Weekly Update Mar 23 Managing Employment in a Downturn, YP Palooza Party, Total Remuneration

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Upcoming Events and Activities

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We, Mar 25 AmCham Young Professionals Palooza Party at the Legend Hotel Poolside. A new platform to develop new friendships, networking opportunities and information exchange. People from all age groups are welcome to attend, there’s no age limit, you just have to be young at heart!

Th, Mar 26 Panel Discussion: Managing the Employment Relationship in a Downturn.Unwanted staff adjustments and retrenchments are inevitable in the current economic downturn. Therefore, it is essential that managers understand the practical and legal ramifications of such personnel changes and adopt effective policies for managing the employment relationship in today’s economic climate.

Jan 1-Nov 30 The Nam Hai, winner of Travel and Leisure’s Best Resort Design 2008 and nominated to the Conde Nast Hot List, is offering an exclusive rate for AMCHAM Members from January 1 – Novermber 30, 2009.

Summer Mencher by Ling StudioSummer Mencher at the Park Hyatt Lounge. Park Hyatt Saigon is delighted to introduce Summer Mencher from San Diego, USA, who will provide live entertainment in the Park Lounge every evening (except Tue) until 13 April 2009.

Mercer Vietnam 2009 Total Remuneration Survey: Key to designing comprehensive pay packages. TRS allows you to cost effectively gauge the market competitiveness of your organization’s pay program. Our database will also enable you to keep track of which jobs employers are focusing their budgets on in 2009 and provide an indication of hiring trends – information to help you better align your budgets to your strategy.

Factory for sale Located approximately 5 Km (15 minutes) from the center of Ho Chi Minh City in the Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone (TTZ), a duty-free EPZ, centrally located, well maintained with good infrastructure, and with independent power supply from the Hiep Phuoc Power Plant, the same owners of the TTZ. Click the link for more details and contact information.

Tu, Mar 31 Lunch: Software Asset Management. IN TODAY’S DIGITAL ECONOMY, commercial software is indispensable to every organization, large and small. Thanks to software, your business is more efficient and your workers more productive, and you can take advantage of all the benefits e-commerce offers. But to get the most out of your software, you have to manage it well, just as you would any other valuable company asset. Meet leaders of the Business Software Alliance and AmCham’s Information Technology Committee.

We, Apr 1 Business Networking Night: Information Technology. Join colleagues from the Information Technology Industry in an informal business networking night at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel’s Atrium Lounge.

Asia/Pacific Business Outlook 2009 USC Los Angeles Expand your Asia/Pacific business knowledge, contacts, and profits. If you’re doing business in the Asia/Pacific region, the Apr 6-7 Asia/Pacific Business Outlook is the one conference you can’t afford to miss. Business leaders and U.S. Senior Commercial Officers from across the region meet you at USC’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles.

We, Apr 15 Lunch: Developing Vietnam’s Science and Technology Education Support for Industry The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) mission is to strengthen the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relationship through educational exchanges in sciences (natural, physical, and environmental), mathematics, medicine, and technology (including information technology). The VEF concentrates on two main activities, scholarships and fellowships for Vietnamese and American nationsl in S&T post-graduate education, and capacity building in Vietnam to build a foundation to welcome the return of VEF Fellows to Vietnam by strengthening the S&T departments of universities and research institutes. The VEF has established relationships with over 100 leading U.S. research univesities to support the programs, and has placed 267 VEF Fellows in graduate programs in 68 U.S. universities.

Apr 22-24 Asia Society Corporate Conference in Ho Chi Minh City How is the Asia-Pacific region addressing the challenges of the financial crisis and how will Vietnam weather the impact of the current global economic dislocation? Join government leaders, key decision-makers and industry experts from the international business community to discuss the impact of the global financial crisis on Asian economies, especially Vietnam.
Asia Society Corporate Conference 22-24 Apr 2009

We, May 7 Business Networking Night: Real Estate and Construction. Join colleagues from the Real Estate, and Construction industries in an informal business networking night with a focus on Real Estate Development Projects in the Ho Chi Minh City area.

VILAF–Hong Duc received the Internation Arch of Europe (IAE) Award for Quality and Excellence – Gold Category at a February 2009 ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany. The Award is presented to companies and organizations in different countries throughout the world that further their reputation and position by implementing and promoting quality and excellence.

The annual print version of our Membership Directory 2009 is now being delivered to members in early March. In the meantime, please visit our Online Membership Directory, which you can search by company name or by industry sector. If you need to update your company information or personal information at any time during the year. Please send us an email.

Fr, May 15 Panel Discussion and Business Networking: Direct Selling. Join colleagues from the Direct Selling industry in an informative roundtable discussion of the industry in the Asia-Pacific region in general and Vietnam in particular, followed by business networking night with key industry, government, and media representatives.

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News and Issues Updates

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U.S. Stock Market: When will the bull return? One outcome is drawn from the narrow history of bear markets that grew out of financial crises. In it, the bear scenario continues to play out until the bull takes over, with more debt busts and government trial and error until things get set right again. That could mean two more years of bouncing around and then another six or so before the Dow is back above 14,000. Not long ago, such an outcome would have seemed unimaginably bleak. Given the other possibilities, it doesn’t seem so bad now.

Prime Minister requests harmonious labor relations, stable investment environment, social order Action Plan for the implementation of Directive No. 22-CT/TW dated 05 June 2008 of the Secretariat of the Central Committee on enhancing leadership, providing direction for the development of harmonious, stable and progressive labor relations within enterprises.

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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. Also, you can see a list of people that attended the event, with links to their company contact information.

Photos from Governors Ball – online

Online Directory Looking for information on AmCham companies? Click here to browse the Online Directory for information about and contact points for over 450 AmCham companies, and over 900 representatives. Also with links to company web sites for even more information about American and international businesses in Ho Chi Minh City.

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