun 27 AmCham Palooza Party at Purple Jade, Intercontinental Asiana Saigon
Sa, Jun 30 Independence Day Picnic
Presentation: eCustoms at Intel Products Vietnam
Welcome to new AmCham companies • Jan ~ Jun 2012
Vietnam Outlook: World Bank East Asia & Pacific Update, May 2012
Vietnam Economic Indicators: World Bank East Asia & Pacific Update, May 2012
The unlearned lesson: Vinashin, VinaLines, and other SOEs’ inefficiencies
Sep – Dec AmCham Scholarship 2012
Tu, Nov 6, U.S. General Elections Day • U.S. Voter Registration Web Sites

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Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers

Welcome to new AmCham companies 46 new companies have joined AmCham in Jan-Jun. Brief descriptions, activities, representatives’ names, and links to their web sites for additional information.

Connecting to Collective Intelligence for Enhanced Business Outcomes With the advent of social technologies, openness carries over into the workplace. Are you prepared to listen and harness the knowledge and experience of your employees to better shape your company’s future? The white paper, “Collective Intelligence,” provides an in-depth look at how collaboratively-gathered intelligence can help address organizations’ critical business challenges.

Regus will help you work your way Regus provides modern, flexible workspace that frees businesses of all sizes, all over the world, to work more effectively. Companies can take a fully-equipped office, desks to use part time, rent a professional meeting room. However they use Regus, they get all the support a business needs.

We, Jun 27 AmCham Palooza Party at Purple Jade, InterContinental Asiana Saigon Come and join us for a night of casual networking, meet other professionals, bring your business cards!

Sa, Jun 30 Independence Day Picnic Join us for an old-fashioned celebration and scrumptious food, fun and games for children and parents, great door prizes, and good music at AmCham’s Annual Independence Day Celebration and Family Picnic. Limited to 700 AmCham Members and their Family and Guests. Register on line now to reserve your tickets. Then come to AmCham office to pay and receive tickets from now to Jun 27.

We, Jul 4 American Independence Day at Legend Hotel Saigon Celebrate the birthday of the United States of America in style at the hotel’s renowned Atrium Café with Saigon’s most spectacular buffet including traditional gourmet dishes.

Advance Notice: Sep – Nov AmCham Scholarship 2012 AmCham will grant scholarships to up to 45 top students from universities in HCM City.

Tu, Nov 6, U.S. General Elections Day • U.S. Voter Registration Web Sites More than 6 million Americans live overseas. If the overseas American community were a state, we would be the 18th most-populous state in the union. Our votes count … click the link to register online, get a ballot, and vote.

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News and Issues Updates

DFDL announces its new joined Tax Partner Rolf Winand DFDL is thrilled to announce that Rolf Winand will join DFDL as a new Tax Partner, effective as of 1 July 2012. Rolf will assume the role of Regional Partner in the Tax & Customs Practice Group, responsible for the Cambodia and Vietnam talented Tax & Customs team led by Jack Sheehan.

Vietnam entrepreneurs find fertile ground online Internet entrepreneur earns twice as much money each month selling tropical fruit online to Hanoi housewives as she does from her day job working at a local post office.”It’s fun and has become a major source of income for me,” she said.

Hotel chains look to Vietnam market “The hotel market has changed,” said Marc Townsend, Ho Chi Minh City-based managing director at the Vietnam unit of CBRE Group Inc., the world’s biggest commercial property broker. “The Vietnamese guests are moving from one star to three stars, and in some cases to five stars.”

U.S. eyes return to some Southeast Asia military bases Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, citing the “tremendous potential here,” enthused about the prospect of U.S. ships again becoming a common sight at the deep-water Cam Ranh Bay port.

OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) The first international benchmark to help governments in improving the corporate governance of SOEs. They are based on and fully compatible with the Principles, but are explicitly oriented to issues that are specific to the corporate governance of SOEs.

ADB: Asian Development Outlook 2012 – Vietnam Outlook Safeguarding the banking sector should be the immediate priority. The longer-term requirement is to develop a diversified and efficient financial system that can mobilize the funding to meet the 7-8 percent economic growth target. These complex reforms, which will take years to complete, would benefit from coordination with the proposed restructuring of SOEs.

China + One = Vietnam and ASEAN ASEAN has the third-largest economy in Asia, after Japan and China. U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) into ASEAN totaled $130 billion in 2007, the largest destination for U.S. FDI in Asia, and has grown 55% since 2004. As a developing region, ASEAN per capita income is low but its GDP is rapidly growing: an almost 170% increase over the past decade.

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Last week’s most popular links to events and articles

Th, Jun 21 Real Estate Networking: Ready-Built Factories & Warehouses
Door Prizes – 2012 USA Independence Day Picnic in Ho Chi Minh City
The unlearned lesson: Vinashin, VinaLines, and other SOEs’ inefficiencies
Welcome to new AmCham companies • Jan ~ Jun 2012
We, Jun 27 Palooza Party
E-Customs Briefing/Q&A Session
Vietnam Outlook: World Bank East Asia & Pacific Update, May 2012
Vietnam Economic Indicators: World Bank East Asia & Pacific Update, May 2012
Sa, Jun 3 236th USA Independence Day Family Picnic
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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.

Online Membership Directory Looking for information on AmCham companies? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory for information about and contact points for nearly 500 AmCham companies, and over 1,000 representatives. Members can contact other members by email via the AmCham web site. Also, links to company web sites for even more information about AmCham companies in Ho Chi Minh City.

Benefits and Services Review AmCham benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with over 250,000+ visitors and 350,000+ page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

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