Weekly Update Mar 19: APEC – ASEAN Business Opportunities Mar 23, Antidumping Tutorial Mar 26

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Upcoming Events and Committee Meetings

APEC and ASEAN: Business Opportunities and Challenges for Local and Global Firms, Fri, Mar 23. Four Ambassadors confirmed to participate. Panel discussion on moving information and goods across boarders. Lunch with Prime Minister (invited), dinner at Reunification Palace with Chairman of People’s Committee (invited). AmCham welcomes leaders of Asia-Pacific Council of AmChams (APCAC), which consists of 25 member AmChams that represent 10,000 businesses and 50,000 executives in 19 countries and economies of the Asia-Pacific region. The APCAC membership manages trade of over US$ 400 billion and direct foreign investment (FDI) of nearly US$ 300 billion. Participation is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Commerce Department Tutorial on Antidumping, Mon, Mar 26
Tutorial from the experts in charge of antidumping cases about the basics of antidumping and countervailing duty. Vietnam has lost 23 of 28 antidumping cases, so this could be a useful exercise for Vietnamese and FDI firms, and their advisors. Click the link to register online early. Participation is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Information Session, University of Hawaii Executive MBA in HCM City, Sat, Mar 31
University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business will provide information about its new program in Ho Chi Minh City.

10th Annual AmCham Family Weekend in Phan Thiet, Apr 28-May 1
It’s not too early to put this great AmCham weekend on your calendar. Plan ahead to avoid disappointment during this busy Spring Holiday.

Issues Updates and AmCham – related News

USA Importers of Textiles and Apparel welcome circular on exports of apparel to the US
Laura Jones, Executive Director of the USA-ITA wrote that, “We recognize the importance anc value of your leadership in responding to this uncertainty by developing a plan to maintain the confidence of the customers of Vietnam’s Apparel Industry. Thank you for your ongoing leadership in support of Vietnam’s apparel industry and its customers here in the United States.”

Deputy PM Khiem Meets Secretary of State Rice in Washington
In the talks, the Deputy Prime Minister proposed that the two sides should soon hold negotiations regarding a framework agreement on trade and investment.

Living in Hanoi may be harmful to health – Hanoi Department of Health
The ratio of people who have lived in Hanoi for over ten years having ear-nose-throat illnesses is double that of those who have lived in the city for less than 3 years. The older they are, the higher the ratio of contracting those illnesses.

Ex-deputy minister of trade, son, 14 defendants on trial for textile quota bribery corruption
All the bribery charges are connected with allocation of quotas for exporting textile and garment to the US when the quota system was originally established in 2004.

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