Weekly Update Mar 22: Project 30, Palooza Party, APCAC Conference in Bejing

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Tue, Mar 23 Project 30 Justice Working Group

We, Mar 31 Young Professionals Palooza Party at Purple Jade, Intercontinental Asiana Saigon

Fri, Apr 2, Project 30 (Round 2) Final Review Working Session

We-Sa, Apr 14-17, APCAC Spring Conference – Beijing, China

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

Fr-Sa, May 7-8, Vietnam Industrial Parks – Investment World 2010 (VietIP-2010)

Events, Meetings, Activities, and Special Offers for Members

Tue, Mar 23 Project 30 Justice Working Group This group, a recent addition to Project 30, will discuss administrative procedures pertaining to the Vietnamese justice system, and in particular, the certification process for lawyers in Vietnam. Click for details and to register online.

We, Mar 31 Young Professionals Palooza Party at Purple Jade, Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Enjoy the Young Professionals Palooza Party, a platform to develop new friendships, networking opportunities and information exchange.

Fri, Apr 2, Project 30 (Round 2) Final Review Working Session Project 30 is the Prime Minister’s high-profile campaign to streamline bureaucracy, reduce red tape, and attack corruption by means of administrative reform. In the first Round, the program produced 256 administrative reforms, and in the 2nd Round, AmCham has identified more than 150 burdsomesome administrative procedures to review. These procedures affect every sector of the Vietnamese economy. This Final Review Working Session will give AmCham companies a final chance to comment directly on the specific red tape/Administrative Procedure that pertains to your businesses in Vietnam. Your comments will be considered and incorporated into the recommendations that we submit to the Prime Minister later in April. Don’t miss this important meeting. Read more, … and Register Online.

We-Sa, Apr 14-17, APCAC Annual Conference – Beijing, China Whether you live in Beijing or Bangladesh, Seoul or Singapore, what happens in China impacts your business. The China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, China’s outbound FDI, and Internet phenomena such as Taobao and Baidu all greatly impact the Asia-Pacific economy. Every year, the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) hosts a meeting that highlights investment opportunities, macro-economic trends, political and social developments, and offers opportunities to engage with business and government leaders from the region.

APBO 2010 Asia/Pacific Business Outlook 2010 Mo-Tu, Apr 19-20 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.

Fr-Sa, May 7-8, Vietnam Industrial Parks – Investment World 2010 (VietIP-2010) is the biggest international investment promotion Exhibition and Conference for industrial parks in Vietnam. Organized to introduce Vietnam’s industrial parks to international entrepreneurs, investors, manufacturers who plan to expand or to relocate their factories into Vietnam, VietIP-2010 will bring together over 200 industrial park representatives from all over Vietnam and more than 2,000 business leaders from various major industries.

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.

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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.

Nexus Technologies of Phila. pleads guilty in Vietnam corrupt payments case The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia said Nexus and three brothers who worked at the company have “admitted that from 1999 to 2008 they agreed to pay, and knowingly paid, bribes in excess of $ 250,000 to Vietnamese government officials in exchange for contracts.”

POSCO May Invest $ 200 million in Vietnam Plant on Thainox delay Southeast Asia is the world’s biggest net importing steel market with demand expected to grow 9.2 percent a year, according to the research arm of the Korean mill. Chief Executive Officer Chung Joon Yang, planning a record $ 8.2 billion in capital spending this year, said Jan. 14 he wanted to complete talks to buy Thainox by the end of January.

“Cosmopolitan,” the world-leading magazine for young women, will be published in Vietnam on March 15 with the April 2010 issue. Cosmopolitan Vietnam will initially be distributed in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, the Cosmo parent Hearst Magazines International (HMI) said.

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 The Consequences of Price Controls, Feb 9, 2010.

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.

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